Best motorcycle kit storage options

Keeping your kit handy yet out of the way can be tricky. Here are some ideas

A Premier Locker motorbike kit storage solution

by Jim Blackstock |

If you only have a single motorbike outfit and helmet, then keeping your kit stored when you’re not using it will probably be fairly straightforward.

However, if you have more than one set of kit – one for trackdays, for example, with another for touring, one for weekend chip-runs and one for occasional off-roading – then keeping your kit stored safety and out of the way can start to become tricky.

Of course, you can always pop it out of the way in a wardrobe for example but one thing to bear in mind is the weight of motorcycle kit – I’ve just weighed a textile touring suit with decent armour throughout and it was 5.5kg – that’s without any airbag inserts.

That’s considerably more than the equivalent space of normal clothing so a traditional wardrobe may not be up to the task of holding a selection of motorcycle clothing.

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You could also do with not shutting clothing away (unless you’re putting it away for say the winter) so that it gets some air circulation around it to keep it fresh.

There’s nothing worse than digging out clothing from the loft when the weather improves and it’s musty at best and at worst, been eaten by moths or mice.

Here are a few ideas to help you keep your kit handy and in tip-top shape.

Heavy Duty Clothing Rail

Heavy Duty Clothing Rail
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The most basic way of hanging your motorcycle clothing and familiar to anyone whou2019s ever been to a car-boot sale. This clothing rail is heavy-duty, with a quoted capacity of 160kg so should be able to handle any and all motorcycle kit you hang on it.

It’s basic but can be moved on the included castors, the metal parts are powder-coated for a durable finish and it is assembled with no tools necessary.

Pros:

Basic

Strong

Handle plenty of gear

Cons:

Jackets and trousers only

Songmics Clothing Rack

Songmics Clothing Rack
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Described as u2018Heavy Dutyu2019, this clothing rack/wardrobe frame comes up as Amazonu2019s Choice for u2018Motorcycle clothing storageu2019 and gets good reviews on the site. It stands 180cm tall and 120cm wide, with a capacity on the hanging bar of 30kg, which should be plenty enough for most motorcyclists.

The height of the shelves is adjustable and each of them is capable of holding 40kg, so helmets, boots and gloves are easily accommodated.

Pros:

Plenty of capacity

Storage all necessary kit

Adjustable shelving

Cons:

Open so clothing may get dusty

Vasgale Coat Rack

Vasgale Coat Rack
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While this coat rack is intended for less dynamic kit than our riding gear, it is still a nice solution for your day-to-day kit. The shelf is 66cm x 30cm and will house a couple of helmets or a helmet and boots while your jacket and trousers can hang underneath either on one of the hooks or on a hanger on the rail; hooks can handle 3kg and the rail, up to 10kg.

The combination of metal frame and wooden shelf gives a nice balance and there is also a black and grey version available too.

Pros:

Simple and effective

House day-to-day riding gear

Suit most interiors

Cons:

Must drill into wall to fix

LQKYWNA Helmet Stand

LQKYWNA Helmet Stand
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The pricing of these helmet stands is almost as confusing as the company naming concept; one is £12.99, two costs £15.29 and four, £23.99 u2013 if you have four helmets. But whatever the naming and pricing, it is a simple and elegant way to store your helmet; screw it to the wall and rest your helmet over the top.

It helps to maintain airflow around the helmet while keeping it out of the way of harm. Simple and effective with good reviews.

Pros:

Keep helmets secure

Allow air flow for freshness

Good for storage and display

Cons:

May mark interior padding

Sealey Helmet and Gear Tidy

Sealey Helmet and Gear Tidy
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This handy gear tidy from tool manufacturer Sealey is fairly small u2013 49cm x 35cm - but is designed to house a single helmet on top and a pair of gloves underneath, keeping both out of harmu2019s way.

Formed in metal tube with mesh shelves, this allows air to circulate around both the helmet and gloves, so it would be good to let them dry after a wet ride, thanks to the air circulating around.

Pros:

Keeps helmet and gloves out of harm’s way

Allow air to circulate

Simple and effective

Cons:

Expensive for what it is

Tinton Wall Mount

Tinton Wall Mount
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This wall-mounted rack is a very nice design, combining wood and metal for a look and feel that should work in many homes or garages. It is designed to accept a helmet on the top section, with a large wooden block spreading the load on the lidu2019s interior lining so it doesnu2019t mark or distort.

The lower hook can be used for clothing either on a hanger for a suit, for example, or simply a jacket hung like a normal coat hook.

Pros:

Elegant styling

Padded helmet rest

Metal construction

Cons:

May not suit all tastes

Generic Bracket

Generic Bracket
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This generic bracket is designed to house a helmet and a jacket or suit and has a very small profile when not in use. It is made from a polymer-based on corn-starch so it is biodegradable and environmentally friendly and is designed to hang a helmet from the back as well as provide a handy hanging hook for keys or clothing and a hole for a coat hanger, possibly loaded with a textile suit, for example, to hang on.

Pros:

Biodegradable and environmentally friendly

Low-profile on wall

Great value

Cons:

Only secured by one screw

Premier Lockers

Premier Lockers

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So this is more the kind of thing you might install at work for you and one or two other bikers or if you want to store your kit in safety in say your garage or workshop. This large version is large u2013 itu2019s 176cm high and 115cm wide with double doors and a host of storage options, including a hanging rail and adjustable shelving.

There is also the option of installing tube heaters in the base to keep your kit at a suitable temperature and the base, as well as the doors, are perforated to allow air circulation.

Pros:

Secure storage

Large capacity

House all riding kit

Cons:

Perhaps overkill for at home

Biker Tidy

Biker Tidy

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The Biker Tidy storage system was designed by a biker, so you can imagine it works. Available as wall-mounted or this freestanding example and with a double freestanding one as well (effectively two of these back to back), it offers space to hang jackets and trousers, areas to house gloves, a shelf for a couple of helmets and room for a couple of pairs of boots as well.

The use of a metal-tube frame and mesh shelving means plenty of air circulation to keep your kit fresh and help it dry after a wet ride with an optional drip tray.

Pros:

House all of your kit

Freestanding

Allow kit to stay fresh and dry

Cons:

Takes up space

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