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This Gin is infused with Harley Davidson parts

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It’s not very often we stumble across something that lets us write about our two loves. Motorbikes and Gin. However, A rather fabulous German called Uwe Ehinger has made this possible by producing a rather unique, limited run of the popular spirit.

Known as The Archaeologist, Uwe was infected with Harley fever when he was seventeen years old. The brand became his passion, and he dedicated his time to seeking out lost Harley’s. There were times his searches led him to rat infested barns, or singing in front of the South Korean police after watching them crush a few dozen of his adored bikes.

Of course, once he had acquired historical parts, bikes, and treasures he had to decide what to do with them. Not everything from the past can be repaired. However it can be preserved and, it was this process of preserving that lead him to an epiphany.

Uwe takes Harley parts, including a 1939 Flathead camshaft from the Mexican desert, 1947 Knucklehead screw-nuts from Chile and 1962 Panhead rocker arm from South Korea. He then preserves them in spirits. Of course, it’s a little more exciting than that.

We might just try to replicate the effect by pouring ourselves a long Bombay Sapphire and licking various bike parts.

Most die hard bike fans want their lives to be consumed by their passion. The smells and the sounds all being a part of that. For Uwe, he knew he could deliver a journey for another sense. The taste of the motorcycle.

Taking some of his most treasured finds, he cleanses and seals them with a tin alloy. This process ensures that they are safe for human consumption. The parts are then encased in a bottle, and a premium dry gin surrounds them.

Every detail of The Archaeologists Gin has been thought over, as you would expect from a man who so passionately loves each aspect of the Harley. Once bottled, the gin is placed in a wrapping and box. This is to replicate the presentation of how those particular parts would have been packaged back in the 40’s and 50’s.

The result is a gin which gives you the taste of an iconic brand’s history, or so The Archaeologist says. We aren’t entirely convinced on the taste side, but we love the concept and the branding. Although for 900 Euros, we might just try to replicate the effect by pouring ourselves a long Bombay Sapphire and licking various bike parts.

If you fancy buying a bottle, there are a few left on The Archaeologist Gin website.

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Review: Pando Moto Boss jeans are the most comfortable we’ve ever ridden in

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Everyone makes abrasive-reinforced denim these days, but Pando Moto are quietly changing the game.

We’ve written about Pando Moto before here on MF. Back in January we were impressed by the quality of their offering – seen only through their catalogue – and their direction that seemed to be ‘making motorcycle clothing for real people’.

But is that promise kept all the way through to riding with them on the bike?

(Pando Moto wanted us to check out the quality of their new jeans, they sent us a new pair to wear – and keep.)

The first thing that grabbed us about the Pando Moto denim on the Boss Black jeans that we were sent, was the stretchy’ness of the denim. For those people who like to wear their slim-fit denim on the bike, but find the cut of most of them unable to keep up with the demands of fast riding, the freedom of movement offered by both the tailoring and the extremely stretchy 13oz denim was a huge benefit.

Armour is provided by knee inserts from Knox and there are hip inserts available too (although you’ll have to buy those yourself – they’re not provided in the box).

With a myriad fabric choice now being available in the ‘abrasion resistant’ arena, the comfort of knowing that your legs are going to protected by good, reliable DuPont Kevlar can’t be understated and – although thankfully we can’t vouch for their strength within a crash – the furry, yellow fabric is positioned in all of the right places and we’re certain that it’ll keep our skin happier than just wearing denim on its own.

There’s no denying that Kevlar is hot however, so whilst the slim-fit of the denim might be welcome, the lack of airflow and warmth from the kevlar next to your skin will mean that you’ll find yourself with a sweaty set of pins by the time you’ve reached your destination.

But whilst the skinny fit might make you a slave to fashion, the little details of the jean show that Pando Moto have thought things through with more focus than most; the one feature that impressed us more than perhaps it should have with the Pando Moto Boss jeans was the clever little reflective strip on the inside seam of the bottom of the legs… When you turnover the jeans – as our little legs AND fashion dictate is a must – that reflective ribbon provides a fantastic extra nod to safety.

We’ve spent just a few days riding in the Pando Moto jeans now, but we honestly haven’t ridden with a more comfortable, more pleasing pair of motorcycle denim than these.

Thoroughly recommended.

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Dainese’s 3D custom leather configurator is ridiculously brilliant!

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You too can design the best – or most hideous – custom leathers available.

If you were wondering why the quantity of articles on Motofire has recently slowed to a snail’s pace, you’d be forgiven for thinking that it’s to do with the fact that we’ve put the site up for sale.

BUT if we’re being honest, the last couple of day’s worth of articles didn’t get published because we were too busy messing about with Dainese’s new custom works configurator for their race leathers.

Seriously, go and take a look, it’s brilliant… And you can pretty much alter every component of your race suit.

Accessible via the website, the brand-new 3D configurator allows each motorcyclist to completely personalise their leather suit, jacket or pants in real time, with a simple, set of interactive toggles and widgets.

You can even upload logos and words.

Once it’s all done, you then just need to make an appointment with your local Dainese custom works centre who will then take your measurements and get you on the way to one-off Dainese suit heaven.

OR you could get the design we produced made in honour of Motofire and you’ll be well on your way to the Milan catwalks!

Source: Dainese

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