6 Shopping Guidelines for a New Motorcycle Jacket

When riding a motorcycle there are two major concerns, safety and looking good. A motorcycle jacket will satisfy both of these needs. It is a fact that riding a motorcycle is cool, and wearing a stylish jacket finishes off the look.

There is a practical reason that the vast majority of people that you see on motorbikes wear jackets and that is for protection. Leather is a very durable material that can take a beating. It will also protect you from harm should you fall off your bike and hurt yourself.

1. Ask around

If you are part of a club or you ride regularly with friends it might be an idea to see who is interested in matching jackets. This can be a great way to feel closer as a group. You may also find out that someone has a connection that will help you get a higher quality jacket still within your budget. If you are new to riding you will also want to make sure that you are getting the right type of jacket that will look good and provide the protection that you need.

2. Match the jacket to the bike

This is another reason why you should get a second opinion on the jacket you are looking at. A jacket that does not look good when you’re riding can ruin the whole look that you’re going for. For example, you wouldn’t want to wear a bright red jacket on a Harley as the two designs would clash with one another. If you are unsure about what jacket you need then it is best to speak with an expert so that you can benefit from their experience.

3. Make sure it is comfortable

If you are someone who commutes on a motorcycle, then comfort might be the first aspect that you should pay attention to. Never choose a jacket which is too tight, it should have proper ventilation, you do not want to feel suffocated every day, do you? It would be good if your jacket is waterproof, and if it is light in weight. This is especially important if you plan to make any long journeys on your bike. The look of a jacket is important, but if you hate wearing it you’re going to regret your purchase in no time.

4. Is it good in all weather conditions?

You need a jacket that can handle it all. Rain, sleet, snow, and even hot weather. Overheating while riding can be a big problem and you should do all that you can to prevent it. Your ideal riding jacket will be breathable and waterproof and you should be comfortable wearing it all year round. If you feel uncomfortable in the heat you will want to take off your jacket. Don’t ever do this. Riding without a jacket can be very dangerous.

5. It should not flap in the wind

If when you’re riding you notice that your jacket is flapping you may need to get a new one. A jacket that does this is causing extra wind resistance and potentially cause you to drift out of your lane if you’re not careful.

6. Decide if you’re going to like how it looks a year from now

Leather motorcycle jackets are not cheap. When you’re buying your jacket you need to make sure that this is an investment that you will not regret. It is best to not follow fashion trends and pick something that is timeless and that you will be proud to wear for many years to come.

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