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Icon 1000 Hella Waxed Canvas Jacket (Ladies)

The Icon Hella 1000 ladies jacket… waxed canvas sport cut women’s jacket with d3O armor? Um, yes. 

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Lady riders should be happy to know the press release that accompanied info about this rad jacket literally used the words, “There are more women riders than ever before, purchasing gear that both functions and flatters…” They are so right. 

Kerryann De La Cruz (of MotoIQ) lookin’ sassy in her gear, posed next to her CBR. “I’ll stop wearing black when they make a darker color.”
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Kerryann De La Cruz (of MotoIQ) lookin’ sassy in her gear, posed next to her CBR. “I’ll stop wearing black when they make a darker color.”

[ source: IG @kerryanndelaboost | motoiq.com | more motoladies ]

Annette Carrion, atop her Kawasaki Ninja, proves that flattering and protective gear for women does exist. Annette is a contributing author to Motorcyclist Magazine and lives in Los Angeles, CA. 

Annette Carrion, atop her Kawasaki Ninja, proves that flattering and protective gear for women does exist. Annette is a contributing author to Motorcyclist Magazine and lives in Los Angeles, CA. 

Silodrome and MotoLady have teamed up to bring you robust gear reviews accompanied by beautiful photography! The first edition? Why the Icon 1000 Akorp jacket, of course!

No matter what you ride, you need to have the proper gear to feel comfortable on your motorbike. Whether you’re hitting dual track off road routes for the first time, or taking a trip down to your local coffee shop… you’re going to need a jacket that offers warmth, weather protection, and space to carry all your stuff. You’re also going to need elbow, shoulder and back armour to protect you against everyday road hazards and crazy drivers that could bring you down (but hopefully don’t). And if you’re anything like me you’ll want to avoid the horrific fluorescent design monstrosities that plague much of the motorcycle gear genre. This classically styled jacket, designed after old school military gear, is a good example of fashion and function working together for once….

Read the full MotoLady Icon 1000 Akorp Jacket review on Silodrome.com »

Photographs by the talented Gregor Halenda, copyright 2013 (all rights reserved).

[ Buy the men’s Akorp or ladies Akorp on RevZilla | see more Gear Reviews ]

So this is why we wear KNEE ARMOR. Murphy’s law- the one time I am like “whatever, I’ll ride the 50 in this” (not just for a picture, I mean actually go pop some baby wheelies and stuff) I basically high side my knee into the bars. Minibike shenanigans… never underestimate them. Also, Murphy is an asshole.
Best part- Chris pops up and is like, “Did you break anything?” …He wasn’t referring to me. 

So this is why we wear KNEE ARMOR. Murphy’s law- the one time I am like “whatever, I’ll ride the 50 in this” (not just for a picture, I mean actually go pop some baby wheelies and stuff) I basically high side my knee into the bars. Minibike shenanigans… never underestimate them. Also, Murphy is an asshole.

Best part- Chris pops up and is like, “Did you break anything?” …He wasn’t referring to me. 

MotoLady Seven Days of Give-aways… put your hands in the air for day four! There’s three more days of THANK YOUS for being awesome and reading the blog. Best check back, y’hear?

Day 4, Thursday: Protect those palms and sausage fingers with some durable Icon Pursuit leather gloves… complete with knuckle armor! Great for keeping your most important tools protected while riding, and for bouts of frustration against the punching bag. Size large wrist shorties, great for a whole deluge of types of riding!

Alright, PUT YOUR HANDS UP TO WIN! Not in a getting arrested sense, of course… I mean send me a picture of those moto hands! Greasy, bleeding from mishaps (lessons, I mean), working on your motorcycle! Either email it to me (alicia@themotolady.com) or use the handy submit page

Submission deadline: Thursday, August 29th, 2013 11:59pst. Announcing winner: Thursday, September 5th, 2013. Winner is responsible for shipping costs.

MotoLady Seven Days of Give-aways is here! Holy shit is right, that’s a whole week of me giving away awesome free stuff. It’s a big thanks to you readers (and to celebrate hitting 10k likes on ye olde facebook page). Better check in, else miss a sweet chance for some motorcycle gear and goodies!

Day 1, Monday: Win this amazing Farmer’s Racer pack bag in orange 18oz wax canvas. After using my green bag for over two months now, I can tell you first hand how utilitarian it is. Having an almost nine gallon capacity makes it perfect for motorcycle camping, river trips, tool kits, almost anything really. The benefits of it being hand made in Sweden are very apparent in it’s construction. 

So, how do you win? Send me a creative photo of what you carry every day when you ride! It might be your rain gear, emergency tool kit, spare socks or underwear… whatever! But the prettiest layout and coolest photo wins, so put some effort into it (for inspiration click here) and either email it to me (alicia@themotolady.com) or use the handy submit page

Submission deadline: Monday, August 26th, 2013 11:59pst. Announcing winner: Monday, September 2nd, 2013. Winner is responsible for shipping costs.

Dory picked up her 8k Giveaway prize last night- brand spankin’ new Icon Pursuit gloves! 
You can see in her smile that she’s more than excited. This will be her first pair of armored motorcycle gloves!
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Dory picked up her 8k Giveaway prize last night- brand spankin’ new Icon Pursuit gloves! 

You can see in her smile that she’s more than excited. This will be her first pair of armored motorcycle gloves!

[ see more from the 8k Giveaway ]

The day got infinitely better when my new Icon 1000 Akorp jacket was delivered! Le happiness, le sigh!
I shall be doing a review, so stay tuned!
Oh and yeah, I got a haircut… whatever.

The day got infinitely better when my new Icon 1000 Akorp jacket was delivered! Le happiness, le sigh!

I shall be doing a review, so stay tuned!

Oh and yeah, I got a haircut… whatever.

Here’s one of the lovely winners of the MotoLady 8k FB Likes Giveaway, the lovely Sarah Bachtel and her classic Ducati Monster dark! Sportin’ her brand new Icon 1000 El Bajo’s now, you can see it’s a step up (pun intended) from her previous “gear”!

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Photos from my shoot with Lanakila MacNaughton, this time she’s in front of my camera! Photography by Alicia Mariah Elfving, copyright MotoLady 2013. 

Featuring the Icon 1000 Federal Jacket, El Bajo boots, Icon Pursuit gloves and Airframe Construct helmet. Thanks to Jonah for the 1980 Yamaha XS400.

Want to win the gloves and boots from this shoot? Check out the 8k FB Giveaway.

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If you missed it on facebook yesterday, I posted an 8k likes FB Giveaway contest! You can find the rules on the website here or to the left (8k Giveaway button). 
Go enter and share with your friends!
Oh and look out for more photos from the shoot I did with Lanakila MacNaughton for this giveaway!

If you missed it on facebook yesterday, I posted an 8k likes FB Giveaway contest! You can find the rules on the website here or to the left (8k Giveaway button)

Go enter and share with your friends!

Oh and look out for more photos from the shoot I did with Lanakila MacNaughton for this giveaway!

Question: Protective Denim

Question from Rob Brooks-

Any recommendations on protective Denim for women? Wanting to get my girlfriend some, but no one seems to make any that would fit to a woman’s body. Kevlar doesn’t flex. Figured you would be the one to point me in the right direction.

This is a question I’ve been asked a few times, so I’m going to address it here. First, my disclaimer: For full protection you should ride in fully protective motorcycle pants with hip, knee and shin protection. Leather or abrasion resistant textile designed for protecting a rider from road rash, etc. 

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That being said, many of us like to ride in more casual gear that will still offer us decent protection so that we can be comfortable and more safe than in jeggings and flip flops. The level of your safety gear is your choice alone, and while I offer options… I am not going to claim I wear a race suit every time I leave the house. I’ve listed some good looking protective motorcycle pant options below. 

I’m stoked on my new Icon Airmada “Stack” lid and “Justice” gloves. Took ‘em out for a little while last night, so good. 
[ more photos tagged Icon | boots | real women who ride ]

I’m stoked on my new Icon Airmada “Stack” lid and “Justice” gloves. Took ‘em out for a little while last night, so good. 

[ more photos tagged Icon | boots | real women who ride ]

Hi MotoLady! I was wondering where you got your armor for your legs from (make and model would help greatly!)? I am so tired of wearing my riding pants, as it heavy and just not flattering..looking for another option that will allow me to wear regular pants and still feel safe. Thanks! love your blog! — Asked by Anonymous

Hi there, and thanks for the compliments on the blog! Very glad you enjoy it. 

As for the knee armor, I have two different types that I use and enjoy for different purposes and with different boot/pant combos for comfort. 

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Icon Stryker Knee Guard ($105 on RevZilla)
Some of the perks of these is that they’re very sturdy, would fit bigger people well (I’m petite and they fit fine), and that they’re lined with Hydradry which wicks moisture. Air channels help with cooling, too.

Dainese Knee V Guard ($65 on RevZilla)
The Dainese shin and knee guards are a little longer than the Icon version, and they’ve come down in price since the style I have. Mine don’t have the same lower straps (they just tuck into boots) but otherwise are very similar. The perforation in the plastic is nice too.

I would definitely suggest picking some up! While it’s not as safe as wearing leather or textile riding pants (especially with the lack of hip/thigh/butt protection) it is a huge step up from riding in only denim.