Motorcycle Gear 101 is an article intended to help you figure out what kind of gear you should be shopping for. Whether you have never worn gear, or haven’t been on a bike in a long time, motorcycle gear has definitely evolved over the years. Different kinds of gear serve many different purposes. These days, there is motorcycle gear for just about any kind of weather or riding style. Make sure you click the Motorcycle Gear 101 link to learn all about the following types of gear offered here at Competition Accessories!
Convertible Pants are a great space saver on a motorcycle. Wear the Tourmaster Tracker Air Pants for full protection while riding and then just zip off the legs when you get to your destination, so you can enjoy the nice weather or a fun activity.
While riding in the full pant, you will get plenty of protection from the Armor Link Mesh Shell that has 600 denier Carbolex in the knees and seat area for durability and abrasion resistance. Plus there is removable CE armor in the knees to give you some great impact safety too. With Phoslite reflective piping for increased visibility, you can feel safe while riding in the Tourmaster Tracker Air Pants.
To give you lots of comfort, there is a windproof liner that will keep the cool air off your legs but if it’s warmer, take it out and get the air flow you need through the mesh material. The Tourmaster Tracker Air Pants also offer great flexibility while riding due to the stretch material in the inner thigh areas and the accordion expansion panel across the rear waist.
These convertible motorcycle pants have a dual elastic waistband with velcro waist belts, so you can get a proper fit and with two cargo pockets plus two hand pockets, there is room to stash your motorcycle gear. Available in regular length, sizes XS – 4XL and short length, sizes M – 3XL, we’re sure you can find what fits you.
So pick up a pair of these great riding pants today. They will save you space in your saddlebags if you’re traveling, and they are great for a commuter who wants to be able to wear shorts when they arrive at their destination.
The Tourmaster Venture Pants are a great waterproof motorcycle pant available for both men and women. If you’re looking for just a tad more protection and greater airflow, take a look at the Tourmaster Venture Air Pants (also available for both men and women).
Both styles of these motorcycle pants have been constructed with durable 1680 denier ballistic poly in the knees and seat panels for abrasion resistance. The outer shell of the Tourmaster Venture Pants for Women and Men is made of a tough 600 denier Carbolex, while the Tourmaster Venture Air Pants for Women and Men has an Armor-Link Mesh Shell to increase airflow for your comfort on warmer riding days.
Removable CE approved armor is located in knee areas and is easily adjustable to fit you perfectly due to the 3-Position Alignment System. Plus there is removable soft hip armor to give you extra protection from impact.
To keep you dry and warm the Tourmaster Venture Pants have a built in Rainguard waterproof/breathable barrier and a removable insulated liner.
Not to be outdone the Tourmaster Venture Air Pants have two liners which can be worn together or separately, depending on weather conditions. The first stage of the AquaTherm liner is the waterproof/windproof liner and to keep you toasty there’s a second stage insulated liner. Both can be easily removed or installed when you need them.
For flexibility and riding comfort these textile motorcycle pants all have accordion styled expansion panels along the rear waist and above the knees, plus stretch materials strategically placed for ease in seated riding position. An adjustable waist, hand warmer pockets and reflective material are additional features and as a bonus there’s a zipper along the back to attach your jacket for extra comfort and protection.
So depending on what you are looking for both of these Tourmaster Pants are great choices. Whether you’re looking for a great basic waterproof riding pant or want a little bit more, with a 2-stage liner and armor mesh material, you should be all set for any riding adventure in either of these great options.
Richa engineers high quality motorcycle gear using super materials that many people may not even know exists. They are a Belgian brand that looks to dominate (continue dominating) the European market with their fascination of technology and innovation. Constantly searching for new-age materials to set them self apart from other brands has Richa constantly utilizing the best materials in the world to produce some of the finest motorcycle gear that money can buy.
Richa has been around for a long time. A very long time. They have been selling motorcycle gloves and motorcycle gear in Europe for more years than I can count. Recently, Richa decided they would attempt to gain the attention of our stubborn American ways and traditions by bringing the brand to America. They have good stuff. That’s for sure. But I know how hard it is for some of us to let go of the brands we have supported all our life, but take a look at what the Richa Spirit Pants and Richa Spirit Jacket have to offer your days on two wheels.
I believe Richa has been for sale in the U.S. since 2011. By no means are they just another company looking to sell more cheap motorcycle accessories that’s geared towards the budgeted rider. When I say these are Top-of-the-Line, I mean they are The Top of the Line. Richa in Europe is like Klim in America. You are going to get what you pay for, which is a high quality product. You will get the best and most sophisticated materials around. And you will need to fork over a good bit of money to put Richa on your back. The Richa Spirit Jacket has a list price tucked in just under $700 and a list price floating around $580 for the pants. If you have stuck around, you get to opportunity to see what sets Richa apart from the $200-300 price range.
Both the jacket and the pants are made with materials described in context that makes them seem alive. Put it this way, these Spirit Jackets and Pants do not have any vents. None. Nada. Ninguno. Aucun. Not-uh-one. Yet, Richa claims that this is 4-season gear with the material used, c_change, because it works like a fir cone by how it reacts to temperature and weather. Oh, and, a fir cone is a basically the typical pine cone, but they grow upright rather than downward like the typical conifer tree. Yea, I had to look it up– saving you and I both the confusion. So, this c_change membrane should react to temperature, air and body moisture to adjust the structure of the material. Thus it should work somewhat like a venting system. I can tell you this, I have not put the jacket to the test in the outdoors, but just standing inside and wearing the jacket didn’t have me pouring in sweat like most jackets. I get hot very easy. The Richa Spirit Jacket was comfortable for me indoors. Now on a bike, I imagine the vents would be missed. But, without the vents that most jackets have, it is less likely that the cold wet rain would meet your skin in those not so fun riding conditions. A little warm and dry, or a little cold and wet? That’s a preference I can’t make for you.
With Richa explaining that the Richa Spirit Jackets and Pants are 4-season motorcycle gear, I must say that I think it depends. It depends on your location and the type of weather you go through on a daily basis. Someone in Seattle may really appreciate this gear, while someone in Miami may look for more of a mesh material to cover their back. Now, the Richa Spirit Jacket does have a light inner liner that is worn like a light jacket / sweater. It loves sharp and is extremely comfortable.
There is no question about the waterproofing and durability of the jacket or pants. They are both treated with Nanosphere, making them repel oils, water, dirt, mud, food, coffee, etc. You get the point. Nanosphere is one of the most amazing materials I have seen. It’s made by Shoeller, who have some of the most innovative textiles you can find on the market. I guess because I seem to spill on & stain everything I wear that I was excited to learn of Nanosphere. The first video is a little slow and for some reason I found it amusing (besides the point), but you will get an idea of how awesome this material is.
Pretty crazy, huh? So, what is the downfall of a quality jacket without vents? Honestly, it will probably be a bit warm during the summer months, but should make for a great cold and wet jacket. For you touring and adventure guys, the Richa Spirit Jackets and Richa Spirit Pants would make a great choice. They have quality CE protection, a good amount of storage, own and good feel, and have reflective patches that are said to be extremely visible. The inner liner of the jacket is just icing on the cake.
I could go on for days discussing the many different qualities of the Richa Spirit gear, which may not be the most thrilling information to read for everyone, so, check out our video review of the jacket and pants. Reuben breaks them down and gives you an in detail breakdown of the Richa Spirit Jacket and Pants. If you have any question about Richa, the Spirit line, or anything, then leave us a comment and we will get back to you before you know it. We enjoy answering your questions.
Riding in the rain is no fun, but if you’re prepared then it’s not quite as bad, so have the new Nelson Rigg AS-3000 Aston Rain Suit stashed in your motorcycle gear bag so you don’t end up soggy & miserable!
This two piece suit is completed waterproof with a soft polyester outer shell and a PVC backing with a breathable mesh lined back and nylon lined sleeves so you will stay dry. A soft corduroy inner collar with a hood and ventilation along the back of the jacket make you comfortable also. And to help keep the water out, the jacket has a velcro storm flap over the full length zipper and several pockets that are waterproof to keep your stuff safe too.
The Nelson Rigg AS-3000 Aston Rain Suit is easy to slip in and out of, whether before you ride or on the side of the road. The pants have large zippered gussets, elastic at the ankle and boot stirrups, plus there are adjustable suspenders, cuffs and waist so you can snug the rain suit down for a precise fit. To protect the pants from the heat of your bike there are heat resistant panels on the inner lower legs and with reflective piping you will be seen when the weather is dark.
If you already have a jacket or need a replacement pair of pants check out the Nelson Rigg AS-250 Rain Pants , which are just like these pants, or any of our other great rain gear on our website today. Be ready because you never know when Mother Nature is going to give you and your motorcycle a bath!