Triumph Motorcycle Clothing
Triumph Romero Jacket and Triumph Classic Jeans II
by Rick K. for webBikeWorld.com
| Owner Comments (Below)
We've come a long way from the days when a typical
motorcycle shop was a dingy backwater garage crowded
with grimy bikes.
Although motorcycle manufacturers have caught on to
modern marketing techniques, they still don't always get
it, in my opinion. But that's another story for
Motorcycles are a lifestyle, and one of the first
companies that got it is Harley Davidson. They
were selling motorcycle clothing and accessories almost
from the beginning, way back in the very early 1900's.
I'm not an expert on Harley history, but it's my
understanding that sales of clothing and accessories
helped carry the company through some lean times on more
than one occasion during the last 100 or so years.
But it wasn't until recently that some of the other
motorcycle manufacturers caught on.
Not only is
there money to be made by selling various accessoires
du marque that customers demand, there's the brand
loyalty to consider by offering a complete selection of
clothing that helps motorcyclists live the fantasy that
the marketeers have created with their powerful imagery.
Harley Davidson is the master at this, with their
destination stores sometimes being more focused on the
image than the product. There are at least three
Harley Davidson shops nearby where the motorcycles are
apparently props for selling clothing and accessories.
That seems a bit extreme to me.
BMW also has a complete line of clothing, mostly of
very high quality (and equally high priced), and it too
carries a style that reflects an image.
motorcycle stores in the U.S.A. aren't quite the
destinations that the Harley shops are, but BMW has been
slowly pressuring their dealers to develop single-brand
destinations, and it's my understanding that they only
allow BMW branded clothing to be sold in shops that have
a dedicated clothing boutique. Have you ever
noticed that it's nigh impossible to find BMW clothing
for sale online?
Then we come to Triumph. Triumph offers a wide
variety of clothing and accessories that unfortunately
are not on most motorcyclists' radar screens. I
have yet to see a really good Triumph clothing section
in a motorcycle shop. Most shops have a couple of
racks with dusty Triumph jackets, probably ordered back
when they first started stocking the bikes.
It's a shame, actually, because all of the Triumph
gear that I've seen is first-rate, equal to some of the
best available. Triumph's been on a tear recently
in terms of sales, so hopefully that growth will bring a
sharper focus on their clothing and accessories.
Triumph Romero Jacket
After looking through the voluminous Triumph clothing
catalog (you may have to ask to see one at your local
Triumph dealer), we settled on a retro-lifestyle outfit:
the Romero jacket and Classic Jeans II.
One of the reasons I think Triumph still has some
work to do in promoting their clothing is the lack of
information on their "Modern Classic" line. I'm
assuming the Romero jacket is in honor of Gene Romero, a
Motorcycle Hall of Famer who was a Grand National and
Daytona 200 winner in the heyday of Triumph, back in the
But you'd never know it from reading Triumph's
information on the jacket, because there is nothing that
I can find that confirms this theory, either in the
catalog on on the Triumph website. But check out
Romero's page on the Motorcycle Hall of Fame website
and I think you'll see where the styling of the Romero
As far as the big "02" numbers sewn on to the right
arm of Triumph's Romero jacket, I'm clueless.
Maybe it signifies Romero's two victories? He was
the 1970 AMA Grand National Champion and the winner of
the 1975 Daytona 200. If anyone can answer this,
please let me know.
The Romero jacket looks much better in real life than
it does in Triumph's photos. The cream-colored
leather, the real sewn-on patches, including the big
"Triumph" logo sewn across the back and the retro
quilted arm and shoulder pads look fantastic. The
jacket is very nicely made, with near perfect stitching,
no loose thread ends and rolled piping around most of
This is not a race-quality jacket, but my feeling is
that it probably offers a good level of protection,
better than many other textile or leather offerings I've
tried. One of the best features of the Romero
jacket is that it can easily be worn as a very
cool-looking street jacket; it looks great over a pair
of jeans, for example.
The jacket comes with CE-approved, removable Knox
elbow and shoulder armor. It does not have an
insulating liner, which is fine with me. There's a
full-length mesh lining that keeps the rider's skin away
from the leather inside. Surprisingly, the jacket
includes a full-length waist attachment zipper, and it
can be connected to Triumph's Classic II leather pants
and other leather and textile pants in the Triumph
There's also an internal pocket on the left-hand side
that closes with a zipper. The main zipper up the
front has heavy Nylon teeth and a metal zipper pull with
the Triumph logo.
The jacket has metal snaps at
the collar, the waist and the cuffs, and the snaps are
covered with a rubberized material to help prevent
scratches on the paint. There's also an auxiliary
"hook and loop" closure at the top of the neck and
zippers at the cuffs in addition to the snaps, and metal
snaps at the waist for adjustment.
The Romero jacket is available in sizes 38-52.
I normally take a size 44 (U.S.) men's jacket, and I
tried on several Triumph jackets in the local shop
before the salesman went in the back room and brought
out the Romero shown here, which is labeled as a size
"48/58", which I think means that it is a UK/Euro sizing
(i.e., 48 UK size and 58 Euro size).
I had some confusion about the way Triumph labels the
jackets, because at least one of the leather jackets
(not a Romero) that I tried was a smaller labeled size
but was way too big. The size 48 shown here is
slightly large for me, and I probably could have gotten
away with a 46, but I wanted a slightly looser fit so I
could wear it as a street jacket.
The Romero jacket lists for £250, which is about
$435.00 at today's outrageous exchange rates. My
local dealer charged me $390.00 for it, and I think it's
worth it, considering both the quality and the coolness
factor. After all, there's only one Triumph.
Triumph Classic Jeans II
I ordered the Classic Jeans II sight unseen; the dealer
didn't even know they existed and he didn't have them in
stock and we had to look through a couple of Triumph
catalogs before we found them in the "Leatherwear,
Jeans" section. I've always had excellent luck
ordering from Triumph in the U.S.; parts and accessories
are usually here by Wednesday when ordered on the
previous Saturday. These pants were no exception.
I'm not sure why Triumph calls them jeans, because
they look like just about any race-type leather
motorcycle pants to me, but maybe not quite as focused.
I have a size 36 (U.S.) waist, and when the pants came
in, I crossed my fingers, hoping they would fit, and
they do -- absolutely perfect.
I normally have lots of problems with motorcycle
pants, because either the waist, the armor or the legs
always seem out of proportion. The Classic Jeans
II fit me like they were custom made, and they're the
first pair of leather motorcycle pants that I've ever
purchased where the knee armor is exactly in the right
pants fit snugly, which is just the way they should be.
Most riders wear their motorcycle clothing, and
especially leathers, too loose.
If you aren't
struggling, sweating and cursing when you're putting
them on, then the clothes are probably too loose.
They must be tight to provide the best protection and to
keep the armor in place during a crash.
The Classic Jeans II (I wonder what happened to
Classic Jeans I?) are made from 1.2mm cowhide, just like
the Romero jacket.
The leather is supple and not stiff and it has a
high-quality feel. The stitching and seams are
also first-rate and the overall quality is excellent, in
The pants have stretch panels at the sides, above the
knee and at the top of the waist in the rear.
These panels are covered with corrugated leather.
There are also Cordura stretch panels in back of the
calf, up to the height of the back of the knee.
The pants also include removable CE-approved Knox
armor in the knees and shins and relatively thick
padding on each hip.
There are slash pockets on each side at the top of
the waist. Each pocket is closed with a zipper.
The waist closes with a metal hook and a zippered fly.
There is also a "hook and loop" backed attached leather
belt that goes through an attached square "D" ring at
the waist to secure the pants.
The pants have a full-length zipper that fits to the
matching zipper on the Romero jacket, and to other
Triumph jackets. The zipper on the pants is about
1.5" longer than the zipper on my Romero jacket, so it
doesn't quite match up, but this doesn't seem to have
any affect on the security of the closure, and it can't
be seen when the jacket is closed.
The waist comes up slightly high in the back, which
helps cover the rear if the jacket is not zipped to the
The Classic Jeans II, while somewhat misnamed, I
think would be a perfect pair of leather pants to wear
with most any jacket, Triumph or otherwise. The
only thing that marks them as Triumph is a small "T"
logo embossed on the upper right thigh, and the embossed
"Triumph" logo in the upper rear waist.
I really like these pants, first because they fit me
so well, and also because the quality is very high and
the leather is more supple than other leather pants I've
tried. I think they'll last a very long time.
The Classic Jeans II come in sizes from 30-42 and
list for £200, or about $350.00. My dealer charged
me $289.00 and I'm very pleased.
Many webBikeWorld visitors have asked us to review Triumph clothing, and I'm
glad they did. Triumph's selections may be hard to find at local
shops; you may have to ask for the Triumph clothing catalog and order the
items sight unseen.
But I believe most dealers are reasonable about
returning or exchanging the clothing if it doesn't fit correctly. It's
my understanding that Triumph has a liberal exchange and return policy.
Based on the examples shown here and other Triumph
clothing I've seen, the products are well thought out,
have nice styling and are of very high quality.
Most of the logos are discreet, so riders of any brand
should not have problems wearing Triumph gear.
Review: Triumph Romero Jacket - Triumph
Classic Jeans II
Retail Price: Jeans - £200, or about $350.00; jacket
£250, or about $435.00
|Colors: Jeans - Black. Jacket -
in: Pants - Philippines. Jacket - Unknown.
|Review Date: March
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From "K" (9/08): "Regarding the Triumph Romero jacket
article and the large "02" on the arm. I believe I ran across what
that stands for on the Triumph website.
In looking at some of the corporate tee shirts they
sell, they printed 1902 on some of them. I think that stands for the
year the original company began producing motorcycles. Hence what the
"02" stands for on the Romero jacket. It would be nice if Triumph
indicated both that meaning and the Romero connection as mentioned in the
BTW, I have used your website a whole bunch, from checking
how to replace the fork seals on a 1995 Triumph to glove and helmet reviews.
It's one of the few pages I check regularly. Thanks."