Our Favorite Motorcycle Products

The Best of The Best Motorcycle Gear According to wBW Editors & Community Members

For over twenty years the wBW team has reviewed thousands of products for motorcycle riders. From helmets to electrical equipment there isn’t a category we haven’t covered. And each and every year we try out best to get our hands on the latest and greatest stuff in the riding world to help you decide what’s worth it and what is not.

Over that twenty years we’ve tried not to recommend specific products because we know every rider, situation, style and budget is different. More recently however our readers have begged us to make life a little easier. While gearheads like us love to spend eight weeks testing products and then writing 2000+ word summaries of our experience, most of our readers want us to recommend a handful of high quality products for each main category. So new for 2018 is our wBW Recommends series, our editors and readers pick the best products on sale.

These lists aren’t perfect and we’re sure people will have something to say. We tried to balance our suggestions in order to find something for everybody. While we haven’t reviewed every item on these lists we plan on getting hands on with every single one. That mean that these lists are alive in that throughout the year we may find something blows us away and deserves to be added to our favorite products suggestions or something underwhelms us and gets replaced.

Our Favorite Motorcycle Gear for 2018

Our Top Motorcycle Helmet Picks

Helmets are a simple thing: they protect your head from the elements and, as will happen from time to time, asphalt too. It goes without saying that we recommend that all riders, whether you are just starting out or have been riding for years, place safety at the top of their list when looking at new helmets. When coming up with our list of the best helmets for 2018 we considered safety, fit and comfort, helmet type and how it meets those requirements and finally price, which is an important factor despite what people say.

Modular Helmets

Modular helmets offer the perfect blend of style and function.

The evolution of the modular helmet has been, like all motorcycle safety gear, continuous and explosive.

The perfect hybrid between the full face and open face helmet.

2018 Modular Helmets Guide

Best Overall

SCHUBERTH C3 Pro Modular Helmet

SCHUBERTH C3 Pro

Buy: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $630

Best Value

Scorpion EXO-AT950

Buy: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $270 – $300+ (for graphics)

Fully Loaded

SCHUBERTH C4

SCHUBERTH C4

Buy: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: ~$750


Full Face Helmets

If you’re in the market for a helmet that will provide you with the best protection available, a full face helmet is the route to go.

These helmets are designed to not only protect just your head, but your jaw and face as well

2018 Full Face Helmet Guide

Best Overall

Shoei RF-1200 - Solid

Shoei RF-1200 – Solid

Buy: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $485.99 – $498.99

Best Value

Scorpion EXO T1200 Freeway

Scorpion EXO T1200

Buy: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $319.95

Fully Loaded

Nexx XT1 Carbon Zero Helmet

Nexx XT1 Carbon Zero

Buy: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $549.95


Dual-Sport Helmets

Dirt bike gear and street motorcycle gear are quite different from each other. A dual sport helmet, on the other hand, combines the best features of both into a single helmet that can be used effectively both off-road and on-road.

Whether or not you should be buying a dual-sport helmet really depends on one simple question

2018 Dual Sport Helmet Guide

Best Overall

AGV AX-8 DS EVO

AGV AX-8 DS EVO

Buy: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $399.95

Best Value

Bell MX-9 Adventure MIPS

Bell MX-9 Adventure

Buy: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $209.95

Fully Loaded

Arai XD-4

Arai XD-4

Buy: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $539.96- $557.95


Open Face Helmets

An open face helmet is pretty self explanatory: a helmet that does not cover the face, only the head. They resemble almost a nutshell, or a beefed-up scrum cap, resting on your head.

Although they have such a simple design, there are many different styles and features within the open face category

2018 Open Face Helmet Guide

Best Overall

Bell Custom 500 Image

Bell Custom 500

Buy: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $95.96

Best Value

Bell Riot

Buy: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $149.95

Fully Loaded

Scorpion EXO-CT220

Buy: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $149.95


Half Helmets

alf helmets were mainly popular in the 1960s in the British Isles. These helmets were sometimes referred to as Pudding Basins or as a Shorty. They rock a design similar to that of an open face helmet, sharing the same bowl shape but lacking the lowered rear.

Half helmets provide the minimum coverage allowed by the law in the USA

2018 Half Helmet Guide

Best Overall

Bell Rogue

Bell Rogue

Buy: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: From $142.80

Best Value

HJC IS-Cruiser

HJC IS-Cruiser

Buy: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $89.99-145.68

Fully Loaded

Scorpion Covert

Scorpion Covert

Buy: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $209.95


Our Top Motorcycle Jacket Picks

Adventure Jackets

The adventure jacket is kind of the Swiss Army knife of motorcycle jackets. This jacket is going to be asked to provide outstanding protection and safety features while still being able to adapt to a wide array of climates and environments.

In addition to fluctuating temperature and weather conditions, the terrain will also put this jacket to the test

2018 Adventure Jacket Guide

Best Overall

 Firstgear Kathmandu

Firstgear Kathmandu

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $349.95

Best Value

Firstgear Adventure Mesh

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $279.95

Fully Loaded

Klim Adventure Rally

Klim Adventure Rally

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $1,699.99


Sportbike Jackets

Wikipedia defines a sports bike as, “a motorcycle optimized for speed, acceleration, braking and cornering on paved roads, typically at the expense of comfort and fuel economy by comparison with other motorcycles.”

That is a pretty accurate description of a sportbike and also speaks to why protective gear is so very important

2018 Sportbike Jacket Guide

Best Overall

Alpinestars Jaws Air

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $269.95

Best Value

Joe Rocket Atomic 5.0

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $152.99

Fully Loaded

Dainese Racing 3

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $569.95


V-Twin/Cruiser Jackets

The V-Twin/Cruiser Jacket is a classic look that never goes out of style and is never going to disappear as long as there are motorcycle riders out there who want comfort and great looks.

This style is all about comfort with a relaxed cut and simple design. Riders who are looking for that single leather jacket to provide safety from abrasion and road rash

2018 Cruiser Jacket Guide

Best Overall

Joe Rocket Vintage

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $296.99 – $311.39

Best Value

Alpinestars Luc Air

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $199.95

Fully Loaded

Dainese Blackjack

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $579.99


Cafe Jackets

The Cafe Racer is a bike that pays homage to the early 1960’s Grand Prix road racers. These were bikes designed to be lightweight in weight and power. Riders were drawn to them for their optimal speed and handling.

Visually they provided a minimalistic appearance as the complete focus was on performance and not beauty or comfort. The handlebars were often low mounted

2018 Cafe Racer Jacket Guide

Best Overall

Icon Retrograde

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $449.99 – $650.00

Best Value

Joe Rocket Old School

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $265.49 – $283.39

Fully Loaded

Dainese HF D1

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $579.99 – $599.95

Our Top Motorcycle Glove Picks

Short Motorcycle Gloves

Most experienced riders agree that gloves are must even in the hot summer months. There is really no excuse to risk your hands when there are a number of really great short glove options…

2018 Short Gloves Guide

Best Overall

Icon Pursuit

Icon Pursuit

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $69.99 – $85.00

Best Value

 Joe Rocket Super Moto

Joe Rocket Super Moto

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $49.95

Fully Loaded

Dainese 4 Stroke EVODainese 4 Stroke EVO

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $219.95


Gauntlet Gloves

Gauntlet gloves are designed to provide maximum protection for both the hand and wrist while still allowing a rider to have full range of motion

2018 Gauntlet Glove Guide

Best Overall

Alpinestars GP Pro R2

Alpinestars GP Pro R2

Buy: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $279.95

Best Value

Alpinestars SP-1

Alpinestars SP-1

Buy: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $99.95 – $169.95

Fully Loaded

Alpinestar Supertech

Alpinestar Supertech

Buy: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $399.95


Adventure/Touring Gloves

Adventure/touring gloves need to provide riders with protection and comfort in a variety of different conditions and environments.

The greatest challenge facing riders is achieving this balance in a durable glove…

2018 Touring Glove Guide

Best Overall

Klim Induction Long

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $99.99 – $159.99

Best Value

Dainese MIG C2

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $89.95 – $94.95

Fully Loaded

Klim Adventure

Klim Adventure

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $229.95


Race Gloves

Selecting the best motorcycle race glove can be challenging as it needs to be a delicate balance between safety and comfort.

Protecting your hands is always a concern when racing, but it is equally important to be sure that you have a good ability to grip and a good sense of touch…

2018 Race Glove Guide

Best Overall

Dainese Full Metal 6

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $419.95

Best Value

 

Knox Handroid

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $270.00

Fully Loaded

Scorpion SGS

Scorpion EXO SGS

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $79.95


Off-Road/Dirt Bike Gloves

Good off road/dirt bike gloves are pretty unique in that they need to tolerate an environment which is much different than anything that you will encounter on the street

2018 Dirt Bike Glove Guide

Best Overall

Klim Mojave Pro

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $79.95

Best Short Cuff

Alpinestars

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $42.00 – $59.95

Best Long Cuff

EVS Wrister

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $44.10

Our Top Motorcycle Boots Picks

Cruiser Boots

Cruiser boots are expected to provide the same level of protection for the feet, ankles and lower legs as all other styles of motorcycle boot but with a more casual or even covert look…

2018 Cruiser Boots Guide

Best Overall

Sidi Fast Rain

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $175.00

Best Value

Joe Rocket Big Bang 2.0

Joe Rocket Big Bang 2.0

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $98.90

Fully Loaded

Alpinestars Oscar Monty

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $259.95


Touring & Adventure Boots

Touring and adventure riding creates a unique and rather comprehensive set of parameters for riding boot requirements.

The touring aspect implies, rightfully so...

2018 Touring Boots Guide

Best Overall

Alpinestars Belize Drystar

Alpinestars Belize Drystar

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $249.95 – $259.95

Best Value

Firstgear Kili Hi

Firstgear Kili Hi

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $149.95

Fully Loaded

Sidi Crossfire TA

Sidi Crossfire TA

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $545.00


Short Boots

A solid boot with ankle support and protection can help to avoid more serious injuries. Riders could end up with bruises or a sore ankle but most of the time serious injuries are avoided…

2018 Short Boots Guide

Best Overall

Alpinestars SMX-1R

Alpinestars SMX-1R

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $159.99

Best Value

Joe Rocket Atomic

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $107.99

Fully Loaded

Dainese Dyno Pro D1

Dainese Dyno Pro D1

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $249.95 – $299.95


Sport Boots

Sports bikes normally encourage a rider to sit in a more aggressive position, meaning that the rider is leaning forward and in a crouched position rather than the upright style…

2018 Sport Boots Guide

Best Overall

Sidi Cobra

Sidi Cobra

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $169.99

Best Value

Cortech Impulse Air RR

Cortech Impulse Air RR

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $199.99

Fully Loaded

Dainese Axial Pro In Boot

Dainese Axial Pro In Boot

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $519.95


Dirt & Offroad Boots

Dirt boots, offroad boots or motocross boots, three different names but really all the same boot. And the reason that these are all pretty much the same is that these are the boots…

2018 Offroad Boots Guide

Best Value

Sidi X3

Sidi X3

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $259.00

Best Value

O’Neal Rider

O’Neal Rider

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $99.97 – $119.99

Fully Loaded

Sidi Crossfire 3

Sidi Crossfire 3

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $595.00

Our Top Motorcycle Pants Picks

Top Riding Jeans

For most riders, comfort is a big factor when selecting any gear. Most of us ride a bike to get someplace and not just out to experience the ride, so you want to be dressed in what appears to be everyday street clothes

2018 Riding Pants Guide

Best Overall

Alpinestars Resist

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $177.56 – $179.99

Best Value

S & S Rust & Redemption

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $149.95

Fully Loaded

Klim K Fifty 1

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $289.99 – $299.99


Top Textile Pants

For decades, the strongest and most durable material available to make safety gear was leather. But technology has made some huge strides in the textile products which are now available.

One of the most well known of these products is Kevlar. The product’s claim to fame is predominantly from its application…

2018 Textile Pants Guide

Best Overall

Dainese Drake Super Air Tex

Dainese Drake

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $239.95

Best Value

Cortech Sequoia XC

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $123.52 – $143.99

Fully Loaded

Scorpion Yukon

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $359.95 – $374.95


Top Mesh Pants

In some areas of the country, riders are fortunate enough to never be facing temperatures in excess of 100 degrees when riding. But for the most part, those riders are also putting their bikes in storage for three or more months out of the year. So the trade-off still seems to favor those who are riding in the heat for a few months each year.

Other Top Mesh Pants Guide

Best Overall

Klim Mojave

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $169.99

Best Value

Joe Rocket Phoenix

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $143.9

Fully Loaded

Dainese MIG

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $339.95


Top Leather Riding Pants

Leather has been the material of choice for motorcycle riders since the early 1920’s when Irving Schott began creating a purpose built leather biker jackets in his lower East Side Manhattan factory. The material had survived nearly two decades of use in the jacket of choice of the early aviators and the durability appeared to transfer well to meet the needs of motorcycle riders as well.

2018 Leather Pants Guide

Best Overall

Dainese Delta Pro 2

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $374.96 – $499.95

Best Value

Cortech Apex 2

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $269.95

Fully Loaded

Scorpion Ravin

Scorpion Ravin

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $399.95 – $414.95

 


Top Motocross Pants

Motocross riders are a unique breed who seek the thrill of competition with other riders but also the invigoration of the purely philosophical battle of man versus nature. And this internal and external battle is played out from atop a lightweight, rugged bike with knobby tires, hard shocks, and an awesome little motor.

2018 Motocross Pants Guide

Best Overall

Klim XC

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $110.49 – $154.99

Best Value

Fox Racing 180

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $109.95

Fully Loaded

Fly Racing Lite

Where: Revzilla | Amazon
Price: $169.95 – $213.11

2018 wBW Gear Guides

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