Clothing designers and manufacturers are pretty adept at keeping up with the latest fashion trends and styles. Manufacturers of motorcycle apparel are equally savvy about what looks good in the biking arena. However, when it comes to outfitting people whose build is outside the small, medium, and large categories, finding quality accessories that fit comfortably can be a challenge.
This doesn’t mean that if you happen to be the size of a pro football lineman or an NBA basketball player that you shouldn’t become a motorcycle hobbyist. It’s a common misconception that there are very few options for clothing in big and tall sizes. This is not true. You might not always have the option of purchasing clothing (let alone leather motorcycle gear) off the rack. However, you can still get the items you need in your size without sacrificing quality and style.
There is more to accommodating the big and tall sizes than just advancing the overall size of a clothing item. This is especially true for motorcycle jackets and accessories. Because motorcycle apparel is form-fitting, the clothing items need to be designed to fit the body proportionally. If a tall person put on an XXL size jacket in order to have long enough sleeves, the rest of the jacket would be oversized and baggy. This won’t work if the biker prefers a form-fitting jacket.
When you purchase motorcycle apparel in the big and tall categories, you might not always find what you need or the best prices in the brick-and-mortar shops. Inventory tends to go fast in these specialized locations. You don’t need to completely ignore the shops, but you might be more successful at getting what you need by shopping online. If you are just starting out with your motorcycle hobby, visit the brick-and-mortar stores first. This can help you determine what your fellow bikers are wearing. The items that stores have on their racks are the most popular products that people are buying. When you get an idea of what’s out there and what you like, but it’s not available in the store, you can visit more of the specialty shops or online retailers, to find exactly what you need.
When purchasing specific motorcycle apparel, Make sure you read the description of the product carefully. Just because a particular shirt looks great in the picture does not mean that it will look equally good on you. It can be challenging to return specialty products—especially those purchased online. Learn about the product first. It is important for you to know what fabric has been used to make the item and the exact dimensions of the item. Purchasing big and tall sizes is more costly because of the specialized production process. However, you want your apparel to last so it’s worth it to make a bigger investment at the beginning. This will reduce the number of items you will need to return.
If you’re in the big and tall size category, you have the same number of outfit choices as anyone else. You just need to work closely with the sales staff to ensure that you are getting the exact items you need and fully understand the product descriptions. Having the right design and fit for motorcycle attire and accessories is important to enjoying a rewarding motorcycle hobby.