Motorcycle Gear That Doubles As A Halloween Costume

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You spend a good chunk of your time riding motorcycles and wearing armor, so you’re basically a superhero already. You might as well make that work in your favor when it comes to Halloween, right? Here’s how to do it yourself with gear you already own, plus we’ll show you some of the latest gear options that are Halloween-ready out of the box.

DIY = Do It Yourself

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Thor’s Impact Rig works nicely for most outfits.

Motocross armor is used in costume design for pretty much every action movie involving a superhero, alien, fictitious race, or different planet. You can buy it cheap, it’s usually black, sans brightly colored logos, and can be worn under or over your clothing depending on the desired result.

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The Rocketeer helmet is one of the best custom helmets we’ve seen.

Motorcycle helmets can also be used, but take a little more work and a lot more commitment if you want it to look awesome. Your best bet is buy a super cheap helmet, some spray paint and Styrofoam, then turn it into a Predator or Master Chief helmet. Use something light and that breathes well since you’ll be wearing it a long time, and make sure it’s a helmet you don’t need to transform back for regular use as any modifications may prohibit its ability to keep you safe.

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Thor’ Deflector Gloves would be perfect for most costumes.

Motorcycle gloves are basically Halloween costume items as is. They’re perfect for your Predator or Batman outfit as long as they’re all black and have as many ridges and armored plates as possible. Go for MX gloves if available as your hands will sweat less.

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Alpinestars SMX Plus boots give you comfort with an aggressive look.

Boots complete your Halloween look. Fortunately, Halloween is a late night holiday, which means you can usually get away without having to color coordinate them to your outfit. Their size and height is enough to look the part. I didn’t realize Angel’s pitcher CJ Wilson hadn’t matched the color of his boots to his Iron Man outfit until he sent me the photo above.

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  • disqus_hhbJTMPHZ7

    Regarding the predator helmet, this guy shows how shoddily made and sketchy it is. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkUQ_BSD0MQ

    • eddi

      That Predator helmet is not by any stretch legal or safe no matter how it’s advertised. It’s an empty fiberglass shell. Now I have watched the video; it’s even worse than I thought.

    • Aakash

      The only thing more surprising than the quality of that helmet is that someone would pay $780 to buy one. That’s near custom new Roadcrafter price territory.

  • eddi

    Any pants to go with the Thor Impact Rig?

    • http://www.twitter.com/seanmacdonald sean macdonald

      MX bottoms usually just entail some padded shorts and knee braces. I’m sure any pair of black pants will work fine for your outfit.

  • Aakash

    Wearing armor off the bike is uncomfortable enough as it is; having to walk around in it while socializing with peeps and drinking orange-colored punch doesn’t sound super bueno.

  • M. Dubé

    You should maybe check out UD REPLICAS (http://www.udreplicas.com) if your in for a “real” full armored officially licensed movie replica motorcycle suit. I’m not geek enough to spend 1713$ (canadian dollars) but these suits looks very amazing

    • Brice Farrell

      It looks great – I have the UD StormTrooper armor, but as riding gear there are several problems with it:
      1) The stitching is poor. The velcro is ripping off all over the place, and several seams have come undone. After only a dozen hours in it I had to break out the needle and thread to resew the entire crotch and reattach the straps that hold the outer pads to the jacket.
      2) The leather is easily damaged. Just kneeling on pavement is enough to scratch through the colored surface, turning that part of the armor permanently grey.
      3) They don’t really understand motorcycle armor. They have kneepads and elbowpads in the right locations, but that’s it as far designed protection. There aren’t any shin/forearm/spine protectors. The gloves and boots definitely aren’t up to snuff. The boots are loose slip-ons (and aren’t CE like advertised) and the gloves are just simple leather things with no additional protection. Years ago, I fractured a bone in my foot in an accident, so as soon as I saw what they had shipped for boots I ordered a set of white A-stars and ride with them instead.

      That said, it is amazing to roll down the road and see how many people wave/snap pics, but for the top-tier price you’d expect build quality at least up to the off-brand armor manufacturers. Or some semblance of customer service, instead of an angry guy who insists he didn’t break the law and can’t be held responsible since you got what you ordered.

      So if you want to get it, go for it! Just skip the excessively overpriced gloves/boots, know that you will have to wait 4 months, and be prepared to patch up the seams once you break it in.

      • M. Dubé

        Brice, don’t you have a picture to share with us? Curious to see the outfit in real life environment.

        • Brice Farrell

          I’ll keep looking, I feel like I should have a picture of me on the bike somewhere…

          • M. Dubé

            As you were telling, we can see a scary knee armor there. But it looks amazing.
            I did not expect it “in car” but thanks anyway. ;)