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.
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.
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.