How to Choose Clothing for Riding Your Motorcycle

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Motorcycle riders often wear leather vests or jackets to cut down on the wind and to provide protection from any accidents. Learn about leather leg coverings that can be worn in cold weather with help from an experienced motorcyclist and motorcycle repairman in this free video on motorcycle safety.

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First we're going to talk about some riding apparel for motorcycles. Depending on what the temperature is outside, whether you're up north or down south, we like to wear these leather vests. Leather tends to cut the wind and, besides that, it looks pretty cool to wear. First we have a vest, we have a couple pockets in there for cigarettes, or brushes, or combs, or anything of that nature. Then, like I said, when it gets a little cooler out we've got leather jackets. They come in all styles and fabrics, different kinds of leathers, pockets inside and out, that's for warmth and also for protection just in case we have any mishaps on the road, which hopefully we don't ever have. Then we have what we call chaps, and these are leather coverings for, basically our legs, and when we're going at a good rate of speed on the highway, when it's cooler weather, we like to strap these on our legs and they just go around like this, and they zip up, and they snap, and these come in a variety of different colors and fabrics. Different types of leathers, I should say. And those really aren't worn unless, like I said, it's real cool out. That's for the body. And then, if we'll step over here, we have different kinds of what we call shades. They're sunglasses and they come in a variety of different colors and lenses and all, and contours to fit your head. And, we also have, several different kinds of riding gloves. Some are short and fingerless, and this fingerless version you have a little bit more feeling with the motorcycle. And that's when it's warmer out you can use those. And these high gauntlet gloves, they protect you from the cold weather, the wind and all, when it does get a little bit cooler out. So those are basically t he different types of apparel we need to think about before we get on the motorcycle. We want to be safe and comfortable at the same time.

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