Consider the following as mandatory riding gear:
Full Face HelmetsFull face helmets offer optimum coverage including a fixed visor. These helmets usually bring the latest in safety technology and design with some of the best protection money can buy.
Modular HelmetsModular helmets have a somewhat new presence on the motorcycle scene providing full face protection with an option for riding open face. The chin bar flips up allowing you to leave your helmet on during a quick stop. This feature gives the rider the ability to grab a drink or talk to a co-pilot.
ADV Dual Sport HelmetsAdventure or Dual Sport helmets incorporate a dirt bike design into a street helmet with a street style face shield and visor along with dirt style chin guard and chin vent.
Open Face HelmetsOpen face helmets eliminate the visor on the full face helmet which allows for more air. For anyone who fins the full face a bit uncomfortable or claustrophobic the open face offers a solid choice. However, wearing some type of eye wear or protection not only reduces the fatigue from the wind but also protects from rocks or other shrapnel kicked up from the road. Some models include a face shield while others offer a snap-on shield.
Half Shell HelmetsA style all their own half shell helmets bring you in compliance with state law, provide DOT approved protection while feeling more like a feather on your head. Some allow for the installation of shields to protect your face and eyes from the elements.
Gore-Tex JacketsGore-Tex offers unmatched waterproofing. It will keep you dry but you wont ride inside a sauna either as the fabric provides ample breathability. However, keep in mind the more waterproof a jacket the less breathability so while Gore-Tex breaths it wont breath as much as other options that offer far less waterproofing and in the long run generally not a good choice for warm weather riding.
Leather JacketsAlways a solid option for year-round protection. You can apply water-proofing to your jacket if you ride in wetter areas but dont expect to remain dry during a downpour. A drizzle yes but for a rainy day grab something else.
Mesh and Textile JacketsMesh and textile offer great protection in the summer since it fully and completely breathes. You will find a combination of mesh, textile and other fabric including leather when shopping, each with pros and cons including better rain protection vs. ample venting for warmer days. Told you might want to invest in two jackets!
Leather PantsDon't worry, leather riding pants do not stick to you like shrink wrap instead leather offers excellent protection from the elements and you will find they fit well even when including armor. Venting keeps you cool on warmer rides but leather works especially well in cold weather.
Riding JeansRiding jeans work two-fold: As riding gear and as everyday wear. No need to strip down at work or walk around the store in full gear with riding jeans. Strong denim provides protection and comfort while offering optional add-ins for armor. Cotton keeps you cool in the summer and warm on winter rides.
Textile PantsThink of textile pants as the cargo shorts of riding. Lots of zippered pockets, extremely breathable and completely comfortable. Ideal for warm weather riding, textile pants let the most amount of highway wind pass through your body keeping you cool and dry on hot summer trips.
Luggage and Backpacks
Motorcycles have very limited extra space so a sleek backpack or any variety of luggage that strap easily and out of the way on a motorcycle or cruiser turns your ride into a means of transportation rather than a short trip here and there. Our most popular luggage accessories include saddlebags, backpacks, tail bags and sissy bar bags and tank bags. Go small with a tank or tail bag that carries the necessities and for those overnight, long haul trips attach saddlebags to your bike for lots of extra space. Backpacks fit snug and stay out of your way. Check out some of the styles below:
Added ProtectionAlso called armor you can wear, or slip inside your favorite jacket and pants, protective gear to support you in the event of a crash. While racers generally stock up, commuters and cruisers also find peace of mind wearing extra protection which includes reinforcements for:
CommunicationTalk on the phone, listen to your radio or communicate with fellow riders in your group or locate a missing pack member with hands-free, blue-tooth enabled communication devices.