One of the best things about riding motorcycles is the heightened sensory stimulation, imagine scents and sounds that are otherwise drowned out when you are inside a closed vehicle. Unfortunately, that very lack of restriction also boosts a rider’s exposure to the elements and thus to danger. Due to this, motorcyclists have to compensate by riding protected.
Below are the basic motorcycle gear that will keep you safe on your bike:
There are states (or countries) in which helmets are not required, but skull protection must be the top priority of all riders, regardless of skill level. A full-face (integrated visor) helmet provides superior protection but isn’t perfect: it is heavy and limits the rider’s environmental interaction.
Partial coverage helmets let you interact with your environment more, but to protect your eyes, you will have to wear goggles or glasses at the same time. Modular (convertible) helmets are good as both full-face and open-face: the chin bar can be locked in position as you’re riding, but “flipped up” or removed the moment you stop.
According to a study held in 2008 on motorcycle accidents, helmets can minimize a rider’s head injury risks by around 69% and death risks by 42%.
Gloves are not only meant to regulate temperature or provide a shield against debris, but also to protect the rider’s palms, which will likely be used to break a fall when a crash occurs. Additionally, quality gloves lower the risk of burns when performing basic maintenance near a hot engine compartment. Not to mention that gloves help keep your digits warm. Why is that even important?And what is the significance of that?And how is that relevant? Remember that studies have linked colder temperatures to delayed motor response.
Jackets & Pants
Just like helmets, clothing comes with no basic standards for riders when choosing what they should wear. For a long time, motorcycle riders have always been associated with leather for this very reason: it’s not only good for providing resistance against the wind during high-speed rides, but also for controlling friction from the road In the event of a crash.
Footwear is largely a matter of preference, but some factors are to be considered when buying a pair, such as oil resistance and non-skid sole features. Research has indicated that with the proper motorcycle boots, you can limit your chances of injury by 45% and of an open wound by 90%.
Although leather work boots can also be good in a pinch, specialized motorcycling gear is superior due to the toe-box being often lower-profile in comparison to a regular work boot. This also means it will be easier to get a foot under the shift-lever. Furthermore, with specifically placed lugs, your feet can remain on foot pegs.