Motorcycle Riding Apparel: A Safer, Better-Looking You

motorcycle riding apparel for a safer, better-looking you

Protective Riding Gear For Ultimate Road Safety

It’s finally Spring, and if you’re in a state that gets a lot of snow, you’re anxious to get out there on that bike. You’ve been looking at your motorcycle sitting in the garage all winter, all covered up and sad looking. But now it’s hot, the sun is shining, and it’s time to get out on the road. But if you don’t have the proper riding apparel, you’re going to be signing up for a stay in the hospital if you get into a wreck.

So what kind of protective riding gear should you have before you get out on the highway and live your Easy Rider dreams? Luckily for you, that’s somethin’ we happen to know a lot about.

it's very important to have proper and protective riding apparel when riding a motorcycle

Why is it Important to Have Proper Protective Safety Gear?

Riding a motorcycle is freeing, it’s fun, and it fills that need for speed we all have. But riding a motorcycle is also potentially dangerous. More than 5,000 riders died in motorcycle crashes in 2017. That’s more than 13 deaths every day. On average, more than 4,000 people are killed every year in motorcycle accidents.

And it’s not like the rest of us haven’t had a spill or been close to it. If you can look someone straight in the eye and tell them “I’ve never been close to being in a motorcycle wreck”, well good for you, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to ride safely.

You might be the best rider in the world, but one thing you can never account for is other drivers. There’s a reason why people have those “Check twice, save a life” bumper stickers. Motorcycle riding is fun, it’s a great way to get on the highway and feel alive, but if you don’t do it safely, you’ll wind up feeling another way.

So let’s take a look at the gear that every rider should own and use on every ride.

Must-Have Motorcycle Riding Apparel

If you’re going to ride and you want to do it safely, consider these pieces of gear that offer protection when you’re headed out on the highway.

motorcycle helmets are the most important piece of riding apparel

Motorcycle Helmet

This is a no-brainer (and you will be too if you don’t use a helmet). Currently, 28 states require motorcycle riders to wear helmets. But even if you live in the other 22, there’s no good reason you should ever ride without one.

According to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, “Helmets work. Helmet effectiveness has been confirmed by scientific studies, while helmet myths – ‘helmets break necks, block vision and impair hearing’ – have been consistently disproved”.

They also recommend that you buy at least a ¾ cover helmet, although a full face helmet is going to offer the most protection. Another thing to look out for is Snell certified helmets. Snell testing is heavily involved and will provide more protection. Similar to Snell, the DOT (aka Department of Transportation) also has a list of certifiably safe helmets. Take a look at this video that shows the difference between DOT-certified helmets and ones that are not DOT-certified. And if you’re in Europe, the ECE (aka the UN’s Economic Commission for Europe) is the European equivalent to America’s DOT.

a good motorcycle jacket will protect you in case of an accident

Motorcycle Jacket

While many people might think the leather jacket is just for looks, riders know; it can save your life. But it’s not just any leather jacket you’re looking for. The best motorcycle jackets are just like an armored vest. They’re going to have protective armor or places to put your padded armor, like in the shoulder and elbow section of your jacket. You can even get back armor pads!

The more armor in your jacket, the less likely you are to have skin to pavement contact during a wreck. But padded armor isn’t the only safety feature that jackets have to offer you. This is also your chance to be more easily seen by motor vehicles. Consider getting a jacket that couldn’t be missed from a mile away and you’ll automatically increase your chances of cars seeing you on the highway.

Riding Gloves

Not only are you going to get a better grip on your handles, but it is also going to protect your hands. If you get in a wreck and fall off your bike, what will you do? The most likely thing that’s going to happen is that you’ll put your hands down to break your fall. It’s instinctual.

But what’s going to happen if your bare skin hits the hot asphalt at thirty miles per hour? You’re going to come up with hands that look like Freddy Kreuger’s face. That’s why leather riding gloves are so important when it comes to safe riding apparel.

the best riding apparel will always include a great pair of riding gloves

Riding Pants

Just like your jacket, your pants are part of your motorcycle riding apparel. If you try riding in jeans, you won’t be a happy camper if you hit the ground. Denim and cotton jeans are going to shred like wet tissue paper if you get scraped across the asphalt. However, there are special riding jeans, and they’re quite common in riding apparel.

Many of the best kinds of riding pants or riding jeans are made with protective armor material like Kevlar, and you always want to make sure they either have knee guards or slots to put them in yourself.

Motorcycle Boots

Not shoes… boots. What you really want for motorcycle protection when it comes to footwear riding apparel is something that is going to protect your ankles. However, there are riding shoes available that look like street shoes but still cover the ankles. Although boots are preferred, they aren’t the only way to protect your feet.

If you drop your bike on your leg or you get side-swiped by a car you’re going to wish you had something to protect your ankles. They’re also going to protect your skin from the hot exhaust pipes and road-debris that’s been kicked up by drivers in front of you.

Another thing you need to think about when you ride is just the act of stopping. If you’re stopped at a red light, you’re supporting not only your own weight but the weight of your bike as well. Now, what do you think would make it easier to support all that weight? A pair of sturdy boots or riding shoes that support you above your ankles… or a pair of flip flops?

The Essential Riding Apparel

keep yourself and everyone else safe by investing in safe riding apparel

Keeping Yourself and Everyone Else Safe

So there’s our list of all of the gear you really need to have if you want to ride your bike safely. And truth be told, this should factor into your motorcycle expenses or budget. If you have enough money to buy and maintain your bike, but not enough money to invest in good, protective riding apparel, you don’t have enough money to ride a motorcycle. It’s as simple as that.

Riding safely is going to keep you upright and out of the hospital, and it’s not just for your benefit that you ride and dress safely. It’s for your family, for your kids, and for all of the other motor vehicle riders out there on the road.

By practicing safe riding habits and investing in essential, protective riding apparel, your experience on the road will be wonderful. On behalf of the TMS team, we hope you have a great motorcycle season as a better, safer-looking biker!

Sexy, Stylish, and Safe Women’s Motorcycle Apparel – Featuring Jackets

sexy women's motorcyle apparel

Alright, so burly biker men may have their vests, and their bandanas, and their own style in motorcycle gear and apparel that gives off that beast-mode vibe. But for the ladies, it’s no different. Sure, we all know the guys that can hop on a bike and cruise down that road into the sunset.

Hell, women don’t want that Cool Rider anymore, we want to be that rider. And we already are, so let’s talk women’s motorcycle apparel – what do women riders need for that look to kill?

Sexy Is Just Another Word for Bad*ss When It Comes to Women’s Motorcycle Apparel

Ladies, you want the kind of look that caters to your riding style: the strong, sexy, bad*ss one. Get yourself your own leather jacket with your own T-Bird signal written across. Classic women’s motorcycle apparel, like a jacket, can deliver a sleek, stylish look. Keep in mind that you need a jacket that’s bona fide, durable, and made for hard winds when you hit the road.

Can’t seem to find women’s motorcycle apparel, like the classic jacket, that meets your needs? Well, no need to search high and low. We got you. 

TMS Parts has exactly what you’re looking for; motorcycle apparel for women that is safe, yet stylishly sexy, to match the machine you’re on and your powerful riding form. 

women's motorcycle apparel can be sexy and powerful like this leather jacket

Women’s Motorcycle Apparel Should Cater to Your Style

Especially True When Choosing Your Riding Jacket

Below, you’ll discover some of TMS Parts‘ top riding jacket picks that are specifically made to empower the strong, cool, and sexy woman you are as a rider.

leather jackets are classic women's motorcycle apparel

Spidi Sport S.R.L Ladies Netix H2Out Rain Jacket

women's motorcycle apparel - Spidi Sport S.R.L Ladies Netix H2Out Rain Jacket

This jacket is great for both functionality, durability and it’s super affordable too. So as far as women’s motorcycle apparel goes, this jacket won’t break the bank.

Its slick design includes lightweight material perfect for those days when you want to take a ride to beat that summer heat. While it may appear rather thin, this jacket is made to create a layering effect, which is perfect for any future trips, in any weather (yes, this jacket is also totally waterproof, too). 

Rain or shine, sweltering heat or chilly autumn day, the Spidi design guarantees its riders with high-end clothing material that is not only comfortable but durable and safe. It was made by riders for riders, fully deserving of the price you pay when you purchase this slick jacket for yourself.

Cortech Bella Jacket

women's motorcycle apparel - Cortech Bella Jacket

Sometimes we can’t help it. Our eyes are drawn to the leather because leather is just so enticing! And that’s certainly the case with this cafe style: the vintage jacket you’ve been secretly drooling over when nobody’s looking.

The Cortech Bella Jacket makes the good girl look like the bad girl. You don’t just want to be on the cycle for the ride, you want to be the rider. You want to feel a little bad*ass, too.  This classic aged leather jacket is not only beautiful in design but it is functional as well as it is secure. 

Cortech prides itself on performance apparel for women and men. That’s why they’ve created apparel made of a high-end material to provide you with a style that is pragmatic and safe, but also extremely fashionable.

Fully equipped with CE-approved armor which is also removable, it’s also got great YKK zippers, so beautiful Bella will stay tight and won’t slip. In addition, she comes with an internal pouch pocket for keeping all your personal items safe and snug. 

Guess what else? She’s got the fit that tailors to every curve with accordion stretched panels and three positioned adjustable belts. Admit it, this jacket is calling your name. What else do you need to know? 

Wait a minute…What is CE approved?

Why does it matter for women’s motorcycle apparel?

Also, how does the armor work?

CE approved is European conformity/ European motorcycle safety standards. America has adopted these standards but does not require them. They must complete a certain level for protection for the body such as impact and friction (from wind, road, etc.) According to the Motorcyclists website, CE Armor “functions like a helmet for your body.” 

this bike calls for some hot women's motorcycle apparel for the rider

So what makes the CE armor different from just a regular riding jacket? Well, at a basic level, the armor is literally a strong shell usually made of a hard plastic that curves around areas in the shoulders, elbows and sometimes the back of the jacket, snuggled between the fabric of your jacket.

Okay, so how does it work? Upon initial impact, if you were to fall, the energy of the fall is absorbed in the armor, as opposed to your body. Thick leather is helpful, but motorcycle apparel engineered with CE armor will always be the safest option for riders.

Now Back to Our Sexy, Stylish, and Bad*ss Women’s Motorcycle Apparel

Wondering what other motorcycle jackets TMS Parts has for you? Don’t worry, the Cortech Bella is not the only jacket that is CE approved and super stylish. 

Fly Racing Flux Air Women’s Jacket

women's motorcycle apparel - Fly Racing Flux Air Women’s Jacket

Here’s another high performing, highly functional motorcycle jacket made for the rider who really knows exactly what she’s doin’.

Not only is this awesome piece of women’s motorcycle apparel in terms of style, but it is also a jacket that is wind resistant and water resistant. It has an incredibly protective abrasion resistant mesh, keeping you safe while looking cool. Its formed polyethylene armor allows a proper fit especially in the shoulders, elbows, and back, where it matters most in case of a crash as your riding.

This high-quality, women’s motorcycle jacket will perfectly fit its rider and comes complete with adjustable sleeves, zipper wrist cuffs, and adjustable waist strap. The amazing fit of the jacket to your body is a pretty awesome perk.

Available in multiple colors, and with high visibility piping around the trim, you are sure to catch anyone’s eye in this piece of riding gear. 

Spidi Sport S.R.L Ladies Voyage Jacket

women's motorcycle gear - Spidi Sport S.R.L Ladies Voyage Jacket

Waterproof internal membrane, windproof internal membrane, 100gr thermal liner – this is definitely the jacket of jackets. It is a wonderful, fashionable piece when it comes to women’s motorcycle apparel.

This jacket is also CE certified and comes with fore-tech protectors on the shoulder/elbows as well as a high-tenacity polyester outer fabric to keep you warm as you ride in the colder months. It also gives a firm snug fit with a micro-metric collar adjuster and volume adjustment velcro on the sides and arms.

The Voyager jacket even has a  groin strap so your jacket won’t ride up your back. This comes in handy if/when you decide to give some lucky person the ride of their life on your bike!

This piece comes in two colors, leaving you the option of finding the right jacket. Not sure about the yellow? No worries. TMS Parts offers it in black so that you can choose a color to fit your style. 

Fly Racing CoolPro Jacket

women's motorcycle apparel - Fly Racing CoolPro Jacket

The CoolPro jacket has all the bells and whistles of our other jackets, but it’s much friendlier when it comes to your wallet. Seriously, we’re not kidding.

It is CE approved with a protective PE back foam and spine protector, as well as 1680D ballistic nylon.  On the off chance, you take too sharp of a turn, you’ll be safe and secure in this jacket.

This women’s jacket is also breathable, keeping you nice and cool in fluctuating temperatures. It has a removable HYDRAguard liner that is waterproof and windproof.

Just like the other motorcycle jackets for women we are highlighting here, this too is made to create a custom fit that makes you feel like it was tailored just for you. That’s right, no need to roll up your sleeves or continuously pull them down because it also includes arm volume and velcro waist adjusters. Secure with Spidi YKK zippers and a belt loop snap made for quick attachment, you can hit the road and start riding in no time.

Planning for a long ride? Don’t worry, this jacket will keep you comfortable every step of the way.

Cortech LNX 2.0 Jacket

women's motorcycle apparel - Cortech LNX 2.0 Jacket

This is really a piece of motorcycle apparel that is made for women riders. And no, we’re not just talking about the top Grade A Aniline Drum-dyed leather on it.

This Cortech jacket has stitched-in hip zippers for a complete customized fit and rotated sleeves for comfort and performance.

Wait, there’s more!

The accordion-style expansion panels at the shoulders and waist are not only fitted and tailored to your body, but also to how your body is positioned in the seat while you are riding. Focused around safety, like all Cortech gear is, this jacket seals the deal with CE approved shoulder and elbow armor.

Additionally, it has an insulated removable liner with 100 gm polyfill insulation to keep you safe, comfortable, and warm when the chilling wind is rushing by you. Whether you’re just enjoying the ride solo, or you have a passenger with you, this is a jacket that will definitely meet both of those scenarios. What more could you ask for?

What style of women's motorcycle apparel would you ride on this bike?

Now You’ve Got the Jacket so it’s Time to Rule the Road

Who rules the road? That’s right, ladies,  you do!

So what are you waiting for?! Pick out whichever one of these sexy, stylish, and safe motorcycle jackets first caught your eye! Go out there and enjoy the open road knowing that not only are you rockin’ some of the most affordable, yet stylish, women’s motorcycle apparel but also that your jacket provides you safety and security when there’s nothing between you and that pavement. 

So, let’s do this. Grab your sexy new jacket and hit the open road, or take a spin downtown to your favorite biker joint. After all, sexy isn’t about being arm candy, it’s about owning what makes you feel good about you.

Ride your bike into the sunset, ladies. Show ’em what you got!

woman wearing a sexy, leather motorcycle jacket

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