Top 10 Most Essential Biker Gear
Written by: Catalogs.com Editorial Staff
December 15, 2010
Filed Under Motorcycles
Contributed by David Galassi, Catalogs.com Info Guru
A biker needs a motorcycle and biker gear. The two go hand-in-hand.
If you are taking to the road on your motorcycle, polish your custom chrome, don your attitude and run through this checklist of essential biker gear. Here’s my list, starting at #10 and working the way up to the most essential gear of all.
10. “Old School” Biker whips
Leather whips that attach to the clutch and brake handle by way of a clamp and swivel give you and your bike attitude. Braided leather with custom leather colors to match a club logo, or your paint job, these accessories look too cool. Whips can be as long as 30″ and the quick connect can have you “snapping” them should the case arise.
9. Gas Tank Bra
Dress up your gas tank while also protecting it from scratching. Having a custom bra made with all the trimmings sets you bike apart from others. Solid leather of accented with lacings, chrome studs, conchos etc. makes your bra stand out. Add a flip top pocket and it is a great place for your cell phone or wallet while riding.
8. Small tool bag
Although primarily used for tool kits this small windshield mount bag is great looking and great for all other essentials. Glasses, wallet, keys etc. It can also be attached to a sissy bar luggage rack.
7. Plastic “cruise assist” lever
This tiny plastic lever attachment for your throttle helps in more ways than one. It allows for relaxing your grip during long rides, makes for easy throttle operation, does away with a creeping throttle on long rides, and aids in avoiding cramped hands.
6. Highway foot pegs
Mounted to your crash bars these are essential for long rides. Avoid leg cramps and let the wind massage your calves and air out your legs on hot days. Many styles and types are available and are one size fits all.
5. Add-on accent lighting
Ground effect and accent lighting can add class and style to any “Night Rider.” Colors match your custom paint or light up all that chrome with white lights. Looks great while you bike is parked too. Add safety to the side view as well. From one or two small light sets to complete “Show time” the possibilities are endless.
4. Night rider clear vision goggles
Fully sealed goggles with clear lenses are a must. Keep the cold wind off your contacts or the rain out of your eyes. Clear for those night rides and Safety First. Don’t ride with daytime sunglasses after dark.
3. Full leather gear
Nothing says “I am a biker” better than a great leather jacket, chaps, boots, and gloves. The wind will no longer be your enemy and a full leather outfit is worth the investment. Go with fringe if needed along with sewing on that favorite patch. Color key some laces or just go black. It takes time to break in the new leather but it’s an investment that lasts a lifetime. If you maintain your figure.
2. Variety of logo clothing
Doo rags, pull overs, tee shirts or tank tops. Hail from parts unknown while your shirt says it all. It is very cool to ride in New York while sporting a California-based biker shirt. It lets everyone know you’re not just a home boy. The variety of logos add to every ride and they all go perfect with Levis.
1. Body hardware
Biker jewelry can range from a skull ring to vest chains. The perfect belt buckle accenting a chain and sprocket bracelet. Wallet chains, necklaces, charms, rings and key chains. Don’t forget to decorate your body – tattoos are almost mandatory, for biker chicks especially. Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize.