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    Womens motorcycle gear???

    I have a female friend who is going riding with and beside me this upcoming season. The problem is, her only exposure to motorcycles is the cruiser / no gear anytime crowd.

    I will not take her riding with me or ride with her if she doesn't have on full gear. She has agreed, but she is also very fashion conscious and wants gear she feels she looks good in.

    I am looking for web sites that have a lot of pictures of women in gear so I can show her what her options are and let her see that women DO wear gear. Does anyone know where I can let her look and get used to seeing women in gear and the different types and styles of gear available?

    Thanks for any help!
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    There's nothing glamorous about riding. My advice, that being said, enjoy the ride with your fella and stop worrying about how you look. Safety and comfort are key. If she's going to worry about breaking a nail or her hair will get messed, is it worth it?

    I wear gear now. Never did as a long time ago passenger.

    Seriously, get over yourself!!
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    There's a site for new and used gear here. All the used is pictured on models.

    These guys are in NC and last time I checked, they will open by appointment.
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    I'm going to chime in with Susan on this one. It's not about looking good. If that were so, leather halter tops would be functional as well as questionably fashionable.

    There is no helmet on earth that will allow her to look glamorous when she takes it off.

    Having said this, take a look at the Women of the MOA forum. There are several threads on women's gear.

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    Tell her there is nothing glamorous about picking asphalt out of your body either.

    There was a thread a while ago on an attractive young woman and her amazing recovery from a very bad MC accident. As I recall, her website showed pictures of her healed scars.

    Find that page and show it to your friend.
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    I don't think there's anything inconsistent with wanting to wear protective gear and look good at the same time. The two are not necessarily mutually exclusive, but that's subjective, of course. Why not try Revzilla.com; they have lots of videos of the gear they sell, though you'll certainly see a lot more men than women featured in them. Rev'it brand is certainly more "stylish" than many and they sell Rev'it. Here's Revzilla's section on women's gear: http://www.revzilla.com/womens-motorcycle-gear
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    Marc that is EXACTLY what I needed thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    My wife is very sexy in her Roadcrafter two peice.
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    Every time she takes her helmet off and smiles at me I know we have done the right thing and hope to do it for years to come. We are to old to become one of those 200,000 mile couples but at 12,000 miles a year the future looks like we are in for a lot of fun.
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    I met this lady at the Chicago IMS last year and she is very enthusiastic about her company and products. Her goal was to accomplish exactly what you are looking for; style and safety. We ordered a jacket for my wife like the aqua colored one pictured on the website home page and it is a very nice, high quality piece. My wife loves it and the socks she ordered as well. I have no affiliation with them but would certainly recommend them.

    http://www.girlgearapparel.com/site/Welcome.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by smartin108 View Post
    I met this lady at the Chicago IMS last year and she is very enthusiastic about her company and products. Her goal was to accomplish exactly what you are looking for; style and safety. We ordered a jacket for my wife like the aqua colored one pictured on the website home page and it is a very nice, high quality piece. My wife loves it and the socks she ordered as well. I have no affiliation with them but would certainly recommend them.

    http://www.girlgearapparel.com/site/Welcome.html
    +1. I bought one of her jackets last September. Love it.
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    Thank you for all of your help!!!
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    No doubt about it...wearing anything other than leather gear is gonna make you look like a conehead...There's no getting around it...but it's the 'Style' for many forms of the motorcycle subculture. I formerly believed that nothing protects like leather, but I'm not of that opinion any more...

    That said, leather still does an outstanding job of protecting, as long as it's good quality. If your friend is a slave to fashion, then leather will be the way to go...

    That doesn't necessarily mean that one is gonna leather up for every single ride... For me, riding essentials/absolutes include eye protection, normally glasses... a pair of full finger gloves (why one would wear fingerless gloves is beside me), a pair of jeans or stout pants of some sort, and BOOTS!! Not tennis shoes...

    If it's under 85 to 90 degrees, a jacket, weight depending upon temperature and other weather conditions. If it's under 55-60, usually, not always, a pair of leather chaps or armored pants...

    That's my comfort zone...not saying it's everybody's absolute...what I DON'T EVER DO is wear shorts, flip flops, or shoes that don't encase the ankles...maybe around the block I'll violate that last one, but it's rare... If it's a hot day, sure, I'll wear a T-shirt and jeans, and it doesn't get me all fretty to do so...

    But one thing I ALWAYS recommend to the female riders, especially those who are stylistically inclined...NO CLEAVAGE!!! EVER!!!! Wasps or bees down the front are not only not a lotta fun, but dangerous... Riding the bike is no time to worry about attracting leers... For a guy, same thing involves Henly shirts...unless you button 'em up all the way...

    Your friend can be stylish and ride safely at the same time...

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    Bee's, ouch!

    Could you imagine a bee down a blouse or jacket of the passenger and all the moving about back there, trying to kill it. This would be ugly for the rider up front. Good point made about less clothing, I agree. I actually had a bee climb down into my m/c boot, while riding at speed on a freeway. Boy, I could not stop quick enough and get that boot off. Looked quite unusual, I'm sure. Randy

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    The first time our daughter took her bike out alone she got a wasp down her jacket. It stung her chest, but she was only going a few blocks on an errand and she bravely soldiered on to her destination. When she pulled into the parking lot a few minutes later and removed the nasty critter she was in tears. She's been very careful to make sure her jacket is fully zipped up ever since.

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    I had a bee zing in one sleeve and out the other, and he got me a little bit, last year on a ride...I had a wasp zip into my open Henly shirt and go to town on me the year before that...warn't my first rodeo and I didn't panic or anything, but on the other hand, I didn't like it either!!! Both times I wasn't wearing a jacket, and I'm gonna ride without a jacket again, but those incidents are powerful reasons for me to warn others about how foolish it CAN be not to wear a jacket!!! Ya makes yer choices and puts up with the consequences...I'm grateful that I have that choice, at least for now...

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