A WIN­NING COM­BI­NA­TION

IN­DIAN AND BELL PAIR WELL ON AND OFF THE TRACK

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If you’ve been pay­ing any at­ten­tion to Amer­i­can Flat Track rac­ing this sea­son, you al­ready know that In­dian Mo­tor­cy­cle and Bell hel­mets are a win­ning com­bi­na­tion. Just like the FTR750, both the In­dian Ben­jamin jacket and the Bell Bul­litt blend old-school styling with mod­ern tech­nol­ogy and per­for­mance.

In­dian Mo­tor­cy­cle does a good job of draw­ing from its past while look­ing to­ward the fu­ture with its race­bikes, pro­duc­tion mod­els, and ap­par­ently, its gear as well. The Ben­jamin leather jacket has classic four-pocket styling rem­i­nis­cent of vin­tage ad­ven­ture jack­ets, but in­te­grates a hand­ful of mod­ern safety and com­fort fea­tures. Ce-rated ar­mor comes equipped in the shoul­ders and el­bows; there is a zip-out plaid ther­mal liner, and hid­den zip­pered vents on the arms and back. This jacket will run you $500 and comes with a one-year war­ranty.

The Bell Bul­litt is mod­eled af­ter vin­tage Bell Star road-rac­ing hel­mets, while of­fer­ing a more mod­ern fit and con­struc­tion. The outer shell of the hel­met is slim, and the in­side is lined with gen­uine leather to en­sure max­i­mum com­fort. Flat and bub­ble shields are avail­able, as are a hand­ful of dif­fer­ent paint op­tions, in­clud­ing lim­ited re­leases, which are al­ways awe­some. This Boost Matte/gloss Black ver­sion is $400, and like all Bell hel­mets, comes with a five-year war­ranty. HB

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