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    Summer and winter, urban and suburban riding. We interviewed three hard-core commuters to find the perfect attire for every situation and weather condition

    By DemoneRosso | 27 February 2024 | 1 min

    Motorcycles or scooters are often the most practical and quickest means of commuting to work, especially in the city
    Technical apparel should not be neglected even for short rides, and it’s also useful for coping with the harshest weather
    In winter, wearing more clothes is natural; less so in summer, though technical garments are more comfortable than casual ones when it’s hot
    There are inconspicuous outfits designed for both urban commutes and the office that don’t require a change of clothes
    There are also valid solutions for suburban riding, depending on temperature and weather
    In bad weather, a waterproof touring outfit is ideal, although it requires a change of clothes once arrived at your destination

    For as long as they’ve existed, and in most circumstances, two wheels are the quickest and most practical solution for the daily work commute. For some, this is true in three out of four seasons, while for others it applies 365 days a year. Another decisive factor is the type of route – urban, suburban or a mixture of the two.  

    To gain an in-depth understanding of the best practices for commuting in total comfort and safety, we interviewed three commuters with different needs and perspectives on the issue. Though ideal in many cases, a scooter is not the only way to ride to work – sports or touring motorcycles are also a valid solution. Let's see how and let’s find out how to get ready for each season. 


    Urban commuting by scooter 

    As we all know, a scooter is the most practical vehicle for urban travel: Low fuel consumption, frontal protection and easy to drive. The best choice is often a high-wheel scooter, which is safer on bumps and whose reactions are more predictable. But what’s the best matching outfit? We asked Joséphine, a commuter who sees her scooter as her steadfast companion. 

    “I live in Marseille, every morning I have to cross the city and travel about 15 km to get to the office. People living in rural areas might not think it’s a lot, but what with the traffic, traffic lights and endless roadworks, it’s not as quick as it sounds. I could never part with my scooter; it allows me to significantly cut down on commuting time, I can’t imagine how long it’d take me to travel the same distance by car – at least twice as long. 


    In terms of apparel, I’m very happy with a technical outfit that I can also easily wear all day long. My favorite garment is the jacket, an understated parka that goes unnoticed in the office but is actually made of abrasion-resistant waterproof fabric and conceals certified protectors on the elbows and shoulders, owing to the special protector I integrated. I prefer to wear it between October and April, while in the summer months I opt instead for a more ventilated short jacket. 

    Same for pants and shoes. I use protective garments especially designed for motorcycle riding so as not to draw attention and they’re comfortable to wear for hours. The pants are 100% indistinguishable from casual pants but, like the jacket, are far more robust and protective. The shoes I wear also depend on the season: On the grayest days I wear classic over-the-ankle leather boots with a waterproof membrane; when it's warmer, I'm more comfortable with lighter sneakers, high-top ones, to protect the ankle. 

    In terms of helmet, an open-face helmet is the most comfortable for my riding needs. In the summer, it allows for a lot of airflow; in winter, on the other hand, I wear a balaclava-style under-helmet garment, to protect neck and face. The way I dress, if it weren't for the helmet I carry, my work colleagues often wouldn't even know whether I came in on my scooter or by public transport. 

    However, my most recent discovery is the Dainese airbag. I purchased a Smart Jacket and I wear it under the parka or over the ventilated jacket, as they have different fits, the parka is roomier. It’s an extra layer but you barely feel it when it’s on, and I'm lucky enough that it never activated. When I get to my destination, I fold it up and it fits perfectly in the scooter's underseat.” 

    Commuting by sport motorcycle between the hills and the city 

    The second commuter we chatted to is Samuel, Dainese Group employee and AGV product manager, who chose his KTM 890 Duke as his one and only means of transport. He goes to work by motorcycle 365 days a year, in all weather conditions. 

    “My home-work route is a little different from most. I’m lucky enough to live in the hills and therefore part of the commute is on very winding suburban roads, the ideal environment for my KTM. Knowing that I’ll have to do some leaning on my motorcycle to get to the office helps me get up in a good mood; sure, in winter it’s hard, but with the right equipment it’s not as bad as you might think and it’s actually something that should be experienced at least once. 

    As the seasons change, I alternate between three different outfits – one for summer (around 30 °C and up), one roughly for spring and fall (10-30 °C) and one for winter (below 10 °C), which is actually the same as the mid-season one but with a few additions. In summer, I wear a fully ventilated lightweight jacket combined with leather gloves, jeans and motorcycle sneakers. When I arrive at the office, I take off my jacket and I'm ready, there’s no “formal” dress code at work. In the mid-seasons, I still wear jeans and shoes but I switch to a waterproof jacket: Mine has a laminated Gore-Tex® membrane, which is perfect against both cold air and rain. In any case, I carry a rainproof full jacket-pants suit in my backpack at all times, all year round. 

    In winter, things get more interesting. I keep the laminated waterproof jacket but I add one or more thermal layers depending on temperatures, which can range from about 10 °C to well below zero (my personal record when commuting is -7 °C). A neck warmer is also essential: I’m very careful to tuck it in between the two layers of the jacket, so that no draft reaches my body, which happens when you only tuck it in under the thermal layer. 

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    In this season, my beloved jeans give way to the waterproof Gore-Tex® suit’s pants; keep in mind that rigid knee pads, which are wider than the soft ones in casual garments, are also an excellent shield against the cold. I replace the leather gloves with a pair of padded waterproof gloves, and I believe that heated handles are a great invention in this regard – I still haven't installed them on my Kawasaki, but I often think about doing it. I keep on wearing my usual sneakers, however, but with higher and heavier socks. In all seasons, I wear a full-face helmet – I just switch between the light or dark visor and play around with the air vents, which make a considerable difference from an all-open to an all- closed mode.” 


    Commuting by touring motorcycle  

    Last but not least, a commuter who’s adopted his Triumph Tiger as his companion for everyday commuting, too. The route that Konrad takes every morning is of yet another kind. In this case, we’re talking about a fifty-kilometer commute from one city to another in central Germany, along freeways with a stretch of highway, always in heavy traffic conditions.  

    “When I’m riding my Tiger, I always wear the same touring outfit I use to travel around Europe. It’s comfortable, safe and it protects me in all weather conditions. It’s a three-layer four-season outfit, so it’s really good all year round. On days when the weather is uncertain, I take an emergency raincoat, but that’s not necessary when it’s just drizzling. The temperature determines what I choose to wear under my jacket and pants: Between 20 °C and 30 °C, a T-shirt is sufficient; in higher temperatures, I’d rather wear breathable technical underwear; when it’s colder, I opt instead for complete thermal technical underwear and further layers if needed. 


    I pair the outfit with waterproof boots in Gore-Tex® (in the summer, I actually switch to a pair of ventilated sneakers that I then wear all day) and the type of gloves really depends on the season – I have waterproof padded ones, some leather ones, and some lightweight fabric ones. I only have one helmet, for all motorcycle uses, and it’s always a modular, protective yet more practical than a full-face one for my riding needs. I also installed the AGV intercom I’m happy with it and it allows me to answer any early calls from colleagues or extend my working hours into the evening if necessary. 

    The price you pay for traveling in comfort, even in cold weather, is carrying the necessary change of clothes for work. I pack a suitable outfit in my backpack and once at the office I get changed somewhere secluded and inconspicuous, and I’m ready for the day. In the evening, I change back and ride my motorcycle home.  

    Freeways and highways may not be the most exciting roads, but riding my motorcycle every day puts a smile on my face, and when the weather is bad I almost feel like an adventurer, as if I were lost in some Central Asian wasteland.” 


    By now, you’ll have to agree that even commuting to work by motorcycle – especially when it’s not too short a ride – can turn into a small adventure. The ideal apparel for this type of riding varies greatly, depending on route, type of motorcycle and weather conditions. It can also be adapted to individual preferences, and there are many options and alternatives available. At this point, all that’s left to choose is one's own individual pairing. 


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