Posts Tagged ‘Made in Wisconsin’

“Once you start something, finish it!”

Words to live by from Wisconsin’s custom builder Mike Rabideau who designs and builds his own motorcycles at Majik Mike’s Designs.  If interested you can see a day in the life video HERE.

Custom bike builders are always looking to make their bikes stand out amongst a sea of wild paint and chrome.  Majik Mike’s Designs are clean and isn’t it funny how minimalistic designs will stand out in a crowd these days.

Matt Binetti created this short documentary.  He reached out to me to share the story of his friend and a dedicated artist and his shop.

I was happy to do so.  Take a few minutes out of your day and enjoy the story of a rising star.

Photo courtesy of Matt Binetti and Mike Rabideau.

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It’s that time of year where I start thinking about rides and I’ve been looking around for a new pair of motorcycle boots.

Not the bulky steel-toe armor mid-shin style, but something that provides more wind resistance in the cold than my low-rider Doc Martins, but more important during those hot summer days doesn’t have me looking for cold water to stand in!

You might already know this, but I stumbled across a set of 6-inch Moc-toe boots with wedge soles from Duluth Trading Company (Item #43141).  Given that Duluth boots are made in the U.S.A. and have a “no bull” guarantee where you can return them for any reason… I decided to hit the BUY button on a black pair to give them a try and in a couple of days I had them at my door.

Clearly no two riders will agree on style or type of boot and I’m not giving advice other than riding with flip-flaps should be discouraged.  Motorcycle safety courses recommend “boots” that completely cover the ball of your ankle, are made from leather and have good traction soles.

At any rate, after receiving the boots and inspecting them I was reminded of a pair of wedge soled contractor boots I purchased back in my electric tradesman days when buying a pair of boots was a right of passage.  It turns out these are made in Wisconsin just like the famous motorcycle company and they are made with real Vibram soles and a Goodyear welt.  Once I laced them up and slipped them on it felt like I’d been wearing these boots for months.  A truly genteel leather feel which wasn’t like the last pair of boots I purchased where after a year they were still stiff enough to hold up a cinder block and left my feet feeling just as rough!  I also discovered that the boots come with a high-end shock absorbing gel insole that works quite well.

I haven’t had an opportunity to take these on a long road trip, but right out-of-the-box they seem durable and broken in for comfort.  These are not overpriced China built knock-offs and if you plan to invest $150 in a pair of boots I recommend giving the “Ultimate Contractor” Duluth boots a try.

Photo courtesy of Duluth Trading

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