With more and more women riding motorcycles, the choice of protective motorcycle clothing has also grown.
As a woman, you not only want to be protected as well as possible when riding, but you also want to look great, feel comfortable and still feel feminine. With that in mind, what is the best motorcycle gear for women riders, and where do you find it?
The type of gear you will need, really depends on the type of riding you are doing, so over the next few articles we will try to run through the various categories, and give our suggestions on the top picks for each category. We will start off with gear for Cafe / Cruiser Riders.
Cafe / Cruiser Riders
If you like to ride on Cafe Racer / Cruiser type bikes such as a Harley Davidson sportster or a Triumph Thruxton, you will likely wish to find motorcycle gear for women which matches the aesthetic of the motorcycle you are riding.
Which Cafe / Cruiser style Helmet to choose?
First up, you will need a helmet to compliment your riding style, whilst also giving you full protection. We would recommend looking at the Shoei Glamster which is a helmet which has been modeled off retro superbikes and race helmets from the 1980’s.
The helmet is constructed with an Advanced Integrated Matrix Plus (AIM) shell and multi-density polystyrene foam liner. The Shoei Glamster also comes with a UV-protective visor which has a Pinlock EVO fog-resistant insert. The helmet importantly features an emergency quick-release cheek-pad system, so important for your safety in the event of an accident for ease of removal of the helmet to reduce the risk of further injury to your spine.
The helmet’s liner contains channels which allow airflow throughout the helmet when you open the forehead vent, and there are additional mesh backed vents on the chin bar.
The helmet comes in a range of colours to suit your style, and will provide a comfortable, stylish and safe helmet.
Which Cafe / Cruiser style Jacket to choose
Next you will need a good jacket to give you comfort, safety and style. We would suggest considering a Segura Ladies Retro Jacket which features a contemporary retro look and would look fantastic on this type of motorcycle. This buffalo leather jacket features armbands and back patches and has a “cracked” worn look. The jacket has a removable thermal lining to ensure your comfort in all temperatures, and a fixed mesh lining. Your protection is at the forefront, with CE Personal Protection Equipment including CE approved shoulder protectors, adjustable CE approved elbow protectors and a pocket for a CE approved back protector.
To ensure a comfortable fit, the jacket comes with streamlined, adjustable wrist fasteners and hip adjustments. There is also plenty of storage with 4 outer pockets, 1 arm pocket and 2 inner pockets.
The jacket comes in a range of colours to best suit your style.
Which Chest protection
As a female, we would suggest some female specific chest armour for wearing under your jacket. With this in mind, we suggest the Fempro Armour Xena Female Chest Armour which comes in a C-DD cup, however can be worn by A, B and E cup as the armour will mould to your body. The armour is lightweight, made from viscoelastic soft foam, and is CE tested and certified to protect your breast and sternum.
The armour protection is soft and body forming until it is impacted, at which time it reacts quickly to form a rigid mass, providing protection in an accident.
Which Cafe / Cruiser style gloves
You need good quality gloves to keep your hands well protected in the event of an accident. We would suggets the Rev’It Fly 3. These gloves have a traditional style, so fit well with the cafe / cruiser style look, whilst their soft feel will allow for good feeling on the controls of your motorcycle whilst not compromising on safety with their knuckle armour. They also come with perforation throughout so have great breathability.
Which Jeans for Cafe / Cruiser style
When it comes to jeans, we recommend the Ixon Mikki Ladies Motorcycle Jeans which will certainly complement your style
and look great with their slim cut high waist. For your safety, these jeans come with level 1 knee and hip protectors and are made with one layer construction: Cordura Denim fabric which is breathable.
The jeans come with knee protectors which are accessible from the outside with adjustable positioning, preformed legs and elastic at the bottom of the legs.
If this particular cut does not suit your body shape, Ixon has a range of motorcycle jeans to choose from.
Finally, you need a pair of boots to finalise your Cafe / Cruiser look. We would recommend considering finalising your look with the TCX Lady Blend WP motorcycle boots.
The TCX Lady Blend WP motorcycle boots, made with full grain vintage leather upper, not only provide you with high quality protection, being fully CE Certified to EN13634:2015, but they also have a retro combat style which will look great and compliment your overall look with their vintage appearance.
For your protection, these boots feature protective inserts in the heal, toe box and malleolus (medial and lateral ankle) areas. The sole of these boots is constructed of high wear resistant, anti slip, anti crush rubber material for durability.
The boots are also waterproof and feature a built in T-Dry waterproof membrane which keeps your feet dry during wet rides whilst still allowing your feet to breath.
The TCX Lady Blend WP boots will look great both on and off the motorcycle.
So in conclusion, when searching for the Best Motorcycle Gear for Women Riders in the Cafe Racer / Cruiser Riders category, we have tried to consider not only the safety aspects, but also putting together a full look to complement your style of riding, with our top picks being:
Helmet: The Shoei Glamster – a stylish retro look helmet with excellent safety features;
Jacket: The Segura Ladies Retro Jacket which features a contemporary retro look, comfort and safety armour;
Fempro Armour Xena Female Chest Armour;
Gloves: The Rev’It Fly 3 gloves with their traditional style which fit well with the cafe / cruiser style look, whilst not compromising safety with their knuckle armour;
Jeans: The Ixon Mikki Ladies Motorcycle Jeans which will complement your style and look great with their slim cut high waist, and also comes with safety protection;
Boots: The TCX Lady Blend WP boots with excellent safety features, and the perfect retro combat style look in an awesome comfortable boot.
We hope this guide provides some ideas for a comfortable, stylish and safe ride on your retro / cruiser type motorcycle.