Bike riding is exhilarating and stimulating, but unfortunately, it comes with a certain element of risk. Bike riders are highly vulnerable to injury in the event of a fall or collision. But a lot of people underestimate the importance of your choice of clothing while you ride. In the event of an accident, if you are wearing protective clothing, you are less likely to be injured in a crash. If you are injured, you are less likely to be hospitalised. So it’s worth investing in good gear, which includes helmets, gloves, pants and jackets with armour on the elbows, shoulders and back, as well as knee pads for extra protection during a fall from your bike.
Even on a casual ride or while doing slow manoeuvres, motorcycle riders are at a much higher risk of injury than car drivers. Without proper protection, motorcycle riders who come off their bike while going full throttle down some winding roads will end up gravely injured. You want to make sure you are prepared for any situation, which means wearing the appropriate clothing and equipment. To help you out, we’ve put together this list of the essential gear you should have before heading out on a ride.
A helmet is the most essential piece of gear when riding a motorcycle. It protects your head, neck and spine in the event of an accident. Those who do not wear a helmet are at higher risk of sustaining head injuries and death due to motorcycle crashes. The head and brain are most vulnerable to damage in a motorcycle accident, so this step should be taken without question.
The best advice is to ensure the helmet is the right size for you and fastens snugly under your chin before heading out. An ill-fitting helmet can put you at risk for additional injuries. The best way to ensure a good fit is by using a full-face helmet with adjustable cheek pads on both sides and at the chin strap. You should be able to place two fingers between your chin and the strap without squeezing.
Your motorcycle helmet should have a built-in visor that protects against the wind while still allowing you to see the road in front of you clearly. It also protects you from debris, bugs and other flying objects
that might get into your face during a ride, not to mention preventing facial injuries if you come off the bike.
We recommend the Shark Evo-One 2 Helmet. It ensures optimal safety thanks to a simple, ergonomic chin guard that responds most efficiently in the presence of shocks.
Motorcycle jackets come in two main types—leather or textile. Leather offers more protection than textiles but can be expensive to replace, hence its value as a protective layer. A jacket, usually made of leather or synthetic material, protects from wind and the elements and impact during an accident. A good fit is critical; if it’s too loose on your body, it may get caught up in moving parts. The jacket shouldn’t be so tight that it’s uncomfortable but should offer a snug fit to your chest and upper arms without restricting your movement.
The key difference is the protection level; leather offers more of a safety net in case of an accident than textile jackets do. It’s also important to consider what you value most: the price tag or your life? Because that’s the reality when it comes to choosing your gear. Choose full coverage clothing made of abrasion- resistant material like leather or Kevlar for maximum safety against impacts to various body parts. While you may be hesitant about adding more weight to your body, it’s worth remembering that these
pieces are rated for abrasion resistance in addition to impact protection.
We recommend the Ixon Sprinter Air Jacket
When you ride, you should be covering your entire body for protection. Not just our head and hands. It is always a smart idea to wear pants which can help protect your body from abrasion. So, make sure they fit well and have good protection for knees, hips, thighs and the seat area. Motorcycle pants are a piece of gear that most people do not think are necessary to wear.
They don’t always look like regular pants, so you might think they are inconvenient to wear because you most likely will have to change clothes when you get to work or wherever you are going but they are so important. Most people believe that jeans are enough protection, but they really aren’t. Regular jeans will get shredded in just a few feet of sliding on the road and offer no protection at all. So it’s worth investing in protective pants or Kevlar jeans that will save you many injuries should you be involved in an accident.
We recommend the Sartso K-Shield Kevlar Jeans.
If you think that gloves are not an integral part of your riding gear, you are very much mistaken. Your hands can be easily injured during a fall. Choose gloves with good grip strength since they’re needed to maintain control when maneuvering around turns or pulls up at intersections. Gloves that are form-fitting to your palm & fingers are the most effective. It might take a bit of effort to find the right fit, but it is worth the time for comfort and protection!
Gloves provide an extra layer of protection on the parts you’re most likely to impact when falling, which is any part of your body facing forward (hands and arms). If you come off the bike, your first instinct will be to put your hand and arms straight out in front of you to break your fall, so it makes sense to protect them as best as you can.
We recommend the Macna Assault Gloves.
Choose leather boots with heel-to-toe coverage – these offer protection for your feet as well as ankle support when riding. It is vital that the sole offers grip, comfort and abrasion resistance, reinforcements on grip, heel and toe areas. Preferably waterproof with ankle support if you’re going on long trips. Your boots should also have laces because zippers usually come undone during falls, and zip-up shoes do not offer as much protection. Regular shoes will provide you with zero protection, and if you come off the bike, your feet are at risk of serious damage.
We recommend the Ixon Bull Vented Boots.
Still think a helmet is all you need before you hop on your motorcycle? You risk severe injuries to the rest of your body if you neglect safety gear such as a protective jacket and pants, which really can mean the difference between life and death. So by investing in these critical pieces of motorcycle gear, you can ride your motorcycle knowing you are well protected against injuries.
You can find all the essential motorcycle gear at https://sydneymotorcycleaccessories.com.au/ or visit us in store at Trooper Lu’s Garage where our team can help you find the right pieces to ensure your safety on your next ride!