Though the weather varies drastically from one region to the next, one thing remains consistent across all state borders, and that is the beginning of motorcycle riding season. Riding season unofficially begins when spring decides to show its lovely face, which also happens to be about the same time we all begin to go stir crazy from being cooped up indoors for months on end.
If you, like the rest of us, are itching to enjoy the freedom your motorcycle provides, you don’t have to wait much longer. To make sure you’re ready when the groundhog finally decides to come out to play, start buying your women’s motorcycle gear now.
Spring Riding Gear
Planning for your spring ride is tricky, as the season of growth is a fickle one. One day you may enjoy sunny and 60-degree weather, while the next you may look outside to see that freezing rain is the condition for the day. In many parts of the country, the weather can do a 360-degree turn in a matter of minutes, leaving many riders in less-than-ideal or even dangerous situations. Regardless of where you live, you need to be prepared for the best and worst of conditions if you hope to get as much riding in as possible.
Versatile Outer Layer
When we say you need a versatile outer layer, what we really mean is that you need a versatile jacket. Women’s motorcycle spring jackets, are as varied as bike styles. You have a lot from which to choose, but only a few are right for you.
You’ve got your waterproof treated jacket that features a ventilation system for those warmer days and heated pockets for brisker ones. There’s your classic leather jacket, which provides cool style and warmth, but little airflow. You can also get the classic-cool leather look with advanced features, such as a variable airflow ventilation system. Dirt bike riding jackets often boast multiple layers, maximum airflow and removable moisture-wicking liners. To make the smartest purchase decision, consider the conditions in which you plan to ride, your own comfort preferences and whether you plan to layer up or ride with just a single jacket.
Even if a day proves to be perfect for riding, the air is likely to turn brisk or even downright bone-chilling once you get moving. Layer up with a flannel, fleece, insulated liner or warm base layer. Thermal shirts can keep you warm while at the same time wicking sweat away from your body. Many women’s shirts are designed to look sleek on their own, so you can feel comfortable running errands or even enjoying a quick bite to eat without standing out for all the wrong reasons.
If you’re located in the Northeast or Northwest, where winters tend to last a little longer than in the rest of the country, consider adding a synthetic fleece to the top of your base layer. Fleeces do a great job or retaining heat without absorbing moisture the way cotton does.
Warm Vests and Gloves
As spring ebbs into summer, you may be able to ditch the thicker outer layer and dress in a light, warm base and a heated vest. A heated vest can keep your core warm without restricting blood flow. Heated gloves are also a good option if you go the vest route, as they can protect your hands and wrists from the biting cold wind.
Your core won’t be the only section of your body subject to the cold winds. Though your legs may receive some protection from your front fender, it may not be enough. If you’re someone who runs cold three out of the four seasons, don’t think twice about layering your legs, too. Base layer pants for women come in both lightweight and heavyweight material.
Many also feature moisture-wicking and quick dry technology, odor control technology and breathable fabric. Some of the more high-tech pants even contain UPF sun protection. Base layer pants are better than bundling up in jeans and riding pants, as motorcycle clothing manufacturers design the pants to allow for unrestricted range of motion.
Thermal base layer pants may keep you warm, but they won’t protect you in the event of a spill. Invest in a durable pair of riding jeans, such as AlpineStar’s Daisy Women’s Denim Pants. These jeans differ from your standard Wranglers in that they feature removable hip protectors, certified and removable knee protectors and reinforced panels in the knee and seat areas. Drayko also makes a comfortable women’s riding jean that features a loose fit, low waist and reinforced seams.
Waterproof Riding Shoes
A good rule of thumb to ride by is, never ride in your daily tennis shoes. Not only will you look out of place in doing so but also, you’ll unwittingly sabotage your own comfort. Regardless of what type of weather you plan to ride in — rain, sleet, snow or sunshine — you need a durable and quality pair of all-weather riding shoes. Because spring is characterized by a lot of rainfall, “all-weather,” in this instance, means rain.
Boots are the obvious choice for riding in the rain. Women’s spring boots for motorcycle riding, come in a variety of styles, including classic black leather, full-grain leather with a vintage flair and genuine full-grain leather. Some boots have heels while many are flat-soled. All riding boots are above the ankle for your protection and feature slip-resistant outsoles.
While boots were once the only type of riding shoe available, that’s not the case any longer. Alpinestar’s Stella Sektor Waterproof Women’s Riding Shoes look, to the untrained eye, like your standard tennis shoe. However, the upper is constructed of durable and abrasion-resistant microfiber, the lateral ankle strap provides support and the heel and instep are flexible for your riding and walking comfort.
With spring right around the corner, you may be tempted to uncover your bike and take it for a ride on the first semi-decent day. While we get where you’re coming from, we urge you to stock up on adequate riding gear before you do. For the comfortable, warm and versatile riding gear every rider craves, shop our collection today.