Finding the Right Fit in a Riding Jacket
Picking a motorcycle jacket that suits your style and riding preferences is a start, but landing on a jacket that also provides a proper fit is also important. Too tight, and you won’t be able to comfortably pilot your bike. Too loose, and the jacket’s crucial protective features might not function properly. If you’re ordering a motorcycle jacket online, enlist the help of a friend or family member in taking measurements of your chest, waist, and arm length before comparing the results with a given jacket’s size chart.
Once you have a jacket candidate in your possession, to ensure that it fits correctly, be sure to try it on both on and off your bike. Check that padding and protection in the elbows and shoulders properly aligns with your joints and doesn’t impede your movement as you handle the bike.
Like a motorcycle helmet, your jacket should be snug, but comfortably so. A jacket doesn’t just need to fit comfortably at first, however. Make sure that your jacket remains a comfortable wear for several minutes before making your final decision. If you can’t keep wearing it for a few minutes, the jacket certainly won’t perform well on your next long ride.
Want to check out our jackets in person before you buy? Find your nearest Harley-Davidson® dealer and head in to find the right fit. You’ll be ready to hit the road in the comfort of your new jacket in no time.