Fall Motorcycle Gear

Fall Motorcycle Gear

by Chris Rutter September 24, 2020

From the cool, comfortable weather to the changing scenery, almost everything about autumn makes it the perfect time to hop on your bike and hit the road. But some fall conditions aren't so ideal and call for the right motorcycle gear. So how do you gear up for an autumn motorcycle ride? Figure out everything you need to wear this season with this fall motorcycle gear guide.

How to Dress for a Fall Ride

How to Dress for a Fall Ride

There are a few tips to keep in mind when it comes to your fall gear. As you plan what you're going to wear on an autumn ride, you should:

  • Consider your climate: Think about the average fall weather where you live as you gear up. If you're a biker in a cooler area, fall may have dipping temperatures. Those in wetter climates will have rain to contend with. 
  • Check the weather: Fall weather is unpredictable, but it's a bit easier to dress for after you check the weather. Look for wind warnings, potential pop-up showers and cold weather. A quick check can help you have a safer ride and provide guidance on what fall motorcycle gear to wear.
  • Think about when you're riding: Fall mornings and evenings tend to be cooler than the middle of the day. Plan your ride accordingly to help you figure out what autumn motorcycle gear you need.
  • Use layers: When riding a motorcycle in the fall, layers are the best way to go. Layers keep you warm as you're riding, and you can shed them once you reach your destination.

What is the Best Fall Weather Motorcycle Gear?

What Is the Best Fall Weather Motorcycle Gear?

Check your closet to ensure you have everything you need to enjoy a bike ride this season. With proper fall gear, you'll be protected from the wind, rain and cold and have a more comfortable ride overall. Gear up for your fall ride with these items:

1. Helmets With Shields

Your helmet is an essential part of your motorcycle gear, no matter the season. Choosing a helmet with a shield will help keep the wind from bothering you on your autumn ride. Fall can be a breezy season in many locations, and when you combine that with the wind you'll face while riding, you'll need something to cover and protect your face. A full-face helmet will contribute to keeping you warm in this cooler season, as well.

Switch the visor or your helmet based on your needs and when you're going for a ride. If you'll be out during the day, use tinted shields to keep glares and the sun out of your eyes.

2. Goggles or Glasses

If you prefer helmet styles without shields, you should still protect your eyes from the wind. Eye protection will stop any watery or squinting eyes in the face of fall gusts. Goggles or glasses come in many tints, shapes and sizes, giving you plenty of options to consider. Wear goggles or glasses that wrap behind your head for a secure fit that you know will withstand the wind on your ride.

3. Face Coverings

Whether you wear a helmet with a shield or a helmet and goggles, a face covering is a great piece of gear to have. Get a gaiter that you wear around your neck and pull up to cover your nose and mouth as you ride. This covering protects your neck and face from the cold and the wind. You'll find gaiters in a wide array of colors, prints and patterns, with many styles designed with bikers in mind.

4. Jackets

A good motorcycle jacket is a must-have. While you may have worn mesh jackets in the summer, fall means it's time to break out the heavier materials. Leather jackets are classic, stylish and protective from cool weather and gusts of wind, but you can choose other styles that suit your budget and preferences.

Look for a durable jacket with quality materials. You want it to fit comfortably enough that you can move or raise your arms, which will depend on the position of your handlebars. Many motorcycle jackets include stretchy materials along the chest, shoulders or underarms to help with mobility.

5. Pants

You'll want to wear comfortable yet durable pants for fall rides. Durable materials are key here to help protect you in case of an accident, and they'll be warmer options for your fall gear. Consider materials like:

  • Leather
  • Kevlar
  • Denim

Wear pants that give you enough flexibility without being too loose of a material. Pants that fit comfortably around the ankles but aren't too loose will keep out the wind and won't billow and flap in the breeze.

6. Gloves

Protect your hands from the cold and wind with gloves. You don't want to head out on a longer ride only to stop because your hands are cold and numb. Even if the fall weather won't be chilly for your ride, gloves are a good idea. They prevent the weather from drying your hands, and they cut down on the vibrations you'd feel from the bike handlebars.

As you would with other motorcycle gear for fall, get durable and flexible materials. Your gloves shouldn't be too tight, but they shouldn't feel too loose, either. Find gloves with a wrist buckle or strap to adjust them and make putting them on easier.

7. Boots

Boots are a popular addition to autumn motorcycle gear. The tops of your boots should go at least above your ankles. Ideally, you'll be able to either tuck the bottom of your pants into your boots or layer the pants over the top of your boots with a snug fit.

Wear motorcycle boots or general footwear that is warm and comfortable. Look for styles that have low heels for better comfort and hold on the footpegs. You'll also need good traction to keep your grip on the ground when you stop. As a bonus, boots protect your feet once you make it to your destination, making them perfect for fall weather.

8. Rain Gear

If you live in a wet climate, you'll want to have fall motorcycle layers and gear that is waterproof. While riding in the rain isn't that comfortable or safe, you can't control the weather or if you get stuck in pop-up showers. Pack rain gear for your rides that'll protect you if you can't avoid being in the rain. Gear up with rain layers that feature qualities like:

  • A larger size to fit over your other safety gear.
  • Sealed seams to keep out the rain.
  • Fitted openings like sleeves, neck holes and pant legs to keep out the rain.
  • Coated, synthetic materials that are waterproof or water-resistant.
  • A thin material with a compact design you can pack and bring with you.

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Chris Rutter
Chris Rutter


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