So you’ve got the bike, the boots and the helmet. What about the jacket?
We’ve come a long way from the Happy Days era where as long as it was black and leather, it was more than enough to cut it. Bike jackets have amped up on the functionality and style factors meaning whatever kind of biker you are, there’s definitely one that’s going to fit you like a glove.
How would you know which are the right ones though?
There are no rights or wrongs when it comes to buying gear, just plenty of preferences. Some important things to always take into consideration are where you live, what you like and how you’d like to feel.
The elements, crash injuries and a host of other variables just means that you should take your gear’s protection levels very seriously. Protection is paramount. Padding in high impact areas like the shoulders and elbows are a standard fixture in most jackets now. The thicker the padding, the better, though depending on where you live and how much you ride, the hotter you might feel. If you’re running into problems deciding which jacket is right, consider asking yourself if you would rather sweat a little or bleed a lot.
What’s the weather like?
Plenty of technology exists now that makes riding gear fit for all kinds of climates. All-Season or All-Weather motorcycle jackets can be quite the god-send if you live in places where temperatures and humidity levels have the likelihood of changing quite drastically throughout the day.
The style factor
Whether most will admit it or not, both men and women motorcycle enthusiasts have a definitive style both on and off the bike. There is a plethora of styles, fabrics, colours and functions to choose from, we’ll be damned if you don’t do your head in when making your first buy.