You've tried the bike now buy the trousers. David Williams on the stuff Royal Enfield would like to flog you once've you've bought one of their motorcycles
Most self-respecting bike brands produce their own lines of liveried clothing and Royal Enfield, whose GT Continental I rode last month, is no exception.
It has a bright and comparatively inexpensive range of gear designed to complement the bikes. The GT Continental Riding Jacket is reasonably good value at £139.99, even if the designers overdid the logos and red mesh panels. Made from abrasion-resistant nylon with reflective white piping it has a built-to-a-budget feel but is light, flexible and comfortable and with its zip-out liner is a credible year-round jacket, but only if you leave room for layers underneath.
It has a waterproof liner, soft necklining and lightweight shoulder and elbow armour.
The ‘vintage’ Denim Riding jeans feel more upmarket and better compliment the style of the bike. Costing £100, the ‘Tough Max Lycra’ fabric is comfy and neatly incorporates CE-approved light hip and knee protectors.
The great-looking ‘period’ helmet is only £79.99, but feels insubstantial, especially with the high-rise rear cutaway where fabric replaces what on most helmets is a hard shell. Constructed from ABS it felt perched on – rather than wrapped around – the head. Adding insult to injury (although admittedly no one has ever accused me of having a small nose…) I couldn’t get the visor down either. It was too tight a fit.