Proper Bikers always used to wear leather and with good reason but times change and if you want to ride everyday then buy a textile jacket.
Modern textile jackets are very good, both a protecting you when needed and at keeping you warm and dry.
- breathable liners, Gortex is the best known but there are other cheaper options that do a good job
- body armour, ideally back, shoulders and elbows
- fit, body armour will only work if it stays in the right place, to big a jacket will let it move about
- thermal zip out liners for when it is hot
- anything that makes you more visible, reflective and/or fluorescent
- anything which is not a bike jacket, a walking jacket will keep you dry but it will not protect you
The traditional biker jacket, a good one is expensive but they can be re zipped or repaired when needed, the bad news is they are generally not that water proof. They do need looking after and will need regular cleaning and â feeding â to keep them in good condition. Consider second hand if you on a budget.
- weight, thick leather is heavy !
- good quality stitching
- body armour and/or double layers of leather
- zip out liners for when it is hot
- zips to connect the jacket to a matching set of leather trousers
- anything with fringes or tassels, go for it if you want to but its not for me !
Leggings or trousers
All the comments about jackets apply equally to leggings or trousers.
I would add that tough denim jeans are the least that you want to be wearing, they won’t have much impact protection but they do have reasonable abrasion resistance. For better abrasion resistance buy a pair of Kevlar reinforced jeans. Personally kevlar jeans are the least amount of protection I feel comfortable with when we get hot summer weather.
Please don’t ever ride in shorts, t shirts etc. nobody will think you look cool, use some imagination, I love motorcycles but you need to control the risks..