Summer Motorcycle Gear Buyers’ Guide: For the Touring Enthusiast

Apr 27, 2015 View Comments by

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It’s a great time to be a rider. Never before in the history of motorcycles have there been so many options when it comes to both motorcycles and riding gear. There’s a bike for every riding style, preference, and price—whichever mount you choose, there’s plenty of gear to match. In RoadRUNNER’s Summer Gear Buyers’ Guide, you’ll find seven distinct outfits that correspond to five different types of riding, motorcycle, and in many cases, lifestyle. Each is complete with a helmet, jacket, pants, gloves, boots, and other apparel items and accessories specific to that genre of our sport. The third installment of the guide is dedicated to touring riders who like to devour serious miles in a day.

Though the list is far from exhaustive, the editors of RoadRUNNER have carefully selected each outfit with the inclusion of as many options as possible. So without further adieu, welcome to summer!

1. Helmet: Schuberth C3 Pro
Made in Germany, the C3 Pro is exceptionally quiet for a flip-up helmet due to extensive wind tunnel testing and comes with a built-in Bluetooth receiver for pairing with the SRC communication system. $769 www.schuberthnorthamerica.com

2. Jacket: Firstgear TPG Rainier
The TPG Rainier is one of the few jackets to offer D3O’s top-of-the-line T5 Evo Pro impact protectors, which exceed CE Level 2 rating and it is built with Cocona waterproof and breathable technology. $499.95 www.firstgear-usa.com

3. Accessory: Under Armour Skull Cap
Keeping your hair from being pulled at odd angles by the donning and doffing of your helmet, a quality skull cap is a nice accessory to have on tour. Starting at $14.99. www.underarmour.com

4. Accessory: Moto-Skiveez
Designed to keep your rear end comfy for long hours in the saddle, Moto-Skiveez motorcycle underwear incorporates a proprietary seat pad sewn into the boxer brief style shorts. Cruiser, adventure, and sport styles are available. $59.95 www.motoskiveez.com

5. Pants: REV’IT! Trousers Gear 2
A zip-out hydratex 3L membrane keeps water out and, when removed, allows plenty of airflow. The outer shell is made of Dynax mesh, cowhide, and suede leather for a great mix of protection and comfort. $399.99 www.revitusa.com

6. Gloves: Held Airstream II
A mixture of perforated kangaroo leather and mesh pairs with vents between the fingers to keep your hands cool. A visor wipe and Velcro closure are also included on these high-end gloves. $150 www.heldusa.com

7. Boots: IXS Madox GORE-TEX
The Madox has built-in ankle and shin guards with extra padding for protection and is made from a mix of nappa leather and textile for comfort and durability. A GORE-TEX membrane keeps water out but lets moisture escape. $369 www.ixsusa.com

Click here for the gear guide for cruiser riders or here for adventure gear.

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