New York City based motorcycle accessory brand, ALMS NYC, launched their first Kickstarter campaign this month, to get their latest creation – a 12 litre Cargo Tail Bag – off the ground and running.
And that it did: shooting past the $8000 target within two days, and then doubling it with still a fortnight left to run…
The idea is to “…make backpack-free riding the new norm,” as ALMS founders Shaun and Jessica Lee explain in their pitch: “We dreamt of a simple motorcycle bag with all the durability and waterproofness of an expedition style bag… without having to look like it was made for a big adventure bike. Perfect for a daily commute, or even a quick overnight trip.”
So, the pair set to work designing and prototyping the ideal bag for their fellow urbanites: versatility for every setting, expandable storage, packable design, waterproof construction, and a quick install on a variety of motorcycles. They went through ten months of development, five prototypes, and hundreds of commutes to refine the design.
The bag is made from 12oz waxed canvas with reinforced hypalon detailing and a removable mil-spec webbing cargo net – which gives an additional 25% of capacity on the exterior.
The base has a rubberized grip, concealing a pocket with a coated water-resistant zipper.
The interior lining has waterproof nylon taped seams. Closure is roll-top, with YKK side-release clips that lead to grab handles surrounding the bags exterior.
The all-metal bike attachment system (plastic was intentionally left out of the design, to ensure durability) is designed to work with every style of bike, with utmost simplicity in mind – basically, four adjustable straps loop around the frame or under the seat to secure in place. We also spotted a video on their site, explaining how to convert the straps to rucksack-style, for carrying off the bike.
When not in use, the whole bag rolls up to a quarter of its size, and clips closed. Very neat.
Although many of the early discount purchase deals are now gone, the Kickstarter campaign will run until 12 October – find it here – and you can read all about ALMS NYC and what they do here: https://www.almsnyc.com/
Review: Pando Moto Boss jeans are the most comfortable we’ve ever ridden in
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.
Dainese’s 3D custom leather configurator is ridiculously brilliant!
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!