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Furygan goes crazy with leather jackets for the winter!




Just as we’re all digging out our storm-proof, hyper-insulated textiles ready for the onslaught of wet and wind, Furygan have announced four new leather jackets – crazy French! Don’t they have bad weather over there?!

Well, they do actually and these are part of the new Autumn/Winter collection, so all feature thermal linings – that’s the only concession though, no fancy waterproof linings or stuff used by NASA astronauts. They must breed them hard over the channel…

First up is the Sherman, which is made from premium cow leather, has foam reinforcements on the elbows, plus D3O CE protectors at shoulders and elbows, and has a back protector pocket compatible with the ‘Central Back’ type level 1 and ‘Full Back’ type level 2 D3O back protectors.

Inside there’s a removable thermal vest with aluminum inserts for protection against the cold and a 90% Coolon lining, designed to maximise breathability, moisture absorption and comfort. Furygan Skin Protect, approved by Furygan’s R&D (Motion Lab), reinforces the jacket for tearing and abrasion resistance. Areas exposed to tearing and abrasion in a crash situation are also reinforced with triple stitching. It’s available from this month in black in sizes S-3XL with an RRP of £399.99.

Furygan say the Spectrum jacket is designed to feel like a second skin; for sports bike riders who need a leather jacket with an ergonomic and close fit. It’ also cow leather and has high-tenacity bi-stretch with CE homologated D3O protectors at the shoulders and elbows, plus has the back protectors option too.

The Spectrum also comes with ‘integral racing sleeves’, with high tenacity bi-stretch and triple stitching. It also has the Skin Protect lining and a thermal, padded, removable vest. It’ll be available in UK dealers from January 2018 in black-white, black-fluo yellow, black-fluro-green and black-red in sizes S-3XL with an RRP of £369.99.

The Freddy draws style inspiration from the American flight jacket and is super-soft premium cow leather. It features D3O CE homologated protectors at the elbows and shoulders and the Skin Protect lining for safety, and a removable padded, thermal liner with sleeves for warmth. The straight fit jacket has five pockets (four outside, including a credit card pocket on the sleeve, and one inside).

As with the other jackets, there’s the option to upgrade the back protection, and key areas are triple stitched.
The waist and wrists are built with a knitted rib for comfort.
The Freddy will also be in dealers from January 2018, and comes in black only, sizes S-4XL with an RRP of £339.99.

The Bronson has a khaki liner, topstitching and subtle Furygan logos for a dash of style off the bike, as well as on it. It has the Furygan Skin Protect Lining, D3O CE homologated protectors at the elbows and shoulders; back protector options and triple stitching for safety. It also has a removable thermal padded lining. It’s a ‘straight fit’ and has adjusters at the waist, and stretch leather behind the shoulder for easy mobility.

It will be available in UK dealers in January 2018 and comes in brown only, sizes S-4XL with an RRP of £369.99.


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Icon claim back the streets in their latest, epic video



Street’s Not Dead.

Regular readers will know that we eagerly await anything released from the US streetwear firm Icon Motorsports. So the moment that a video drops from the Portland firm we’re bound to pay attention.

That’s an interest piqued double when they post it alongside what is essentially a call to arms…

“Street’s not dead. If you think it went away, you’d be wrong. Street’s still here undermining pompous authority, rejecting standards, and bucking the status quo..”

And they’re not kidding either. With the Icon clad rider thrashing their Kawasaki ZX-10R through city streets, car parks and even a public fountain at one point, there’s a lot to take in.

Couple that with their usual loud, Icon style and you’ve certainly got a statement of intent.

(Don’t try this at home kids).



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Ex-Skully Helmet bosses theft claims ‘without merit’; case dropped



Lawsuit against founders of Skully, the failed connected helmet-maker reportedly dropped.

The dream of an augmented reality projecting, heads-up display motorcycle helmet has been offered by a few companies over recent years, but there have been none more famous and fabled than Californian technology Start-up Skully.

Launched via Indiegogo in 2014 the company managed to raise $2,446,824 in crowdsourced funds to help them deliver their AR-1 helmet. However despite securing another whopping $11 million in additional investor funding, after much delay and negative press, the company announced in August of 2016 that they were closing; and that few (if any) of the helmets promised would be delivered.

Of the many reports with regards to the company’s inability to ship a final product, the most voracious and damaging of all where the ones surrounding the alleged misappropriation of funds by the two founding brothers of the company, Mitchell and Marcus Weller.

In a lawsuit filed by ex-employee Isabelle Faithauer who claimed wrongful dismissal, Faithauer filed a complaint claiming that the ‘Wellers used Skully corporate accounts as their personal piggy banks’ and that they had demanded that Faithauer ‘conceal the true nature of the expenses by entering them in Skully’s books to make it appear that the expenses were incurred for legitimate business expenses, which in fact they were clearly not’.

Amongst the list of falsely claimed expenses, the lawsuit detailed such payments being made on a variety of items, from Grocery Bills through to a pair of Dodge Vipers and a $13,000 trip to Las Vegas.

Once news of the lawsuit broke – and the details within it emerged – forums, message-boards and Indiegogo themselves were inundated with hundreds of customers and product investors furious at the alleged misuse of their funds; not to mention the lack of actual helmet that they had paid for.

Whilst it may not have been the absolute reason for Skully’s failure, there is no doubt that the negative press and legal expenses surrounding the case did not come at the best time for the company and had played a significant role in the ultimate closure of the business.

However it’s been brought to Motofire’s attention – via an anonymous message online – that the plaintiff for the case, Isabelle Faithauer herself has now withdrawn her claims that and has in fact admitted that her accusations made in the lawsuit could be construed as being ‘without merit’.

According to the document that we have been sent, Faithauer states that after her dismissal from Skully, Inc in December 2015 she was ‘upset’ and that during the discovery phase of her case by her attorney she soon came to learn that ‘many facts, documents, and information th’ uncovered ‘could lead a reasonable jury to conclude that [her] claims were totally without merit’.

She states that it is for this reason that she dismissed her claims against the Wellers in an agreement to settle for mutual release of claims. The document is signed 28th of December 2017.

Motofire have attempted to contact both Faithauer and her Attorney to confirm the veracity of the statement we have received but at the time of publishing have not received reply.

It’s another intriguing twist in a company tale and story that seems to refuse to lay down and die and whatever the truth, there is no doubt that Skully tapped into the desire for motorcyclists to utilise greater technology within their day-to-day riding, and that the heads-up technology envisioned by the company will eventually be developed successfully.

In fact, since the initial closure of Skully helmets, a new consortium have taken ownership of the brand and have promised to release their version of the AR-1 helmet – now appropriately titled the Fenix – in the summer of 2018.

Neither of the Weller brothers have any involvement in the new setup.

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