Thursday, May 8, 2014

Motorcycle gear: form and function

One of my friends is a talented and creative artist, and she taught me about form and function. She looks for functional objects that have interesting and artistic forms, and often loves an object just because of its stylish form even when it has no set function.

gorgeous and funky leather scarf by Sara Gay

On a motorcycle everything has to serve a function, and often I sacrifice form. Case in point:  I look like the Pillsbury Doughboy in my bulky, yet highly visible and protective Olympia Motorsports gear.

When I put on the Frogg Toggs raingear - that keeps me perfectly dry and toasty warm when we're riding through a driving downpour or high mountain passes - I look like a double version of myself.

Periodically I wish I could ride pillion wearing flip-flops, short-shorts, and a skimpy leather top - then I come to my senses and realize that in motorcycle travel, safety trumps style.

Sometimes we get lucky and our gear serves a necessary function along with great form and style. Our BMW motorcycle boots are stylish and they're also 100% waterproof and extremely comfortable. Our feet stay perfectly dry, even riding for hours in the rain.

I'm excited to have the opportunity to test and blog about gear from Motorcycle House and Viking Bags. They're sending us a couple of items, we'll try them out, and I'll blog about them. We have a couple of extended trips coming up plus spontaneous shorter rides when the mood strikes us to get out and explore. Stay tuned!


  1. Sure wish gear was made a little more flattering, but I don't think that will ever happen. At least we all look a little plumper when riding, not just a few of us.

    Motorcycle House and Viking Bags are sure making the rounds. I am sure you will like the bags as much as the others who have tested them.

    I finally got fed up with the emails and aimed them for the spam bin to stop them.

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