Alpinestars Verona Jacket
If straight-black apparel is your thing, check out Alpinestars’ City Collection. This line of subtle-but-stylish gear offers excellent protection without making you look like Ricky Racer. The Verona jacket is made from soft, durable polyamide and has CE-certified armor at the shoulders and elbows. A waterproof liner fends off foul weather while a removable thermal insert keeps you warm. As part of the City Collection, this $199.95 jacket has limited branding and offers plenty of pockets and comfort features such as neoprene cuffs, multi-panel construction and a fleece collar interior.
Black Ops iPhone Case
The iPhone 4 is a pretty robust piece, but if you are hard on equipment you would be wise to wrap an Element Case around your precious device. The limited-edition Black Ops Vapor Pro case is like a flak jacket for your phone. It uses a machined-aluminum frame to fend off impacts and comes with a non-glare screen protector and embossed ultra-suede back cover to prevent scratches. The $149.99 kit also includes a zippered transport pouch, screen-cleaning cloth and the miniature wrench required to install and remove the case.
Black Ice Wheels
Chrome wheels go well with blinged-out bikes, but even 100-spoke hoops seem cliché these days. The Black Ice finish from Harley Davidson is available on Roulette, Agitator and V-Rod wheels and is all new and distinctly unique. It’s not just black chrome, it’s a proprietary treatment that complements chrome and black accessories equally well with its incredible depth and impressive luster. Sets start at $1100. Pick up yours before they become as ubiquitous as fat spokes and flame-cut mags.
Your chain will never look dirty if it’s supposed to be black! Now you can get EK’s premium Quadra-X Ring sealed chains in a spectrum of colors including green, yellow, red, purple, orange, blue and black starting at $115. The outer links are powder-coated for flash while solid bushings and X-ring seals insure strength and long service life. Silver and gold chains are also available.
Icon Victory Hard Luck Jacket
Some of you may remember the Metal God jacket, Icon’s ultimate exercise in excess. The Victory Hard Luck jacket isn’t as extravagant, but it’s still a snazzy piece with plenty of black leather and macabre details—perfect for hard-riding bikers with extra-large egos to support. It’s heavy on style, and features, too. The Hard Luck has CE-approved shoulder and elbow armor, a dual-density back pad, zippered vents, houndstooth lining and plenty of “13”s stitched into the chassis. Only 100 jackets will be produced, and they’ll go for $777, just to keep with the theme.
Brake Tech Axis Rotors
Black brake discs? Not quite: The black finish on Brake Tech’s Apex iron rotors is an anti-corrosive coating that wears off the swept surface but leaves the rest protected from oxidation. Unlike other full-floating rotors, the buttons on the Axis discs are non-load-bearing. Braking force travels through the flat tab on the disc blade to the flat portion of the aluminum carrier, offering superior load transfer. Axis rotors are available for most modern sportbikes starting at $329.99 each. For permanently dark discs, you’ll have to upgrade to Brake Tech’s ceramic-composite units.
H-D Rider Comfort System
Fall is closing in, and that means rapidly changing weather. Harley’s Rider Comfort System apparel keeps female riders happy no matter what the day brings. This integrated 3-layer system is designed to deal with temperature swings, and the $65 RCS Layering Top serves as the foundation. This performance base layer is made from Coolon material that wicks moisture to keep your skin dry, assisting the cooling process and also preventing chills. RCS apparel is designed for women, but that doesn’t mean it comes in a variety of colors. Black with orange accents is your only option.
Vance & Hines Black Exhaust
You won’t get any bluing on these pipes! The ceramic coating on Vance & Hines’ black exhausts is chip-resistant and can withstand temperatures up to 1500 degrees Fahrenheit. The matte finish matches blacked-out engines, frames and other components and is available on most of Vance & Hines slip-ons and full exhausts for American and metric motorcycles. This Big Shot exhaust for late-model Harley-Davidson Softails retails for $680.95 and combines cutting-edge style with legendary Vance & Hines performance.