Top casual motorcycle clothing

A round-up of the best casual riding clothing every biker needs

Built Magazine's Stewart Parkes rides a Ducati Scrambler

by Maria Martin |

There’s a lot of casual riding gear on the market that looks stylish, is great for warmer riding days around town and doesn’t compromise safety.

In fact, more and more riders are looking for casual clothing which isn’t heavy and uncomfortable. With the surge in interest for a more relaxed riding look, we’ve seen even more new products emerge to cater for every rider out there.

You’ll be happy to know that a lot of the gear available is also made with safety in mind, not just for a casual look.

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You can choose from a plethora of clothing that will have you looking stylish and steering clear of the full-house touring look if you want something a little less formal. We want as much protection as we can, as often as possible.

So here you are; our list of the 10 best casual clothing items hand-picked by us, just for you...

Spada Air Force One

Spada Air Force One
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First on our list is this water-resistant jacket from Spada, which is a good all-rounder. Itu2019s reasonably warm, yet breathable when needed u2013 a great alternative to a leather jacket; we love this casual bomber style.

You can choose from black, platinum, royal white, ivory colours, although olive is the top of our list. This is true to its size guide, so no need to go a size up or down from your usual.

Features include:

Fixed WP and breathable membrane

Fixed quilted lining

Full Maxdura construction

Tektoform CE four-piece armour

Back armour pocket

Spada embossed pop studs

CE-approved

Alpinestars Domino Tech Hoodie

Alpinestars Domino Tech Hoodie

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Part of their Road Collection, Alpinestarsu2019 Domino Tech Hoodie is designed with urban riding in mind. It features a water-repelling treatment and a mesh lining for breathability. The hood is fixed and other rider-friendly touches include pre-curved sleeves and easy-access pockets. We think this jacket is great for that casual riding look and one to protect from those spring/summer showers.

Features include:

Four zipped pockets; two hand and two chest

Fully CE-certified riding garment

Back and chest protector compartments designed to accommodate the Alpinestars Level 1 CE-certified Nucleon chest and Level 2 CE-certified Nucleon back inserts (sold separately)

John Doe Falcon Leather Boots

John Doe Falcon Leather Boots

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Investing in a good, casual leather riding boot is brilliant for when you want to ride to your destination and not worry about walking around in a full-riding boot. Nor do you have to bring a spare pair of trainers, just invest in something like this John Doe Falcon leather boot.

These are particularly exciting for the internal XTM abrasion-resistant aramid-fibre lining, designed to keep you cool. It’s got a chunky leather panel to protect from gear-shifting wear and tear.

Features include:

YKK zip and lace system

Reinforced ankle, heel and toe area

Water-repellent and breathable

Vintage cowhide 1.1mm leather outer construction

Knox Urbane Pro MKII Shirt

Knox Urbane Pro MKII Shirt

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Weu2019re slightly obsessed with this shirt from Knox. Itu2019s lightweight, strong, can be worn in hot weather on its own, or even underneath a bigger biker jacket. While itu2019s been around for a while, we still recommend this form-fitting armour layer with Arrowmesh fabric u2013 making it breathable but also abrasion, cut and tear-resistant. AS it has its own protection, you can easily chuck a hoodie or a T-shirt of the top and stay safe.

Features include:

Constructed from high tenacity stretch nylon and Arrowmesh

Micro-Lock armour at shoulders and elbows (CE-approved)

YKK zips throughout

Two exterior zipped pockets (on chest and back) and two interior pockets

Thumb loops

Four belt loops to attach to trousers

Revu2019It Moto Motorcycle Jeans

Revu2019It Moto Motorcycle Jeans
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The staple of every rideru2019s casual clothing is a pair of motorcycle jeans. The Revu2019It Moto jeans are form-fitting with stretched panels to allow for movement on and off your ride. Made from Cordura denim, held together by triple-needle stitching to create a strong outer shell, more protection is included with the Seesmart CE-level 1 knee protectors. Thereu2019s also an option to add hip protectors.

Features include:

Five pockets

3M Scotchlite reflection

Comfort seat

Constructed from 12.5oz Cordura denim

Oxford Super Shell Textile Jacket

Oxford Super Shell Textile Jacket

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If youu2019re looking for a solid, reliable, affordable brand, Oxford is usually your bag. Theyu2019ve got this softshell jacket, with aramid-fibre reinforcements and removable CE elbow armour. Itu2019s casual, comfortable with enough room for a warmer layer underneath. It has a very comfortable fit and youu2019re getting the bang for your buck here.

Features include:

Fully lined aramid-fibre construction

Water-resistant coating

Removable CE elbow armour

Rain hood hidden in collar

Optional back protect pocket

Napoleon chest pocket

Internal pocket

Merlin Ether Waterproof Boots

Merlin Ether Waterproof Boots

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Merlin offer a sought-after selection of casual riding boots, so we recommend grabbing a pair before they sell out. The Ether boots are stylish with D3O impact absorbers and a reinforced footbed guard.

You can pretty much wear these boots in any riding condition. The mesh lining helps wick away moisture and the anti-bacterial sole insert keeps them fresh and clean for longer. We highly recommend.

Features include:

Comfort mesh inner lining with zig-zag pattern

YKK side zipper with gusset

Waterproof and breathable Hipora triple liner system, exclusive to Merlin

CE-certified

Belstaff Temple Jacket

Belstaff Temple Jacket
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This wouldnu2019t be a round-up of casual riding clothing if we didnu2019t add in a little Belstaff number. Enter the Temple jacket; great for warmer climes, we love the casual look and attention to detail. Itu2019s also built from abrasion-resistant nylon and has mesh inserts to keep you cool.

Features include:

CE-certified

CE-certified level-1 removeable shoulder and elbow armour

Pocket for back protector

Chest jet pocket with flap and snap-button closure

Lower jet side zipped pockets

Inside facing jet zipped pocket

Storm protection gusset at cuff

Alpinestars J-6 waterproof Leather Shoe

Alpinestars J-6 waterproof Leather Shoe
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Alpinestars have a huge range of riding boots and trainers, so itu2019s really hard to pick just one. Weu2019ve done our best and brought the J-6 shoes to the table. Popular with riders, these lightweight, waterproof leather and suede shoes wonu2019t disappoint.

The J-6s are sturdy, stylish and practical – they also come in an array of colour schemes to cater for all. We love the quality and fit, you’re on to a winning shoe to add to your riding collection here.

Tried and tested by Commercial Content Editor Adam Binnie: "I bought these shoes because I was after a more casual look for times when I'm riding to a social or work event, without compromising safety.

"They are just the job - easy to walk in while off the bike (although the flat soles can be a bit slippery) and with laid-back styling you'd never know they were anything but normal high-top trainers.

"I find I have to undo the laces all the way down to get my foot in them though, which does make them a bit more time-consuming to put on or take off, but otherwise they're been a great addition to my riding footwear."

Features include:

Waterproof membrane built into shoe

Top tongue and collar made from leather for enhanced comfort

Metal eyelet lacing closure

MX-derived ankle and heel protector

CE-certified

Merlin Axe Shirt Kevlar

Merlin Axe Shirt Kevlar
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And we seal off our casual clothing list, with this Kevlar shirt from Merlin. One for a very casual look over the summer but Merlinu2019s shirts are still CE certified for abrasion resistance. The Dupont Kevlar shirts come with pre-fitted and removable shoulder and elbow armour, a mesh lining and YKK centre zip. You can also add a back protector if you wish.

Features include:

CE certified

100% Dupont Kevlar protective lining throughout

CE-approved shoulder and elbow armour

Back pocket ready for protective insert

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