Mixing motorcycling and underpants
Deciding what to pack and what not to pack is hard, but deciding on what kind of underwear (oddly enough) to accompany a long motorcycling trip is even harder. I will talk you through several different options to help you make the tough decision slightly easier.
Just remember every woman’s body is different and how you ride your motorcycle can vary greatly. I would recommend testing a few different styles out on long day ride(s) before leaving home to truly get a better understanding of your own requirements.
The Undies Dictionary
First things first, we need to know what we are talking about. Undies are divided into different types based on rear end coverage, width of sides and the height to which they are worn at.
Briefs have full coverage at the rear and the waistband sits at the navel. Classic (or full brief) features sides that extend below the hip.
High-cut (or French cut) has sides that are somewhat narrower.
Boyleg (or boy shorts) are styled after men’s briefs and may have short legs extending below the crotch.
Control panties (or control briefs) are special and designed to offer support whilst giving a slimmer appearance.
Hipsters are similar to briefs, but are worn lower down the body, with the waistband around the hips.
Bikinis sit at hip level, like the Hipsters, but the fabric of the side sections is narrower.
Thongs have a thick waistband but the rear coverage is not as full. The crotch is extended to the back of the wearer and a narrow strip of fabric fits between the buttocks becoming wider towards the top.
G-String is a thong with virtually no rear coverage and the narrow strip at the back extends to the waistband. This type exposes the vast majority of the buttocks.
Travel underwear Requirements
The following 6 points are what the ultimate pair of travel underwear should at least try to cover besides your rear end! Take a quick note of them before you go on a travel-undies shopping-spree.
• Stain resistant
• Bacteria resistant
• Treated to control odor-causing bacteria
Underwear on its own is never a problem. It only becomes an issue when you throw a motorcycle into the mix. When you leave home, you might think you have the comfiest saddle you have ever owned. But now imagine that same saddle attached to your rear end for one hour. Multiply that by 8. And that 6 days in a row. Add in a rest day and repeat it all again. And again every week for the rest of your trip. No saddle is that comfortable.
The common problems when mixing undies and motorcycles are chafing, slow drying and undies riding up into places the sun doesn’t shine and this is only the start. Below I have outlined a few issues you need to consider and their causes.
Chafing – Chafing is caused by sweating and friction on your motorcycle seat. If you choose, a sweat-defying fabric you can reduce this problem dramatically, but I would also suggest a sheepskin cover on the saddle, as this gives you an air barrier between the seat and your soft tosh.
Lace irritations – Many of our lovely sexy lady underwear has a lot of lace on them. I know sometimes you just want to feel sexy when you’re knee deep in a mud pit, sweating your guts out trying to free your motorcycle, but there is a time and a place for them and that is not while riding! Lace tends to irritate the skin and even cause chafing.
Slow drying – After spending quality time washing your clothes, you lay them out hoping that they will dry overnight with the fan on high. By morning, everything is dried nicely except for your thick grannie panties! Now you have an even bigger problem Are you putting on a damp pair or will you go commando?
Just not enough of theme – A lot of you are proud to be only packing two pairs. One on, one off – right? Well, wrong. Never in my wildest dreams would I want to wash my undies every night. There are times when you will arrive in a place too exhausted to even think about taking a shower – let alone to wash your underwear. I personally pack at least five. They are small and you will thank me later.
My verdict – No Need For Granny Panties!
Bamboo Boylegs or Bikini Style
Bamboo is a natural light weight but ultra-soft, hard wearing fabric that is also fast drying. Myth – It is often stated that it has natural antibacterial properties but this is not entirely true, when in production an antibacterial agent is added.
So far mine have lasted 24 months and have just started to become too thin in places and are starting to get holes in them. A couple have had the elastic around the legs come apart and start to fray. I think after two years I should get some more.
There are many different options out there and I have only listed a few to make your shopping experience slightly easier.
There is only one thing I haven’t mentioned yet – Some women like to use men’s tight boxer shorts, as they are longer in the leg therefore do not chafe the tender spots on your bottom. However you must remember, they take up more space in your luggage and are much slower drying.
The Clever Travel Companion
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The underwear comes in a cute boy short style, with two pockets with zipper closures. Currently, there are three colors available in cotton: pink, purple and heather gray. The pockets are just the right size for a passport and can comfortably hold credit cards, ID cards, driver’s license and cash too. Only you will ever know the pockets are there, making your travels worry free!
They even make them for boys!
Fabric Content: 95% cotton, 5% spandex
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Jockey® staycool Modern Brief
• the Outlast® technology in women’s boy shorts help your skin feel up to 3 degrees cooler
• these boy short panties have a soft and breathable fabric blend
• narrow, logo waistband offers a stay-flat fit
Fabric Content: 95% Cotton, 5% Spandex
• Quick Drying
• Waffle knit for breathability and comfort
• Ultra-fresh antimicrobial protection
Fabric Content: 94% Nylon, 6 % Elastane
Merino Brief Women v3
• Naturally Balances body temperatures
• Natural anti-microbial properties
• Wool Ultra Merino 19.5 micron, 140gsm
Fabric Content: 95% Merino Wool, 10% Nylon
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Coolmax Extreme Briefs
• Stain, odour and bacteria resistant fabric
• Dries fast – wash at night, it’s dry in the morning
• Wicking action speeds moisture away.
• Lightweight and long-wearing – it keeps its shape and appearance
Fabric Content: 100% CoolMax Extreme polyester fabric
Women’s Give-N-Go® – many different styles
• Treated with Aegis® Microbe Shield™ to maintain freshness
• Stretch diamond-weave mesh fabric
• Low profile 5/8” elastic waistband
• Extremely quick-drying
• Highly breathable
• Tag-less label to prevent rubbing
Fabric Content: 94% Nylon / 6% Lycra Spandex
Polarmax AYG Boy Shorts or Max Ride Lightweight Stretch Bikini Briefs
• 4-way stretch polyester/spandex blend fabric moves with you; fabric is moisture wicking and quick drying
• Flatlock seams offer flexibility and comfort
• Elastic waist for a perfect fit
Fabric Content: 92% polyester, 8% spandex
Bamboo is become more popular for fabrics, however it is not available 100% around the world yet. Please just do your own Internet research to find the perfect set online or in your nearest department stores.