Best motorcycle clothing accessories

If your chosen riding gear isn’t perfect, these accessories might help

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by Jim Blackstock |

Sometimes, your chosen riding gear may not be perfect for the job in hand. Trousers may sag regardless of how tight you pull the waist in or you want to wear a pair of nice, non-motorcycling boots but don’t want to scuff them with the gear-shift pedal.

Perhaps you want to be seen a bit better at night but don’t want to run the lines of your retro-style leather jacket in daylight.

There are plenty of options to help tailor your riding gear to make it fit or perform perfectly even though it’s perhaps not designed specifically for a particular task.

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All you need is to add some carefully selected accessories to make your outfit not only safe but also, completely practical.

Here are a few ideas to help you...

EZ-GO Helmet Strap

EZ-GO Helmet Strap
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If you donu2019t want to lug a helmet around with you when you reach your destination or you are carrying one for a passenger you havenu2019t picked up yet, then you can either carry that helmet in a specifically designed rucksack or use this handy strap.

It latches onto the helmet’s strap (though not Shoei micro-buckles) and you simply pop it on over your shoulder. It comes in several designs and is a cheap and useful way to keep your hands free when you’re not wearing your lid.

Pros:

Inexpensive

Keep hands free

Different designs

Cons:

Doesn’t fit Shoei buckles

Oxford Rigger Braces

Oxford Rigger Braces
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As we said earlier, sometimes it doesnu2019t matter how tight you pull the waist in on your riding trousers, they always sag and you find yourself constantly pulling them back up.

While many textile trousers come with built-in (and often removable) braces, others don’t and jeans rarely do, so these universal-fit braces from Oxford are just the job. The elasticated straps are 50mm wide so they don’t cut in and the buckles will attach to textiles or leathers. Cool designs too...

Pros:

Help keep trousers up

Wide so don’t dig in

Five designs

Cons:

Buckles may catch waist

Richa Connection Belt

Richa Connection Belt

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Different manufacturers produce a similar product to this from Richa for their respective jackets but they all work on a similar principle. The idea is the belt on your jeans goes through this elongated loop, allowing you to join your jeans to u2013 in this case u2013 a Richa jacket.

This then prevents the jacket from riding up in general riding or in the event of an off. Reviews suggest the zip may work with other brands of jacket but you’d need to confirm or buy a specific example for your make of jacket. Comes in brown or black.

Pros:

Join jeans to jacket

Prevent jacket riding up

Look good when not zipped together

Cons:

May only with brand-specific jackets

Black Hi-Viz Jacket

Black Hi-Viz Jacket
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That might sound like a contradiction in terms but firstly, Black is the manufactureru2019s name and secondly, in addition to this base black with reflective side panels, the vest is also available with the main body in bright orange or fluoro yellow.

Designed to sit over the top of your normal jacket, it has a zip up the front and adjustable gussets under the arms to get the right fit and is available on sizes up to a huge 10XL.

Pros:

Fit over normal clothing

Can be subtle with black and reflective

Can be super hi-viz in orange or flouro

Cons:

Makes accessing pockets difficult

Oxford Shift Guard

Oxford Shift Guard

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If youu2019re looking for a more subtle way to protect your shoes from the rigours of changing gear, then this universal one-size-fits-all gear-shift guard from Oxford will do the trick.

It’s secured by hook-and-look straps under the foot and the rubber pad will keep your shoes clean and tidy. A loop secures it to the bottom lace to prevent it from slipping off.

Pros:

Protect shoes

Inexpensive

Thin rubber may not affect feel

Cons:

Could look a bit weird off the bike

Gear Gremlin Zip Pulls

Gear Gremlin Zip Pulls

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One of the most annoying things about motorcycle clothing is not being able to get a decent grip on a zip pull, particularly with gloves on. These replacement pulls from Gear Gremlin can either be used to replace broken original zip pulls or extend existing pulls to make it easier to get to them. They come in a pack of four so whatu2019s not to love about four zips you can now operate with gloves on?

Pros:

Replace broken pulls

Extend existing pulls

Easy to operate with gloves on

Cons:

Very little

Kaicurhu Gear Shift Pad

Kaicurhu Gear Shift Pad
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A variation on a theme to protect shoes, this gear-shift pad fits to the gear pedal itself, allowing you to ride in any footwear and avoid scuffing. Itu2019s flexible so should fit most pedals u2013 it has an 8mm diameter mounting hole - and is 39mm wide and 33mm deep.

It’s available in black, red or green and is flexible with a textured finish on top for grip.

Pros:

Pad stays on bike

Footwear looks normal off bike

Great value

Cons:

Might pick up - and retain - dirt

Richa Safety Belt

Richa Safety Belt

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For riders wanting a little bit of extra visibility but not wanting to compromise the fit or comfort of their jacket or access to pockets, for example, this belt is for them.

Made by Richa, it features three fluoro straps on the back and two over the shoulders to the front, much like a rucksack. There is an adjustable waistband as well as shoulder straps and a quick-release buckle.

Pros:

Increase visibility

Fits over normal jacket

Keep access to pockets

Cons:

Not as visible as full vest

Held Bib

Held Bib

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This bib from Held is designed to fit to the brandu2019s trousers to add a more supportive way of holding trousers up than a belt alone. They zip to the trousers using the joining zip but also, have a zip of their own so the jacket can join to them, ensuring no gaps for cold air to enter, for example and keeping the jacket and trousers together in an off. Reviews suggest they work with other brands of trousers but you would have to verify this yourself.

Pros:

Help hold trousers up

Eliminate gaping

Still zip trousers and jacket together

Cons:

Limited availability

Leather Shoe Protector

Leather Shoe Protector
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This heavy-duty leather boot protector is designed to prevent your footwear getting scuffed or damaged by the gear pedal on up-shifts. It has a flap to secure to the bottom lace of your boots or shoes and an elasticated securing strap with a brass fastener.

The strap under the foot has a rubber covering for grip when walking and it comes in sizes for both men’s and women’s feet.

Pros:

Protects shoes from wear

Cons:

Could affect feel for controls

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