Despite an increasing number of women taking up motorcycling, there remains a lack of selection when it comes to motorbike gear for ladies.
That doesn’t mean to say that there aren’t items of clothing and equipment available for female bikers, which offer the same performance and features as men’s gear.
Having specialised motorcycle clothing could save your life and you must wear a safety helmet which meets British safety standards when riding – it’s the law.
Whether you’re looking to get started in the motorcycling world or just need some extra bike gear, we hope this guide will assist you in finding the clothing you need.
A motorcycle helmet is probably the most important bit of gear you will need to purchase. Helmets are essential to your riding inventory and everyone is (or should be) aware that they reduce road casualties and serious injuries. It’s illegal to ride in the UK without one.
You might assume that the requirements for women’s motorcycle helmets are not too dissimilar from men’s. However, due to the risks associated with motorcycling, it needs to be a near perfect fit to provide the right protection. Generally women’s faces are much narrower and smaller than men’s, so this must be accounted for in the helmet.
We always recommend trying on helmets before purchasing and taking the advice of a reputable dealership. The better your helmet fits, the more likely it is to protect you from an accident.
Aside from the helmet, the motorcycle jacket and trousers are the next items you will need to consider. There is a wide range of motorcycle jackets that you can choose; from robust leather jackets, to lightweight nylon waterproofs. Leather jackets provide a higher level of protection and can prevent your skin from being damaged following an accident.
This makes leather biker jackets a popular option. Several brands offer jackets with added safety features, such as armour plates to provide further protection.
There are other materials available, such as textile and wax jackets which offer a lower level of protection than leather.
The upside to these jackets is that they allow you to be cooler and have different waterproof properties, which you may need to consider depending on where you plan on riding. With added plates and protection, lighter textile jackets can still provide a robust defence for any type of accident.
Depending on your requirements, there are several different types of motorcycle trousers and jeans available. Some, such as the Dainese Delta Pro C2 Leather Jeans for women, have additional features such as reinforced knee protectors and inserts around the hips and thighs.
It’s features like this that can improve protection and lessen the risk of injury. Like jackets, in addition to the leather models there are other textiles and fabrics of motorcycle clothing available.
Many of the “motorcycle jean” style products on the market look just like normal jeans. However some have special features or are made out of highly durable fabrics and materials such as Kevlar, making them resistant to tears and excellent for motorcycle use.
Additional non-protective fabrics are also used in some models, such as Gore-Tex, for their waterproof and breathable properties. Most women’s motorcycle trousers offer all the same great features that men’s do, except they have slightly different styling and are cut to better fit the female body.
When selecting motorbike trousers, it’s important to consider the purpose in which it will be used before purchasing. A “sport style” trouser may offer great protection, but they may not be appropriate for shorter trips or everyday use. Whereas some of the lighter textile styles may be easier to wear but not offer the same protection benefits as the leather models.
If you are looking for full protection and aerodynamics then a motorcycle suit is the best choice. The lack of separation between the jacket and trousers reduces wind resistance.
Motorcycle suits often feature protective armour, like motorcycle jackets and trousers. In suits this can often extend further than allowed by jackets and trousers.
For added comfort, women’s motorcycle suits often feature very thin liners. These can be made out of various materials and add a comfortable protective barrier between the skin and the suit.
Motorcycle boots are available in many different shapes and sizes, with both high and low cut models available, which provide different levels of protection to the legs.
It’s essential that motorcycle boots grip the bike well and are sturdy enough to handle the demands of motorcycle use, as well as of course remaining comfortable.
The feet and legs are the most vulnerable part of the body in biking. A study conducted by the NHTSA in the United States concluded that “motorcyclists sustain more leg injuries than any other type of lower-extremity injury, with bone fractures being more common than soft-tissue injuries.” With this in mind, it’s certainly important that your boots both provide a high level of protection.
You may want to consider extra features, such as gear shift guards and grip control inserts for extra functionality. Of course, men’s boots are available in smaller sizes and can be used by women, but there are several specifically designed boots for women available too. Women’s motorcycle boots are commonly designed to be better suited to the shape of women’s feet and are often available in a range of smaller sizes.
When buying motorcycle boots, you will want to consider how they will fit with your motorcycle trousers. Look out for calf zip features and if you can, try your trousers on with the boots to check that they are able to accommodate them comfortably.
Motorcycle gloves need to comply with several criteria. They need to be comfortable, breathable and of course offer protection to the hands. Features such as ventilated mesh inserts allow air to move freely through the glove.
Reinforced knuckles and other such safety features give you that extra peace of mind when riding, ensuring that your hands are well protected. Like legs, the hands can be an especially vulnerable area during an accident, as they are often used to break a fall.
Many models of motorcycle gloves are unisex, however there are several gloves designed specifically for female riders with smaller, slimmer sizes.
Managing body temperature is an important part of motorcycle riding. With high winds and the ever-changing British weather combined with the use of heavy motorcycle clothing, this can prove rather challenging when biking.
Proper base layers can assist with this and can encourage sweat evaporation, making for a significantly more comfortable and enjoyable riding experience.
There are several base layers available for women, from socks to neck protectors, providing coverage on every part of the body. Some female motorcycle undersuits and tops also provide extra soft support for the breast area which can make riding much more comfortable.
In addition to your motorbike gear, you can show your appreciation for all things motorbike with t shirts, socks, hoodies and trainers (which make an excellent footwear change after riding in boots all day) branded with the insignia of your favourite biking brands.
Insuring your bike is an essential, but did you know you can also protect your helmet and leathers with a policy?
From just £26 a year, we will cover you for up to £1,000 of repairs or a replacement. This includes other protective clothing such as boots and gloves too. Get a free quote now.