It goes without saying that motorcycle gear is synonymous with safety and protection. However, it cannot be denied that fashion also plays a huge role. Surely no one wants to get on board the brand new neo-retro machine that looks completely out of place because of its gear. In fact, it’s not uncommon for riders to sacrifice a little (or sometimes all) of safety to look dapper.
Fashionable riding gear has been around for decades now, with styles designed to fit a host of machines from the sturdiest off-roaders to the most streamlined superbikes. It’s only recently, however, that more and more protective gear that falls within a reasonable budget has come to the surface. Thanks to smaller brands trying to make a name for themselves in the entry-level market, the selection of gear and gear available to riders is now wider than ever.
Büse is a popular supplier of motorcycle-specific gear and gear in Europe, and has been responsible for keeping many budget-conscious riders safe and looking good on the road, track, or trail. Its latest product comes in the form of a bomber-style jacket, perfect for those who rock the sporty, neo-retro aesthetic. Made popular by Tom Cruise in the 1986 hit film Top Gun, the bomber jacket has become a staple in the motorcycle world and is loved by riders and non-riders alike. That said, the new Kingman jacket from Büse looks dapper whether on the street or on the road.
On the outside, the Kingman jacket is full of character, and is clearly inspired by the world of aviation. It even has the iconic “Remove Before Flight” tag attached to the upper arm pocket – something that has become extremely common, if not a tad tacky at times these days. However, the Kingman doesn’t skimp on protection either. The inner part is lined with Kevlar fibers sourced from DuPont which go a long way in preventing abrasion injuries and blunt force penetration.
The Kingman Jacket uses a traditional fit and is sure to be a flattering piece on or off the bike. Distinctive knit cuffs, hips and sleeves provide a slimming effect, perfect for today’s neo-retro Instagram generation. Reinforcements on the shoulders and elbows are integrated on the inside and are not visible from the outside thanks to a seamless cut. A back protector can be installed, thanks to an integrated pocket that can accommodate up to level 2 protection.
Perhaps the best thing about the Büse Kingman jacket is its price. While retro-style jackets from other more traditional manufacturers might cost you upwards of $500, Kingman’s suggested retail price is just $179.50, or about $198. It also comes in specific sizes for men and women. Specifically, 48 to 64 for guys and 34 to 46 for ladies. The colors consist of black and olive. Büse offers worldwide shipping through its website, but expect the price to vary depending on where in the world you are shipping.