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01 July 2014

Always buy motorcycle gear with safety in mind

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by Gaby Smith - 1 Comment
Always buy motorcycle gear with safety in mind

Motorcycle gear is available in hundreds of variations and styles. There’s gear for cruiser types, for first-time riders, for sportsbike racers, and even for operational work use. Helmets, jackets, gloves, boots and even whole riding suits are available, including gear for every time of weather condition one is willing to take a motorcycle out into. However, every rider should be considering safety when considering gear, as the equipment worn is often the only barrier a person has between himself and the road or elements when something goes bad.

Helmets

While brain buckets and half shells provide far more visual capability and feel of the wind in one’s face when riding, they also increase

the risk of head injury due to exposure. A full-face helmet will always be recommended the most for riding in any situation. Full head cover has saved more lives and prevented more head injuries than can counted, not to mention jawbones and teeth.

Jackets

An armored jacket is not the first item people buy in terms of motorcycle gear, but it should be in the top three. In most cases when a person falls off a motorcycle the hands will take the first impact if a person can see what he’s doing. But if falling backwards, then the elbows and back take the hit, often fracturing on hard asphalt. An armored jacket helps prevent this sort of injury reducing a fall to bruises instead of cast and skin rash. Additionally, a good jacket works as a barrier to the elements, protecting the body on long rides from sun, wind, rain and anything that happens to be flying by (which can really sting when it hits bare skin).

Boots and Foot Protection

Most riders know not to wear flip-flops when riding a motorcycle, but sneakers aren’t much better either, shredding in only a few seconds later. A good pair of riding boots is the ideal choice, particularly a pair with a good toe and heel protection design built in. A leather body on the boot is suggested as well since the material tends to hold up better to abrasion than fabric does.

Gloves and Hands

Hand protection may seem like overkill unless one is on a long ride. When a hand cramp kicks in from wind exposure and gripping, gloves start to make a whole lot of sense. There are a good number of designs available as well. Lightweight fabric gloves with leather pads are great for commuting and short distance riding. Heavier leather gloves work better for long distance riding. Either way, the fit is what counts the most, so gloves should always be fit-tested before buying.

Gaby Smith

Gaby Smith

Gaby, a practicing nomad, has been an entertainment buff for decades. She has published articles in US Weekly and is a member of several of lifestyle blogs including Jaribo. She currently lives in Rumford, Maine, with her husband, three kids and two dogs.

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  1. Camilla says:

    My boyfriend bought his first Honda and now I have to upgrade by wardrobe with some kickass leather stuff but I have no clue what to buy. Thanks for the advice, I never thought the boots have to have leather interior as well.

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