Join Date: Aug 2011
Year/Make/Model: 2014 Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero ABS SE
Color: Orange SE
I wear slacks and a tie for work, so I feel your pain. I don't want to ride in my 'work clothes' because it would be super easy to ruin them with bugs and such, they'd get wrinkled like crazy and dress shoes aren't exactly ideal for riding! Plus, a button-up shirt doesn't provide much protection. Here's the recipe I've come up with;
1) I found some good, comfortable black riding boots that I polish really well. Most folks don't notice I'm wearing boots under my slacks. Though usually I just change, I keep a pair of Oxford shoes in my saddlebag. Wouldn't want to ride with those (basically no sole) so I just swap 'em out.
2) Overpants and a good riding jacket keep the shirt and slacks from getting wrinkled or messed up. Only issue, though, is sweat in the summer. I've been known to just wear my white undershirt underneath my riding jacket then, and putting my shirt/tie on when I get there. Having a decent amount of on-bike storage is helpful here.
3) On really hot days, either take the cage or arrive early, give yourself time to cool off. Again, being all sweaty with a tie on isn't a great combination!
Ultimately though, I've really found the best solution to be just to change when you get there, if at all possible. It's usually pretty easy to just throw a shirt on when you get there, even in the parking lot, if you're like me and always wear an under-shirt anyway.
Also, depends on how strict your employer is and whether or not you can stand wearing boots all day, but don't knock the idea of polished riding boots. The thick sole is a giveaway but other than that, my polished boots under my slacks look just fine, IMO.
Like Scott, I wear a doo-rag under my FF helmet as well. I don't have to deal with helmet hair (hair is too short for that), but it keeps me from walking in with a sweaty head, or from stinking up my helmet! The goal here is to go into work not looking like you just got off a motorcycle! LOL.
"8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
Romans 5:8 (NIV)
2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS SE
iPod Connector Kit, Kuryakyn Highway Pegs, Mustang Touring Seat, Marvella's Hitch, Kuryakyn Trailer Wiring Kit, Haul-Master Tag-a-Long Cargo Trailer
2011 Honda Shadow Aero 750 (Wife's)
Memphis shades quick-release windshield, OEM Solo Seat, Mustang Fender Bib, Chrome Solo Luggage Rack
Past: 2006 Vulcan 900 Classic LT
Last edited by Romans5.8; 02-06-2013 at 02:50 PM.