Since I reentered motorcycling about eleven years ago, I’ve been on the prowl for sturdy, supportive motorcycle footwear that didn’t scream, “Hey! This guy came to meetin’ on a bike! What you ridin’? A Harley?” Nothing against Harley garb, but I was looking for something that would look trim and professional.
Yesterday, I found ‘em. The Sidi Doha seemed to fill the bill. Yes, A&S had my size: 12ish US. Yes, the shoes felt supportive. And, yes, they didn’t scream motorcycle boot. I was in and out in less than 6 minutes.
In the evening, I began to have second thoughts. Had their sleek line swayed me? …their suede upper? …their thick, sticky, solid rubber sole? I determined that an early morning ride would put my impulse purchase to the test.
Early on, a low sun accentuated every bug carcass and scratch on the face shield of my Shoei RF -1000. That was irritating. Also, I noted gentlemen farmers, commuting from “estate” to their town-based cubicles in pricy German or American road cars, often couldn’t negotiate their side of the road while also managing a cup of Starbucks. Equally, if not more, irritating.
After ninety minutes, I am home. I did very little walking on my tour of the local Tuscany, so I wore them around the house for an additional hour or so. The Doha’s felt like a snug pair of shoes that would become a bit less stiff as they broke in.
A&S BMW/Triumph/Ducati/Vespa is one of the premier motorcycle dealers in the country. They are also in my backyard. They are local and therefore, my money is going to a local guy. I always check with A&S first. The Church of the Open Road encourages readers to shop locally.
Owner Randy Filice reminds me that A&S does have a price match guarantee.
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