Honda and Forever 21 show that young people could be interested in motorcycles. Or the clothing at least!
Trendy high-street favourite Forever 21 and perennial motorcycle manufacturer Honda have joined forces for a capsule collection in the US of A – and it’s everything that you would expect the results of a heavily youth-orientated brand browsing through the plentiful archives of a motorsports iconic brand to be. It’s loud, bright, brash and – quite frankly – brilliant!
Taking its major design cues from the 1980s and ’90s, the current fashion for large, dominating logos shows now signs of abating with the classic Honda wings being blended with chequerboard linings and huge blocks of Honda’s red and blue.
It’s all streetwear of course with sweatshirts and racing jackets all being blended with the staple T-shirts. But of specific interest is that the majority of the collection is aimed towards women with vintage-inspired crop-tops and skirts all making an appearance.
We’ve been talking about motorcycling verging across the fringes of high fashion for a couple of year’s here on Motofire, with both Vogue calling it out as a style to watch and Rihanna using it as the basis for her latest collection, so it was only a matter of time before it hit the high street. Although despite the whole new wave custom scene taking a stab at bringing motorcycles into the forefront of fashion-followers minds, the continued aging population of bikers and the existence – still – of fluffy helmet covers on the UK streets show that we’ve got a long way to go.
Bravo Honda and Forever 21. Let’s hope this means a few more young people will be inspired to pick up a CRF250L to match their new threads!
H/T: Asphalt and Rubber
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!