Traveling is one of the most wonderful hobbies which not only alleviate your mental issues like stress and depression but provides you with an opportunity to explore hidden treasures of landscapes, get to know about different cultures and history of different less popular tribes. And exploring the world on a motorcycle adds so much to your thrilling experience and gives you lots of cherishable memories. While riding a two-wheeler, you become part of the landscape you are traversing through, make more friends, and visit more places with less budget. Besides all these exciting things associated only with road tripping on a motorcycle, there are some risks and challenges you could encounter on your way too. These risks could be in the form of accidents, facing extreme weather conditions, and breaking off your bike in the middle of nowhere. You can save yourself in many of these risks by wearing all the safety gear necessary for a motorcycle rider like a helmet, motorcycle jacket, gloves, boots, pants, vest, and earplugs. Read on to learn in detail about these gear and why these gear are important for a motorcycle rider.
In many parts of the world, riding a motorcycle without a helmet is illegal and you will have to pay a heavy fine for making such a mistake. This is the right decision because helmets keep us safe from head injuries that can cause many accidental deaths. According to the figures of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, helmets are very useful in preventing 40% of these fatalities besides preventing an estimated 67% of brain injuries. These helmets are stress-tested by different organizations to make them good enough for your safety. Helmets come in a variety of styles and designs from full face, open face, modular, half shell to dual sport. Wearing the right fit is really important to cover your eyes, mouth, nose, and face.
Gloves are the second most important safety gear a motorcyclist must-have for the protection of his hand. Full-fingered gloves could save you from cuts, bruises, and abrasions in the event of fall. Moreover, gloves also protect your hands from getting sunburns, in the wind, rain, and cold weather. Gloves also decrease the cramping problem when you are exposed to extreme temperatures, which can adversely affect the ability to safely operate a motorcycle. When choosing motorcycle gloves, important parameters to keep in mind are your gloves shouldn’t be bulky, but flexible, comfortable, warm, and also provide wrist protection.
Motorcycle jackets might be expensive pieces of riding gear, but they serve a vital function: protecting your limbs, organs, back, and other important body parts in the event of a crash. Mostly these jackets come in two kinds of stuff: textile and leather. Textile jackets are comparatively cheaper but they are still effective at reducing injuries in crashes and water-resistant. And leather jackets, on the other hand, give you a more classic on your bike with a closer fit. Moreover, leather jackets last longer than the textile ones. When choosing your motorcycle jacket, remember you should select jackets with bright colors or fluorescent material to improve visibility on the road.
When you are riding a two-wheeler, you are vulnerable to getting road rashes because in hundreds of kilometer ride you will definitely fall. And in such an event, heavy-duty pants or riding suit will save the day for you. These safety gear are made of abrasion-resistant fabric and are cut longer in the sleeves and legs, and fuller across the shoulders for comfort.
Boots should be an integral part of every bike rider’s gear inventory because they save us from the most common motorcycle accident injuries like foot and ankle injuries, particularly fractures, and other lower-extremity injuries. Furthermore, they also save us from burns caused by hot silencers besides the impacts of road debris and rain.
When you don’t bring earplugs, you will have to bear high-pitched wind noise, especially when you’re at full speed and loud horns of trucks and passing traffic. And wearing earplugs will not only save you from the aforementioned problems but protect you from any hearing damage and lessen the chance of fatigue during the trip.