Getting geared up for my motorcycle trip around the Adriatic Sea I finally found what I was looking for: the Olympia Moto Sports Ladies Mustang Jacket and Jeans. Genevieve Schmitt, formerly of Women Motorcyclist magazine, was testing them on Saturday on a ride around Mt. Tam here in the San Francisco Bay Area. Now with ATV magazine, she was covering the Kawasaki AMA Superbike Showdown at Infineon Raceway.
Anyway, back down to the outfit, this is not just fashion, but true technical motorcycle apparel constructed in authentic abrasion resistant Dupont Cordura® and outfitted with full CE approved adjustable and removable body armor. It’s also lightweight and breathable, which is just what I was looking for so I don’t become a self-sauna in Southern Italy and Greece. Genevieve said she had to wear leggings under them to stay warm on the ride around Mt. Tam so I know they’re letting air through.
But I wasn’t there to cover the races, I was there to meet Alice Sexton, president of WIMA (Women’s International Motorcycle Association), which is a great club for women riders all over the world. She’s just great and is reviving the club into a very active and useful place for women motorcyclists all over the USA. A petite, red-headed dynamo, Alice knows everyone and introduced me to a bunch of women journalists, including Genevieve. (Alice had seen the outfit on her earlier and thought I should take a look.) Dinner was delayed so four of us girls spent the extra time to try on each other’s gear. Sara Shilke had some super comfortable Oxtar boots with waterproof linings that she loved. Alice had a perforated leather suit by Hein Gericke that everyone was trying on…But one thing at a time…for now, it’s that cute Olympia Moto Sports outfit. It kind of looks like a safari getup. I can’t wait to get it…UPS sometimes just seems sooooo slowwwww….