WHAT TO WEAR?
You’ve probably heard by now you are required to wear riding gear for the class. Sometime before the first night of class, take what you have to our Motorclothes department to get it checked out. They can help you ensure that you have the right equipment.
Over the ankle footwear is essential, so stop in to get the OK on the boots you intend to wear. You might want to ask to sit on a Harley-Davidson Street® 500 motorcycle to ensure that your boots work with the footrests and controls. Gloves and a helmet are the only essential motorcycle specific items.
Grab a pair of full fingered motorcycle gloves and try them on while testing the controls of the Harley-Davidson Street® 500 - this will ensure that they will work for you.
A helmet is one of the most important pieces of motorcycle gear you will invest in. A helmet is a very personal piece of gear. Consider buying a helmet vs. borrowing one, that way it is yours and it fits you perfectly and allows you to focus on learning to ride. This is something you will want help buying – so stop in and speak with the MotorClothes team.
They are trained to fit a helmet and will ensure you get the right one. Helmet fit is so important that they will most likely suggest you wear the one you settle on around the dealership for about 15 minutes. It takes that long for the helmet to really let you know if it will be comfortable in the long run. Remember, helmets are not returnable or available for exchange once they leave the dealership, so take the time to find the right one.
The more helmet the better, full face is the best, followed by a modular. An open face helmet or ¾ open still provides good protection if you feel too cooped up in a full face. Half helmets, while very popular, offer the least amount of protection.
CLASS GEAR LIST
- Your Driver's License and/or Learner's Permit
- Any materials provided to you prior to or during class
- Long-sleeve shirt or jacket
- Long pants (heavy denim or riding pants recommended)
- Over-the-ankle boots (sturdy, not canvas, low heel)
- Eye protection (helmet visor, eye glasses, sun glasses, goggles acceptable)
- Full-finger gloves (motorcycle specific recommended)
- DOT-certified helmet style