The motorcycle fascination is a widespread phenomenon. The freedom, flexibility and, let’s not lie, badass rebellious spirit attract many riders to bikes and their culture. If you, too, want to get into motorcycling, it is important to protect yourself from the more dangerous sides of this means of transportation. Here is the guide to essential gear for motorcycle riding beginners.

Essential Guide to Gear for New Motorcyclists

Looking at pre-pandemic numbers, in 2019 there were 5,014 fatal motorcycle crashes in the US, which accounted for 14 percent of traffic fatalities in the same year. 84,000 motorcyclists were injured inmotorcycle accidents. In states without universal helmet laws, 57 % of motorcyclists that were killed were not wearing a helmet at the time, as compared to the 9 % in states which mandate helmets.

The top three reasons for fatal motorcycle accidents appear to be:

  • riding at night,
  • riding under the influence of alcohol and,
  • riding without protective gear.

Yet some motorcycle riders still forgo the appropriate motorcycle gear. There are several reasons why people choose not to wear protective or not all protective gear:

  • comfort & convenience – Protective gear is bulky and not always fit for the day-to-day between rides. It is hot in the summer, takes time to put on, and often feels restrictive.
  • money – Good protective gear can be expensive and should typically be bought unused to make sure of its efficiency.
  • expendable – Many riders believe their skill is enough to keep them safe. Others think the short trips they are taking are not risky enough to require heavy protection. Despite many studies proving the opposite, a few riders even believe that riding with protective gear is more harmful in an accident than riding unprotected. 

Looking at the statistics, it is worth it to sacrifice some comfort and convenience in exchange for your health and life. Here are the most important parts of protective gear.

Motorcycle Helmets

Motorcycle helmets are the hallmark of motorcycle safety. An injury to your brain can be fatal or effect every part of your body and its functions. Naturally, protecting it should be the priority. That is why many laws mandate motorcycle riders to wear helmets, but don’t mention other gear.

A good motorcycle helmet is:

  • new & replaced after every impact or every five years
  • certified with a badge marked FIM,DOT,SNELL,ECE ,SHARP orBSI
  • a full face or modular helmet

Old and damaged helmets are a liability and less effective than they should be. That is why you shouldn’t buy them used. The mentioned badges are certificates by several institutes that test the safety standard and quality of a motorcycle helmet. A half helmet does not protect your chin and nose the way a full helmet does.

Motorcycling Gloves

Our hands are fragile, and yet we need them for almost every action in our lives, including safely operating a motorcycle. Motorcycle gloves do not only keep our hands comfortable, but they also protect us from injuries. Padding lessens the fatigue and numbness caused by the bike’s vibration and our grips pressure. Armor plates protect our wrists, knuckles, and finger bones from impacts.

That is why, when you buy motorcycle gloves, you should choose an armored pair of gloves over a regular leather glove without additional protection.

Motorcycle Boots

Motorcycle boots have some features that separate them from regular boots. They are:

  • ankle high to protect your foot from twisting
  • have steel or otherwise reinforced toe and heel boxes
  • made from a tough material that will survive high velocity impacts with the pavement
  • built so you can secure laces, if they have some

Motorcycle Jackets

Like the gloves, motorcycle jackets protect you from weather influences, keep you comfortable and protect you from injuries. They are:

  • made from materials that can withstand abrasion (leather, synthetic fibers)
  • can be tightened around your wrists, collar, and hips to keep wind out
  • equipped with padding and armor plates in vulnerable spots (elbows, hips, shoulders, back)

The armor is important to protect yourself. An alternative is the use of an armored motorcycle jumpsuit or additional body-armor that can be worn over regular clothing.

Motorcycle Jeans & Trousers

Motorcycle pants have the same basic features as the motorcycle jacket. They, too, can be replaced with a motorcycle jumpsuit over regular pants. Many modern motorcycle pants are made from fabric mixes to create protective clothing that resembles street wear, so you can easily use it in your daily routine. They often combine denim and synthetic fibers and include more subtle patches of armor underneath the regular pant structure.

Conclusion

Motorcycle clothing can effectively protect you from injuries and fatal accidents. Especially during long rides, they help you stay energized and alert by keeping you comfortable and reduce fatigue.

Next to the protection from weather influences, the motorcycle gear is essential to shield yourself from bodily harm. The tough materials and armor plating lessen the impact of objects and reduces the chances of cuts and other injuries occurring. This is especially important to those, who are still new to motorcycle riding, and need to get some street experience to increase their skill.