Your old Honda CB750 has some new rubber after burning up thousands of miles in the city the past couple years, but your Vans and torn jeans are falling short, man. Fashion wear is fine on the fixie or skateboard, but when there's a 500-lb machine kicking out an easy 70 hp under your butt you need to be smarter with your wardrobe choices. Time to add some Chrome to your ride, and I'm not talking about pimping your bike with shiny bits.

The Portland company best known for its messenger bags and backpacks made with ballistic material and signature seat belt buckle has branched out with US-made jeans and jackets made in San Francisco using denim from Cone Mills in North Carolina, woven with abrasion-resistant Dyneema. The $180 Chore coat and $150 Chrome Wyatt Five Pocket Slim pants are designed for an active body, so one can wear these duds on other admirable pursuits of happiness, like riding a motorcycle.

Much of America is experiencing an extended heat wave, but that doesn’t mean forgoing a jacket to show off your ink. Statistics show that most motorcycle accidents happen at low speeds in intersections, so don’t let your guard down while your vanity takes over: no one is exempt from that distracted driver these days. The Chrome Wyatt Chore coat has 8 percent Dyneema (strands are reportedly 15 times stronger than steel) and is made with 12-ounce cotton and triple needle stitching for extra reinforcement; a top entry back pocket styled like a bicycle jersey provides quick access for maps or shopping lists.

According to Chrome, its Wyatt Five Pocket Slim pants outperform Kevlar-enhanced denim and high tenacity nylon in abrasion resistance tests, leaving more skin where it belongs in the event something goes random on your ride. Like the Chore coat, the pants are made of 12-ounce Cone Mills denim fabric custom woven with 8 percent Dyneema fiber in North Carolina before being cut, sewn and finished in San Francisco.

Most of my friends rock Vans or Chuck Taylors, but choosing to ride a motorcycle means taking care of our feet as well as we take care of our head, hands and legs. Chrome has been using tough denier ballistic nylon in its bags for 22 years, and chose 1050 denier for the quarter panel of its $160 503 Combat boots. This makes them tough and breathable, coupled with a leather upper and stitch-out construction. The rubber lug stitch-out sole and PU footbed means no break-in period necessary, and there's a motorcycle and bicycle-friendly reflective heel to catch some extra attention at night.

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The Chrome 503 Combat boots are available in black or brown.Courtesy of Chrome Industries

The choice is always up to you. Safety seems frumpy and boring compared to flipping through your Instagram feed, but it doesn't have to be unattractive. If your next bike is a Scrambler Ducati, drop some coin on riding gear that does double time on social outings while supporting American manufacturing. A win-win all around.