After returning from an insufferably hot ride on Monday, clad, as we all are, in my regulation black jacket and black Draggin Jeans, I was browsing my picture collection and found a pic of Will Hartog, the Dutch GP rider of the 70s. Here he is. Will was kindly known as The White Knight . And it struck me: we have mesh gear to try and keep cooler, but why don't we have light-coloured leather gear, offering better protection, but not being a giant heat-sink which we carry round on our backs? I know it would be harder to keep clean, but surely in this technological age of wizardry in which we live someone could manufacture light-coloured, even white, leather gear which would be cooler but just as protective as our stock, punishing black?