Bell and Roland Sands bring on a super-slick open face, Pike Brothers make the excellent ever better, Woolrich keep on keeping on, TCX goes urban, and Niyona bring a touch of perfection to your tools. All in the first Gear Guide of 2015.
BELL CUSTOM 500 RSD CHECK IT HELMET
“The original, the godfather, the best.” Back in 1954 Bell founder Roy Richter formed his first helmet out of fiberglass and named it the “500.”The Bell 500 was the first open faced helmet with a slim profile to gain DOT certification, and has become iconic in the new wave custom scene.
The Custom 500 has been given a going over from Roland Sands Design to become the 500 RSD Check It helmet. Completed in a high gloss finish, the subtle checker pattern is handsome and appropriate to pretty much any style of custom bike. A new head-form means the Custom 500 now fits better and looks smaller on your head than ever. No more lollipop heads.
The thin-profile shell allows the helmet to sit lower on the head, and with 5 shell and EPS sizes, it’s now even easier to find the look you want with the perfect fit. The 500 comes with a 5 snap pattern for shields and visors, and a D-ring closure as standard. It has a padded chin strap with a leather D ring pull tab, a multi density EPS liner in five different sizes. It comes with a five year warranty and a DOT certification. It weighs 1200 grams.
Bell have introduce many other cool designs to their Custom 500 range from swirling metal flake to intricate pin striping, matt grey primer to solid black gloss.
PIKE BROTHERS WAXED N1 DECK JACKET
I took delivery of my N-1 deck jacket a year ago, and I’ve worn it almost non stop since, both on the bike and off. It’s warm, comfortable, tough and good looking. I thought it was damn near perfect, until Pike Brothers added a 3-layer wax making it “almost” water proof. In it’s original form it’s pretty water resistant!
The 1944 N-1 Deck Jacket was issued to all U.S. Navy Personnel during WW2. It saw action from the beaches of Normandy to the Pacific Islands and became one of the most used and most favoured jackets of the U.S. Armed Forces in the 1940s. The general construction of the jacket combined a thick outer layer of “Jungle Cloth” with a wool lining making it wind resistant, and the now added wax coating repels water, keeping the wearer warm and comfortable even under the harshest conditions. I can bear witness to this, it’s insulated and snug, keeping drafts out. The collar pulls up high to protect the neck, and it buttons high up on the front.
Pike Brothers was founded by George and Joseph Pike in 1930. Their small but exclusive tailoring shop was located in the Portobello Road, Notting Hill, in the heart of London. Their specialty was custom-made menswear. During the Second World War with a steadily growing number of American soldiers coming to Britain, the Pike Brothers also specialized in the production of uniforms for the U.S. Armed Forces. They combined the finest fabrics with European craftsmanship and created an unmistakable profile of sturdy American menswear with European influence; a heritage to which they are still committed today. Pike Brothers have a strong affiliation with the classic and custom motorcycle scene and Hotrods.
This a terrific improvement on an already outstanding jacket. It comes in Khaki or Olive.