Dos and Don’ts of Sport Bike Attire

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DruckWarm weather means time to get out and ride. It seems like every year, there are new videos with some riders stunting in the background. Whether a professional stunter, a track junkie, or just a casual weekend rider, there is no excuse to look bad, while riding hot. Just because you dropped a lot of coin on that new Avirex and some steel toed Timberlands, doesn’t mean that you are going to look good atop of that iron pony. Here are some tips to looking sexy on two wheels, this summer.

Let’s start up top, with the proper head gear. In the last 10 years, more and more states have adopted statutes requiring the use of DOT approved helmets while riding. This has resulted in some pretty funky helmet designs. One in particular that has become popular over the last couple of years, is the German military style, half-helmet. They are lightweight, strap easily onto the back seat and are relatively inexpensive. They are also hideous, especially when coupled with sport bikes.

When all else fails, look to the pros for cues. I don’t see Jason Britton or Valentio Rossi rocking anything but full face helmets, when on sport bikes… ever. So let’s refrain from wearing anything that engenders the third reich, and leave those helmets for the Harley dudes.

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Bad

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Even Worse

There are plenty of full face helmets out there that are super hot.

Jason Britton

Jason Britton, by: cmeaux on flickr

Valentino Rossi

Valentino Rossi by: MotoGP.com

Suomy has a great 2009 line of full face helmets, ranging from replicas of your favorite superbike riders, to simple flat black. AGV is another brand that has been around forever, and knows how to bring fresh styles every year. If they were able to land Valentino Rossi’s endorsement, you know they are hot. If you feel like going a little bit off of the beaten path, buy a helmet by Nitro Racing. It is a British helmet company that is up and coming. They have a very aggressive profile and vent setup.

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Suomy Ventura

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Nitro Racing

Next, lets turn to jackets. Riding style can have a lot to do with your choice of riding jacket. If you ride during the day a lot, when it is hotter, you may want to go with a textile jacket. If you aren’t worried about overheating, leather is the best option. The main issues when choosing a jacket are size and graphics. Too many dudes out there are drowning in ill fitting avirex quilted leather. No, no, no, no.  There should be no such thing as XXL when it comes to buying motorcycle jackets. When choosing a size, take your normal jacket size and get one size smaller. You should not be able to play billiards while wearing a properly fitting motorcycle jacket.

On the other end of the spectrum: muffin tops are unacceptable. When it comes to graphics, keep it simple. The ladies have a little more leeway with this. But for guys, it is good to stick to a solid color (preferably that matches the paint on your bike), with one or 2 accenting colors. Don’t go crazy with a bunch of fake sponsor patches or some huge airbrush job on the back. When in doubt, look to the high end brands for direction. Dianese is probably the most prominent brand when it comes to sport bike leathers. You can’t go wrong with the Italian made style, with built in function. If you are looking for something domestic, the Alpinestars sport bike line is pretty hot.

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Alpinestars 2009 MX-1 Jacket

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Dianese 2009 “Rapture Pele”

As far as pants go: wear some. This may seem like a no brainer to most people. Yet, there are more and more photos like the ones below that keep cropping up. nasty skirt on back of bikeI mean, this is wrong in so many ways that I’m not even going to get started. Don’t be afraid to go all out and wear some plain black track pants with knee pucks. If you are a casual rider, or a stunter, you can just stick to jeans. Ladies who plan to be riding on the rear, the no-muffin-top rule is still in full effect here.

Let’s turn to footwear. Yeah, you could stick to the boring old Timberlands. Or you could step it up with some Puma/Ducati riding kicks. There are a variety of color and style options. See below for some of the low-top options.puma-ducati-4image003

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These Puma shoes have all of the structure that you need for functional riding shoes, but also look great on and off of the bike.

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