Five of the best… classic leather motorbike jackets

Five of the best... classic leather motorbike jackets


The classic leather bike jacket has made a massive resurgence in recent years. Here are five of our picks, which will all look just as good in 2070 as they do today.

The leather bike jacket has become a symbol of motorcycling. These jackets combine timeless looks and design with modern standards of protection.

Weise Hydra WP

Sportsbikeshop customers love the Hydra. From the first 36 reviews, it scored an impressive average of 4.78 stars, although customers recommend going up a size from your usual. As well as a removable waterproof liner, which is unusual for a leather jacket, there’s a removable thermal lining and a full set of CE-approved armour. The short and long connection zips allow the attachment of matching Hydra jeans.

Richa Cafe

This sub-£200 leather jacket is highly rated by Sportsbikeshop customers and the first 27 people who left a review gave it an average of 4.85 stars out of five. The retro-styled Richa jacket has CE-approved shoulder and elbow armour and there’s fit adjustment available on the waist and cuffs. There’s also a sleeveless removable thermal liner and a short connection zip to attach to the matching Cafe jeans.

Merlin Alton

Achieving an average of 4.80 stars from the first 25 reviews, Sportsbikeshop customers are impressed with the classic, elegant styling of Merlin’s Alton leather jacket. As it’s quite slim fitting, reviewers say sizing up one from your usual size is essential. The jacket receives praise for the high quality soft leather outer and for how lightweight the armour is, with customers saying it’s a comfortable jacket to wear.

Merlin Draycott

Receiving compliments for the styling and impressive colour range available, Merlin’s Draycott has a 4.80-star average from the first 10 reviews on the Sportsbikeshop website. Reviewers say that the two zipped chest vents are extremely effective, and they like the addition of a removable thermal lining. They say the fit is snug, but not enough to warrant going up a size, and that the outer leather is soft and comfortable.

Dainese Razon

The Razon carries a relatively hefty price tag, but you’re paying for Dainese quality. The reviews reflect this, and the first 13 reviewers on the Sportsbikeshop website gave it an average of 4.85 stars. The classic look is complemented by up-to-date protection – CE-approved shoulder and elbow armour, zipped chest vents and a removable thermal liner. Stretch panels on the inside of the arms allow for more movement and comfort.