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Dress For the Slide

If we lived in a perfect world, we wouldn’t need to wear protective clothing to save our skin and potentially our lives when riding a motorcycle. Sadly, that isn’t the case and we need to dress appropriately for the worst case scenario. As the saying goes, “dress for the slide not for the ride.”

Moving on from the doom and gloom, motorcycle riding gear has been specially designed to handle a range of circumstances. Some gear has been designed to be waterproof, best used for rainy winter commutes, while other riding apparel provides maximum ventilation for sweltering summer days. Some manufacturers even offer ‘four-season’ riding gear, which features removable layers for increased versatility.

What do I wear when on my motorcycle?

In Australia, you legally only have to wear a helmet. Although this is the bare minimum, it is recommended to gear up from head to toe every time you hop in the saddle. Here is a quick rundown on what motorcycle riding gear we have for sale on Outdoria.

  • Motorcycle helmets have been specially designed to be aerodynamic and stylish, yet made from sturdy, shock resistant materials such as fibreglass and carbon fibre. They are the most important piece of gear, designed to keep your most important organ safe. For more information, check out our guide to choosing the right motorcycle helmet.

  • Googles are used in conjunction with dirt bike helmets, as those types of helmet don’t feature a visor like a road riding helmet. Goggles protect your eyes from flying debris, water and low-hanging branches.

  • Motorcycle riding boots protect your feet and ankles in an impact or slide. Much like a tradies work boot, they are designed to offer little range of motion with your ankle so that it’s protected, so it does not bend and snap when in a collision.

  • Motorcycle jackets come in a variety of materials and cuts. Whether you prefer a race-style leather jacket or textile touring jacket, there is a quality riding jacket perfect for you. Head over to our guide to buying a motorcycle jacket to learn more.

  • Jerseys offer protection from mud, debris and other potential hazards while out on the trails. They come in a range of styles based on the weather conditions it will be used in. Winter jerseys feature a fleece lining while summer jerseys have extra ventilation. Unlike a road riding jacket, jerseys feature little armour, so it is recommended to wear [body armour or a neck brace] over your jersey.

  • Motorcycle riding pants are an often neglected, yet highly important aspect to motorcycle protective clothing. Some riding pants, such as kevlar jeans appear like normal jeans on the outside, but instead have tear-resistant fabrics woven into the lining of the jeans for increased protection.

  • Motorcycle gloves safeguard your hands and fingers in the case of a minor collision or slide. They are also great for keeping your hands ventilated in summer and warm in winter.