I recently went to the Pipeworks market (camblefeild area) in melbourne. There was a stall there that sold bike gear. They stocked genuine Black Rose gear, which is an OK brand and provides adequate protection. I was surprised to see some Joe Rocket SUZUKI replica jackets, or similair, for only $200 new. There was a good range of colours/styles, but on closer inspection, they were fakes. Being fake is not the issue here, however, as on touching the jacket I realised it was of low grade, non protective cheap leather. It had armour inserts in the shoulders, elbows and back. I have had experience working with Evan Delini, making custom jackets and racesuits, and though my knowledge is limited, I know that these jackets would do sweet FA in a slide. I asked some questions to the stall holder, playing along with nievety, and was told that they were fakes, but made of the same high quality protective Top Hide leather that the real ones are, and that they are safe for the racetrack ect ect ect. There was also a synthetic Yamaha jacket, which had the CODURA labels on it, and for $170 and a closer look, it wasnt Codura at all. I was shocked and discusted. This guy was selling equipment that is meant to save lives and limbs. The fact that new riders would not know better (I wore a sports jacket around for ages) and that the first few months of riding can be most dangerous, means that this is taking advantage of the nieve. I have seen similair items at other markets, such as the Queen Victoria, and I think it should be stopped This sort of practice is nothing short of Dispicably Evil, and after walking away I will be back next week to tell him (politely) what I think. After all, he might no know either.