Riding in the summer can be one of the most joyous ways of spending your time on your motorcycle. Every bike was built with warm weather in mind, the open road and a satisfying breeze as you ride. But no matter how nice the weather is, the paramount concern of every rider should be their protection. That is why, even when summer riding, you should wear the correct gear for the situation. No t-shirts showing off your arms, and definitely no flip-flops.
We know that with motorcycle clothing comes the fear of overheating – and overheating on a motorcycle is not only uncomfortable but you also run the risk of affecting your concentration and leaving you dehydrated. The fear of heat exhaustion, and in worst case scenarios heat stroke, will mean your sweet cruise in the sun could turn sour fast.
Summer motorcycle clothing has made huge leaps and bounds in terms of providing both high levels of protection and the cooling needed to keep you riding happy, so we have picked some of the most popular pieces of gear on the market, to make your summer rides bliss.
Summer Base Layers
Base layers are not just used to give you an extra layer of warmth in the winter, you can also get layers specially-designed to give you a higher level of ventilation while you ride.
Adding an extra layer under your jacket may seem counter-intuitive if you are looking to stay cool, but summer base layers are specially designed with wick moisture properties: evaporating sweat to allow your body to naturally cool itself down. But these base layers don’t just wick away moisture, they also work to slow down the process of you sweating, this will keep you feeling more hydrated and leave you performing at your best.
Best Motorcycle Base Layers for Summer
One of the best moisture-wicking base layers is the Dainese D-Core Aero top and bottoms. This set is made from a mix of several different materials, from Elastane for a comfortable stretchy and personalised fit, to polyamide, polyester and Dryarn, that all work together to make your ride as comfortable and cool as can be. The D-Core set is designed to actively manage moisture, wicking it away from your body to keep you dry while allowing cool air across you to regulate your temperature. Exactly what you need to make that hot weather more bearable.
Another option designed for warmer weather is the Forcefield Tech 2 shirt and pants a fantastic addition to Forcefield’s Climate Control range, they offer incredible breathability and compression in key areas for super ergonomics and comfort. Like the D-Core set, the Tech 2 provides moisture-wicking thanks to both the BeCool and Dryarn Fibres, to make any hot weather ride, a breeze.
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DAINESE D-CORE AERO BASE LAYERS | FROM £31.95 FORCEFIELD TECH 2 SHIRT AND PANTS | FROM £49.99
Summer Motorcycle Jackets
Leather is often the go-to for jackets to see you through the summer because they are often single layers with no mid or bottom layer making you unnecessarily hot. One big advantage of leather jackets is that many feature mesh liners, (yes, another layer) but one that is heavily designed to provide cool air while you ride.
The RST GT is a leather jacket that not only features a fixed 3D Mesh liner, but has a perforated leather upper that makes the jacket a fantastic choice for summer riding. If your budget is tighter, consider the Bering Carter leather jacket, available in limited sizes, made from high quality leather with a fixed mesh lining, and fully CE Approved for a bit of peace of mind. Take a look at the Bering Carter jacket by clicking here.
Another option is the Segura Stripe jacket made from premium buffalo leather that is super abrasion resistant and protective, and its fixed mesh lining will allow a stream of cool air into the jacket, its also has got the added feature of being fully waterproof, incredible for a leather jacket. And the Segura Stripe is designed for both men, and women.
RST GT CE APPROVED LEATHER JACKET | £249.99 SEGURA STRIPE CE LEATHER JACKET | FROM £379.99
When it comes to summer motorcycle jackets, leather is often favoured over multi-layered textile jackets, as they’re often preferred winter or cold weather jackets. But with all the advancements made in motorcycle clothing and the constant fear that the heavens could unleash on you no matter how good the weather was looking 5 minutes ago; many textile jackets now have the features needed to make them perfect for summer riding.
The Rukka Forsair Dry is one such jacket, featuring everything you need to keep you riding happy in the heat as well as the rain. The Forsair jacket features air vents on the sides with zip closure giving you the choice of how you want to ride. The ventilation system works alongside the mesh inserts on the jacket to provide a super stream of cool fresh air into the jacket giving you complete breathability and comfort. The 2-layer Gore-Tex laminate layer is another top selling point of the Forsair jacket, providing incredible waterproofing, so you’re prepared for whatever the weather.
Another option for a summer textile jacket is the Alpinestars T-Faster Air jacket. While not suitable for showers, it does come packed to the teeth with ventilation and mesh to flood the jacket with fantastic cool air.
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RUKKA FORSAIR DRY JACKET | £399.99 ALPINESTARS T-FASTER JACKET | £149.99
Denim Motorcycle Jeans
Denim motorcycle jeans are one of the best options for summer riding. They provide the protection you need while giving a comfortable ride in the hottest weather - not to mention they look good on and off the motorcycle. Most denim motorcycle jeans will come with fully CE Approved protectors, and the high level of abrasion resistance provided by the high-quality denim is a great choice for keeping you protected and comfortable in the summer.
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Designed and produced in Italy, PMJ jeans are a fantastic choice for premium motorcycle denim, and are one of the best options both quality and affordability. The PMJ Rider jeans use TWARON, an innovative aramid fibre that offers high heat and cut resistance with no melting point and low flammability: perfect in case of an accident.
Another choice for a low-cost option is our huge range of clearance Bull-it. While sizing is extremely limited sizes, you could find yourself a perfect pair in exactly your size for an incredible price.
PMJ RIDER JEANS | FROM £164.99 MOTOGIRL MOTO LEGGINGS | FROM £129.00
Female motorcyclists rejoice, as you have an alternative choice for warmer weather riding: motorcycle leggings. Leggings have improved leaps and bounds in the last few years to become a fantastic option for super protective and super comfortable riding wear. The MotoGirl Moto Leggings are one of our most popular leggings, featuring a heavy-duty polyester construction which is both comfortable and highly abrasion-resistant. CE Approved knee protection and inner layer of Dupont Kevlar work together to put your mind at ease while you ride, offering incredible protection without being too bulky.
To see the whole range of denim jeans and leggings, click here. And to see the huge range of clearance Bull-It denim in very limited sizes click here.
Summer Motorcycle Gloves
With the sun raging and temperatures soaring skipping your gloves may seem like a good idea. It’s NOT. Riding without gloves is never a good idea. So, it is best to find a pair of gloves ideal for summer riding. Short, vented and mesh are all features to look for when picking gloves for warmer weather riding. For more advice check out our Best Summer Gloves here.
A fantastic choice for mesh summer gloves is the Rukka Forsair, a short cuff, mesh glove that will keep your hands cool in the heat and the stretchy high resistant Cordura fabric is great for both a comfortable fit and protection.
Another choice is the Alpinestars SMX-1 Air V2 gloves, available in a range of colours for both men and women. The SMX-1 Air V2 have the short cuff you need and a full 3D Mesh chassis to allow airflow into the gloves cooling your hands.
For the price-conscious among us the Oxford Brisbane Air gloves is the most affordable choice in the whole of Oxford’s motorcycle gloves range, while still being packed full with the protection needed while riding. The Brisbane Air is built from an Amara overlay on top of a leather palm. It’s the fully ventilated back of the gloves which will get air flowing to cool your hands, while the low-profile knuckle reinforcements protect from impact. See the fantastic low-cost Oxford Brisbane Air gloves in all its colours by clicking here.
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RUKKA FORSAIR MESH GLOVES | £84.99 ALPINESTARS SMX-1 AIR V2 GLOVES | £64.99
Vented Summer Motorcycle Boots
The case for boots is one similar to gloves: throwing a pair of trainers on and getting on your bike seems reasonable in hot weather, but is not recommended.
Ideal motorcycle boots for summer riding should be short and vented. Urban style leather boots like the Oxford Merton, are a fantastic shoe in this regard. The leather construction is protective whilst lightweight and the Merton has the added feature of being waterproof.
Best Motorcycle Boots for Summer
A fantastic high-quality option for female motorcyclists is the Falco Ayda 2 Boots, made from premium CE Approved full-grain leather and like the Merton feature a waterproof membrane.
OXFORD MERTON BOOTS | £119.99 FALCO AYDA 2 BOOTS | £169.99
Trainer style motorcycle boots are fast becoming a great option for a casual street shoe without compromising protection needed for riding. The TCX Street Ace boots are a casual trainer style with a protective and durable leather construction, as well as a T-Dry waterproof lining, great for any motorcyclist thanks to the option for mens and ladies.
TCX STREET SHOES | FROM £99.99
Helmets with high-performing ventilation
While there is no such thing as a summer helmet, there are a host of helmets on the market that will provide the high level of ventilation that make them ideal for summer riding.
With the Shoei GT-Air 2, air is in the name. Shoei drastically redesigned the ventilation system, improving it to allow more airflow through the helmet without increasing drag and wind noise. Another choice is something built with the race track in mind. For racers, performance is the most important thing, so they need to be cool and comfortable, a helmet like the Arai Chaser-X which borrows the ventilation system from the top of the range race ready RX-7V will let you ride and cool and comfortable, no matter how hot it gets.
SHOEI GT-AIR 2 | FROM £449.99 ARAI CHASER-X | FROM £367.99
If you think a full-face or flip-up motorcycle helmet is just too hot, you can opt for an open-face helmet like Shoei's J.O which will still provide the protection you need while giving you an extra level of airflow. See the Shoei J-O Open face motorcycle helmet here.
If you are looking for a bit extra comfort while riding in the summer, there are many accessories now available. The Tucano Urbano Cool Fresh Seat Cover is designed to create an extra gap between you and the seat of the bike, allowing great airflow, cooling you while riding.
Dehydration is a big fear when you find yourself out on the road in summer weather especially if you are far out in the countryside without many places to stop and hydrate. The Hydro-2, from one of the most reliable brands on the motorcycle market Kriega, will give you the extra opportunity of hydrating while on the go.
A fantastic accessory for staying fresh on the go is the Alpinestars Cooling Vest, a three-layered sleeveless layer that incorporates an innovative cooling system that evenly releases moisture and regulates your torso from extreme heat. As well as being lightweight and comfortable, the vest has anti-bacterial properties and a refillable water chamber for a longer life span.
TUCANO URBANO COOL FRESH SEAT COVER | £26.99 KRIEGA HYDRO-2 | £99.00
So that is that - no excuses not to wear protective clothing throughout the summer. Looking to upgrade your gear? Pop down to one of our Infinity Motorcycles stores or shop online and ask our expert staff what they’re wearing to stay cool. You’re bound to get the best advice possible to make this summer splendid, especially on the motorcycle.
This article has been written by Aaron Thomson, Content Creator, and edited by Jonah Son, Digital Marketing Executive.