There’s no better time to be biking.
If you’re willing to brave the roads sans leathers, you can enjoy the best of the British Summer Time, whilst feeling the wind through your jacket and jeans – looking like a total badass.
Of course, any journey on a motorbike without wearing the appropriate protective gear is something that I could not wholeheartedly recommend. But, between the two of us, it is something that I indulge in on an annual basis. Sod’s Law would entail, that this one day in 365 would be the one where I meet with a grisly RTA and lose 80% of my skin. However, so far this has not occurred and I remain remarkable intact – considering the years that I have spent on motor bikes.
As I was saying, I can not – in good conscious – tell you that riding without leathers is a wise idea. However, for just one short (extremely carefully planned) journey you can make the most of the weather and tear up the proverbial highway in style. Now, what to wear if you’re not clad in your leathers? This is the one time of the year that you can indulge in your inner badass biker and show absolutely everyone what you’re made of.
My advice to you? Don’t half-ass it.
It can be far too easy to get lazy and just wear your casual clothes. Saddle up in jeans and a t-shirt, and not only will you not look badass – you’ll look positively uncool. Obviously, your choice of attire will be heavily influenced by your biker style and the bike itself.
Below are just a few recommendations based on a few classic motorbike designs, feel free to use these as templates or simply starting points, so you can ride with confidence on just one Summer’s day:
70s Chopper Style
A timeless mixture of leather waistcoat and slightly flared cords. This is a great vintage look that still exudes a biker image, whilst reflecting the laid back nature of the mini-Chopper. If you’re lucky enough to own a bike such as this one, then I highly recommend at least trying out this well worn, but classic biker style.
60s Biker Gang Style
Although it might feel frighteningly familiar, sometimes the old ways truly are the best. A decent leather jacket will not provide the protection you need, but have it open like these fellows, with a Ralph Lauren polo underneath and you’ll look super fly. Pair up with some leather daps and make sure you ride with a gang for maximum effect.
30s College Boy Biker Style
Not for the faint-hearted, this last look require real class to pull of. Beige chinos pair with suede cardigan and stiff-collared shirt. A railway’s cap tops it off and calf-height leather boots complete the look. Undeniably chic and sure to turn an eye – this is a bold and brave style that will reap dividends in cool points if you manage to pull it off.
Summer is nearly over, so I urge you to take advantage of the weather while you can and enjoy riding for one day looking like a badass.