4 Essential Items Every Motorcycle Rider Needs
The right, high-quality accessories for you, along with your motorcycle, can make a real difference in how you ride, as well as how comfortable you are. Regardless of if you are new to riding, or a seasoned veteran, the list of gear found here will help to keep you safe, and address any problems you may face, such as heat regulation and storage.
A Summer Jacket and a Winter Jacket
One of the first things to realize is that regardless of what jacket you are wearing during the summer months, it’s going to feel hot while you’re at a stoplight. However, you’ll be thankful you have it on when you’re cruising down the road at 60 + miles per hour. For summer, choose a mesh or perforated leather jacket, which will allow air in and help you avoid getting too hot, while still providing protection. If the heat doesn’t bother you, then leather is going to provide the highest level of abrasion resistance if you do happen to be in an accident. (we need to add in that our leather jackets have zip out liners to provide a cooler temperature in the summer)
During the winter, it’s a simple choice – wear leather. It offers high abrasion resistance, and it’s a classic look. Don’t go with a thin jacket from a fashion outlet, instead purchase high quality, biker specific leather from a reputable motorcycle gear retail store.
What’s the first thing you do if you are going to fall? Whether you realize it at the time or not, you’re going to put your hands down to try and catch yourself. Unfortunately, at high speeds, the friction of your palms moving over the asphalt can not only cause severe damage, but it may also snap your wrist.
A quality glove made of plastic or leather can help you avoid this type of injury. Today, there’s a wide array of glove option for motorcyclists, so take the time to purchase a quality pair.
The Proper Pants
Did you know that just 0.4 seconds after you start to slide over asphalt denim will rip? You may think because it is scratchy and thick, it will provide protection – this simply isn’t the case.
To protect the bottom part of your body, you have a few options. You can purchase denim pants with Kevlar protection, or choose leather. Both of these offer a higher level of protection that will help you avoid serious damage to your body if you are involved in an accident.
Don’t forget about your feet. According to the CDC about 30 percent of all injuries in motorcycle accidents happen to the lower extremities. Motorcycle boots are reinforced to provide additional protection for the toe and ankles and feature reinforced soles. Don’t settle for jut any type of boot – you need to purchase authentic motorcycle boots to receive this high level of protection.
As you can see, there are several types of gear and accessories you need when riding a motorcycle. Each of these will provide protection for your body, if you happen to be involved in an accident.