others say ......
Go to any motorcycle show these days and there are
numerous stands offering T-shirts, some very cheap and some
very expensive. The problem is that until you have worn
and washed them a few times you have no idea as to whether
they are going to be covering you body in a months time,
or polishing your bike. Even the price is not a reliable
Another problem buying at a show is that you can get
caught up in the mood or feel pressurised, or just buy because
a shirt is cheap. The other big problem is that you end
up with something everybody else has and as bikers we all
like to be individuals rather than sheep, after all that
is why we ride bikes!
I am pleased to report that help is now at hand from
a UK firm called quite simply Biker T-shirts. Thanks to
a magnificent website you can sit at home and browse at
leisure through their existing designs or create you own.
They have also recently teamed up with FoTToFinders in the
Isle of Man to produce a range of t-shirts featuring Road
Race Legends over the years. FoTToFinders have over quarter
of a million photographs of Isle of Man and Ulster GP riders
from 1907 to modern day. (www.fottofinders.co.uk)
So you can now choose your own image to be printed on the
shirt which could mean you are literally the only person
wearing that shirt. Each original negative is scanned and
then painstakingly retouched to remove scratches and dust
marks before creating the graphic for the t-shirt so you
need not worry, you will look good!
I was so impressed with what was on offer I ordered
a shirt from the above collection and one from their birthday
range which quickly arrived in well wrapped cellophane packaging.
Designs can also be printed onto sweats and hoodies if you
want something warmer.
Having unwrapped them I found classic t-shirts made from
a sturdy 185 g/m², 100% cotton with all seams double
stitched. The flex print graphics on both were perfect and
the colours were good, so everything looked promising for
a long life.
Now two months down the line with lots of wear and
washing they have not faded shrunk or done anything other
than what they should do. Certainly both have attracted
constant attention with people asking where I got them,
which is always nice and makes you realise you are wearing
something different. So all looks good for both to be in
the draw for me to wear for years to come, rather than the
rag basket for next month’s bike spring clean!
So al I can say is if you want a top quality product
that will get you noticed, take a look at their website
and make your selection from the comfort of your own home.
Worth sending the website to loved ones for present
ideas as well. (Also check out their extensive gift site
as well!). Highly recommended!
Ian Kerr MBE - Motorcycle Journalist