Beginner’s Guide to Motorcycle Gear
If you’re looking to purchase your first motorcycle, there are many things to be excited about: you have to choose your first bike, learn how to ride it and get pumped about pounding the pavement. However there’s more to do than having a motorcycle than just getting your license and taking off. You need to be adequately outfitted in safety gear, as it’s as crucial to your protection and wellbeing.
If you’re a motorcycle beginner looking for a guide on the proper equipment, the following guide will help you in choosing what you need to operate your bike in comfort and safety.
Your helmet is the main safety piece for all motorcyclists, as a good helmet can mean the difference between security and a serious injury or death, no matter how minor the accident. Some helmet basics are:
● DOT Certification: This certification outlines the U.S. Department of Transportations minimum performance ratings. Make sure your helmet has a DOT sticker.
● Fit and Retention: Your helmet should be snug, but not tight enough to be uncomfortable.
● Style: There are several alternatives regarding helmet styles, from open-face to full-face to half helmets. Full-face models give the best protection, but you might prefer another style that feels more comfortable.
Jackets protect your shoulders, arms, and torso. Look for the following in a jacket:
● Textile vs. Leather: Leather offers superb resistance when it comes to abrasions, but it’s not the best for absorbing shock. Textile jackets can be made of Kevlar or Cordura, which provide abrasion protection and are less warm than leather in hot temperatures.
● Fit: Your jacket should be snug, but not restrict your movements. When you try on a jacket, make sure the zip is all the way up, and mimic your position in your motorcycle to check its the correct fit.
Bike pants will protect your hips, knees, shins, bottom and legs from impacts and abrasions. Most commonly, the choices for motorcycle pants are:
● Leather: They offer a greater resistance to abrasion, but can be uncomfortable in hot temperatures.
● Textile: Textile motorcycle pants are commonly made with materials resistant to abrasion, such as Kevlar, and often have built-in armour for areas with high impact, such as the hips and knees.
● Overpants: If you’re a commuter, or don’t want to reach your destination with bike pants, motorcycle overpants are abrasion-resistant armored pants which are worn over street clothes.
Footwear, while not as important when it comes to your safety as a jacket or helmet, should also be part of your safety choices. Motorcycle boots protect your shin, ankle, sole and toes in the instance of an accident. They also provide increased comfort and grips on long rides. Some of the typical options include:
● Touring boots: Most likely the most common motorcycle boot style. They are usually tall and provide shin protection and ankle support.
● Short boots: Short boots may not offer as much protection as touring boots, but they can be more comfortable, while still providing protection.
● Cruiser Boots: They are heavy-duty, and specially made for extended rides. They are different heights, and generally, offer first-rate protection against abrasions and high-impact crashes and an excellent grip.
Taking everything into consideration, you choose what makes you feel most comfortable. Just make sure it offers some protection. After all, finding out what motorcycle gear suits you best is part of the excitement.