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Old 01-17-2009, 06:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What boots and Jacket for Modern Classics?

I have Goldtop wool lined boots from 1978 and they are great particularly with white cafe socks. Comfortable, warm, look the business. But in rain they leak. I also have a Belstaff cordura jacket - looks the part but like the boots, suffers in real rain. I detest these modern bootie things that may be waterproof but are quite simply not the real Brit thing. And I loathe Hein Gericke stuff, because it is just not the real deal. Does anyone have suggestions for Brit bike gear that look the part but also deals with the weather for those longer trips?
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Old 01-17-2009, 08:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Bluddy nora - worrying about image? Isn't that a bit vain sofiaspin?

Nah just kidding. I would have thought that what you have there is pretty much it. I haven't seen anything on the market that matches that look.

There's always old school flying gear of various different types. Warm, but not necessarily waterproof.
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Old 01-17-2009, 10:47 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hmmmmm whatever you buy just make sure it makes your eyes sparkle and not in red because that is far to seductive.
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Old 01-18-2009, 12:06 AM   #4 (permalink)
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The classic British helmet would be the Davida... www.davida.co.uk. If you wanted to stick with the British theme look at Dr. Martens boots... www.drmartens.com. The jacket is a tough call. Some would say the Belstaff Trialmaster style is classic... www.britishmotorcyclegear.com, while others might go with the rocker style ala Perfecto... www.schottnyc.com.
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Old 01-18-2009, 12:12 AM   #5 (permalink)
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How about the wax cotton Belstaff and or Barbour jackets? Belstaff also makes an all wax cotton over pants now. I love my Barbour and is totallywater proof, have vents holes under the arms, and the pockett flaps won't let any water in them. Not to mention the belt to help keep the warmth in when dressing in layers. It's an excellent jacket and packs easily. Doesn't get anymore traditional than that.
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Old 01-18-2009, 02:40 AM   #6 (permalink)
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These leather Altberg Clubman Classic waterproof boots are superb. I bought mine 5 or 6 years ago. They have NEVER let water in. They are very warm in sub zero temperatures, and are supremely comfortable on the bike. I can (and have) walked miles in these boots at race meetings with very little wear to the soles. They are as comfortable off the bike as my indoor slippers. I fell of my track bike at the Silverstone GP Circuit in the wet at over 70mph about 4 years ago and the boots were not even scratched.


The Original Altberg High Leg Bike Boot - unchanged since 1989 combines modern technology & components with traditional boot making. The boot is used by many UK & Scottish Police Forces.This is a tough boot - solid underfoot support and crush resistant midsole, waterproof membrane lining - tall classic leg design. A great British boot at its best in the worst British weather & conditions.
CE CERTIFIED PRE DIRECTIVE 89/686/EEC ANNEX II

Sizes: 3 1/2 - 13 1/2 Sole: Skywalk dual density trek
Width Fittings: XN, N, M, W, XW Midsole: 883 med/firm polypropelene
Weight: (size 8) 960 gms Lining: Cambrelle/hydromax waterproof breathable
Leg Height: (8) (includes boot heel) 37cms Leather: English full grain 2.2/2.4mm WR100
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Here is their website.
http://www.altberg.co.uk/Web/motorcycle1.jsp

They also make the Clubman Classic's with Buckle fixings if you prefer that to my version, which uses Velcro. There are also several other designs available if you don't like this design.

Altberg will also re-sole their boots at a reasonable price. If and when my Altbergs need replacing, and I fully expect them to last at least 10 years, I would buy the same boots again. These boots are quality (and no, I do NOT work for this company, I'm a satisfied customer.

My leather jacket in the photo below taken a couple of years ago before the bike was modified is a Triumph item, which suits the cafe racer style IMO. The leather is very supple (but not waterproof) and it's very comfortable. The Davida helmet has since been replaced with an Arai open face helmet for occasional use, which although not as good quality as the materials used in the Davida, is more comfortable for me.
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Old 01-18-2009, 05:23 AM   #7 (permalink)
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THanks Robno - I will enquire about Altberg as that could be the answer. Great photoalbum - is that an age related plate you have put on the bike? I am moving towards a Norvil restoration job on a Norton as the Thrux needs some real 60s company in the garage.
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THanks Robno - I will enquire about Altberg as that could be the answer. Great photoalbum - is that an age related plate you have put on the bike? I am moving towards a Norvil restoration job on a Norton as the Thrux needs some real 60s company in the garage.
Without labouring the point too much (LOL) you would not regret buying a pair of Altberg boots.

The plate was transferred off a Vespa scooter circa 1959. I bought the plate quite cheaply off Ebay. The 746 is good as the bike was bought new on July 4th 2006, and the NS are my son's initials, with the 'J' standing for Junior!!! I know, I'm sad LOL. The bike and plate has been promised to him sometime in the distant future, when my biking days are over.
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I am also a big fan of Altberg boots and have 2 pairs both absolutely perfect. I do admit to being a personal friend of the owner Mick Sheehan - once you know the man you begin to understand why he makes such good boots - he's absolutely passionate about what he does and is also a biker.
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