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Motorcycle Apparel: Reviews
Rider‘s motorcycle apparel reviews include pants, jackets, riding suits, gloves, socks and anything else you put on your body (other than helmets, which have their own specific section). Our rule of the road is, “dress safe and dress for the ride.” That means selecting protective gear that will make your ride more enjoyable.

Dainese Long Range D-WP Boots Review

Dainese Long Range D-WP Boots

Greg Drevenstedt
February 27, 2014

These days, motorcycle boots are as specialized as motorcycles themselves, with different styles for sport/track riding, touring, dual-sport/adventure riding, full-on motocross and all points in between. A high-quality pair of waterproof touring boots offer the most versatility, as I’ve found with... Read more »

Suiting Up for Road or Trail—Adventure Motorcycle Gear

Paul Beck at Hadley Butte

Greg Drevenstedt
February 3, 2014

In our October 2013 issue, we introduced you to Paul Beck, an experienced adventure rider whose 2007 BMW R 1200 GS served as a project bike (Über-Adventure Upgrade). In addition to kitting out Paul’s bike, we kitted out his body. Since he’s a big guy (6-foot, 4-inches and 300-plus pounds), we sought... Read more »

Joe Rocket Speedway Motorcycle Jacket Review

Joe Rocket Speedway Jacket

Mike Vaughan
January 30, 2014

“No skulls, no chains, no pointless noise,” is how Joe Rocket describes its Speedway jacket, and that’s a pretty good description. This is a well made, 1.2mm, drum-dyed, classic black leather motorcycle jacket. The only nods to decor are the optional red or ivory stripes that run along the sleeves... Read more »

Nelson-Rigg AS-3000 Aston 2-piece Rainsuit Review

Feeling dry and toasty post-deluge wearing Nelson-Rigg's AS-3000 Aston 2-piece Rainsuit.

Greg Drevenstedt
December 19, 2013

It doesn’t rain much here in Southern California, which can be both a blessing (humidity who? mosquitos?) and a curse (um…I’m thinking). Being American by birth, Southern by the grace of God, since transplanting to the Left Coast I’ve come to miss the dramatic beauty of thunderstorms and grass... Read more »

2013 Buyers Guide: Riding Pants & Overpants

Pants Buyers Guide

Bill Stermer
November 7, 2013

Blue jeans may be American motorcyclists’ riding pants of choice, but have you ever seen what happens to a pair of jeans when they hit the pavement at about 45 mph? Trust me, it’s not pretty. Nor are the bumps, scrapes and bruises that the rider experiences pretty either. Most riders will wear a... Read more »

Olympia Moto Sports Avenger Suit Review

Olympia Moto Sports Avenger Suit

Greg Drevenstedt
October 3, 2013

Not long after I evaluated Olympia Moto Sports’ Stealth suit (Rider, October 2008), the predecessor to the Avenger tested here, I crashed while wearing it. Mercifully, we rarely crash-test apparel, taking it on faith that the manufacturer’s claims for protection will hold up should we have trouble... Read more »

Aerostich AD1 Riding Pants Review

Aerostich AD1 Riding Pants

Jerry Smith
September 10, 2013

Years ago, when I got my first set of custom-made racing leathers, the first time I put them on I thought something was terribly wrong. The arms were too long, the seat hung down like a full diaper, I could barely stand up straight––they just didn’t fit. The tailor listened patiently to me freaking... Read more »

Harley-Davidson Genuine MotorClothes Hi-Vis Rain Suit Review

Harley-Davidson Genuine MotorClothes Hi-Vis Rain Suit

Scott A. Williams
September 3, 2013

Riders need to stand out, especially when visibility is reduced—and stand out you will in a Harley-Davidson Genuine MotorClothes Hi-Vis Rain Suit. It is available in orange or yellow, although the orange somehow seems a better complement to the huge, reflective Harley logo across the back. There’s... Read more »

Racer Limes Gloves Review

Racer Limes are high-quality goat and cow leather gloves designed for sport riding in mild to hot weather.

Greg Drevenstedt
July 29, 2013

First things first. The name of these gloves, Limes, is pronounced lee-mas, not like the fruit. And second, yes, they also come in black only. Even though the white-black color scheme is a bit flashy for me, sliding the Racer Limes gloves onto my hands makes me forget all about such vanity. Racer Gloves... Read more »

Olympia Moto Sports Renegade Jacket and Pants Review

Olympia Moto Sports Renegade Jacket and Pants

Greg Drevenstedt
July 8, 2013

When it’s hot, it’s hot. No point in quibbling over heat vs. humidity or the effects of global warming. All that matters is getting some relief. That’s where Olympia Moto Sports’ Mesh Tech line of apparel comes in, which includes updated versions of its popular Airglide two-piece and Avenger... Read more »

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