How To Wear A Bandana For Motorcycle Riding

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Motorcycle bandanas, commonly known as doo-rags are both functional and fashionable. While offering the required safety, bandanas also allow motorcyclists to feature their favorite logo, design, or color.

A functional accessory while still being fashionable is always a good thing, so we are here to tell you all about motorcycle bandanas and how they can be used to compliment your outfit while staying safe.

How To Wear A Bandana For Motorcycle Riding                    

Motorcycle riders are generally dedicated to their rides, donning gear that allows them protection from road debris that could potentially cause injury or death during the course of their ride. Other riders are dedicated to looking good, sporting various types of clothing that complement their bad-ass get-up on two wheels. Either way, having an extra covering one’s ears and mouth can be a valuable asset while motorcycle riding.

Motorcycle bandanas come in a variety of colors and designs, allowing riders to choose a bandana that suits their style or a bandana that fits a specific purpose. A rider could sport a skull-patterned bandana for an edgy look, while another helmet-wearing biker could opt for camouflage print if he finds himself hunting on the road. A biker who wishes to protect his lungs from inhaling dust or exhaust fumes could also use a colorless tie around his head to accomplish this goal.

Tying a Bandana While Riding

Once you have chosen the right bandana for you, it is time to put it into practice. You should not tie your bandana around your forehead while driving as this can cause limited vision, but it should be tied tightly enough to keep flying debris out of one’s eyes.

Tying a motorcycle bandana before starting up your ride is good practice, but riders who are on the go may opt instead to secure their bandana once they are already riding. To do so properly simply drape your bandanas over your head with the knot resting in the occipital area at the back of one’s skull. Pull each side of the bandanas forward and across one’s face until they meet in front of one’s mouth. Tie them at the front of one’s neck and adjust until it fits snugly.

Riding with a bandana tied around one’s neck may not be as comfortable as wearing a helmet, but they can still serve their purpose- protecting your face and ears from flying debris that could prevent you from seeing the road ahead. Most importantly, motorcycle bandanas are stylish so don’t be afraid to switch up your look now and then by sporting different colors or designs as you see fit.

What To Look For In Motorcycle Bandanas

When choosing motorcycle bandanas, there are several things one should take into consideration before making a purchase:


One should look for bandanas made out of materials that are not only flexible but also comfortable, allowing the wearer to wear them over their ears and mouth without feeling restricted. Stiffer bands may irritate one’s skin while flimsy netting may offer little protection from a windy day on a motorcycle.


One can choose from a variety of patterns when purchasing a motorcycle bandana, including skull prints, camouflage prints, tie-dye effects, paisley textures, or tie-dyed effects. A rider may choose to match his helmet’s design with his choice in a pattern or go with an entirely different combination that reflects both his personality and personal style. In any case, the most important thing is choosing a style that fits one’s needs and lifestyle.


Most motorcycle bandanas come in black, white, or red colors. However, some manufacturers sell more colorful versions such as blues, greens, yellows, and oranges that reflect a biker’s preference for style or safety while riding on two wheels.

Why Wear A Bandana?

A bandana is a square piece of cloth that measures about twenty inches by twenty-two inches. They are made up of various materials which can include cotton, flannel, or silk. Bandanas are not only worn around one’s neck but also used to wipe the sweat from one’s face, cover the nose and mouth in dusty conditions, keep long hair out of one face, protect one’s head in cold weather or sunburn in hot climates


Motorcycle helmets are great at protecting the skull from injuries or death that could be caused by flying debris or an accident, but wearing a motorcycle bandana is another way to protect one’s head during the course of a ride. While it may not provide as much safety as a helmet, wearing a bandana is better than not having anything around one’s neck when riding on two wheels.

The above mentioned are just some of the ways riders can use motorcycle bandanas. There are many more uses for these versatile pieces of fabric, all of which reflect one’s unique personality and help to keep them safe during their ride.

About The Author

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Hi, I’m Daniel and behind me (in the photo) is my wife Sarah.

We are both travel addicts who love Motorcycles, Rock-Climbing and Camping.We love to explore everything the world has to offer

We will continue to provide even more valuable content that keeps you riding safely! Keep the rubber side down :-)

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