My cupboards are bulging with riding gear I have bought and had given to me for testing over the years, but I always seem to wear the same favourite riding gear.
It’s great to have a bulging cupboard full of boots, jackets and pants, drawers filled with gloves and a rack in the garage cluttered with helmets.
It gives me options for all occasions, different types of motorcycles and varying weather conditions.
That also means I am not wearing the same riding gear in every photo when I’m out test-riding the latest bike.
There are also several jackets and helmets that are branded that I can really only wear with that brand of motorcycle.
For example, I’m sure Yamaha wouldn’t be too happy with me if I wore my Indian jacket with one of my Harley helmets while riding one of their bikes.
Despite the wide range of options, when I go for a leisurely ride and am not going to be photographed, I find myself often wearing the same gear because it is the most comfortable.
You won’t see many photos of me in this ensemble, except for the photo at the top of the page.
It consists of Helstons riding gloves (winter Boston and Charly Summer options), a Harley-Davidson Fulton helmet, Harley-Davidson triple-vent jacket, Draggin Razzo jeans and Stylmartin Legend RS boots.
The French Helstons gloves are made of the softest leather with a high-quality lining that allows them to slip on and off easily and feel ultra-comfortable, even on long trips when normal gloves would start to feel uncomfortable in the palms.
I bought them online and prices vary, but the summer gloves cost £49.99 and the winter gloves £89.99.
There is a design flaw in the summer gloves which have a hole in the back where you get sunburnt, so I had a piece of leather sewn in to close it up.
Harley scores two items of gear here, not because of the look, but simply the comfort.
The Harley Fulton helmet only costs $169, but it feels more comfortable and fits my favourite Sena 20S Bluetooth intercom speakers in just the right place without hurting my ears.
I have other helmets, including a $686 Harley FXRG and various Shoei, Shark and even Vozz helmets that cost a lot more, but just don’t feel as comfortable.
I know … what price do you put on your head … but when it gives you hours of comfort without a headache or any pressure points, it makes me a safer rider, particularly on long-distance hauls.
The $491 Harley triple vent jacket is simply the best year-round jacket I have yet worn. It’s made of a soft leather with soft armour and features a removable quilted liner that makes it very warm in winter with vents in all the right places for all but the hottest days of summer.
It was designed in a wind tunnel so the vents are in exactly the right place when riding on a big bike with a huge fairing, yet it also seems right on almost any other bike.
Even though it’s made of leather it has a built-in liner that makes it about 90% waterproof.
I’ve owned multiple pairs of Draggin jeans and cargos over the years and have absolute confidence that they will protect me in a crash.
However, some of the early designs left me feeling hot and irritated. The early liners were very scratchy. They are now smoother, but still irritating to my sensitive skin.
Some also didn’t have the right cut for my gangly body shape.
But the $289 Razzo jeans, apart from having a quirky name, are the most comfortable for me. They’re not tight yet don’t flap around too much in the breeze.
And best of all they have a mesh liner that keeps the abrasive protective liner away from my skin. They are moderately warm in summer and cool in winter.
Like the Harley jacket, the $349 Stylmartin Legend RS boots are also leather yet waterproof. Even so, they don’t get hot in summer and keep me warm in winter.
When you get off the bike, they look stylish and are comfortable enough for walking around.
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