No matter what kind of bike you ride, your riding ability, how often you ride or your personal style, if you find yourself on a motorcycle you are going to need good motorcycle gear.
Motorcycle accidents occur every day, and often are not the fault of the rider so if you think it can't happen to you, just remember that you are not alone out there on the road. Motorcycle gear is the only thing between you and the asphalt, and although no one ever wants to need it there may come a time when you are eternally grateful for its protection.
Helmet, jacket, pants, gloves and boots encompass the basics of motorcycle protective gear. In this guide we will give you a brief overview of each of the motorcycle clothing categories. We will also touch on some more niche gear like wet weather gear and kids gear. For comprehensive buying guides, visit our Buying Guide Blog Page to see all of our buying guides.
These are the topics we will cover in this motorcycle clothing guide:
- Motorcycle Helmets
- Motorcycle Jackets
- Motorcycle Pants
- Motorcycle Gloves
- Motorcycle Boots
- Wet Weather Gear
- Kids Gear
- MX Gear
Safety is the number one priority when choosing a motorcycle helmet. All motorcycle helmets sold at AMX Superstores are AS/NZS 1698, UNECE22.05 or UNECE22.06 certified and meeting minimum safety standards.
However buying a motorcycle helmet is not as simple as picking from a catalogue. It is vital that your helmet fit correctly in order for it to be effective in the case of a crash. Sizes and fitment can vary between brands and styles of helmets, so it's best to avoid guessing and head into your local AMX store to try them on and get expert advice.
Full face helmets and Modular Helmets offer the best protection against head injury. A half helmet might be an aesthetically pleasing option but they are not very effective. As the name half helmet suggests you can expect half the protection and they need to be worn with eye protection.
A used helmet is a massive "No No". You have no idea what the helmet has been through, a dropped helmet may not show external signs of damage but could have internal distress rendering it useless. We are not saying that you need to buy only expensive helmets, but you do need a new helmet that fits you properly.
A motorcycle helmet should be used no more than 5 years, after this time the materials start to break down and it becomes less effective.
For more comprehensive information on motorcycle helmets, see our Motorcycle Helmet Buying Guide.
Motorcycle jackets come in leather & textile options, as well as Summer & Winter options. The best motorcycle jacket for you will depend on your riding style and riding conditions. Regardless of whether you prefer leather jackets or textile jackets, you must ensure the jacket has abrasion resistance as well as body armour.
Summer Motorcycle Jackets
The best gear for warmer weather needs to be breathable, so look for mesh panels, air vents and perforation in motorcycle jackets. Moisture wicking material in the lining will help dissipate sweat and keep your jacket smelling as fresh as possible.
Winter Motorcycle Jacket
In winter a waterproof jacket is an invaluable asset. Textile jackets with waterproof coatings and insulated thermal liners will keep your upper body protected and warm on chilly winter rides. Adjustable straps allow for a snug fit and keeps the wind from penetrating through.
Motorcycle Jeans & Pants
All proper motorcycle gear is designed to protect you in the case of an accident, regular pants and regular jeans are not cut out to do the job.
Whether you choose riding jeans, textile pants or leather pants, you must ensure that they are abrasion resistant. Look for Kevlar® and other aramid fibre construction which are heat resistant and very strong so won't tear when you slide along the asphalt.
A fully lined pair of pants is better than pants with the aramid fibre only in the high impact zones as in a motorcycle accident your gear can shift position, especially if not fitted properly.
Women's pants are shaped differently from mens - it is generally smaller in the waist and larger on the hips to ensure good fitment. Protective armour for the hips and knees are a beneficial inclusion to good pants.
As with all motorcycle riding gear, choosing the best pair of gloves depends on how you ride, and when you ride. Ideally, you will have a different pair of gloves for winter and summer as their construction is completely different.
In the case of an accident, it is natural instinct for a person to use their hands to protect themselves, which is why it is imperative that you choose gloves that will protect your hands.
The protective components of a glove include double stitching for strength, palm sliders, knuckle protectors and abrasion resistant material like leather or aramid fibre & textile.
Once again, fitment is key so as to allow for enough dexterity and freedom of movement in your fingers to be able to operate the motorcycle controls.
See our Motorcycle Gloves Buying Guide here.
A motorcycle boot should be non slip, and have ankle support at the bare minimum. Choose boots that suit your riding style, for example if you are an adventure rider and likely to head off road you will need waterproofing in case of rain & puddles, and shin armour to protect from debris.
There are so many options nowadays for motorcycle riders to choose from. It is important to note that each brand will have a slightly different size guide, so we recommend checking the brand specific size guide if you cannot go into an AMX Superstores to try boots on.
Wet Weather Gear
A sub category of motorcycle clothing is wet weather gear.
Whether you are preparing for a wet ride and need reliable, waterproof clothing, or you get caught in a sudden deluge and need to quickly throw something on over your normal gear, there are plenty of options to choose from.
It is important that wet weather gear be worn correctly for it to effectively keep water from seeping in. Pants like the Dainese Storm 2 Unisex pants should sit quite high around your waist, and jackets like the Dri Rider Thunderwear 2 Jacket should be fastened around the wrists and fit snugly around the torso to prevent flapping.
Kids Motorcycle Gear
Buying kids motorcycle gear is just like buying for an adult, except that person wearing the gear is generally not the one paying!
We understand that kids are constantly growing out of their gear however it is important to communicate with the child about fitment. Ideally take them to try on the gear or if it is a surprise gift make use of our flexible exchange policy to ensure you provide the best fitting gear.
Remember; If it doesn't fit, it won't do its job.
See our Kids Helmet Buying Guide here.
See our Motocross Gear Buying Guide here.
Tips for Buying Motorcycle Clothing
- Don’t be swayed to choose fashion over function, safety must always come first.
- Take advice from the professionals, especially regarding fitment.
- Include good motorcycle gear in your budget for a bike. If you can't afford proper protective motorcycle gear then you can't afford to ride.
- Think about your style of riding and choose appropriate gear to match.
- Invest in different safety gear for different seasons and types of riding.
Buying motorcycle gear can be a daunting experience if you don't have the proper advice. Here at AMX Superstores our staff are motorcycling enthusiasts with years of experience and a passion for helping our customers. Visit one of our 17 stores across Australia or you can shop online at amxsuperstores.com.au and take advantage of free standard shipping on all orders. We also have a friendly Online Customer Service Team available on 1300 113 257 so however you like to shop, we have someone to assist.