Barbour to launch proper riding kit!

By Marc Potter
marcpotter Tested every new bike since 1994, loves anything on two wheels, runs Potski Media, ex-BikeSocial boss. Recently discovered elbow-down riding - likely to end in tears.

Action from the ISDE in Germany where Barbour revealed the news

Luxury clothing brand Barbour is set to launch a new range of motorcycle clothing featuring proper body armour and features for riding bikes. The firm revealed the news at an enduro race at the weekend.

It’s the first time the brand has worked on genuine motorcycle riding kit since 1977 and the new kit, believed to be called the Rider range, is expected to feature traditional wax cotton appearance combined with modern body armour.

The riding kit is believed to be in development right now and the news snuck out as Barbour celebrated their involvement in biking with an appearance at the ISDE race in Germany – the world’s oldest off-road race which started in Carlisle in 1913.

A whole generation of motorcyclists grew up riding in the classic black Barbour International Jacket, which is still on sale today but Barbour are keen they bring their kit upto modern safety standards.

Barbour made an appearance with Bike Social's Marc Potter at the ISDE

Barbour launched a new range of Steve McQueen kit at the ISDE in Germany at the weekend. The International Six Day Enduro is the modern version of the ISDT, a race which McQueen himself entered with the official American Team in 1964, stopping off in London to buy Barbour kit to use in the event.

The new Steve McQueen Barbour range features a range of jackets, bags and casual wear inspired by the kit McQueen and his friends used in 1964, including interpretations of the classic International Jacket.

The range is available now, but we’ll have to wait a bit longer for the new range of riding kit unfortunately. We’ll be the first to tell you when it becomes available.

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