Buying motorcycle gear can be a lifelong investment if the owner protects and preserves the materials. Caring for your motorcycle jacket correctly will maximise the lifespan of your investment.


At Blackbird, we take pride in the quality of motorbike gear we craft and the materials we choose. 

That’s why we’ve included quality products in our range that are designed to protect your moto gear, whether it be textile, leather, or nubuck. 

This blog outlines how to care for your motorcycle jacket and maximise its longevity so you can ride safer, for longer.


Leather and Nubuck Care


All leather, including nubuck, should be sprayed with a leather protector before being worn to better equip the jacket with resistance to weather conditions. 

We also recommend investing in a quality leather brush to protect the material and improve the look of the leather. 

Nubuck and Leather Protector 

The Nubuck and Velours Classic Spray by Collonil will shield against dirt and moisture damage by preventing water and dirt from penetrating the leather.

Importantly, this particular spray doesn’t alter the appearance of nubuck leather styles.

We recommend applying the spray twice before wearing the jacket, and leaving the protective spray to dry for at least one day.

Textile and Leather Waterproof Spray

Although some of Blackbird’s textile jackets are made from the Reissa® breathable membrane, an advanced textile with a waterproof coating, it’s still important to protect them with a spray. 

Applying waterproof spray to leather and textiles will protect jackets from unnecessary damage.

For best results, spray twice before wearing, leaving a day between. Re-apply every 12-15 wears for Nubuck and 12-15 exposures to water for leather or textiles.

Collonil’s Waterstop Reloaded spray is a highly effective waterproofing spray for all leathers and textiles.

Leather Conditioner

Leather conditioner protects the leather from dirt, grease and dust, which all riders, from the inner city commuter to the weekend trail blazer, will have high exposure to. 

Collonil’s Soft-Practic Smooth Leather Care is a colour-activating and conditioning cream which protects the surface from stains and over time enriches the colour. 

This leather conditioner can be used on all fine smooth leather and synthetics and nourishes the material to achieve a high shine finish.


Good quality brushes can be used with a cleaner to remove marks and spots.

Be sure to select the type of brush that matches the material you invest in. For example, leather brushes have rougher bristles that remove dirt and grime from the creases of leather, whereas nubuck leather brushes have softer bristles suitable for a more delicate material.

Collonil’s Application Brush is a specialty brush that is a practical aid for removing and applying products from tins and pots.

Help your motorbike gear go the distance by investing in good quality materials, protective sprays and brushes, and always ensuring you care for materials adequately when they are exposed to seasonal elements.

If you have any further queries, don’t hesitate to email our team for expert advice.

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