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Motorcycle Gear Shopping Tips

19 September 2019

Motorcycle Gear Shopping Tips

So you’ve acquired the motorcycle of your dreams. Congrats! Now you simply need the gear to go with it. Riding a motorcycle requires you to wear some specialized pieces of safety gear that will keep you protected in the event of an accident and make you feel more comfortable as you ride. Responsible riders everywhere know the importance of a good helmet, of course, but there is more to the ideal riding ensemble than that! Gear comes in many shapes and sizes and materials to suit different purposes, so there are many parameters to consider.

Since it can be hard to know what you should look for when shopping for motorcycle gear, your friends here at Abernathy’s Harley-Davidson® have made this list of tips to help you out! Finding the right gear is important, after all, and we want you to feel and look good as you ride.

Think About The Context

Consider the conditions you’ll be riding in when choosing your riding gear. For example, if you want a motorcycle jacket you can wear year-round, then you’ll want something that’s versatile. It’s more likely that you’ll end up with summer and winter riding gear, though, to meet different weather conditions. Summer gear might be lighter in color, made of a lightweight fabric and ventilated for better air circulation to keep you cool. Winter gear will be darker in color, heavier and better insulated to keep you warm.

Think about some of the common issues you may also encounter on the road. Visors and goggles commonly fog up due to humidity and reduce visibility, which is extremely dangerous. That’s why you should look for anti-fogging capabilities when shopping for these items.

Your own needs will also play a role in your final gear choices. If you wear glasses, then you’re going to need a helmet that’s compatible with them. Shorter or taller riders may need to find specially-tailored pieces to fit their appendages. If you ride all the time as a commuter or long-distance tourer, then you need gear that’s comfortable to wear often and for hours at a time. Those who don’t ride as much may not want to invest as much, but getting higher-quality materials for something you wear often will be worth the money overall.

Source Opinions

Online reviews are a great place to start when shopping for gear such as Harley-Davidson MotorClothes®. You can see how other people used a piece of gear and what aspects they found beneficial, as well as what problems arose most often. Professional industry reviews are also useful to peruse for information. Check out motorcycling forums and ask questions of the other posters to determine what might work for you. Your local riding buddies and the staff here at Abernathy’s Harley-Davidson can also give you some pointers.

Get Your Size Right

You don’t want to go with whatever you find first in your haste to get on the road! Take some time before you go shopping to determine the right size of gear for you by taking measurements or having a friend take your measurements. Compare these to online and in-store size charts. When you actually go shopping, try everything on! 

Don’t just eyeball a particular garment and assume it will fit. Take it to the fitting room and see how it feels to wear and walk around in. You don’t want to be uncomfortable on the road, nor do you want to have to return gear that doesn’t fit because you didn’t take the time to determine your size.

Visit our dealership in Union City, Tennessee, today to check out our ample selection of Harley-Davidson® MotorClothes®, including motorcycle jackets and helmets, so you can ride in style and comfort! We also carry a wide array of new and used motorcycles for sale if you need to upgrade your current bike or buy a new one. Abernathy’s Harley-Davidson is conveniently located near Jackson, Paducah and Cape Girardeau, Tennessee.