Leather is the optimum material choice for motorbikes as it is breathable, flexible and durable. Motorcycles often travel faster than cars – some top-of-the-range bikes can travel between 180 and 300mph – and of course don’t offer the outer protection that a car does.
Now that leather jackets are something of a fashion statement, there are some that are very unsuitable to biking. The breathability of your leather gear is key – make sure to look for good temperature control that will keep warm air in but also protect you from the sun. The better quality the material, the more protected your skin is from any potential falls. Ensure your leather jackets and trousers are designed specifically for biking, to ensure they include padding in the required areas.