10 Best Finds – International Motorcycle Show at Long Beach

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10 Best Finds - International Motorcycle Show at Long Beach

6. Schuberth C3 Pro

What is it? The latest and greatest from the German helmet maker. This helmet incorporates enough technical features to make every ride enjoyable and safe.

Price: $700-800

Why I picked it: This is a pricey bit o’ kit, but the level or attention to detail really makes it stand out. The kind folks from Schuberth U.S. were on hand to talk about their products and fit show-goers to the helmet that meets their needs. The C3 Pro immediately caught my interest after Sean MacDonald raved about it to me at the recent Aerostich pop-up event. Leave it to a German helmet manufacturer to design a helmet that seals against your neck, ensures the right amount of oxygen in your lid on cold days, and incorporates an integral antenna for the optional SRC Bluetooth system. All this is built into an attractive flip-up face and flip-down sun visor. This is the Swiss Army and Rolex of helmets rolled into one. I cannot wait to get my hands on, and my head in, one for testing.

10 Best Finds - International Motorcycle Show at Long Beach
Schuberth C3 Pro

7. British Motorcycle Gear and Belstaff Apparel

What is it? Legacy brand Belstaff makes jackets for motorcyclists that have the traditional style that we all crave, with added modern attention to detail and safety.

Price: $500-2000.

Why I picked it: British Motorcycle Gear is the U.S. distributor for Belstaff motorcycle apparel; a brand of with real history. Their jackets have been worn by the likes of Steve McQueen and T.E. Lawrence and many others over the years. BMG’s own line of gear felt like quality stuff and the best part is that they are priced reasonably well for the features and functionality built into the jackets and pants. If you’ve tried the other major brands, give BMG and Belstaff a try; it’s quality gear that looks right at an unpretentious price. Pick wisely, however. Waxed cotton outer fabric, while steeped in heritage, will not provide the same level of abrasion resistance as leathers or modern textiles. Nevertheless, it would be a perfect jacket for posing around town and on your retro standard or fancy Italian scooter. For those looking for more protection and all-season performance, take a look at BMG’s Long Way Down and Discovery jackets.

10 Best Finds - International Motorcycle Show at Long Beach
British Motorcycle Gear and Belstaff Apparel

8. This custom Triumph Thruxton

What is it? A Thruxton with a custom Airtech-Dunstall full fairing.

Price: Unknown

Why I picked it: With a nod towards the thriving aftermarket for their classics, Triumph had a populated their floor space with customs from various makers and owners. There were some pretty off-the-wall creations, including a twin-engined 1955 Triumph called “Double Vision, but the one that first caught my eye was this relatively unassuming red bike. The fairing really transforms the in-person presence of the bike and I think Triumph would do well to enlist the services of Airtech Streamlining to develop an off-the-shelf fairing kit for owners who want some wind protection and old-school racing style. I want one, desperately.

10 Best Finds - International Motorcycle Show at Long Beach
Custom Triumph Thruxton

9. Josh Herrin

Who is he? Former AMA Pro Superbike Championship racer, Josh is now jumping up to Moto2. He is the second full-time American rider in Moto2 history and the only rider to have made such a big leap from AMA.

Price: Josh is not for sale.

Why I picked him: At 23-years-old and already on an unprecedented path of success, Josh is refreshingly down-to-earth and fun to talk to. We talked about everything from his training regimen, to mountain biking, to the fact that he is 6-years engaged to his fiancé and how she shows up to every one of his races to support him. That and the fact that his favorite bike to ride on the street is a Yamaha WR250X. You can catch him in the 2014 Moto2 Championship racing with Caterham.

10 Best Finds - International Motorcycle Show at Long Beach
Josh Herrin

10. British Customs

Who are they? British Customs (BC) designs and manufactures bolt-on parts for Triumph motorcycle owners. They also do creative and functional one-off builds showcasing their most up-to-date solutions.

Price: Varies.

Why I picked them: The folks at British Customs embody that problem-solution spirit that I really admire about the customs and aftermarket motorcycle industry. They are a relatively small outfit but their products cover the entire Triumph range and they punch well above their weight. I got to chat with Jason Panther, founder of BC, and his team on the show floor and was impressed with their enthusiasm and grounded perspective on work and play. Their project bikes all embody distinct visions about motorcycles and are built with off-the-shelf and prototype farkles (that means function and sparkle folks). The beauty is that if you like the concept behind any of their builds, you can pick and choose which parts you want from the build right from their website. They also had a Scrambler project bike on display at the Triumph booth. The Scrambler Dirt Bike was caked with mud. That should tell you something.

10 Best Finds - International Motorcycle Show at Long Beach
British Customs
  • Guzzto

    I don’t get the “Belstaff is back making jackets” comment that lineup has been more or less the same for years. The Mojave (wax or leather) and the six day trials versions have been available through Urban Rider in London for years.

    If you want a waxed jacket with safety I’d go for the Union Garage /Vanson Robinson, a superior item in all regards heavier wax cotton, leather interior reinforcing and D30 , Warning they all cost more than a cheap dirt bike.

    • http://www.motopraxis.com/ Aakash

      Thanks for the heads-up and I’ll see about editing that bit. The Belstaf Mojave also can be had with D3O armor now but that leather reinforcing of the Union Garage sounds like a cool feature.

      • Guzzto

        Ah cool D30 is pretty amazing stuff, oh and that guys artwork is amazing!

    • roma258

      Yeah, that BMG website is basically frozen in time. But their stuff does look nice in person.

    • Dan Sciannameo

      I love my robinson from Union Garage. Chris is a great guy

  • livacpa

    You forgot the Southern California Motorcycles girls……. . . . . .

    • http://www.motopraxis.com/ Aakash

      I don’t need to state the obvious, nor do I intend to e-creep on women who are basically paid to stand around and attract sexually unfulfilled men.

      • livacpa

        Also my comment could not have been more sarcastic, they were awful

        • http://www.motopraxis.com/ Aakash

          Ah! I thought you were referring to various girls paid by the various booths to be in various states of undress for the various men who still want to walk around in full kit even though there’s a gear-check near the entrance. Sorry for the misunderstanding.

          • livacpa

            No problemo! If you saw these two you would know exactly what I am referring to, be glad you didn’t! That full fairing Bonnie really caught my eye too.

            • Geoff Bowen

              You know they’re bad when your girlfriend points them out to you!

              • http://www.motopraxis.com/ Aakash

                C’mon folks, let’s not bro-down on degrading other women. Keep it classy.

            • Clint Keener

              haha I saw one of them! What was she thinking.

              • Kittrelle

                I had a bit of a different take on those women in question. In the unreal world of models, they would be classified as plus-sized. I thought it refreshing to see real women struttin’ their stuff.

              • Camilo Garbanzo

                they’re just girls looking for work. nothing more. making fun of them is like making fun of the guy sweeping the fllor or emptying hte trash. “did you you see that guy get his pants soaking wet from the soda that spilled out of the bag? what was he thinking?”

  • drivin98

    Are you sure there were 10 Best Finds?

    I could have sworn there were 11.

    • http://www.motopraxis.com/ Aakash

      I hear you. Less lists more stories. Criticism noted.

  • stephen

    so how do i buy a makoto endo print anyhow? i went to his website and there is no option – these would look amazing on my big blank wall at home

    • Guest

      Send Makoto an email:

    • http://rideapart.com/author/aakash-desai/ Aakash

      Send Makoto an email. See here:

  • Mariano

    A Yamaha R6? In Moto2?…….

    • http://rideapart.com/author/aakash-desai/ Aakash

      Good catch! I’ll make the correction.

  • British Customs, LLC

    Aakash, great meeting you. Thanks for you support!

  • BillW

    While you’re making corrections, a marquee is the sign outside a theater. “Marque” is the word you were looking for (or accidentally added an “e” to).

    Also, Brit fan much? :)

  • ThinkingInImages

    The Dunstall fairing looks great! It’s sleek and elegant.

  • jng1226

    Josh Herrin is absolutely for sale – to the team with the highest bid for his professional racing services! Best of luck to him. Sad state of affairs for American road racing and I hope our home-grown talent can find careers in what they love to do.

  • The Blue Rider

    Thank you for highlighting the Thruxton! I had a similar experience at the Dallas show – I found myself drawn right to it. I have no idea how Thruxtons ride but everything about sitting on it was wonderful, just a lovely bike with two big gauges under that slick fairing… I wanted to take it home with me. Absolutely would buy ++

    • phoebegoesvroom

      I agree, it is a very pretty bike. Airtech carries so many kinds of fairings that it’s possible to add bodywork to virtually any kind of bike (with a little creativity, of course).

  • Jordan

    I read that Herrin went around the paddock after securing his SBK championship, thanking old crew members for their help that eventually got him to where he is now. I was really surprised that he and Sam Lowes wouldn’t be riding in the Moto2 Tech III squad next year, but I hope they both do well all the same.

    Judging from Herrin’s tweets, he sounds like a super cool dude. He even puts out his XBox Live gamer tag to play with his fans online.

  • phoebegoesvroom

    All four corners? Wouldn’t that GS only have three wheels? ;)

    • Ken Lindsay

      Spare in front as the 4th?

  • Florin Muraru

    I know that is also a British start-up is going to launch these days a HUD https://www.seedrs.com/startups/bike-hud with arround 280 GPB (440USD)

    • Tim Watson

      Thanks for this – we covered it a couple of weeks back. http://rideapart.com/2013/11/bike-hud-motorcycle-helmet-heads-up-display/

      • Florin Muraru

        Haaaa. Thanks, you are perfectly right-

        I just realized that actually on your site I see first the information. I tested at Motorcyclelive at NEC Birmingham, last week, and is an interesting device.. i loved that could be adapted to any helmet and you could use it on different helmets (if you have more). And sound a good investment.

  • contender

    Isn’t BMG made in China? You could get them (knockoffs, probably) from dhgate.com for a while. Awful spendy to farmed out. Interestingly, you can still get harley branded leather gear on that site.

  • http://krtong.com/ Kr Tong

    Thumbs up if you want nothing to do with any of these items! Wee!

  • Dirk Paintedman

    http://www.farleyandace.com/thruxthumbs.html

    Try these guys for a Dust Bin or Full fairing for your triumph