Among the biggest benefits to riding motorcycles is the enhanced sensory stimulation, those sounds and scents that would otherwise go unnoticed inside the confines of an enclosed vehicle. However, that very dearth of restriction also raises a rider’s exposure to the elements and of course to danger. With this, motorcyclists need to compensate by protecting themselves during a ride.
Below are the basic motorcycle gear that will keep you safe on your bike:
Although not all states (or countries) require riders to wear, protecting the skull from impact must be a number one priority for all riders. 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.
Research in 2008 on motorcycle riders shows that helmets can prevent head injuries by about 69% and fatalities by 42%.
Gloves are not just useful against debris and cold temperatures, but also during a crash when the rider instinctively attempts to break their fall with their palms. 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. Motorcycle riders have long been associated with leather clothing for this specific reason: the material not only provides wind resistance when traveling at highway speeds, but it can also reduce friction against the road in 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. Wearing the right motorcycle boots can lower the risk of injury by 45% and the risk of an open wound by 90%, according to studies.
While leather work boots may be fine, custom-built motorcycling gear is better because the toe-box is usually lower-profile compared to a common work boot. That means getting a foot under the shift-lever will be less cumbersome. Furthermore, with specifically placed lugs, your feet can remain on foot pegs.