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Old 05-09-2009, 01:58 PM   #1
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Icon's been Catholic for 4 years now?

From Motorcycle Daily
Icon's Icon: St. Christopher Rides a Motorcycle
By Gabe Ets-Hokin
Photo by Steve Simmermon
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Compared to the leather and denim of years past, modern motorcycle apparel offers miraculous value, protection and comfort, thanks to modern design and materials. So when Steve Simmermon of San Jose, California felt a lump in the pocket of his Icon jacket, he figured it was some kind of modern safety or comfort feature.

What he found instead was a St. Christopher medallion, dutifully sewn into the jacket by an anonymous overseas textile worker. St. Christopher, for those of you without the benefit of a Catholic upbringing or a few seconds to check Wikipedia, is a (unverified, meaning the Catholic Church does not have an official feast day for him) martyr who, legend has it, carried the infant Jesus Christ across a stream, staggering under the child's bulk, as he carried the weight of the world on his shoulders. This has made him the unofficial patron saint of travelers, including mariners, bus drivers and fruit dealers. One would presume motorcyclists as well but the Vatican has actually declared St. Columbanus of Bobbio our patron saint (motto on his medallion: "Pray for Us," which seems more apropos for Icon's bad-boy image). No matter: travelers we are, no matter what the Holy See may say, so St. Christopher can surely do the job. And Simmermon doesn't mind: "It's an interesting conversation piece."

But why did Icon sew it into his jacket? In this age of careful corporate Political Correctness, it seems odd for a company like Icon - operated by mongo moto-accessory distributor Parts Unlimited - to do this. So I emailed Phil Davy, Icon's opinionated and straight-shooting brand manager, to get the 411. Yes, Davy told me, Icon has been including St. Christopher medallions in all its jackets and vests for the last four years. But why? "Because!"

When I pressed for more information, Davy wrote, "It really was not meant as a religious statement as it was a much-needed good luck charm for all faiths, or no faith. If you don't like it do one of two things: cut the medallion out or just don't buy the garment. For the complainers out there, go complain to your Mom."

Either her or your parish priest. In any case, you can see Icon's hipster-oriented product line either on the Icon website or at your local Parts Unlimited dealer.
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Old 05-09-2009, 02:04 PM   #2
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is that really your bike in the sig? lol
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Originally Posted by mikes-si View Post
is that really your bike in the sig? lol
No JBL built it for bike shows or something, the specs on it are ridiculous.

The bike was converted from a 2005 race spec Hawk bike and no features a 10-inch sub in the tank, 12 speakers, two iPods, a Sony PSP, a dvd player and screen and a remote control for the lot. You can even plug a guitar in to a jack in the end of the exhaust.

The whole lot is powered by two massive amps in either side of the custom-made fairing putting out about 1500 watts.

The guy on TV said that they have to tighten all the bolts after everyshow because the bass rattles them loose

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haha thats really cool, don't have an icon but def wanna look for one!
Good post man!
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they need to save money from the little medallions and invest in so r&d to make better products imo haha
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Yup I found this little medallion in my icon leather jacket, I thought someone had left it there lol. pretty interesting tho
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man mine didnt come with one, it just had a little note that said "dont fall"
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