2013 Motorcycle Gear
March 27, 2013 - San Diego, CA
I'm not going to lie, one of my favorite parts of this job is going to showcases and vender product reveals to check out new motorcycle gear. So I wasn't complaining much when I went to the 2013 Parts Unlimited West Regional Showcase up in Anaheim, CA over the weekend to check out all of the new 2013 motorcycle gear. And leave it to Cristina, BikeBandit.com's resident video person, to put a camera in my hand and bring along a microphone to get you guys a better look at the new 2013 motorcycle gear unveiled at the showcase:
But there were a few new bits of motorcycle gear that really stood out. Here are some of my favorite highlights of the weekend for the new 2013 motorcycle gear:
Icon Motorcycle Gear
Icon has some of my all-time favorite motorcycle gear, especially from their Icon 1000 line. Of course, their booth was also one of the best at the showcase, featuring their Icon 1000 apocalyptic style motorcycles and famous stunt rider Jason Britton, who was nice enough to take the time to chat with us (check out our video of that here: http://youtu.be/kkZbn4m7FEo).
As for their brand new gear, Icon unveiled their Icon Hooligan Motorcycle Jersey Jacket, a crossbreed between a typical street motorcycle jacket and an off-road motorcycle jersey. It is surprisingly lightweight and breathes incredibly well while having the relaxed style of a motorcycle jersey but still has all of the CE armor and protection that you would want from a street motorcycle jacket. The Icon Hooligan Motorcycle Jersey Jacket is definitely very different from anything else currently out on the market and has a price point that is extremely easy to handle. Get yours at BikeBandit.com here: Icon Hooligan Motorcycle Jersey Jacket
On the other hand, The Icon 1000 Chapter Leather Jacket is the epitome of a perfect motorcycle jacket. It's a clean and simple leather motorcycle jacket with a whole lot of class and style yet packed full of motorcycle armor and protection. It continues to be one of my favorite across the board. Check out the full details on it and get one today at BikeBandit.com: Icon 1000 Chapter Leather Jacket
And be sure to check out all of Icon's motorcycle gear: Icon Motorcycle Gear
100% Goggles & Glasses
100% is a motorcycle gear brand that continues to surprise us. In the industry, they're still a baby; revealed just last year at the first A1 Supercross. But that doesn't keep them from rapidly climbing up our list of companies to keep a close eye on and they definitely didn't disappoint this weekend when it came to new 2013 motorcycle gear.
Along with their increasingly popular line of motorcycle goggles, 100% brought along their brand new line of sunglasses. My favorites are the 100% Atsuta in translucent blue/white (check out the video to see Christa model them). These glasses are perfect for wearing around the track after shedding off your 100% motorcycle goggles or simply wearing every day. Stay tuned to get them from BikeBandit.com and check out the rest of the 100% motorcycle gear line at BikeBandit.com: 100%
As far as motorcycle helmets go, it seemed like every booth had something for the new 2013 motorcycle gear. From Thor to AFX, it's definitely a great season for new motorcycle helmets.
Thor Motorcycle Gear
The guys over at Thor are always some of our favorites to talk to, especially since they nearly always have something new and extremely cool to show us. This weekend, they were showing off the brand new Thor Verge Motorcycle Helmet. So far, the closest we've been able to come to it is seeing it is on Thor's Supercross riders such as Ryan Villopoto at the recent races. But this weekend we were able to check out it out in all six of the available colors.
This new Thor motorcycle helmet is a 1280 gram dual-density EPS helmet made of fiberglass Kevlar. The chin bar has been shortened while the roost guard has also been shortened and narrowed to enhance it. The Thor Verge Motorcycle Helmet also has an added ridge for frontal impact strength along with an all new plastic visor that is more flexible and harder to break.
Check out the video of the Thor Verge Motorcycle Helmet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=nKNf_5dtSE8#t=112s
The Thor Verge Motorcycle Helmet will be available to ship in April so stay tuned to place your order with BikeBandit.com. And be sure to check out the rest of the Thor motorcycle gear line: Thor
AFX Helmets & Headwear
AFX has consistently put out great quality helmets at surprisingly affordable prices, so we were excited to see what they brought to the new 2013 motorcycle gear. For their newest additions, AFX is going full force with their vintage helmet line. Front and center at their booth was their entire brand new line of AFX FX-76 MCQ Open Face Motorcycle Helmeta.
My favorite of their new AFX motorcycle helmets was the AFX FX-76 MCQ Open Face Motorcycle Helmet. The open face style is great for vintage cruisers and café racers and the color scheme is perfectly patriotic. Featuring red, white and blue and a pre-scuffed look, it's a fiberglass composite helmet, making it extremely lightweight. Plus AFX has included a special type of Styrofoam inside that uses cone-head technology and makes the Styrofoam smaller but stronger to help it fit larger heads while still giving them the most protection possible.
My second favorite was is definitely the AFX FX-76 RT66 Vintage Motorcycle Helmet that takes the cake for being the lightest helmet. Though I haven't had the chance to yet, I'm definitely sure that you could wear it for hours while riding without feeling weighed down. And with a matte black finish and Route 66 graphics, it's just simple enough without being boring.
Check out the details on all of the new AFX motorcycle helmets at BikeBandit.com: AFX
AGV Helmets &emp; Headwear
AGV also had some great new motorcycle helmets to show off at the Parts Unlimited West Regional Showcase. Keeping with the popular vintage motorcycle helmet look, they just released the AGV RP60 Solid Open Face Motorcycle Helmet (which you can see along with some pretty rad vintage style goggles on Christina in the video). It's a fiberglass helmet and comes in 4 different colors including the matte black shown in the video. Plus it has some great little features such as a strap to fasten your goggles to in the back and a tinted, transparent peak-style visor. Check it out and order your now at BikeBandit.com: AGV RP60 Solid Open Face Motorcycle Helmet
Roland Sands Design
Now let's be real, as a huge fan of custom built café racers, the highlight of my day was definitely the Roland Sands Design booth. Plus top it off by the fact that Roland Sands himself was there to answer a few of our questions and show us what's new for his 2013 motorcycle gear. The biggest addition? Brand new 2013 Roland Sands Designs Motorcycle Seats. All manufactured by Mustang seats, there's three new designs that cover a whole variety of bike styles from café racers to baggers, all of which will be available soon at BikeBandit.com. Check out all of the Roland Sands Designs products and more at BikeBandit.com: Roland Sands Design
Of course, that's only a small taste of what went down at the Parts Unlimited West Regional Showcase over the weekend. All in all, it was definitely a fun time and there was tons of stuff to check out for the new 2013 motorcycle gear. To keep updated on new products and exclusive sales, be sure to check out our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/bikebanditcom.