With the advent of free parking for motorcycles across the country, more people are realizing that two-wheelers aren’t just for rough, loud, reckless bikers.
If you decide to take the plunge, make sure your apparel doesn’t make you look like you need training wheels. Here’s my guide to motorcycle style.
Helmet: You can’t go wrong with a vintage half-helmet with sunglasses or goggles. It’s very cool choice – both in style and temperature. They also allow for better peripheral vision and hearing, which makes them a safe choice.
Jacket: Again, vintage is a great way to go. That said, the longer Belstaff styles are pretty perfect, though they do cost the equivalent of about six vintage jackets. Just be sure you save the one piece and the body armour for the track. Not-leather options include a Levis jean jacket and a Lee stormrider. Finally, I must mention my own company’s issue, the Red Canoe RCAF Summer flying jacket – perfect for scorching summer days.
Footwear: Blundstones are hard to beat. Dayton Boots, out of Vancouver, has a few legendary hardcore classic boot styles that suit those looking to proclaim their biker identity a bit louder. The key is to keep the ankles covered – your Converse or Camper high tops work when it’s too hot for boots. You’re asking for nasty road rash if you go to the flip flops or Birkenstocks!
National Heritage Brands Inc. is a product development company I founded in 2002. Our core product line of Heritage Based Men’s Clothing, Headwear and Accessories is called Red Canoe. Check us out at: redcanoebrands.com.
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