Gearing Up to Ride a Motorcycle

The motorcycle riding gear you choose to wear makes all the difference in the quality of your ride. Some riders even leave the sport because they have trouble finding a level of comfort that makes them want to keep riding. Choosing the proper gear is all about finding gear that protects you, fits well, is designed for the riding you will be doing, matches your style and fits within your budget. That's why we've compiled some of our most popular articles that talk about the basics of gearing up to ride a motorcycle. Not sure where to start? Schedule an appointment with an Oakland H-D MotorClothes expert today.

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Motorcycle Gear Guide from A to Z - What to Wear and Whenmotorcycle-gear_blog

Riding a motorcycle can be one of life's peak enjoyments, but it's not without its risks. Luckily, risk can be tremendously minimized with protective safety gear while also looking good.

There are so many options and considerations that even expert riders may be surprised by all the options available to them!

What is motorcycle gear?

If it's going to protect your hide, it's made for your ride! Some examples include a full-face helmet and an armored leather jacket. It's no coincidence that wearing motorcycle gear is also being cool. Motorcycle apparel can't help but look good!

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Tips for a Proper Fitting HelmetC11-17953

Fitting a helmet should never be rushed. It takes time and patience. You'll want your helmet to be comfortable. If you are constantly thinking about the pinch or slide of a improper fitting helmet then you won't be enjoying the ride. There are so many factors -  helmet manufacturer, shell style, riding style, eyewear and personal preference. Here's how to find a proper fitting helmet.

Ask Yourself the Following Questions:

  • Do you wear a helmet now? Have you before? What style is it?
  • What features do you like?
  • What type of riding do you do most?

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H-D Riding Jacket vs All The Others98133_17VMF_WH_T

 It is very stylish to wear a motorcycle jacket right now. There are a growing number of places to buy a leather jacket in this world. Endless styles. From stores in the mall to the vintage shop in the cool part of town - you see them everywhere. And while it might be tempting to pick up one of these "black biker jackets" from one of those other places, you might think twice before treating it as your go-to motorcycle riding jacket. Harley-Davidson has been making riding gear for over 100 years. There is a difference when a motorcycle company designs your riding jacket. Here are 20 features found on Harley-Davidson Riding Jackets that make them ready for life on the road.

Why Buy an H-D® Riding Jacket?

  1. Jackets made out of a durable leather and/or textile fabrics protect you from dirt and debris kicked up by the road.
  2. Harley-Davidson riding jackets have reinforced shoulders and elbows which protect key potential impact areas.
  3. Optional CE-Approved (approved for sale in the European Union) body armor and/or pockets (back armor pocket on select styles) protect shoulders and elbows. 

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9 Reasons Why H-D Rain Gear Is Best in ClassRaingear

All of these on-again off-again rain showers in the Bay Area lately are really cutting into some prime spring riding time. And with a few exceptions of the all-day full-state monsoons... most days you can get some good riding in if you are willing to put up with a few soggy miles. So let's talk rain gear and why H-D rain gear is best in class.

You could pick up some generic rain jacket and pant set at the local wally world or sporting goods store and you probably wouldn't pay much for it. But the phrase "you get what you pay for" proves particularly true in the case of rain gear. So why do you need Harley-Davidson Rain Gear? For starters it's made by motorcyclists for motorcyclists and designed for wearing it while riding a motorcycle. Which means it comes with a few unique characteristics to keep you protected, comfortable and looking as good as one can while wearing rain gear. Let's talk through some of the features you should be looking for when investing in a good set of rain gear:

1. Waterproofing

All H-D® Rain Gear can withstand 10,000 mm of rain - that's 3x greater than industry standards. Rain suits are fully seam sealed with double-taped seams in high-stress areas to better prevent leaking.

2. Breathability

All H-D® rain suits exceed industry standard ratings for breathabilty which means you stay drier and comfortable longer with less body heat and moisture trapped in your rain suit. This is done by using a technology called micro-pores. Air can move through the fabric but water can't.

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How to Stay Cool While Riding a Motorcycle in Extreme Summer HeatMotorcycle_rider_wearing_Harley_Davidson_jacket_575x300

When you ride long distances in intense, summer heat (say, on your way to Sturgis or Daytona) dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke can sneak up on you before you’re aware of what’s happening. 

So, it pays to know the warning signs, how to react when you experience them, and, most importantly, how to prevent them from happening in the first place.


The human body has a remarkable thermoregulation system. Under most circumstances, it does a great job of keeping your innards at an ideal 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Not 98, not 99; 98.6. When things outside your body get too hot or too cold, it has ways to accommodate.

Understanding how to cool your body properly starts with understanding how it maintains such a consistent inner temperature. You might wonder: If our body temperature is 98.6 degrees, why are we so comfortable at “room temperature”? Simply put, it’s because the chemical reactions occurring inside your body are continuously producing heat, which must be dissipated. At 70 or so degrees, wearing a modest amount of clothing, your body sheds heat at the same rate it produces it.

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Focus on the Road, Not the Cold: Harley Heated GearHeated%20Gear%20Diagram

With heated riding gear from Harley-Davidson, you'll stay warm and comfortable no matter where the road takes you.

Whether you choose One-Touch or Built-In, strategically placed heating elements inside the gear deliver even infrared heat in a matter of seconds. And the over-sized heating elements are thin and flexible for increased coverage and greater mobility.

Carbon Nanocore™ heating elements, with built-in smart-sensing technology, minimize the risk of the garment overheating and provide more heat with less power consumption than conventional wire-based systems.

 Powered straight from your bike's 12-Volt system, our quick and easy battery-connecting harness provides continuous power for unlimited riding.

One-Touch Programmable Plug-In 12V Heated Gear

One-Touch gear provides head-to-toe warmth and long-lasting coverage. With a Wireless Wrist Controller, you can customize the temperature of each heated garment with just the touch of a button.

Jacket Liner: Large heating panels using infrared warmth provide deep, penetrating heat. Stretch materials for greater mobility. Coaxial plugs connect to One-Touch programmable glove and pant liners.

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Why Do I Need a Mesh Riding Jacket?C4-23949-775127-edited

Nothing compares to a great leather jacket in terms of keeping you warm, protected and looking great.  But while it's heating up outside, how likely are you to ditch all your leathers and just go running down the road in a tshirt? We hear it all the time. "It's too hot for that jacket." If this sounds like something you have ever said, you might check out the benefits of a mesh riding jacket. 

  • Lightweight mesh material provides you with protection and armor while offering maximum airflow and breathability.
  • Wearing any type of jacket when the sun is beating down is helpful to keep from getting sunburnt. 
  • Many mesh jackets offer hydration pockets which fit hydration packs for maximum cooling.
  • Styles range from affordable basics designed solely for warm weather riding to highly functional gear with versatility to be worn in a variety of conditions.

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Men's Arterial Abrasion-Resistant Denim Riding Jacketm_denim_jacket_gif_c3_2

Two of our favorite materials hook up for an epic jacket. The Arterial Abrasion-Resistant Slim Fit Denim Riding Jacket features mixed construction for gear that's hard-wearing yet anything but typical.

The Denim body is hearty Cordura® denim built four times more durable than regular cotton denim. Black leather sleeves complement perfectly and have pockets for armor. The result is a men's textile and leather motorcycle jacket that looks casual off the bike.

Stay Cool: Underarm venting grommets for airflow.

Fit & Mobility: Slim Fit—fits closer to the body. Action back. Pre-curved sleeves. Snap waist tabs.

Ride Enhancing Features: Body armor pockets at elbows and shoulders fit lightweight body armor (98071-05VR, sold separately). Back body armor pocket fits lightweight Dainese Pro-Armor back body armor (98317-19VR, sold separately). Padded shoulders. Mandarin collar. Two-way zipper front. Zipper cuffs. 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material piping.

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Top 5 New Riding JacketsKillian

Highly functional. There's really no other way to introduce the Killian Riding Jacket. This multi-season layer features durable Carbolex construction with stretch panels and power-stretch inserts for exceptional mobility and comfort. Other functionality includes: reinforced shoulders, fixed body armor (including a back pocket), vents, and more. Adding greater versatility, a dual-liner system includes a zip-out waterproof liner with its very own warmth liner. Iconic patches and bold stripes inject this men's textile motorcycle jacket with color and undeniable attitude.

Stay Comfortable: Two sleeve vents and two back vents.

Stay Dry: Removable zip-out full-sleeve warmth liner with stretch panels on sides and sleeves for less bulk.

Stay Dry: Removable zip-out full-sleeve waterproof liner with storm flap.