News and Tribune

Recent Local News

June 29, 2013

How to dress like a biker, and protect yourself

To the casual observer, what a biker wears can seem just as important as the type of motorcycle they drive. Look at the movies. Peter Fonda’s iconic American flag leather jacket in Easy Rider or the crooked cap Marlon Brando wore in The Wild Ones both helped to define “biker cool” for many Americans.

Yet beneath all the leather and logos, biker apparel serves a protective purpose. Sharon Fink, the owner of Finks Motorcycle Parts, Accessories and Leathers in New Albany, walked us through some of the gear a new rider might need.

 

To wear a helmet or not to wear a helmet, that is the question

Of course, a helmet’s main purpose is to protect your head in case of an accident. Indiana, however, does not mandate their use. Fink still asks this question above all others when a new rider comes in. Many varieties exist with or without shields if the customer chooses to wear one.

“The first thing I ask them is do you plan to wear a helmet,” Fink said. “And of course, that is in Indiana a personal choice. Personally, I don’t ride across the parking lot without a helmet on. But I respect the fact that that is each person’s choice.”

 

Cool jackets to keep you warm

Sure, a leather jacket looks cool but did you know it also protects against the cold? Riding can get downright chilly even when the outside temperatures seem warm. Leather jackets and chaps help to shield the rider from the whipping wind.

“If you’ve never ridden a motorcycle, it doesn’t have to get very cool outside for it to be cold,” Fink said. “My typical customers wear them for warmth.”

 

The wind hurts your sight, so you’ve got to wear shades

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Recent Local News
LOCAL MAGAZINES
Easter 2014 photos


Click on any photo to purchase it.

SPECIAL CONTENT
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Obama Offers Condolences at Dutch Embassy Cat Fans Lap Up Feline Film Festival Raw: Lawmakers Scuffle in Ukraine's Parliament The Rock Finds His Inner 'Hercules' Michigan Plant's Goal: Flower and Die Raw: MH17 Passenger Remains in Kharkiv, Ukraine Raw: Israel Hits Gaza Targets, Destroys Mosques ShowBiz Minute: Hoffman, Oberst, Box Office WWII Vet Gets Medals, 70 Years Late Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong
2013 Photos of the year


Take a look at our most memorable photos from 2013.