The Motorcycle House asked "Please do an honest review of our Angel Fire Jacket." Ok, I checked the website, saw a cheap jacket, ok this can't be too great. Sure I will do it but I was not expecting much.
What a surprise. What a shock. This jacket is amazing for an amazing price. I have been riding bikes for over 40 years and plenty of jackets have come and gone. I still have my first jacket, a Lewis Brandon style the same style as this jacket from The Motorcycle House. I have a soft spot for Brando style jackets, I was hoping this one would be good. It's a modern version of the old favourite. The quality of this jacket is fantastic. At first I thought it a light jacket just for cruisin the burbs but after a couple of long rides in winter weather and a ten minute shower I am impressed. This jacket has a quilted polyester lining which I thought felt a bit thin at first but it works well. My first impression was that this jacket is too comfortable to be much good in the real world of road riding at speed and in cool weather but it surprised me with its ability to keep the elements at bay. A vest from Motorcycle house would be a perfect combo. Brando jackets are an under rated style I reckon. They are very flexible. Buckle and zip it up and the generous overlaying layers under the zip keep the wind out more so than a couple of expensive sport jackets that I have. When summer comes it is easy to let a bulk of breeze in by just opening the neck, so the best of both worlds. I have soldiered on with other jackets in the Aussie summer and on some days nearly passed out from heat exhaustion but the Brando jackets have been best in this situation and this jacket from the Motorcycle House is as good as any of them and at this amazingly low price.
The details are good. Zips, pockets, studs, lining and leather all come up to scratch.
The only negative for me is that there is no armour at all in this jacket. For lay back cruising the mean streets that is fine but definitely not for the track days. Still I would like a couple of layers over the elbos at least but then the price might not be as low as it is I guess. The Motorcycle House has other jackets for those days. I am 6 foot (183 cm) tall, medium build and I have a 3xxl jacket but I could get away with a 2xxl for sure but I like to be able to wear a hoody under my jackets for when it really gets chilly. I highly recommend the Angle Fire from The Motorcycle House, for the low price it is a winner. For more details check The Motorcycle House website.
Recently MOTORCYCLE HOUSE AUSTRALIA asked me to do an honest review of one of their bags. OK, Honest? I was prepared to cast a very critical eye over this product, and I did.
Meet my new daily ride bag, the Viking Sport Tail Bag is that good. I love this bag. I have spent some time with this bag and wish I had acquired one sooner. For years I have soldiered on with the classic framed floppy motorcycle bag and they have performed well but those days are over; its time to up grade. No more strapping a backpack or camping bag with multiple untidy bungy straps all over the back of my sport bike and damaging the paint work. The new generation is here and it is a leap ahead in design, construction and affordability.
This fantastic bag from Motorcycle House is very well made, stylish and hasmany useful features.
The first impression might be that it is a small bag but it is surprising how much gear you can get into it. Cleverly there are two zips around the sides of the bag, once undone increase the size of the bag considerably. There are side pockets to help organize your stuff and in the lid has sections for pens and your paper work. I managed to fit a pair of jeans, a hoody, two t-shirts, socks and undies for two days, book, beanie, toiletries, map and small water bottle easily. Really, how much more do you need on a sports bike?
This bag can be locked with a small padlock through the zips and it comes with a rain cover if you get caught out in it.
My favorite feature - the bungy straps are part of the bag. They are easily removable but can remain with the bag when it is taken of the bike. This bag can also be a great addition to any bike not just a sport bike.
The bag comes with a comfortable carry handle and also a carry strap so the bag can be carried hands free.
True there are similar bags in the market but at the price that Viking Bags are selling they have to be on your list. This bag has all the features of the expensive products, is extremely well made, strong, looks good and should last a long time... and the low price!
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