Some of us feel like a superhero on our motorcycles—after all, compared to the suckers stuck in their cars in traffic jams or circling the block looking for elusive parking spots, we really do have superpowers—and our brightly colored gear can make us look like superheroes as well. But Canadian company Universal Designs, Ltd. lets you go a step beyond by offering real motorcycle gear patterned after your favorite movie and comic book superheroes and villains.
At prices about what you’d pay for high-end off-the-rack motorcycle apparel, customers can select from a wide range of officially licensed costumes. Fans can dress up like Ironman, Dare Devil, Rinzler from the movie Tron, two kinds of Batmen, an Imperial Storm Trooper, Darth Maul, Wolverine from the X-Men, and others. They’re made from form-molded (or what used to be called “boiled”—it’s the same technique roman Legionaries used to make their armor) leather that looks pretty real, as well as providing protection from real hazards. CE-approved armor is also included at high-impact areas, and the costumes are complete down to gloves and boots, although the Stormtrooper helmet isn’t DOT-approved.
Frankly, showing up at my local riding hangout in Imperial Stormtrooper regalia may be a good way to be mercilessly ridiculed. But Universal Designs has some more subtle products, like the black-and-red biker jacket worn by Christian Bale when he portrayed Bruce Wayne in The Dark Night, or a plain black jacket inspired by Batman Begins with the bat logo embossed on the chest. Items start at around $300 Canadian—check out Universal Design’s website for more information. It looks like some serious fun for the hardcore nerd that dwells in all of us.
Just remember—those actually are the droids you’re looking for.