When I started riding motorcycles in 1995, I was young, naive and didn’t know anything about riding gear. So I went to Wilsons Leather in the mall and picked out the coolest-looking brown and black leather jacket with the longest fringe I ever saw. I knew it was big and heavy, but I loved that fringe and even had grandiose ideas of adding beads and braids to make it unique to my style.
I’ve always enjoyed taking passengers and sharing my passion for riding motorcycles. But when my young daughter, Kaia, started asking me to take her for rides, I would immediately dismiss the idea. It’s one thing to accept the risk of injuring my own body, but to put my own daughter at risk was unimaginable.
Textile motorcycle riding gear was once worn only by adventure-touring and off-road riders. Now these abrasion-resistant fabric jackets and pants are nearly as popular as leather gear among the mainstream street-riding population. Over the last 10 years, we’ve seen major advances in fabric versatility, as well as in style and sizing. You asked, and designers listened.
This 2008 Powersports Dealer Expo in Indianapolis was larger than life, bursting at the seams of the downtown convention center. Much to our excitement, this years Expo catered to female riders more than ever before, giving women the power of choice, self-expression, independence, and protection. We spoke with a few well-known brands to get the inside scoop on what theyre doing for todays women on two wheels.
I wasnt easy on these boots. I smashed them into my checked luggage, gave them months of rigorous use riding in the extremes of heat in Florida and Las Vegas, Nevada, and the cold, rain (and even snow) of New York City. I wore them on the track with my leathers, for a dirt bike course and some rough-riding on a couple of ATVs.