Originally Posted by jrcampbe
I'm new to SF, but I've ridden motorcycles for 25 years, in 47 states including Alaska, and across a good chunk of Europe.
This may be an unacceptable statement here, but you should NOT wear motorcycle gear for fashion. Yes, I realize most people do, the abominable Harley "style" being the obvious example where the motorcycle itself is mostly a fashion accessory for most so-called "riders". There is a "cafe racer" style that is similarly affected.
The primary function of motorcycle gear should be to save your ass when you inevitably fall. I don't know how long you've been at this, but it is absolutely true that the only kind of motorcycle riders are those who are going to fall, and those who are going to fall again.
So, boots for motorcycling:
The most common motorcycle injury is a broken ankle. The reason a motorcyclist should wear boots is to try to protect against that injury. There is no fashion boot in the world that is any better than flip flops or tennis shoes in a motorcycle fall.
The second purpose of a motorcycle boot should be to provide good traction on uncertain surfaces when coming to a stop. Again, no leather-soled fashion or dress boot will do this, resulting in a slipped foot on gravel and the broken ankle mentioned above when your bike falls on you.
The third purpose of a motorcycle boot is to keep the foot warm and dry in incliment riding weather.
Buy actual motorcycle boots. Good ones are expensive but will meet all three criteria above. I am extremely impressed with BMW motorcycle boots, and they don't look too horrible, but there is not really any way to accomplish the functional objectives of a motorcycle boot and have it look fashionable.
Wear proper riding gear, because I don't want to see a post from you next year asking what footwear best matches your wheelchair.
Same goes for jacket and pants. You might as well be naked in a sport coat and moleskin trouser. When you hit the asphalt, and you WILL, eventually, it's like hitting a power sanding belt. Only ballistic nylon or THICK leather has a chance to save your skin from disappearing. Look for a proper 3/4 length leather motorcycle touring jacket. NOT one made for fashion, one made for motorcycle falls with stupidly thick leather. Look at Vanson. There are British brands that are equally good. The jacket is the one area where motorcycle gear can be functional and fashionable, but it's gonna cost you.
Wear gloves. Motorcycling is dangerous. If you're doing this to ride around the city and have people admire how fashionably you're dressed, find another hobby.
End rant. Sorry. Be safe as your first priority.