Motorcycle Riding Gear
The motorcycle is out of the garage and ready to hit the highway for some much-needed cruising. Are you ready to hop on and turn the throttle? You might think so, but check out what you’re wearing. If it’s not going to protect you in the event of a spill, then you’re not ready to take your motorcycle out.
To figure out what you should be wearing, look through the essential clothing items we recommend below. If you’re missing any of these, look through the Harley-Davidson® MotorClothes® we offer here at Myers-Duren Harley-Davidson, or stop by our location in Tulsa for more tips on proper motorcycle riding gear. We also serve Broken Arrow, Jenks, Bixby, and Glenpool, as well as the entire state of Oklahoma.
Let’s start right at the top. Your entire head needs to be covered when you’re operating a motorcycle, including the back of your head, your mouth and jaw, and your face. Get yourself a reliable, safety-certified motorcycle helmet that you can get used to putting on every time you ride.
Some helmets come with a face shield, but not all. You’ll want to find a way to protect your eyes from debris. If your helmet lacks a face shield, then you’ll want to invest in some goggles to wear instead.
This one’s not about safety, but it can be a little chilly to have all that wind funneled down your shirt. Covering up with a bandana or neckerchief can make you more comfortable.
Shirt and Jacket
Moving down to your torso, you’ll want to wear something that’s durable and covers the length of your arms. Most shirt materials aren’t cut out to protect you from road rash or other serious injury, so you’ll need to invest in a good riding jacket. We highly recommend something that was specifically made for motorcycle riders, as they’ll provide you with the most protection.
Your hands are an important part of navigating your motorcycle, so protect them from debris and injury by wearing gloves. These can also be helpful on cold days when you’re trying to keep too much heat from escaping your fingers.
Just as with the riding jacket, pants made of durable material are a must. No shorts and no jeans, which might surprise some. Jeans aren’t actually a reliable source of protection in the event of an accident. Once again, we recommend something made specifically for motorcycle riders, whether they’re riding pants or chaps.
Your feet do a lot of work when controlling your motorcycle, so you’ll need to be wearing shoes that can handle the legwork. Sneakers generally wear down pretty quickly, so if you want to keep your street shoes, then invest in a proper pair of riding boots. These come in all shapes and sizes, so you can find a look that you’ll love.
Warm Weather Clothes
All these layers might be a bit off-putting what with summer upon us, ready to fry the streets. But safety is always the number-one priority, so these layers are still important. You can, however, choose garments that are made of more breathable materials. For example, avoid the leather, as it tends to trap body heat. Wear light-colored clothes so the sunlight gets reflected, not absorbed. This way, you can wear all the right gear, and still stay cool this summer.
As you’re looking around, you might be interested in riding clothes that work as everyday clothes that you won’t have to change out of when you reach your destination. If that’s the case, then you’ll want to check out the exclusive line of riding clothes from Harley-Davidson, MotorClothes®. This will offer you a great selection of options, many of which are offered here at Myers-Duren Harley-Davidson. See them for yourself and then stop by our dealership to get answers to any additional questions you may have. We welcome all riders from Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Jenks, Bixby, Glenpool, and the entire state of Oklahoma.