© Alan Sharkey 2017
Alan tells me that I have spent nearly half as much as my bike cost on Motorbike clothing and accessories, so I consider myself well qualified to comment on what to look out for when buying Motorbike clothing – and what mistakes to try to avoid.
Clothing is either for style (if you’re under 30), for comfort and warmth if you’re over 40 and for safety – well if you’re over 50 you might admit to this, but it should be a major concern for all of us. You can definitely have style, comfort or safety – but can you have all three?
Some of us feel the cold more than others – and it’s probably colder in the pillion position than the rider (and that’s not just because I only do 30 when I’m in front – I do 30 faster on my new Bandit!).
So here are my guide-
Top & Bottom
When buying leather garments, remember it is a once in 10 year investment and needs to out-
If you can only afford one piece of leather clothing, leather trousers are much more functional than a leather jacket – they stop you sliding around on the seat and will support your back and rear-
Leather trousers should fit – with all the things you are going to need to tuck in them on the coldest day. If they are snug when you buy them, you will be in for a broken zip or at least some really uncomfortable rides until they ‘stretch’ a little bit. Do not think that they will ‘give’ easily. Try them on in the shop – with your long-
Leather jackets are probably more ‘summer wear’ than multi-
Whether it’s leather or Cordura, girls, do not be tempted to get a man’s-
If you do go for a leather jacket, it’s good to have one that will zip onto the leather jeans. It’s more comfy – and won’t slide up when, I mean if, you come off!
In addition to the leather jeans and jacket, you’ll need some over-
You’ll need some nice, soft, summer leather ones and some waterproof, warm, winter ones. Go for comfort and don’t forget if you’re a girl, don’t get men’s gloves.
Stylish or Waterproof? The only really waterproof guaranteed for life boots are Alt-
The Ultimate in Warmth and Comfort -
When I first ‘joined in’ the biking scene I thought that biking was all about facing the elements and being tough. Well, it is for some, and if that’s what you tell yourself when you have to peel your clothes off before getting into the bath to warm up, then you should be admired. Me? I discovered a heated vest at this year’s motorbike show – now I don’t notice the cold, and the truth is out -
There’s vests, gloves, trousers and socks in the range – and I’ve even cut down what else I wear under my jacket. Pure heaven! So guys, if you want to keep your pillion happy……how’s about a belated Christmas present?
In conclusion, I think yes you can be stylish-
© Alan Sharkey 2017
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