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Gear Review: 55 Collection Hard Jacket

Product: 55 Collection Hard Jacket Made in: Barcelona Cost: €480 (US $510)
It’s likely you’ve never heard of 55 Collection; the Barcelona-based leather goods company is relatively small and has only been on the scene for a few years. So, allow me to introduce you to a company that’s making some of the best-looking and unique motorcycle jackets out there at the moment.

Adopting the “non serviam” nonconformist attitude that seems to run through a lot of Spain’s motorcycling culture (check out the crazy/beautiful custom works of El Solitario MC, for example), 55 Collection’s jackets may split opinion because of the company’s willingness to make jackets that are fashionable – that is to say, jackets that have a strong fashion element. The old dudes will decry hipsterism or some such thing. And indeed, I’ll admit that when company founder Aitor Gonzalez offered me a chance to try out one of his jackets I naturally defaulted to the most conservative of his offeri…

You, sir, look ridiculous

Dude, you are a tool.
I'm green. I have no shame in admitting that. Everyone has to be green at some point, and right now is that point for me. And in as much, I recognise that I don't really have much a leg to stand on when it comes to assessing other people's choices of bike, i.e. the type of bike they choose to spend their money on.

At the moment, I personally lean more toward the look and attitude of cruisers. When I picture myself riding, I don't pine to be hitting curves at bum-clenching speed. The idea of calmly exploring open space is far more appealing to me. I don't see motorcycling as a sport but a way of being free, and of getting to where I want to go. And to that end, I frequently find myself considering practical bikes such as Honda's NC700X or a Suzuki Inazuma. At the right price, I'd consider any number of other bikes regardless of their look or the inferred personality that comes with owning one.

My point is: I'm not the sort of person to criticise what bike a person rides, nor do I really have any right to do so. If you want to ride an efficiency scooter or an overpriced shitpile of ridiculous, that is your right. But great googly moogly do I think Boss Hoss bikes are stupid.

Paying upward of $100,000 for an impossible-to-control monstrosity that only gets about 18 mpg from its 8-gallon tank is just so mind-bogglingly ignorant I find it hard to believe. Especially considering that the bikes do not even look cool and are possessed of the strange ability to make anyone who stands near one look like a desperate tool who is trying to compensate for the total lack of something – manhood, personality, scruples, good taste...

The only human being whom I can imagine might look even remotely cool on a Boss Hoss is Andre the Giant*. Sadly, he is dead. So, there is no reason for these bikes to exist. The fact that they do points to the dark heart of America, the thing that keeps us at arm's length from our true greatness.

What kind of person would you have to be to pay money for such a thing? What sort of absolute soulless jackass would look at such a joke of a machine and think: "Hmm, I could buy this shining piece of shit, or I could buy a house. Yeah, I think I'll choose the shining piece of shit, the abominable hunk of prematurely ejaculated novelty patriotism that is this... thing."

You make me weep, Boss Hoss. You make me weep for motorcycling. You make me weep for my country.


*And that is entirely due to the inherent coolness of Andre the Giant.


  1. Chris,

    You're killing me! Bahahahaha!!! I thought that guy was just small.

    I love your title best. That really tells it all.

    Love it!


  2. Chris, imagine you make $1 mill/year (many do). $100,000 for a house? Give me a break! This bike is so different, might be a good investment.

    Ok, back to "reality". If a company can make a buck selling these monsters then America is great. I'm not a fan of patriotism (keeps the sheeple spending on useless junk) but this machine will roar down the road in a very intimidating fashion. That's what America is all about. Intimidate everyone on the planet.

  3. I was at the Spokane, WA motorcycle show yesterday and actually saw a couple Boss Hoss's. They are twice as large as the Triumph Rockets that were just around the corner from them. The fanciest one I saw cost $45,000 usd.


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