When I think of the Ace Cafe, I generally think of motorcycle meets, cheesy chips and the joy of taking the wrong turning on the North Circular. Others might have slightly stronger views about it. But British heated clothing firm Blaze Wear is hoping we’ll think about their products after announcing a team up with the motor cafe to promote their new Moto range. Especially as they’ve timed it to coincide with the 80th birthday of the Ace Cafe, which originally opened in 1938.
Everything actually kicks off at the Glemseck 101 event in Germany on August 31st, 2018. From there, a group of riders including TT racer Conor Cummins and Ace Cafe owner Mark Wilsmore will ride back to London over five days, in something dubbed ‘The Continental Run – Powered by Blaze Ware’. Which sounds catchy, and also means everyone will turn up at the right time for the Ace Cafe Reunion weekend, which runs from September 7th to the 9th.
The annual celebrations also include the Brighton Burn Up Ride, at which Blaze Wear will present an aware for the Best Cafe Racer, and show off their heated motorcycle clothing collection for the first time. Apparently it’s the start of a long-term project between the two brands.
The New Blaze Wear Moto Range
So what kit are Blaze Wear going to offer in their new Moto range? Well, there’s the Blaze Wear Moto Heated Jacket Liner which apparently warms up within seconds of being activated and uses flexible carbon fibre heating pads to avoid be bulky. It’s powered by the motorcycle battery with a safety fuse and simple wiring to connect to other 12V heated motorcycle products. You adjust it with a one-touch LED waterproof temperature controller to choose 3 heat settings, and there are 7 heating zones, with two at the back, two of the chest, two on the sleeves and one on the collar. The temperature choices are Low (38°C), Mid (45°C), or High (52°C). It’s hand washable, comes in Black in sizes XS-XXL and will cost £169.99.
The Blaze Wear Moto Heated Trouser Liners are fairly similar. The difference is that they have a breathable water-resistant softshell fabric at the front, and a poly-spandex material at the rear to wick moisture away from your body. You get a panel on each leg from the thigh to shin, and they’re available in sizes S-XXL for £139.99.
Also due for release is the Blaze Wear Moto Heated Vest. Which is the same as the Jacket Liner. But it’s a vest. And it costs £139.99 as well, in S-XXL.
The last two products are the Blaze Wear Moto Heated Glove Liners for £79.99 with heat the back of the hand and are touch screen compatible in XS-XXL. And the Blaze Wear Moto Heated Socks for £84.99 which heat the entire foot and come in one size only. For the smaller items, ultra-thin carbon fibre heating elements are used to keep you warm evenly.