As much as wide open expanses have their appeal, the city is where you live, where you work, where you hangout and where you ride. Rides here can be short, intense and let’s be honest, the action off the bike can easily rival the action on it. Gear companies aren’t oblivious to this new reality and have responded with gear that works anywhere and most importantly looks good whether you’re droning down a side street or deciding which neighborhood bar is best. Think of this page as your urban style guide and starting with helmets, we’ve laid out an assortment that covers any type of bike. No right or wrong choice here, after all, if it works for you that’s all that matters.
Gear brands have seen the light and the light is good. The light is casual riding gear that is fashionable and functional. What was once thought to be impossible is the new reality and this means you can ride, stay safe, and not stand in a bar thinking I’m wearing leather racing pants and look like a massive tool right now. This isn’t weekend only clothing either, you can dial in the look from casual to formal snobbery with little trouble. Work during the day, play at night, everything from Kevlar infused jeans to armored wool oxford jackets have been set out here so you are pieced together perfectly.
You know those boots that scream out “I RIDE A MOTORCYCLE!”? They also scream out “I CAN COMFORTABLY WALK FOR MAYBE FIFTY FEET!”. This selection of riding boots and shoes don’t scream. In fact, they sweet talk and soothe your feet. And while comfort plus safety is a revelation, so are the looks. Pair with a good pair of jeans and you won’t be afraid to ride, to hangout, and to enjoy everything the city has to offer. Some of the top brands making the urban type riding shoes are:
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Pioneers in city-focused riding apparel, Icon 1000 continually proves to be leaders in café, vintage and hooligan design. No logos, no bright colors; Icon 1000 scoffs at the thought of fuel-injected machinery. Crafted for urban city battle, only the finest motorcycle leathers and textiles make up this arsenal of gear. Ever true urbanite motorist needs a slick jacket, rugged boots and tough pair of mitts. Just like every bike has a story, make a statement with Icon 1000.
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A few races won and a thousand bike builds later, Roland Sands continues his iconic legacy in Roland Sands Design gear for 2016. A high octane approach to crafting gear, RSD is always ready to be the loudest in the pack with innovative and timeless designs. Looking the part is one thing; once you put the gear on, you feel the passion sewn into every stitch. From gloves to jackets to riding denim, RSD is truly authentic urban riding apparel guaranteed to be coolest on the streets.
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From the start REV’IT! quickly established themselves as a top shelf motorcycle brand. Originating in the Netherlands, REV’IT! continues to define what high-end riding apparel should be. From the pub to the high-rise, REV’IT!’s diverse line up is comfortable over a greasy moto-t or classy business suit. Whether you want leather, textile, denim or even wool, REV’IT! has created gear that can satisfy the vintage rocker, the socialite and the racer.
The new kid in town, Speed and Strength picks a fight with the baddest of them all. Going straight for the jugular, Speed and Strength is all about aggression and intimidation from murdered out flat black helmets to jackets with names like Lunatic Fringe and Urge Overkill. Armored flannels and denim are urban riding staples, and Speed and Strength has both on lock. Not everything is about looks though, that’ why they’ve beefed up the protection on their gear outfitting you for a metropolis siege. For some of the best urban gear on the streets, Speed and Strength doesn’t back down, and neither should you.
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