Gear Up: New lines for 2014 combine with old looks fresh updates

Publish Date: 
Aug 28, 2013


Speed and Strength intros fashion-forward Speed Strong jacket


Speed and Strength made waves at the Tucker Rocky show in late July by introducing the new Urge Overkill adventure-touring line for 2014, marking the brand’s first offering in that segment. Still, there were a number of new designs that more closely matched Speed and Strength’s usual sportbike style.

One of those is the Speed Strong armored soft shell jacket which looks, at a glance, like a heavyweight hoodie. Designed with entry-level pricing ($169.95), the Speed Strong takes its cues from popular fashion styling.

Underneath that style are the reinforced AR-1000 shoulders, elbows and back areas, as well as removable soft armor. Other motorcycle-specific features include ventilation, belt loops for pant attachment, and reflective trim. (Sizes: S-3XL) www.ssgear.com.

Honda goes retro with Heritage casuals
Honda is getting in on the vintage craze by introducing the new Heritage Collection T-shirts through Parker Synergies. The line has kicked off with four styles, each featuring a classic Honda: the Z50, CR125, RC166 and CB750. Each year, Honda will add signature bike designs to the collection. For now, the shirts only come in men’s sizing, from M to 2XL, and they carry a retail price of $26.95. www.parkersynergies.com.

Nolan updates N43 with N44 model
Nolan has updated several models for 2014, but nothing has received as much of an overhaul as the N43 N-COM. In fact, the revamp is so big that Nolan has renamed the crossover helmet the N44, which will retail starting at $380. The helmet has some of the same features as its predecessor, like a removable chin bar, an internal sun visor, and N-COM communication system compatibility. The N44’s most visible upgrade is the new peak for shading, which is removable and adjustable. A wide array of color options includes solids, graphics, high-visibility and matte finishes. www.nolanhelmets.com.

Harley-Davidson Footwear adds Maddison boot for a cause
Harley-Davidson Footwear introduced the ladies’ Maddison boot in August. Specifically designed for the Harley-Davidson MotorClothes Pink Label Collection, a portion of the proceeds from Maddison sales will be donated to various breast cancer support groups.

To emphasize the Pink Label name, the Maddison features the Harley-Davidson logo embroidered in pink, as well as other touches of pink stitching on the leather. Buckled straps and a three-inch stacked heel pair with a back zipper. www.harleydavidsonfootwear.com.

Reevu rearview helmets now available in U.S.
Reevu’s FSX-1 modular and MSX-1 full-face helmets have the distinction of allowing a rider to see behind them with a rearview mirror design. The English brand says it is the first to offer a motorcycle helmet with a built-in, fully adjustable system that allows a rider to see the full view behind.

The view from the back of the helmet is bounced through a series of surfaces to a mirror that clips inside the front visor. Reevu says its helmets not only allow a rider to keep his head facing forward, but it also offers a much broader view than the side mirrors on a motorcycle.

Both the FSX-1 ($479.99) and MSX-1 ($399.99-$479.99) are ECE- and DOT-approved and carry extra perks like a quick-release retention system, removable and washable liners, and a zip-out neck collar. Reevu USA is handling dealer distribution in the U.S., and both models have various color and graphics choices. www.reevu-usa.com. (Continued)