Summer Motorcycle Gear Buyers’ Guide: For the Retro Rider

May 03, 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 fifth installment of the guide targets riders who appreciate that vintage vibe.

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: Bell Bullitt
This DOT-rated lid comes in a variety of vintage-inspired colors and designs and offers a field of view better than most contemporary helmets. Genuine leather is used in the lining. $399.95 www.bellhelmets.com

2. Accessory: Fox Creek Leather Small Trucker Wallet
Supple calfskin leather and quality craftsmanship make this no ordinary wallet. Sections for cash and cards as well as a zippered change purse keep it practical. The attached chain makes the Small Trucker hard to lose. $24.50 www.foxcreekleather.com

3. Jacket: British Motorcycle Gear Montana Leather
This classic leather jacket has a vintage, British café scene style to go with the ventilation, protection, and functionality expected by modern riders. A removable liner makes this jacket good for three seasons. $399 www.britishmotorcyclegear.com

4. Gloves: Lee Parks DeerSports
Rendered in all black or dark brown and tan deerskin, the DeerSports gloves from Lee Parks Design are buttery soft with a vintage feel.The long gauntlet style gloves use Velcro wrist straps for a snug fit. $134.95 www.leeparksdesign.com

5. Pants: River Road Pueblo Cool Leather
TFL Cool System technology reflects solar radiation, resulting in a dramatically cooler pair of leather motorcycle pants. The Pueblo is cut to fit over a pair of jeans or other pants. $299.95 www.riverroadgear.com

6. Boots: Stylmartin Indian
The full-grain leather upper pairs with a waterproof and breathable inner liner, internal malleolus protectors, and a Vibram sole. The Indian is a durable and protective motorcycle boot. $295 www.stylmartin-usa.com

Click here for the gear guide for cruiser riders, here for adventure gear, here for men’s touring, or here for women’s touring.

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