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Best Beginner Motorcycle Jackets


James F · September 16, 2019

When you are beginning your journey on to two wheels you will need to purchase a jacket that is best for you. You can assess your criteria on style, safety, price and comfort. Throughout the year depending on where you live, you may wish to have multiple jackets for hot, cold, wet and dry seasons. The best beginner jackets cover as many different criteria as possible.

You should aim for your first motorcycle jacket to be a great all-rounder that is suitable for your needs and potentially setting your knowledge base up for a more expensive purchase down the line. Below we have highlighted RideTo’s 2019 top motorcycle jackets for beginners.

RST Pilot Air


The Pilot Air offers the same great value and CE protection as the pilot but with a removable thermal lining to suit warmer weather conditions.

The Pilot Air is a lighter, more ventilated version of the Pilot jacket, using a lightweight K300 mesh to improve ventilation while maintaining CE protection. The jacket has a removable thermal gilet for cooler weather conditions and a connection zip for easy pairing with any RST jeans

Richa Axel


The Richa Axel Jacket is a great entry-level jacket that offers lots of protection as well as being waterproof to help you stay on two wheels during the winter months.

This Jacket is entry-level but has all the specifications you would want in a jacket, its totally waterproof, it has a removable thermal liner to keep you warm in the colder month and boosts a great ventilation system to keep you cooler in the summer, it's a really well-made all-rounder jacket.

Oxford Delta


A sporty, short length waterproof jacket packed full of features, designed to cater for those casual sport riders. It's a versatile, waterproof jacket with a continental cut, so lower at the back and has an aggressive styling combined with a high specification.

The jacket has a rolled neoprene collar with neoprene lining, giving a comfortable feel at the neck. Double vents to the shoulder and one to the back gives great ventilation.

Subtle black reflective elements give the rider full visibility when riding in low light conditions, giving the rider a full humanoid shape to other road users, ensuring the Rider is fully registered.

Accordion stretch panels at the elbow give flexibility in the arms aided by bicep adjustment, for the perfect sports fit. Cuff adjustment, elasticated waist adjustment and handwarmer pockets adding to the list of features.

RST Axis


Designed for street and track riding, the Axis textile jacket is a comfortable and versatile choice for whatever bike you're riding.

The Axis textile jacket is a CE Level AA certified textile jacket ideal for a wide range of street and track riding. Ergonomically cut to suit a range of riding positions, the Axis features a removable thermal lining for riding in all temperatures, CE Level 1 elbow & shoulder armour with a pocket for a back protector (sold separately) and a connection zip for easy pairing with any RST jeans (Connection belt sold separately).

And there’s more – the arm and waist adjustment points and vented panels direct airflow around the jacket to offer a comfortable contoured fit. The 360° connection zip seamlessly zips to any compatible RST trouser.

Axis is the perfect all-round sport-styled textile motorcycle jacket, offering protection and functionality at an everyday price point.

Richa Scrambler


The Richa Scrambler 2 is an old-school style waxed cotton jacket, with an aggressive style that would look perfect on any modern/classic motorcycle.

The jacket is constructed from British Millerain waxed cotton fabric that is fantastically reliable thanks to their over 100-years of experience creating waxed cotton fabrics. The Scrambler 2 jacket is also fantastically breathable reducing the stuffy feeling you can get when temperatures start getting higher. The waxed cotton is also water-resistant meaning it will see you through some drizzles while you ride, without needing specific rain gear. We all know it’s not always sunshine and warm, and so do Richa, so the Scrambler 2 comes with a quilted cotton liner for a little extra warmth.

The shoulders and elbows of the Scrambler 2 jacket feature fitted CE-approved armour, and for the choice of a little extra protection, the jacket comes with a pocket designed specifically to accommodate a back protector. The brass-finished press studs add even more to the cool, old-school-style and the quilted panelling on the shoulders make the Richa Scrambler 2 jacket ideal to wear on an old-school style bike.

This information is given to you as a guide to support you in your choice of licence and RideTo has made every attempt to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the information provided about motorcycle licence and training requirements. However, RideTo cannot guarantee the information is up to date, correct and complete and is therefore provided on an "as is" basis only. RideTo accepts no liability whatsoever for any loss or damage howsoever arising. We recommend that you verify the current licence and training requirements by checking the DVSA website.