One of best advantages of riding motorcycles is the reinforced sensory stimulation: scents and sounds otherwise subdued by the enclosure of a regular four-wheeled vehicle. Then again, that same minimal restriction also pumps up a rider’s exposure to the elements and hence to hazards. 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 permit more direct environmental interaction, on the other hand, but you will have to wear goggles or glasses for your eyes. With some modular (convertible) helmets, you get a hybrid of full-face and open-face features: just lock the chin bar into place when you’re riding your bike, and flip it up or remove it completely as you stop.
Based on a 2008 study on motorcycle crashes, helmets reduce head injury risks by about 69% and fatality risks by 42%.
Gloves are not only important for debris protection and temperature regulation, but also in protecting the rider’s palms when they instinctively try to break their fall during a crash. Moreover, with a quality pair of gloves, you reduce your risk of burns while doing 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? Note that research has associated colder temperatures with slow motor response.
Jackets & Pants
As with helmets, there is no clear-cut rule as to how clothing must be chosen by anyone who operates a motorcycle. 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.
Leather work boots might work in a critical situation, but custom motorcycling gear still provides advantages, considering the toe-box is generally lower-profile as against your usual work boot. This also means it will be easier to get a foot under the shift-lever. In addition, specifically placed lugs are made to hold your feet down on foot pegs.