How To Choose Motorcycle Protective Gear
Riding a motorcycle is one of the more exhilarating methods of traveling, but it’s also more dangerous than being in a car, especially if you don’t have the right protective gear.
There are a lot of different options in protective gear, so it’s a good idea to know what you’re looking at.
The variety of motorcycle helmets in the market is staggering. Look for a helmet that begins right above the eyebrows when on. Anything higher up won’t give adequate protection. You’ve a choice between a full face helmet, which offers the best protection, a three quarters helmet and a flip up helmet, which allows you to move the faceplate up to expose the face. This last one might be more expensive, but it does offer the advantage of being able to simply lift the faceplate rather than remove the entire helmet to speak or drink something.
There are two main reasons to wear gloves while riding. The first is to keep your hands warm, particularly while riding during winter, when the icy wind can quickly numb them and prevent the proper sensations required to control the motorcycle. The second is protection should you take a tumble. Fingers and the flesh on the hands are very fragile and you require as much protection as possible.
When shopping for boots to use on your motorcycle, keep in mind whether you’ll require to walk or not. The best protection comes at a price, limited mobility. If you’ll be walking as well as riding, then look for heavy duty boots that are made for cross-country endurance. These will give strong ankle support and have thick, resistant soles to protect your feet should an accident occur. For motocross riding, consider using specialized boots that protect as much of the leg as possible, with rigidity.
There’s much more to your body than simply head, hands and feet and it pays to protect the rest of it as well. Your legs will be at risk, as they’re so close to the bike, so proper pants can help protect them. Finding a pair of pants that looks good, is comfortable to wear in summer and still gives enough protection for sliding across the road is next to impossible. It really all comes down to what type of riding you’ll be doing.
Selecting a good jacket is also very important. This is what will keep your body and arms protected. You’ll find that there are two main options, synthetic and leather. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. Leather jackets tend to be well built and last for a long time, decades, even. They’re the classic protective wear associated with motorcycles, so many more traditional motorcyclists prefer leather. These tend to be quite protective and are made more so by protective pads sewn to the inside of the jackets. However, they aren’t very reliable under rain and tend not to protect as well as synthetic from the cold. The darker colors of leather tend to prevent visibility, which can be an added danger, particularly in the evening.
Synthetic jackets are normally more expensive, but offer better protection. Unfortunately, despite the higher protective rate, they tend to wear out faster than leather. Synthetic fibers make these jackets warmer in the winter and ensure that they’re completely waterproof, which is a major bonus if you’re planning on a long trip. The brighter colors of synthetic jackets also mean that you’ll be more visible on the road.
Selecting your protective gear for motorcycle riding is among the most important steps you can take toward staying safe. Make sure that you take the time to research and try the various types of protective gear.