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Sunday biker or co-pilot: what motorcycle clothing for women to buy?

motorcycle equipment and helmet maintenance

Do you ride a two-wheeler... but not every day, and you're not necessarily on the handlebars? No surprise then to wonder what motorcycle gear you might need. Do you have to invest in complete equipment (helmet, jacket, gloves, pants, shoes) or what are the obligations? We come back to the outfit of the Sunday biker and the co-pilot, and to all the recommended women's motorcycle clothing.

What is obligatory on a motorcycle? Obligations for motorcyclists and passengers

On a motorcycle, or other two-wheeler, there is no bodywork! As a result, personal protective equipment is strongly recommended... or even obligatory depending on the equipment. Please note: the risk in the event of a fall is the same whether you are a pilot or a passenger, these obligations apply to everyone.

  • The helmet, attached, is obligatory for the pilot as well as for his passenger (since 1973); it must also be approved and comply with the European standard (white label with ECE approval).
  • CE Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) certified gloves are also mandatory for the pilot and his passenger; they then have a CE label.

Failure to comply with these obligations puts you at risk of losing 3 points for the helmet and 1 point for the gloves. You also risk a fine of up to €737.50 for the helmet, €442.50 for the gloves.

To find out which motorcycle clothing for women turn to you, we recommend our files: for choose your gloves wisely, her motorcycle jacket or even for choose your women's motorcycle pants. Also discover our buying guide for choosing the right helmet.

Please note: for the practical motorcycle license tests, the candidate must have a long-sleeved motorcycle jacket.

And on a scooter?

All these rules apply to two-wheelers (motorcycles, scooters), three-wheelers and quads. In other words, helmets and gloves are mandatory on motorcycles, scooters, three-wheelers and quads, whether you are a driver or a passenger.

The only reason these rules might not concern you is if the vehicle had a seat belt… But between us, we have never seen a belt on a scooter or a motorcycle.

Do you have to wear EVERYTHING ALL the time?

The answer is yes. It's not a question of giving you a moral lesson here, but let's say that if biker paraphernalia exists, it's because there's a reason. As you know, a two-wheeler has no bodywork. As a result, a road accident represents more risk on two-wheelers than in a car, even at low speed. Your motorcycle outfit, ladies, goes some way to reducing this risk, whether you are a pilot or co-pilot. The more equipped you are, the more protected you are.

As we have seen, the helmet and gloves are obligatory, which means that the jacket, pants and motorcycle shoes are not obligatory... But this is nevertheless the recommended outfit for driving or riding a two-wheeler. -wheels. The BABA, according to many motorcyclists, remains the helmet, gloves as well as a jacket with suitable protections and a level 2 back protector. High and/or covering shoes (to support the ankle) or adapted to the practice are strongly recommended. Finally, it is preferable to wear jeans or pants that are also suitable. All of this equipment helps reduce skin or muscle abrasions, lesions, fractures and burns.

And I'm not going to tell you here to favor wearing the equipment on a long journey or when taking the highway (more than on a short journey for example or for a daily journey that you know by heart)... Because unfortunately, you never know when you might need it!

Beyond equipment, let's talk visibility on the road

Beyond motorcycle clothing for women, obligatory like helmet or gloves and not obligatory, there is an obligation of visibility. What does that mean ?

  • that you must have a high visibility vest on you or on your vehicle, also CE certified; it must be worn at night or when the light is low, by the pilot as well as by his passenger, outside built-up areas (failure to comply with this obligation exposes you to a fine). Likewise, the vest must be worn following an emergency stop, if you have to leave your vehicle immobilized on the roadway or its surroundings.
  • that the motorcycle must also be equipped with at least high beam, dipped beam, rear and front position lights, indicators, brake lights and a rear license plate light; all in good working order, that goes without saying…


Finally, we try to take minimal care of this equipment. Its goal being to take care of us, it is a fair return of things. Also, it must be said that well-maintained equipment is equipment that will last you longer. To go further, we recommend our file to you take care of equipment that you don't use often... Where to store your equipment, and how to take care of it, we answer all your questions.

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Mathilde Tay

Independent writer for 5 years, I have been a “dependent” biker for 4 years. Yes, I'm the one we sometimes call "sandbag", the one who takes videos while her husband enjoys riding his motorbike on the roads and under the California sun. A fan of trail road trips, I'm also a fan of old bikes. The ultimate dream? That my husband finally sees the potential seduction of the sidecar, or riding his hands on the handlebars of a Triumph Speed ​​Twin my dad's age (1946)

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