There are many items of motorcycle clothing available that are designed to offer a high level of protection to keep riders safe and comfortable when off-terrain or on the road.
Essential biker outerwear can be purchased for men and women across a range of sizes and includes jackets, trousers, gloves and boots. Many are produced by renowned motorsports brands such as Alpinestars, Dainese and RST.
All motorcycle clothing is manufactured from tough yet supremely functional materials including leather, textile and leather and textile mixes and will offer different degrees of in-built protective armour to cushion the limbs in the event of a fall.
A biker’s first instinct in any crash situation will be to put out their hands, making a rider’s gloves all-important. These can be purchased in summer and winter styles, usually with lots of zippered and Velcro fastenings to ensure a good fit.
Most gloves have breathable and thermal qualities and include varying degrees of armour on the wrist, fingers, palm and knuckle areas. Summer gloves are designed to be lightweight yet protective against impact and abrasions and winter gloves ideally should have cuffs, which will prevent wind and rain hitting the arms.
Riding suits are available in both all-in-one and two-piece designs as racing and sports suits, cruiser suits and touring and urban suits. Two piece designs will have zippered waists about the jackets and trousers to allow for both to be joined together.
Racing and sport suits offer the highest level of armoured protection and should fit like a second skin. Designed to protect and enhance performance when racing at high speed, they are often characterised by recognisable motorsports brand logos and designs.
For the long-haul wet weather ride rain suits will ensure you are head-to-toe protected from the elements. These suits are often ergonomically designed for an easy ‘in and out’, have Velcro adjustments on the arms for an easy fit and have light waterproof and windproof poly-mesh linings.