The single biggest question when starting to look at motorbike clothing is whether to use Leather or Synthetic. Secondly, you need to consider what bike you will be riding and in what weather. You will also need to consider what protection you want and what is sensible for your needs. Lastly, it would help if you pondered what items of clothing you want to buy.
Motorcycle Leathers Pros and Cons for Beginners
Leather has been a hugely popular option for quite some time now for motorcyclists. It has some serious pros when used on a motorbike; however, it has significant drawbacks. Sometimes people go for the look other times for the practicality.
A brief list of pros and cons can be seen below;
Pros of Motorcycle Leathers
- Reduces drag
Cons of Motorcycle Leathers
- Worn Skintight
- Usually not waterproof Heavy
- Longtime to wear in
Choosing Synthetic Clothing for Motorcyclists
When buying synthetic clothing, you need to ensure that you are buying armored clothing, some clothing the armor can be taken out. Some of the cheap Internet options do not include the armor hence the sometimes lower price.
Pros of Synthetic Motorcycle Clothing
- Easy to wear
- Ideal for commuting waterproof
- Ideal starting equipment
Cons of Synthetic Motorcycle Clothing
- No tough durable surface between you and the ground
Essential Motorbike Clothing
A Helmet is a non-negotiable item; this is a law requirement, although you can get several different styles. Providing it has the right safety requirements, then it is legal. The styles are a full face, a flip-top motocross style, and an open face.
Gloves – there are three different styles to choose from, leather, waterproof and thermal. This might depend more on fit, comfort, and whether you will be riding in.
Jackets and trousers can be armored or non-armored, ¾ length or short in synthetic, and lastly, it could be leather.
Boots for road riding are usually leather and are either more casual touring boots or race style boots, often armored.
Looking for advice, it is usually best to hold off buying any items until after your CBT and Direct Access; this way, you can discuss what options you require with the salesperson and the instructors. The instructors should give you sound advice on what they would recommend; you will probably find they have both Leather and Synthetic.
The choice of whether or not to get one or the other can be affected by various decisions and is one you must choose for yourself, but if you intend to ride for many years, there’s nothing to stop you from starting on one and changing to something else later on.
Thank you for reading!