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The Best Warm Weather Motorcycle Gear for Spring Riding

Warm weather riding gear can make the difference between an okay first ride of the season and a truly great one — it’s all about comfort and protection.

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Whether you’re one of the brave humans who layer up and ride through the winter or choose to hibernate during the cold months with your bike safely hooked up to a trickle charger, the longer, toastier days of summer are always welcomed. Still, while you’re stuck inside incessantly checking the weather for incoming warm fronts, you might as well get ready — and see if you need any new or improved riding gear

Warm weather riding gear can make the difference between a mediocre first ride of the season and a truly great one. Here’s some of the best gear you can grab now ahead of the nice days that are about to come.

Bell Eliminator Helmet

The vintage helmet style has been done to death at this point, but Bell has added a new twist: the Eliminator dips into Bell’s rich history of auto racing for inspiration.

Its old-school always-open venting is great for hot days — though if you get caught in the rain, you’ll definitely get wet. However, it’s hard to beat the Bell Eliminator’s bang for buck factor as it’s still a highly rated lid. Most importantly, it’s both DOT- and ECE-rated.

Buy Now (Bike Bandit): $420 Buy Now (Revzilla): $420

Dainese Bardo Perforated Jacket

Textile motorcycle jackets, while incredibly breathable, are an acquired taste. Leather jackets, on the other hand, ooze style — but aren’t exactly the first choice on a hot day’s ride. That is, unless, you pick up a perforated leather jacket like the Dainese Bardo, which provides protection, subtle style and airflow in abundance.

Buy Now: $600

Rev’It Arch Gloves

The key to a good summer riding glove is a balance of protection and airflow. Rev’It employs the perfect amount of leather, mesh and neoprene in the right places to ensure comfort never encroaches on style — or vice versa.

Buy Now (Bike Bandit): $80 Buy Now (Revzilla): $80

Aether Ramble Pants

Aether’s reputation of designing products at the intersection of minimalism, functionality and style is top-notch –and exemplified by these pants. It’s not very often you find pants that can seamlessly transition from a commute through morning traffic to sitting in an office meeting.

Buy Now: $475

Rokker Urban Racer Boots

You see a lot of motorcycle-style boots out there that broadcast timeless design…but back it up with absolutely no utility. Hand-made in Portugal, the Rokker Urban Racer Boots are real motorcycle boots; ankle, heel, and toe protection are expertly hidden under well-styled, water-repellant cow hide.

Buy Now: $450

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