Hey there everyone,
You may have realised that the Route 66 updates have slowed up a bit….due to some changes with work and some other exciting things coming up, the trip probably won’t be happening as planned for July, but if not this year, it will definitely be happening next year.
Having said that , I will definitely be in the US this year, but for how long I’m not sure at this point.
I have until the end of May to have everything booked but the planning is still happening…….and so this post is aimed at me trying to decide on some new gear that I was planning on getting for the trip and also for riding here…..
I’m a big fan of two manufacturers from the US who make (in my option) awesome gear. They are Roland Sands Design, and Icon. One is a custom bike builder, parts supplier and now manufacturer of apparel, while the other is an Apparel supplier, that also builds custom bikes for use in their marketing and advertising campaigns. Both are American companies that make American-styled apparel.
So firstly I’ll start with Icon…..they have recently released (as part of their Icon 1000 range) the Oildale jacket. It comes in brown (which I like) and black. And what makes it different from other jackets is the material that it is constructed from. As per the Icon 1000 website, it is constructed from a “Waxed Heritage™ coated canvas” which is designed to “evolve” over time.
And so it looks like this….
The reason I love it is that it’s different. I’m not the typical Harley rider who wears only Harley branded gear. And I’ve done the “Johnny Cash man in black” thing and decided that brown was a classy option. I have brown boots, so thought a brown jacket would be cool too. It comes with a full D3O® impact protector package and the Oildale retails for $250 USD.
It is available from a number of major online retailers from the US, as well as on eBay, so getting one here won’t be difficult….the only downside is the ridiculous shipping charges that start at around $59.
And so next up is the Roland Sands Design “Ronin”. Again I’m looking at this in brown (actually the colour is Tobacco) and it is one sexy and stylish looking piece of gear. Like all of Roland’s products, they are designed to look good both on and off the bike.
The Ronin not only looks good on the outside, but the level of detail and style continues with the awesome satin lining inside. And so it looks like this….
The Ronin retails for $620 USD, and is thankfully available here in Australia from Motorcycle Accessories Supermarket for $679.95.
Armour is extra for the RSD products, but is available.
Despite that, at this stage I’m leaning more towards the Ronin, not because it costs more, but because I love the style and the cut and I’m a massive fan of everything Roland does and makes…. So to wear one of his jackets would be awesome.
So there you go…..and what would be better than touring the mother road wearing a stylish piece of American gear….
Until next time, have an awesome week, ride safe and have fun!