To kick off the first season in business for Union Garage and to celebrate the five-year mark for Moto Borgotaro, we decided to throw a little get-together. We ordered a couple hundred pounds of crawfish from Louisiana, traded out all the bikes in the front of the motorcycle shop next door for a dozen picnic tables and invited all our friends and customers to come down to Union Street.
Sticking around the city for Memorial Day? After plenty of “unofficial” shop rides we’re putting this one on the calendar. Come one, come all. Just make sure you show up with a full tank of gas.
Italian boot company Stylmartin is back in business after a quarter-century hiatus. The brand has expanded on its motocross heritage to deliver serval urban offerings—the crown jewel of which is this full-grain leather options called the Indian. Complete with a Vibram sole, a sturdy shifter patch, inside and outside ankle reenforcement and a welted construction that can be resoled ad infinitum, this handsome boot boasted plenty of promise. See how it held up to six month’s worth of abuse.
Aether has earned a reputation for successfully marrying the functional demands of technical outerwear with the design dictates of urban living. Until just recently Aether’s product catalog was limited outdoor-oriented sports. But recently the company unveiled a refreshing new take on the motorcycle jacket. It’s called the Skyline. And we like it.
Fall is in full swing and temperatures are not going to climb much past the 50s for the rest of the year. Stay comfy and in control with these new gloves from REV’IT! that are specifically designed for winter and shoulder-season urban riding.
Meet the only jacket in existence that can be worn as a viable motorcycle jacket one minute, and walked right into the opera or any high-end restaurant without a second look the next. The Opera jacket is what Don Draper would wear if he needed to haul ass on a Triumph from his Madison Avenue office to his mistress’s apartment or some swank Manhattan steak house. Sure, it looks the part as much as any other dapper wool overcoat. But look beneath the surface to see that the Opera comes fully loaded.
Two weeks ago a good customer of Union Garage set out for San Francisco on his 1979 Moto Guzzi 850T3. Mr. John Pomeroy packed light: one side case full of vodka (work related), another case full of cocktail making implements, and a small backpack for clothes and sundries. It looks like he’s been having a hell of a time from all the updates he’s sent, so we thought we’d write him a letter.
Union Garage now carries the full line of Lee Parks Design gloves—both the short-cuff DeerTours and the full-gauntlet DeerSports, which use a deerskin palm and elkskin back. These gloves are hand-made in the U.S. from Grade-A deerskin—which is so soft and supple that 90 percent of it is exported to Italy to make women’s handbags. But make no mistake: this stuff is tough. Tougher than cowhide in a slide, and the material won’t shrink or stiffen when wet like cow leather does.
The new REV’IT! Brera jackets have arrived at Union Garage, and for $220 you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better, more functional fall/winter motorcycle jacket. Don’t be deceived by the casual styling the fur trim (which is fully removable if that’s not your thing)—this classic-looking bomber is up for the task of New York City commuting, with smart, subtly integrated features to keep its wearer protected from the road and from the elements.
Who says they don’t make ‘em like they used to? The aptly named “Lost Worlds” is a little-known NYC-based company that specializes in exact reproductions of flight and motorcycle jackets from the 1920s through the 1950s. These incredible horsehide jackets are as bespoke as they are badass, and we’re proud to be the only stocking dealer of the company’s classic cafe-collar motorcycle jacket this side of Japan.