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Going to start riding my wife for the first time and I am having a hard time finding gear she likes. Can you guys weigh in on what kinds of gear whether it be jackets, helmets, full suits or t-shirt and flip flops, your ladies (or dudes I suppose) wear when they ride with you? Need to expand my knowledge of possibilities for women's gear.

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Going to start riding my wife for the first time and I am having a hard time finding gear she likes. Can you guys weigh in on what kinds of gear whether it be jackets, helmets, full suits or t-shirt and flip flops, your ladies (or dudes I suppose) wear when they ride with you? Need to expand my knowledge of possibilities for women's gear.

Post some pics if you have them.
First, I have nothing constructive to add. But I did want to say that I think you should ride your wife more. :eek: :p

Also my wife is looking for gear so we will be checking this thread out.
 

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Well, I don't play the "motorcycle gear" game so much, really. I wear jeans. And usually a shirt that shows a lot of cleavage. Sometimes I'll wear my vest, depending on where I'm going. A leather jacket when the season calls for it, as well as leather chaps. Boots. My rain gear stays in my bad unless it rains. Gloves when the season calls for it.

No "armor suit" or colorful suits and whatnot. Basically, what I would be wearing if I were driving my car on Saturday afternoon.
 

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OMG, now that I am done laughing... Sorry.

My wife wears jeans and boots, usually a t-shirt with either a leather vest or jacket depending on the temperature, gloves, a helmet and sunglasses. Typical biker garb. Never flip-flops.
 

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Cleavage is great, i'm all for that, in fact i don't allow my women to wear any gear, swimsuits preferred in the summer months, and very tight leather in the winter months. I also charge for the ride, and i'm not talking about peso's.......ride on.....
 

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After sliding down the road due to a dog,we both now wear jeans,boots,gloves and leather jacket.the jacket might get put in the bags if it gets really hot, but if you have ever had road rash up your leg and across your back,it takes a long,painful time to heal and legs scars on a lady doesn't look quite as dashing as on a guy
 

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Yea i plan on making her purchase a good thick pair of jeans for riding. None of that fashion paper thin stone washed crap. Gloves, boots, full face helmet. Probably a modular so she can get some air in town.
 

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My wife wears chaps quite often, even on hot summer days. That way, if it's hot, she can wear shorts under them and take the chaps off when we stop. Almost always a leather jacket, boots and always a helmet. She carries sandals or flats in the saddle bags for wearing if we're going to stop somewhere for awhile.

Even the best jeans will last about 6' at 50 mph on pavement.

https://rideapart.com/articles/why-wearing-jeans-on-a-motorcycle-is-a-really-bad-idea
 

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My wife wears chaps quite often, even on hot summer days. That way, if it's hot, she can wear shorts under them and take the chaps off when we stop. Almost always a leather jacket, boots and always a helmet. She carries sandals or flats in the saddle bags for wearing if we're going to stop somewhere for awhile.

Even the best jeans will last about 6' at 50 mph on pavement.

https://rideapart.com/articles/why-wearing-jeans-on-a-motorcycle-is-a-really-bad-idea
Thanks for the nudge, went ahead and got the matching pants for the jacket.
 

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While full protective riding gear doesn't seem to be in vogue among the cruiser bike society because it doesn't look cool, or something like that, we just couldn't bring ourselves to dress down, just for the look. We aren't willing to bet our well-being on chance. Besides the obvious negative experience with contacting the pavement with bare skin or denim, there are other factors that can be equally negative. On an open bike like a cruiser, the wind can wick away huge amounts of moisture from the body, and a person can get horrendous sunburn, as well. So while wearing ATGATT might not be as comfortable or "cool" as a tee shirt, jeans, no hemet or gloves, at least it provides for reasonable protection in the event of an unplanned get off at speed.

If I were you, I would be looking out for your wife's best interests and get her the best protective gear you can afford. Don't skimp on safety. She's the only one you've got, so take good care of her, from head to toe.
 

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Actually, I neglected to answer the original question. What does my wife wear on the bike? Unfortunately, she doesn't ride anymore, and when she did, she rode her own bike. She wore:
Shoei Multitec fliip front helmet
Olympus Airglide II jacket
FG mesh pants with water/windproof liner (for when it was cold or rainy)
Sidi OnRoad GoreTex boots
Leather gloves.
Earplugs.
 

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After sliding down the road due to a dog,we both now wear jeans,boots,gloves and leather jacket.the jacket might get put in the bags if it gets really hot, but if you have ever had road rash up your leg and across your back,it takes a long,painful time to heal and legs scars on a lady doesn't look quite as dashing as on a guy
I've got a scar or two on my leg, and arm, and shoulde. . . LMAO!
 

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Edie has the heavy leather jacket, and a NitroRacing jacket that is much lighter, breathable, and at least water resistant, and has vents for airflow. She also has chaps, and heated pants and jacket liners for the cooler days, your passenger will feel the weather more than you in most cases. One thing not mentioned yet and she wont really wear, but very important is a comfortable seat for her, not just you. As for helmets, mostly uses a 1/2 helmet, but we also have modular for bigger temp changes during the day, and full face for cold or rain possible days. The modular is also good for rain. For any longer rides, I try to insist on boots, but sometimes short or local rides, she does tennis shoes. OPEN SHOES ARE NOT ALLOWED!!!
 

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Now that the Jacket and pants have been ordered starting to look at inexpensive yet comfortable boots that she can also walk in. Thinking about looking non-motorcycle specific high top boots. Probably my best bet for price. I think I am going to spend the money on a Shoei neotec assuming it fits her. Anyone else have a less expensive modular helmet that they like? Prefer a sun shade built in.
 

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If I were you, I would be looking out for your wife's best interests and get her the best protective gear you can afford. Don't skimp on safety. She's the only one you've got, so take good care of her, from head to toe.
Exactly - and watch this - https://vimeo.com/22897515

I have three jackets - hot weather armored mesh, water resistance and vented textile armored and leather.

I have two pairs of gloves - one with reflective striping and a gel palm along with my leather gloves. I think www.olympiagloves.com have the best gloves.

I have four helmets ranging from half helmet to full face.

I have chaps, but usually ride in jeans - never in shorts.

And very important - sturdy boots that cover the ankle and have a grippy sole.
 

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Now that the Jacket and pants have been ordered starting to look at inexpensive yet comfortable boots that she can also walk in. Thinking about looking non-motorcycle specific high top boots.
Not necessarily. I bought a pair of less expensive boots because my Doc Martens are harder to walk in....and they weren't up to the stresses put on them from motorcycle riding - the hooks on the top snapped off from the clutch and brake action. The left toe starting scuffing and honestly if I wear them for a long ride, the don't give the toes on my left foot enough padding and the shifter starts to hurt. They've lasted less than 6 months.

The Doc Martens aren't terrible feminine, but they're really tough. And as much as the people on this would hate to hear - Harley Davidson makes some really good boots.
 

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I agree with Mrs Barlow on the Harley boots. Only pair I've had longer than my current Harley boots were Wolverines. By a coinsidence, they make the Harley boots I'm told. Also boots for a passenger and a rider can have different requirements, the passenger would be more in line with comfort, but rider would need to be more durable, as long as they both protect.


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