Summer motorcycle gear to help you beat the heat


Gregor Halenda

“It’s about a million degrees outside!” you bleat. “I can’t wear my vintage Marlon Brando leather jacket when I ride!” I’m going to die of heat exhaustion! I’m just going to risk riding in a tank top, shorts and flip flops.

If you hear any of your riding buddies saying this, stop them immediately and get them some of the equipment listed below. You don’t have to give up safety to ride during the summer heatwaves.

While you can get all of this gear by mail order, unless you are really sure about your size, it might be best to go to your favorite motorcycle gear store to get the best fit. Alpinestars offers a payment plan for the equipment, so that the blow you take is mitigated, as is the equipment that protects you in the event of a fall.

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Alpinestars motorcycle jacket

On the outside, the Alpinestars Leonis Drystar Air Jacket looks like a regular motorcycle jacket, but hold it up to the light and you’ll find it’s covered in a flowing mesh that keeps air flowing even on the heaviest days. hot. I wore it while riding in and around the Mojave Desert, and it actually kept me cool, as long as I was on the way. The case comes with a Drystar waterproof liner to prevent you from hypothermic when it rains. It comes with full CE certified armor, all of which is constructed so that air passes through it as well.


Alpinestars Drystar Pants

The pants don’t breathe as well as the jacket, but Alpinestars claims their Andes V3 Drystar pants offer 100% waterproofing and high levels of breathability. “With extra protection in strategic areas, these pants can adapt to all weather conditions and are fully compatible with the Andes Drystar jacket.” They also slip directly into the Leonis jacket above. The pants offer the CE level 1 Alpinestars Nucleon Flex Plus knee with compatibility with the bio-Flex hip protector. A thermal layer is added to the seasons when you can ride. I felt comfortable riding in temperatures up to around 85 degrees.


Alpinestars Motorcycle Boots

The great thing about having big boots like these Alpinestar Corozal Adventure Drystar boots is that they protect your feet. I can attest to this firsthand: There I was, descending a narrow, rutted and silty single track in the mighty Sierra Nevada on one of those adventure bikes that weigh around 600 pounds, when a fleshy tree branch slammed into the side of my foot. Anything less than Corozal would have meant expensive reconstructive surgery. Alpinestars claims that this is “a premium multi-material adventure hiking boot with cutting edge protective features, such as an advanced polymer shin plate and innovative side ankle protection. with a supportive biomechanical link between the upper boot and the lower structure of the foot. Either way, these things are worth every penny.


Alpinestars Leather Motorcycle Gloves

Alpinestars make nice summer gloves, like the SMX-2 Air Carbon V2. I have found that I need to order Alpinestars gloves one size larger than recommended by the size chart, but you might have a different experience. Another great reason to go to the store and try several.


Alpinestars Tech-Air 5 airbag system

Perhaps the biggest advancement in rider protection since the helmet, the portable motorcycle airbag system will dramatically reduce your injuries in a crash. You can read all about how the technology works here. Even though it includes a flowing mesh throughout its construction, there is a little less flowing air under your Leonis Air Drystar jacket when you wear it, but it’s a nice compromise for the added safety. Specifically, obtaining the CE Level 2 classification of the system means that no more than 2.5 kilo-newtons (kNs) of force will be transmitted by the system to the wearer, according to European standards. But the Tech-Air 5 actually transmits less than 1 kN of force to the body. Since I bought my first airbag jacket several years ago, I never leave the house without it. Be like the majority of MotoGP and Dakar riders and get one for your own carcass today


Aether Mojave Motorcycle Jacket

Aether (pronounced ether) was founded in 2009 by two Hollywood film producers, Palmer West (Requiem for a dream) and Jonah Smith (Pi). Both “were passionate city dwellers, businessmen who wanted outerwear that supported their lifestyle without making them feel like they were in a queue.” They started making ski wear and expanded into motorcycle gear in 2014. I tried a bunch of Aether gear at their store on La Brea Ave. in Los Angeles, but I didn’t get anything out of it. Nevertheless, the jackets and pants were comfortable and gave an impression of durability. They all feature CE level 1 and level 2 impact protection from the D30 mark, Aether says. My favorite item among those I tried was the Mojave Jacket. It is made from waxed cotton canvas woven in Scotland by Halley Stevensons, a company founded in 1864. Underneath the cotton canvas is a mesh lining for extra breathability.


USWE Bounce-Free Backpack

USWE (pronounced you-swii) was founded in 2007 by a group of guys in Sweden who spent their days on off-road motorcycles. They used backpacks to extend the day, but hated the way backpacks fell all day. So they bought a Husqvarna sewing machine and got to work. “Do we know how to sew? Surely not. Did we like it? Hell yes, ”they said. “And USWE was born.” The idea with their backpacks is that they stay put while you ride, run or otherwise turn. This model, the RAW 12, holds 12 liters of equipment and water (not 12 liters of water, that would weigh 26 ½ pounds!). On a recent mountain bike ride my friends had this style of backpack, so I just attached a paper bag with water bottles and apples on the bike. They did better. It is specially designed for stability during movement, so if you roll enough it will be appreciated the further you go.

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