If you’ve ridden a motorcycle for any length of time, you’ve probably noticed that many times the type of motorcycle being ridden influences the attire of the rider. Even if you don’t ride, you may have noticed the phenomenon. Here’s some of my observations and some I’ve been told about.
- Pirates: These are often riders of Harley Davidsons and “metric” V-twin motorcycles. The pirate look can consist of things like jeans, boots (sometimes with buckles, rings or chains), a leather vest (sometimes with no shirt underneath) a bandana, earrings, long hair in a braided pony tail, fingerless gloves, a helmet that looks like a beanie (just because you have to wear one) and tattoos. Black seems to be the predominant color of the clothing.
- Armadillos: These are often BMW riders or dual sport type motorcycles like the Suzuki V-Strom or similar. You can spot an armadillo by the full face helmet, a jacket that has armor in the shoulders, elbows and back, pants that zip up the leg and have armor in the knees and hips, gloves (which are often armored too) and boots with shift pads on the left boot. The colors of an armadillo vary and are sometimes spotted in high visibility colors.
- Power Rangers: If you don’t know what a Power Ranger is go their website. These are often riders of sport motorcycles. You know, the ones that look like they should be on a racetrack. The riders are often attired in leather suits. But the full face helmet, leather jacket, leather pants, leather gloves and boots are usually in bright colors and all match. They are often armored like the armadillo. It can look pretty cool.
I tend towards the armadillo but not quite. When it’s hot I may not be in the jacket but still wear the armored pants. But today I rode with some friends to funeral and then to lunch wearing regular jeans. I rode a total of about 75 miles and it just didn’t “feel right” not having the armor. It almost felt like I was wearing shorts and I didn’t like it.
So what do you dress like to ride?