The open road, freedom, and adventure are just some of the reasons why people love motorcycle riding so much right now. However, there’s one big drawback: motorcycles aren’t as safe as other vehicles on the road. That’s why it’s important to always wear protective gear when riding your bike or scooter. So read on to learn about the motorcycle gear that you need for riding safely.
Motorcycle helmets are required by law in most states, and they can be expensive, but they will save your life. You should replace your helmet every five years or after any crash that causes it to be damaged. Even if you think your helmet looks fine after an accident, get rid of it–a cracked shell may not be visible from the outside but could still cause serious injury if hit again during another crash.
Pants Or Jeans
If you don’t have a pair of motorcycle pants, jeans are the next best thing. They should be long enough to cover your ankles and heavy enough to provide some protection in an accident.
But if you do own a pair of motorcycle pants, they can be worn over regular pants or jeans in case it gets cold out on your ride (or if there’s rain). Just make sure that whatever other pair of pants/jeans/shorts, doesn’t have zippers or buttons on them that could scratch up the paint job on your bike.
Boots And Gloves
Your feet will be your contact point with the motorcycle, so they need to be protected. Boots as motorcycle gear that are high-top and have a reinforced toe are ideal for this purpose.
Also, you’ll want full gauntlet gloves made out of leather for protection and grip as well as some kind of padding at the palm for comfort. Make sure they fit snugly enough so that they don’t slide off in case you fall off your bike, but not so tight that they cut off circulation to your fingers!
Eye And Skin Protection
You should always wear the best motorcycle goggles or glasses when riding, but it’s especially important in the winter months. The wind can whip up snow, dirt, and debris that may get into your eyes if you don’t have some sort of protection on hand.
Lastly, you must wear sleeves on jackets and shirts with long sleeves underneath them, so that any exposed skin isn’t exposed directly to cold temperatures during rides through winter weather conditions, where temperatures might drop below zero degrees Fahrenheit (-18 Celsius).