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Complete Guide in Choosing Motorcycle Jackets

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Complete Guide in Choosing Motorcycle Jackets

Maricon Williams
March 9, 2006

In purchasing motorcycle apparel, be sure that it provides superior protection to the areas intended to be protected. Usually, they are made to protect the part where the bone is just underneath the surface of the skin like the ankles, knees, hips, shoulders, knuckles and the likes.

Experts choose the best. As much as possible, we want to be choosing the way they do, right? Moreover, we have to know their standards and qualifications.

Choosing motorcycle jackets for one can be a taxing process if you do not know where to start and what areas to put special attention to. To expunge confusion from your weary head, here is a complete guide.

1. Material. Motorcycle jackets are either leather or synthetic. The former is the most popular material for jackets. However, synthetic like mesh is now also commonly used specially in hot season. Dupont Cordura, a variety of nylon with a scale going up to roughly 1000 denier, can also be chosen.

Leather can lasts up to 30 years. Through the years it has already established an attitude and traditional beat. It is also easy to clean and very affordable compared to synthetic materials. However, it is less conspicuous because it is usually dark.

On the other hand, synthetic materials have airflow to allow air to penetrate. Usually, they come in bright colors. Also, they are waterproof, longer and lighter. The drawbacks include being expensive, easily dated, complex to clean and do not last long.

2. Conspicuity. Motorcycle jackets must have the ability to be seen from afar by fellow riders as well as pedestrians. Conspicuity is one of the reasons why motor accidents occur. Failure to see another rider is a fatal defect. To remedy this, riders must wear motorcycle jackets with reflective materials or luminous colors. The use of scotelite can be used to attain a level of conspicuity.

3. Ventilation. Air circulation is essential especially during hot season when the sun can hurt the skin and can make a rider sweaty and uncomfortable. To remedy this, riders can purchase jackets that have ventilation zippers. These zippers are usually found under the armpits. Other ventilation holes are also made to efficiently allow air to circulate. A Velcro or a zipper at the back can provide substantial comfort. Pockets can also be added.

4. Waterproof. A waterproof jacket is a must in riding. Riding knows no weather. Thus, riders are always on the go. Nothing can stop them, even the unsympathetic weather. However, if riders ride with a non-waterproof jacket, their health can be at stake. Moreover, this will keep them from further enjoying rides.

Keeping the rider’s jacket waterproof is an approach to avoid illness and to shun being stinky, dirty and less confident.

Caveat emptor. Buyers must be wary with the jacket’s materials. A good jacket, according to ‘Wild Heart’ is like your symbol of individuality. Therefore, your choose mirrors your style in particular and personality in general.

Please visit Motorcycle Parts Bin site at http://www.motorcyclepartsbin.com/ for comments and inquiries regarding this article.



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