Richa Bon­neville Jacket

Tested by: Ross Mow­bray RRP: £199.99-£219.99 // Colours: Black, Green, Sand // Sizes: S-6XL

Motorcycle Monthly - - Tried & Tested -

If you’re look­ing for a stylish mo­tor­bike jacket that keeps you safe and dry out on two wheels then you could do a lot worse than the retro Bon­neville jacket from Bel­gian bike brand Richa.

Al­though vin­tage in ap­pear­ance, the Richa Bon­neville jacket has all the mod­ern tech­ni­cal fea­tures you would ex­pect from a brand new mo­tor­cy­cle jacket. It is fash­ioned from high qual­ity waxed cot­ton from the Bri­tish Millerain Com­pany, which of­fers a high level of abra­sion re­sis­tance as well as the renowned wa­ter­proof­ing qual­i­ties – to which I can tes­tify (it’s kept me bone dry in a down­pour more than once). There is also a re­mov­able padded in­ner lin­ing too, which makes this jacket even more versatile, suit­able for all-year-round rid­ing. The jacket fea­tures CE ap­proved five-piece ar­mour in the back, shoul­ders and el­bows – and hav­ing tak­ing a tumble in the moun­tains of Italy re­cently, I can say with con­fi­dence that it’ll take care of care of you should the worst hap­pen. Ad­mit­tedly, I didn’t come off at any great speed – prob­a­bly about 35mph – hav­ing pushed the weighty ad­ven­ture bike I was rid­ing to the limit of its lean an­gle, as I at­tempted to weave my way through a sec­tion of tight switch­backs on an Ital­ian moun­tain road. My mis­guided con­fi­dence and a small patch of gravel caused me to come a cropper, as I dropped the bike and to­gether we slid into the kerb. But, the jacket held up ad­mirably, with the only dam­age be­ing a small tear on the sleeve as a re­sult of abra­sion – but thank­fully the fab­ric lin­ing held strong, and kept my skin in­tact. From a styling front, it harks back to the heady days of early motorcycling, and bor­rows a few fea­tures from the iconic Bar­bour In­ter­na­tional jacket – but comes in at a frac­tion of the price. It fea­tures a waist belt and buckle col­lar clo­sure, a small Union Flag de­tail on the chest pocket, a cor­duroy col­lar lin­ing, checked cot­ton in­ner and plenty of in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal pock­ets for stor­age too. And now it’s got a few small scrapes and an em­bed­ded layer of fine grit from my Ital­ian in­ci­dent, it looks the real deal; like Steve Mcqueen him­self wore it while tear­ing across the Cal­i­for­nian desert.

Priced at just un­der £200, it comes in at much lower price than any­thing you might be able to buy from Bar­bour, and it’s equipped with cer­ti­fied im­pact pro­tec­tion and a pretty im­pres­sive level of wa­ter re­sis­tance – so if you’re in the mar­ket for a new bike jacket that you’re able to wear both on and off the bike, you could do a lot worse than the Bon­neville from Richa. In fact, I’m tempted to get another, as I’ve con­signed my dam­aged jacket to dirt du­ties.

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