Last updated: April 15th, 2024

Urban Motorcycling: Commute like a Pro

Urban riding isn't just about getting from point A to point B – it's a lifestyle. Navigating the city, dodging traffic, and finding the perfect spots are all part of the adventure. We take a look at how you can take your riding to the next level.

Whether you're a seasoned rider or new to the urban jungle, mastering the art of commuting on two wheels can make your daily travels faster, more efficient, and a whole lot more fun. In this guide, we'll share some tips and tricks to help you commute like a pro in the city.

1.Gear Up

First things first – gear up for the ride. Safety should always be your top priority, so invest in quality riding gear that offers protection and comfort. A full-face helmet, armoured jacket, gloves, and sturdy boots are essential items for urban commuting. Look for gear with reflective elements to enhance your visibility, especially during low-light conditions. And don't forget to dress for the weather – waterproof gear can be a lifesaver on rainy days.

2.Plan Your Route

When it comes to urban motorcycling, planning your route is key. Avoiding congested roads and high-traffic areas can help you reach your destination faster and reduce the risk of accidents. Use navigation apps or GPS devices to find the most efficient routes, and consider alternative options like side streets or bike lanes. Keep an eye out for construction zones, road closures, and other potential obstacles that could affect your journey.

3.Stay Alert

In the hustle and bustle of the city, staying alert is crucial for safe riding. Keep your eyes on the road at all times, scanning for potential hazards like potholes, debris, and erratic drivers. Use your mirrors to stay aware of your surroundings and anticipate traffic movements. Stay focused and avoid distractions like texting or adjusting your music while riding. Remember, being proactive and defensive can help you avoid accidents and arrive at your destination safely.

4.Master Traffic ManoeuvrEs

Urban motorcycling requires agility and precision when navigating through traffic. Practice essential manoeuvres like lane splitting, filtering, and quick stops to manoeuvre through tight spaces and avoid getting stuck in traffic jams. Always signal your intentions to other drivers and use your horn when necessary to alert them to your presence. Stay patient and courteous, and remember that sharing the road goes both ways.

5.Park Smart

Finding parking in the city can be a challenge, but with a little creativity, you can park like a pro. Look for designated motorcycle parking areas or garages with secure bike storage. If those options aren't available, consider alternatives like sidewalk parking or shared parking spaces. Just be sure to obey local parking regulations and avoid blocking pedestrian walkways or emergency exits.


Featured PRODUCTS

We have a selection of urban specific products in our collection. Below we highlight some of these, looking at their key features.


Lumberjack Shirt

The RST Reinforced Lumberjack style shirt is CE Certified to Level A. The shirt come with a pocket for a back protector to be added, two outer front pockets, a button down closure which cleverly conceals a zip closure on the inside for added security so that you know that in the event of a crash your shirt won't be popping open. The armour in the shoulders and elbows are both CE Level 1. The jacket is made of HTC with a aramid fibre lining.

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Havoc Jacket

Designed for the urban environment, the Havoc CE Mens Textile Jacket is the perfect blend of style and protection. The soft-shell outer is paired with a SinAqua WP lining, built with lightweight RST Airflow CE armour, virtually invisible and unnoticeable you won’t even know you're wearing a fully CE/UKCA certified jacket. A removable hood and multiple pockets further enhance the Havocs practicality.

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TECH PRO JEAN

The RST Tech Pro Textile Jean is one of the most technically advanced riding jeans on the market- it may look casual, but it is packed with protection technology. The RST Tech Pro Textile Jean has a CE rating of AAA, offering the highest level of protection. Made from heavy duty Cordura® denim, reinforced with aramid fibers, the jeans come with CE Level 2 knee and hip armour. Added to this are the stretch panels in the knee and seat area, along with the triple stitched nylon threading throughout.

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TEAM CE MENS TEXTILE HOODIE

For the RST 2024 Collection, one of our main priorities was to improve our Hoodie collection – and we’ve done just that. We’ve developed a new high tenacity outer fabric, using a blend of Cotton, Nylon and Polyester. This blend gives a lightweight, abrasion resistant and high strength outer layer that only requires extra aramid fibre protection in zone 1. Additionally, the enhanced RST Team CE Mens Textile Hoodie has been built with our new lightweight RST Airflow Armour.

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LOADOUT FULL ZIP CE MENS TEXTILE HOOD

By popular demand, we’ve developed our RST Loadout Jacket and introduced a full-zip version into the 2024 Collection. Featuring a unique splinter camo pattern made famous on our Pro Series Race Suits, the RST Loadout Full Zip Hood is a truly versatile jacket. Designed for the urban environment, it’s a loose-fitting garment yet backed with an aramid fibre lining, Sherpa fleece on the inside, a waterproof lining and a removable hood.

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ZIP THROUGH URBAN CE MENS TEXTILE HOODIE

For the RST 2024 Collection, one of our main priorities was to improve our Hoodie collection – and we’ve done just that. We’ve developed a new high tenacity outer fabric, using a blend of Cotton, Nylon and Polyester. This blend gives a lightweight, abrasion resistant and high strength outer layer that only requires extra aramid fibre protection in zone 1. Additionally, the enhanced RST Zip Through Urban CE Mens Textile Hoodie has been built with our new lightweight RST Airflow Armour.

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Conclusion

Urban motorcycling is a thrilling and efficient way to navigate the city streets, but it requires skill, awareness, and preparation. By gearing up with the right equipment, planning your route, staying alert, mastering traffic manoeuvres, and parking smart, you can commute like a pro and enjoy the freedom of two-wheeled travel in the urban jungle. So hop on your bike, embrace the adventure, and ride on!

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Christopher Impey

A motorcycle rider and enthusiast; as the digital editor for RST, Chris is responsible for creating compelling copy and captivating digital experiences.