Any vehicle on road requires safety especially motorcycles. Safety doesn’t require any experience number but wearable gears. Be it a couple of months’ experience or a couple of years every one ought to take safety seriously. Investing in riding safety gear complements itself. Though they are expensive but not more than a person’s life.
Surely after buying a motorcycle, you’ll be going on rides some long, some short, some for leisure and some for adventure. Every ride should be complemented by a riding gear, as problems don’t first knock at the door.
Before buying a riding gear people have a lot of questions like what exactly to look for? Do I really need one? Style over Material? Function over Fit?
Let’s have a look into the protective riding gear for motorcycles and answer all the questions.
The Helmets are important out of all the safety riding gears. It protects our heads and yes you know without head we dead. Do you need one? is this really a question to ask. Yes, of course, you need a helmet. Considering which one to buy? here are four types of helmets.
Full Face Helmet
- This is the type of helmet that’ll give the most amount of protection to your head.
- The whole head is covered and it” protect even the lower part of the head.
- In the eye protection department, it’ll have a visor that can be lifted to get a better experience of fresh air.
- Helmet’s visor comes in several colours and tints. Tints like a transparent, Dark black, Mercury with different shades.
- If you need a helmet with a large opening with the at most protection this is the helmet for you.
- The helmet boasts of a full-face design with a flip up front. The whole front side of the helmet including the visor lifts up with a touch of a button.
- Lifting up the front adds the ease of wearing and taking the helmet out.
- Similar to the full-face helmet this also has a wide variety of visor color options.
3/4 Face Helmet
- A 3/4 face helmet will protect the head but doesn’t offer full coverage.
- Unlike the full-face helmet, the front of the helmet is open and the only wind protection is the visor.
- Apart from the protection the helmet also has very poor wind and dirt protection.
- Thankfully similar to the other helmets this also gets a variety of visor color options.
1/2 Face Helmet
- The least favorable and least favorite helmet is the 1/2 Face Helmet.
- As the name suggests has only the top of the head protected.
- Usually, this helmet is used on scooter riders as they don’t go fast. Still, this type of helmet is not preferred at all.
In the end, it is recommended that everyone should wear a “Full Face Helmet” for maximum protection. Other helmets aren’t that safe.
After the helmet next comes the riding jacket. Riding jackets protect the rider’s upper body. The riding jacket is responsible for protecting the shoulders, elbows, back, and the chest depending upon the type of jacket. Similar to the helmet, the types of jackets are.
Full All-Weather Jacket
- This jacket offers protection to the whole upper body which includes all the above-mentioned body parts.
- Be it winters or summers a Full All-Weather Jacket has got it covered. It comes with detachable layers.
- The layers can be detached if the weather is cold and attaching those layers for cold temperatures.
- An all-weather jacket is made up of either leather or synthetic materials.
- The jacket boasts of a silicon type protectors on all the essential parts.
Conventional riding jacket
- A conventional riding jacket is similar to all-weather jackets in terms of protection minus the weather protection.
- Similar to an all-weather jacket this jacket is also made up of either leather or synthetic material.
- This type of jacket comes with either just single weather protection or comes with a wind sheeter yo make it water-proof.
- The body armor just protects the rider from scratched and no type of weather protection what so ever.
- The jacket is made up of a mesh-like material that can be worn on normal clothes.
Be it a small ride or a long one, riding jacket always adds a point to the safety of the rider or the pillion.
Pants are one of the most ignored riding gear. Most of the motorcycle riders assume that wearing jeans is enough while riding. On the other hand, riding paints are specially designed for this very own purpose.
- Like the riding pants, these too are made up of different materials. The materials include leather, denim, kevlar, and synthetic material.
- These pants are designed as a second layer so that they come over exsisting shorts or regular pants.
- Riding pants either come in a set with a riding jacket or can be purchased additionally. Some jackets are compatible with their riding pants counterparts.
- The basic design of such riding pants depends upon the purpose.
- Some jackets come with a waterproof layer
- Pants with additional shin and knee protection for aggressive riders (For cornering).
To find a perfect set of riding pants one should go and try for themselves and buy a size larger than usual pants. This way the pants will be effortless to wear for long rides.
Riding or racing suits are one of the most advanced riding gear. A racing suit is designed to keep speed and safety in mind. Some of these racing suits have high tech devices and circuits integrated into them to note all the physical conditions the driver experiences.
- Unlike the other riding gear, the racing suits are manufactures only by leather. As it is a good heat insulator and the friction on the outer surface is less. This leads to sliding in the case of a motorcycle fall.
- The racing suit is a jumpsuit in which the upper body-guards for shoulders, back, elbow, as well as the lower body-guards for knee shin, are integrated into one piece.
Riding boots are many a time misunderstood by trekking boots. Though they are different and for sure have different purposes.
- Boots for riding a motorcycle are designed for one purpose in mind. The boots come with a metal boot tip to protect the rider’s toe.
- These also have dedicated protection on the left boot so change the gears of the motorcycle.
- The boots are made with a high top to support the rider’s heel in case of an accident.
- These also are made up of different materials. The most prominent material being leather.
- Similar to the rest of the gear the types of riding boots depend upon the purpose.
- Boots for long rides are embraced by laces for protection.
- Motor-cross boots solve the purpose of off-roading keeping dirt protection and rugged use in mind.
- The most expensive is the racing boots which come with strong harnesses instead of laces.
Boots are often ignored though for riding enthusiasts its more than just a riding gear.
The most common riding gear after helmet are the pair of gloves. They protect our hands more than we can imagine. In case of an accident, our hands are the first one to touch the ground.
- Riding gloves provide additional protection to fingers, nuckels, and palm.
- The material of the gloves include kevlar, cotton, synthetic material, and leather.
- Depending upon the use the golves are of different types. These include
- Motorcross gloves for water and dust protection along with protection of fingers.
- Racing gloves of more aggressive riding.
- Touring gloves are well ventilated preventing sweating during long rides.
Ignoring proper riding gear can have really bad consequences. On the other hand, riding a motorcycle with all the gear is itself an amazing experience.