Regardless of how great a bike is, it can be even better with the addition of a few little extras. If you want to get the most fun possible out of your ride, investing in some accessories is well worth the expense. Not only will they make the experience that much better, they can also do wonders for how safe, comfortable, and protected you feel. If you’ve got some money to burn, why not add a few from our round-up of the ‘10 Coolest Pieces of Motorcycle Gear in 2020’ to your wish list?
10. Cargo Net
If your bike lacks an inbuilt carrying option, say hello to your new best friend, the cargo net. Stretch some over the back seat, and you’ll never have to worry about losing your goods to the road again. The Drive has some great recommendations, including:
• PowerTye Black Mesh Cargo Net: Available in packs of two and a choice of 4 colors, there’s a reason this is one of the most popular cargo nets on the market.
• SunFounder Super Strong Stretch Heavy-duty 15″ Cargo Net: Heavy-duty, easy to store, and super affordable, it’s easy to understand the appeal of this great option from SunFounder.
Too much of the wrong kind of noise can make riding a miserable experience. Do yourself (and your hearing) a favor by investing in a good pair of earplugs. Popular Mechanics has some great suggestions about what to spend your money on, including:
• NoNoise Motorsport: If you find disposable plugs uncomfortable, these offer a comfortable alternative with great noise reducing qualities.
• Howard Weight Laser Lites: If you prefer disposable plugs for hygiene reasons, you’ll be hard pushed to find better than these.
8. Motorcycle Jacket
As thecoolist.com writes, there’s more to dressing for a ride than pulling on a pair of jeans. A good motorcycle jacket won’t just make you look the business, it’ll also make the experience more comfortable, warmer, and most importantly of all, safer. If you need some suggestions about which jacket to pick, check out these top buys:
• TMS Enduro Armor Jacket: Stylish, suitable for most weather conditions, and with a very attractive price of just $55, this is a great option for casual riders.
• Dainese Air-Frame Tex: With inserts to keep the cold out and plenty of airflow to avoid overheating, the Dainese Air-Frame Tex is an excellent choice for all-weather riders.
Gloves don’t just keep your fingers warm, they provide a vital element of safety. If you fall, your hands are usually the first to feel the hit. Reinforced bike gloves will protect your palms and knuckles from the impact. Plus, they look pretty darn cool as well. Motor Day has several suggestions for the coolest gloves for 2020, including:
• Seibertron Dirtpaw Unisex Gloves: Lightly padded and offering excellent comfort and grip, these unisex gloves are a great option for trail riders, street drivers, and everything in between,
• WTACTFUL Touch Screen Tactical Gloves: The best thing about this snazzy pair of gloves (other than the stylish design) is the reinforced knuckles, which will go a long way towards keeping your hands safe if you fall.
If you think a pair of regular jeans are suitable for riding, think again. As well as being icy in cold weather, they’re also liable to rip. Keep protected (and stylish) with one of these top picks:
• Street & Steel Oakland Jeans: For the rider looking for a pair of no-frills pants that offer excellent protection for a decent price point, these pants from Street & Steel make a great choice.
• Merlin Olivia Women’s Jeans: If you want a pair of affordable, entry-level pants that offer excellent protection, you won’t be disappointed in this stylish option from Merlin Olivia.
If you crash, trust us when we say you don’t want to be wearing a pair of flip-flops at the time. A pair of motorcycle-specific boots will offer the best protection for your feet. Some of the year’s best options include:
• Durango Men’s 11” Harness Boots: Super stylish, easy to pull on and off, and highly practical, Durango have excelled themselves with these excellent boots.
• Harley-Davidson Men’s Brake Light Boot: Made from full-grain leather, these heavy-duty boots provide excellent protection while also standing out from the crowd with their rugged, decidedly masculine good looks.
4. Locking Saddlebags
Why load yourself down with a backpack when you could cart your stuff around in a saddlebag instead? These days, saddlebags are available in secure, hard-top options that can be locked and unlocked with the same key you use for the ignition. A few options to consider include:
• Dowco Willie and Max Warrior Series: Classic styling meets expert craftsmanship in this excellent option from Dowco.
• Chase Harper USA Phoenix Saddlebags: Durable, secure, and featuring very handy quick-release buckles, this saddlebag will suit almost any bike and style of riding.
3. Bead Seats
Motorcycle seats are an entirely different, more comfortable proposition today than they were 20 years ago. But even so, you’re still likely to feel a little discomfit on long rides. Bead seats can eliminate pressure points, improve air circulation, and allow for an altogether more comfortable experience. Top buys include:
• Airhawk – R-REVB Cruiser: Super comfortable, super effective, and guaranteed to remove any pressure points – what more could you want?
• Air Seat Innovations Air Motorcycle Seat Cushion: Made of Neoprene rubber for improved durability, this option from Air Seat Innovations is hard to fault for comfort.
2. Heated gear
Riding can be fun, but it can also be cold. Prepare yourself for any weather condition by investing in some heated gear. You might want to start with:
• Oxford Heaterz Premium Heated Handlebar Grips: A heated grip doesn’t just keep your hands warm, it’ll make riding a much safer experience. This option from Oxford Heaterz ticks all the boxes.
• ARRIS Heated Vest: If you don’t want to freeze, a heated vest like this one from ARRIS makes a wise choice.
Protection (and style) starts from the top. These days, there’s a helmet for every taste and riding style, not to mention every budget. Some of our favorite picks in the category for 2020 include:
• AGV K6 Helmet: At just under $500, this is no bargain-basement buy. It is, however, an excellent investment piece. Delivering superb protection and performance regardless of your riding style, it’s one of the top buys of the year.
• Sedici Strada II Helmet – Solid: If you’re looking for a great quality helmet at an affordable price, the Sedici Strada II Helmet’s $199.99 price tag is likely to appeal.