Below is a picture of one of the only nice fitted button-down shirts I can find from Harley Davidson. I searched high and low for a shirt like this, and it only took me two years to find something acceptable. Unfortunately I had to get a large size so it would come close to fitting my chest, so now the waist is not exactly as tailored as I would like it to be. Thank god it is not pink! My biggest problem with this shirt is the “boob pockets.” What woman in her right mind (unless she is flat as a board and needs all the help she can get) wants to wear a shirt with a pocket right in the middle of her boob, with a flap and button no less!!! What exactly are we supposed to put in those pockets anyway?
A man can go into a Harley Davidson dealership and find clothes for nearly every occasion-from work clothes to a dress shirt and tie. Women on the other hand don’t have it so easy. There are two types of clothing available to us–biker whore and functional but fashionless riding gear. D
Motorcycling is a very important part of my life and my personality. I would like to be able to express my enthusiasm for the sport even when I am not riding. My day job as a high school math teacher requires me to dress professionally. Skulls, daggers, tribal designs, and studded leather are just not appropriate. I have even seen some totally outlandish designs that might look perfectly at home on a circus performer! How about a nice cashmere sweater with a small logo? I am sure that Harley Davidson makes some conservative professional clothing for women, but it is very difficult to find.
Alright so motorcycling is a recreational activity, and maybe HD should just stick to providing gear for those who are actually participating in the sport. Let’s explore my choices for riding gear…tank tops, leather halters, capri pants??–you have got to be kidding me!! And don’t even get me started on the shoes! Am I not permitted to ride safely because I am a woman? Or am I supposed to just sit on the bitch seat wearing a bikini and stiletto heels and endanger myself to a major case of road rash if we should take a spill?
Back in the day, women did not generally ride motorcycles. If they had anything to do with bikes, they were either a hard-core biker chick with more tattoos than teeth or an anorexic model who was nothing more than eye candy in motorcycle ads. Today women from all walks of life are riding motorcycles. We have an entirely new role, and motorcycle fashions just haven’t caught up yet. Functional gear such as helmets and rain suits specifically designed for women are few and far between. Harley Davidson did once put out a really awesome purple-trimmed reflective ladies’ rainsuit, but it has since been discontinued. Most are unisex designs with a “womens” tag slapped on them. They have no style whatsoever and do not fit a woman’s curves properly.
Speaking of curves, how difficult can it be to figure out that women have breasts? Many tops & jackets simply do not have room for more than a B-cup. I end up spilling half out of my tops like a street walker or buying a size big enough to fit mondo biker chick! Women are not all size 3 or size 3X. There never seems to be much selection in-between. I just want my clothes to fit and flatter.
The most frustrating part of it all is availability. Each dealership has its own selection of items from the seasonal line. You just have to travel to every HD store in the world to be able to see everything that is available. A few stores offer a selection of items for online purchase, but you still have to do quite a bit of e-shopping to find them. Even the official website www.harleydavidson.com does not display everything that is available, and many of the items shown are listed for in-store purchase only. When you buy a bike from HD, they give you an inch-thick catalog of every accessory and part known to mankind. Is there such a catalog for MotorClothes, and where can I get one? D