Tips on Motorcycle Gear Purchasing


Motorcycle gear should look cool, be comfortable and keep the rider safe. When purchasing motorcycle gear, make sure any piece is protective, yet flexible, breathable and comfortable. It needs to protect the rider in the event of a spill, shield the rider from elements like rain, wind, dirt and dust, all while being comfortable when sitting, standing and walking. That is a tall order for any garment, which is why it is important to purchase gear designed specifically for motorcycle riders.

The leather motorcycle jacket is the most important item. Every serious rider has one. The sleeves need to be long enough so that they do not ride up the arm when the rider is gripping the handlebars. The jacket should fit comfortably across the back and at the shoulders because if it is too tight it will restrict movement. The jacket also needs to be long enough so it will not ride up the back. Extra padding in crucial places like the shoulders, back and elbows will provide extra protection in case of a spill. A wind stopper at the neck will keep the neck warm, while the waistband, sleeves and neck should have the ability to be pulled tighter for extra protection from the elements. A jacket that has an extra layer of material behind or in front of the front zipper or snaps will also provide additional protection from the wind and rain. Pockets should have a zipper or velcro closure so items don’t fall out. A removable lining is a nice feature so the jacket can be worn in both warm and cool months. In the summer, many riders forgo the jacket in favor of the leather vest. It will help protect the torso while keeping the arms and neck free.

Since a helmet is not mandatory in all states, it is up to the rider to decide whether or not they will wear one. For those who do choose to buy a helmet, the key is to make sure it is secure but not too tight, otherwise it may cause headaches. A helmet with a removable comfort liner will give the option of extra padding and it will help to absorb sweat. Another option is the sunshade or visor. Many riders forgo these options and instead wear sunglasses or goggles. A good ventilation system in the helmet will keep the visor from getting fogged up, but it can also produce a lot of noise from the wind. There are several different types of chin strap locking systems, so be sure to choose one that you can open and close easily without any problems.

For pants, most motorcycle riders were either blue jeans or leather pants. The main requirements are that they are long enough so they do not pull up at the ankles and that there is extra space in the knees for long rides. Many leather pants will have extra padding in the knees. Riders who wear jeans will sometimes add a pair of leather chaps overtop of the jeans for extra padding, as well as style.

Leather boots that cover the ankles are essential for protection from the heat of the engine. They also reinforce the ankle and feet, which aid in the handling of the bike. The sole should have a heel under the sole so it can rest easily on the foot peg. They should also grip well and provide traction in mud, sand, oil and water.

Gloves, with or without fingers, are another optional item. Like all motorcycle gear, they do more than just look cool. They will protect the hands, not only from wind and cold, but from getting scraped in a spill. Metal studs serve as extra protection. The most important tip regarding motorcycle gear is that nothing should be hanging down loose that could flap in the wind or get caught in the bike.

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