Streetwear vs Riding Gear – Buying a Leather Motorcycle Jacket

When it comes to riding gear every motorcyclist should own a good leather jacket. Historically leather has played a huge role in motorcycling and with good reason. Despite breakthroughs in tech fabrics, leather still offers some of the best abrasion resistance money can buy. Like chips and gravy, leather also happens to be the perfect accompaniment to a motorcycle. Since Marlon Brandon donned a leather jacket in ‘The Wild One’ in 1953 leather jackets have become synonymous with motorcycling. Unfortunately not all leather jackets are created equal so we put together this special ‘Form vs Function’ feature to help you find a jacket that’s capable of protecting your hide.
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Pure Insanity – Darkus Madness 598 R

44 year old financial consultant and economics lecturer Jordi Soldevila is probably the last person you’d expect to be behind the creation of this amazing motorcycle. As well as pursuing a career crunching numbers Jordi has been obsessing over motorcycles since he was 14 owning everything from MV Agustas to Vespa scooters. Then in 2015 he finally decided that rather than simply riding motorcycles it was time to create one of his own.

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Roads We Ride – Waterfall Way

Here’s the latest edition of ‘Roads We Ride’, a collaboration between the folks at Pipeburn, Stories of Bike and Transport for NSW. In this edition of ‘Roads We Ride’ we head 6 hours north of Sydney to Waterfall Way. The 185km stretch of road is one of Australia’s most spectacular. Weaving its way through 7 national parks, over mountain tops and past cascading waterfalls it has been awarded with being one of Australia’s most beautiful tourist drives.
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Fantastic Four – XTR Pepo Honda Hornet

Pepo Rosell of XTR Pepo has been in the custom motorcycle building business for more than twenty years and he certainly doesn’t seem to be losing any steam. For his latest project, Pepo’s given a fairly staid UJM Honda a striking overhaul. The donor for the project was a 2001 Hornet 600 and as per any XTR project it was given a performance and aesthetic overhaul to bring it up to Pepo’s exacting standards.
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171-Mile Cruise Scooter: 1999 Honda CN250 Helix

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This 1999 Honda CN250 Helix is said to have had a single previous owner and just 171 miles from new. Condition looks very close to new throughout, including crisp digital instrument displays, an unmarred saddle and bright paint. With just ~20 HP from a liquid-cooled four-stroke 244cc single, it’s never going to be quick off the line, but these long-wheelbase scooters make for very comfy cruisers, and with a ~75 MPH top speed, should be able to keep up with traffic without too much trouble. We bet it’d be a hit at Radwood 4. Find it here on Craigslist near Chicago, Illinois for $2,500. Special thanks to BaT reader Ilya G. for this submission. Despite having been made on the cusp of the 21st century, these relatively late model CN250’s look essentially identical to the first model introduced in 1986. The seller admits to a few very small flaws from its time in storage, but condition really does look excellent throughout. There’s a locking trunk that will swallow a helmet in back, and these long-wheelbase, feet-forward style scooters are way more comfy to ride than smaller city commuter-style models, with more room to stretch out and a much smoother ride. Here’s a look at the cockpit, and the digital instrument cluster below. Note the odometer reading. The muffler shows some light signs of use, but that’s pretty much the extent of obvious wear for this scooter. We used to see these tucked in behind big RV’s, but this one’s condition suggests it never saw much sunlight–the seller doesn’t say, but we’d guess it spent most of the past ~20 years in a garage. Reads most of the ad: “You are looking at an all original one-owner 1999 Honda Helix 250 with 171 (not a typo) original miles. This scooter is basically in the same condition it was when it rolled off the showroom floor, with the exception of a couple very small nicks and scratches. It was just ran through our service center and got a thorough inspection to make sure it was ready to put on some more miles. The pictures speak for themselves, this scoot is ready to ride.”

Family Ties – Kaspeed Honda CB500

My name is Jimmy Dressel and together with my twin brother Mick and our dad Karsten we build bikes in our workshop, Kaspeed Custom Motorcycles. We reside in the state of Saxony in Germany. My dad’s passion for motorcycles started in the 1970s but lay dormant during our younger years until the day my brother and I finally got our motorcycle licenses. This is now the forth bike we have all built together under our Kaspeed Moto brand. The bike started its life back in 1976 as a Honda CB500 inline four and over the last 6 months we transformed it into this Kaspeed Café Racer.
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Gear Review – Hedon Heroine Helmet

I have a penchant for motorcycle helmets and I will be the first to admit I have too many of them. I have 5 times as many helmets as I do motorcycles. It’s ridiculous, but it beats collecting stamps. This, of course, means I’m always keen to give a new helmet a try, especially those designed to appeal to the retro and custom crowd. Enter stage right, the Heroine helmet from England’s Hedon Workshop.
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Triple Shot – Bad Ass Triumph Speed Triple

From street fighter to café racer. This Triumph Speed Triple is barely recognizable beneath its new, retro exterior. This wild transformation is the work of French motorcycle enthusiast and custom builder, Jean Francois. After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease the 48 year old left his nine to five to refocus his life’s efforts on projects he loved. Opening the aptly named Bad Ass Factory workshop he built this bike as a personal project which now serves as his rather eye catching daily commuter.

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1958 Gilera 150 Sport

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This 1958 Gilera 150 Sport was purchased by the seller 3 years ago after being inspired by similar motorcycles at the Best of France and Italy show in Los Angeles. Benefitting from an older restoration that still presents well, finishes and details have been carefully recreated. Powered by a 150cc 4-stroke single linked to a 4 speed transmission, this bike was purchased in running condition but has been used primarily as a decorative piece since and the owner can not vouch for it’s current mechanical condition. This Gilera is sold with a clean California title in the seller’s name. Produced from 1952-1960, the 150 Sport was one of Gilera’s most successful offerings that appealed to younger sportsmen and small bore racers. The paint and brightwork all appear in good condition and this example features factory clip-ons, alloy wheels, and aftermarket bar-end mirrors. The Veglia speedometer appears unrestored with a lightly faded dial and pitted bezel. 26K kilometers are shown (16K miles) but the true mileage is unknown. Details include factory correct decals throughout, Gilera script footpeg rubber, and folding alloy passenger pegs. The matching numbers 150cc overhead valve 4-stroke single produces 7.5 HP and will reportedly propel the bike to 58MPH. No service receipts are available, and although it was purchased in running condition, this bike has been in storage and will require at minimum a battery and basic tuning to return to the street.

No Reserve: 1971 Harley-Davidson/Aermacchi Sprint SS350

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This 1971 Harley-Davidson/Aermacchi Sprint SS350 is an Italian-built single that was purchased by the seller in late 2017 along with three other motorcycles from the estate of John Parham, founder of J&P Cycles and the National Motorcycle Museum. Powered by a replacement 4-stroke 350cc single with a 4-speed transmission, this example was reportedly acquired by Parham circa 1999 and remained largely in storage for the subsequent years. Recent service performed by the seller included a carburetor rebuild, new voltage regulator, and fresh AGM battery as well as an oil change. This SS350 is sold with several spare parts and a clean Michigan title. Red paint and other finishes are shown up close in the gallery below. A dent can be seen on the right side of the tank, and the decals show signs of peeling. Pitted chrome can be seen on the handlebars and surface rust is noted on the exhaust system. The speedometer is said to work intermittently. The odometer reads just over 5,000 miles, a handful of which have been added by the seller. The 350cc horizontal single was sourced from a later SS350 and was originally rated at 25 horsepower. Features include a right-side shifter and left-side kick starter. The seller has rebuilt the carburetor, replaced the voltage regulator with a new old-stock Bosch unit, changed the oil, and swapped the battery for a modern AGM glass mat unit. A baffle in the right-side muffler is noted as missing. Although the bike still wears an Indiana plate with tags from 1999, the current title is from Michigan. The seller will provide several spares as well as sources for replacement parts, and is willing to deliver the motorcycle free of charge within 300 miles of Detroit, Michigan.