Motorcycles were once strictly the stuff of badass outlaw biker boys. You don’t need to have a criminal record or a meth problem to own a bike these days, but you do still need to have the requisite leather jacket. Here are the six coolest pieces of leather for today’s bamf motorcyclist:
AGV Sport Breeze Leather Motorcycle Jacket
The AGV Sport Breeze motorcycle jacket comes in black with a fat vertical stripe (in black, blue, orange or red) down each sleeve and perforated panels on the chest, back and arms to allow for ventilation in warm weather. Pre-curved arms and soft polyester mesh inner lining make this a comfy pick for riding, and there’s also reflective piping to kick the safety feature up a notch.
Fly CoolPro Mesh Motorcycle Jacket
Look cool and keep your cool with Fly’s CoolPro mesh motorcycle jacket. The jacket’s mesh design allows air to flow through when it’s hot, and its water-resistant liner helps keep you dry if you get caught in the rain. Safety-wise, it features an anatomical fit, ballistic nylon in high-impact areas, removable armor in the elbows and shoulders and highly visible reflective piping.
Wolverine Motorcycle Suit
Photo by Flickr user Martin Schuler – Illustration & Design
Should you want to display both your badassery and nerdiness at the same time, this fan-favorite “X-Men” suit is a must-have. It’s perfect for riding to Comic-Con or the next “X-Men” movie premiere. For full-nerd cred, you’ll want to grow out your sideburns into muttonchops and comb your hair into two spiky peaks on either side. If you want to see other really funny pics online of superhero-themed motorcycle wear, check out the Tron, Batman and Iron Man jackets.
Legendary Black Leather Enforcer Jacket
This is the epitome of classic biker style. The Enforcer jacket is drum-dyed black cowhide leather measuring 26 inches in length (comes in 28-inch style for you taller riders). It features brass-zippered twin hand-warmer pockets and side sleeves, a removable Thinsulate vest lining and a black leather belt with a brass center buckle (which can be removed if you want). For the digitally connected rider, conveniently store a phone or other device in the dual Cordura-lined inside pockets.
River Road Grateful Dead Uncle Sam Skeleton Jacket
For all you Deadheads, this premium leather jacket flaunts a skeletal Uncle Sam riding a chopper on the back. It comes with a snap-down mandarin collar, a two-way front zipper and EVA foam armor to protect your shoulders, elbows and back. Features a removable full-sleeved liner and four intake and exhaust vents on the front and rear to keep air flowing, and there are built-in pockets for a cell phone, bag of “medical marijuana,” whatever.
Fine, this last one isn’t, technically, a jacket. It’s a vest. But it’s the epitome of “bamf” among bamf bikers. Its cowhide leather shell comes with double stitched accents and the inside is lined with a flashy, blood-red premium liner. Twin front-chest pockets feature an integrated sunglass holder and twin hand-warmer pockets provide space for a phone, bottle of Jim Bean or your hands.