How to wear a motorcycle bandana

Motorcycle bandannas, also known as doo-rags, are both fashionable and functional. The cloth head-ware protects the scalp from the sun, provides a cushion under a motorcycle helmet and keeps hair in place when riding a motorcycle. While providing a safety feature for the wearer, bandannas also allow motorcyclists to display their favourite colours, logos and brand names. The Master John Covington at Biker Net says the key to wearing motorcycle bandannas safely is to tie them on correctly, so they aren't blown into the wind, potentially obscuring another motorist's view.

Hold a flat, square bandanna in front of you. Grab the bandanna along two of the sides, not the corners. Turn the bandanna so it is diamond shape, with one of the corners facing the floor.

Fold the top corner of the bandanna toward you. Allow the point of the top corner to reach the centre of the bandanna. To fit larger heads, don't allow the point of the top corner to go all the way to the centre of the bandanna.

Face into the wind, so your hair flows away from your face. Tip your chin down. Place the straight folded side of the bandanna low across your forehead, just 1 to 1-1/2 inches above your eyebrows. Allow the rest of the fabric to flow up and over your head. The fold of fabric should face down, touching your hair or scalp.

Hold the long ends of the bandanna out to each side of your head, just above your ears. Adjust the bandanna to the left or right so it is centred. While holding the fabric, use a few fingers from one hand to smooth the back tail of the bandanna so it lays flat against the nape of your neck.

Quickly reach around the back of your head with the fabric. Tie the two ends at the back of the head, just above the nape of the neck. The knot should be tight and even with the base of your ears. If you run your hands from below your ears around to the back of your head you should feel the knot.

Tie the fabric again, creating a second secure knot. Allow the tail of the bandanna to flow over the nape of the neck, protecting you from sunburn and the edge of a rubbing motorcycle helmet.


Choose cloth bandannas made of 100% cotton. They are washable, durable and inexpensive.


Placing the motorcycle bandanna low on the forehead reduces the chances of it getting caught in the wind. Your hairline should never show at the front of the bandanna, or it will slip backwards and come off while riding.

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