Adventures of one man's journey through 365 days in a kilt.
Hey, Matt. I'm also a biker (of the Harley-Davidson touring bike variety). I got in to kilts after my riding hobby started to kind of take a backseat to getting re-married almost 2 years ago and adjusting to my new life with young full-time step-sons - and all the things that go with that (all good stuff!). I haven't tried mixing the two yet, but I *almost* made the short ride to our local shop in my kilt to help send people off on an annual New Year's morning ride, but it was rained out this year. Short of taking the unnecessary risk very frequently (-or ever-), I would think I'd want to wear my je@ns while riding and switch to the kilt after I arrive. But like you hinted at, it could be a real pain to take off the boots and the p@nts, etc., and do the reverse when leaving every time. My other option would be to wear my Olympia mesh/cordura p@nts (adding the insulated liner if it's cold), which unzip from the cuff all the way up to hip area - so leaving the boots on would not be an issue. Also, I'd go with a casual/velcro waist kilt to make a "surfer change" as quickly as possible. In my case the straps on my nice wool kilt are currently a bit tedious to fasten since I'm near the outer limits of the waist measurement - so that would just add to my changing time... and who wants to mess up a nice kilt pulling it in and out of saddlebags all day? Overall I don't think it's worth the effort (at least for me) to ride around and change clothes every time I come or go. However, I'm hoping to be at the R.O.T. rally in Austin this summer and would like to be kilted most of the time, so this is something I've been wondering about. Maybe we can find a more efficient way to do this and stay safe. Thanks for the post!
Got me thinking that there might be a way to make riding 'leggings' from old leather chaps or jeans? Chaps zip off along the entire leg ..challenge is how they'd be held up under the kilt.