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When wearing protective gear, many motorcyclists do not outfit themselves with proper riding gear. Making riding a motorcycle become even risker then normal.
What are the MUST HAVE Equipment or Gear Should I purchase?
Here is a list of gear that is essential for a safe riding experience. Unluckily, motorcyclists rarely come out on top when in a collision with an automobile, so it is vital that you protect yourself by using the proper gear.
1.) Motorcycle Helmet: Regardless of whether or not it is illegal to toss wearing a helmet out the window, should never cross a motorcyclist’s mind. While driving without one may be cooler, it also increases your chances of being severely or even fatally hurt. Understandably, when buying a helmet, there is a lot of styles and prices that can seem overwhelming. It is particularly important that you purchase a helmet that has passed the strict safety standards set by the Government. It is also important that the helmet fits and is snug on your head where it is not too tight, but it is comfortable enough to wear for long periods of time.
2.) Motorcycle Gloves: The general rule of thumb, given the average coefficient of friction for road surface, is that you will lose 1mm of flesh for every 1mph you are going over 30mph when you hit it. Induce that to 55mph and think about how much flesh can rip off. Any faster and the friction against the road will cause your body to wear down to its bones, which will likely cause a fatal bone infection. Leaving your skin exposed is exactly how it sounds. We humans instinctively try to catch our falls by throwing out our hands. Hands are extremely fragile and fleshy. A proper pair of gloves will protect your hands from both impact and abrasion. With a retention strap secured around your wrists, “armor” for the top of your hand and knuckles as well as protective material to cover your palms (palm sliders), your hands will be extra protected.
3.) Riding Pants: Textile motorcycle apparels can help protect you from such abrasions and road rash. Apparels that are waterproof and have extra padding is a must. When it comes to pants and jeans, wearing ones that are made from thicker materials with liners or weaves can add a little more protection than what is offered by regular bottoms. While wearing regular jeans for leisure activity is understandable, longer drives should be paired with long and durable pants to protect yourself from head to toe.
4.) Motorcycle Boots: Just like your hands, your feet are very fragile and can be easily injured during everyday activities. The good news is that heavy duty, over the ankle boots are available to protect you from the harsh reality of a crash. Wearing sneakers or sandals will not protect you from anything at all. Wearing shoes that protect not only your feet but also your ankles is crucial to ensuring that the tight support protects your foot from being crushed in an impact with a strong sole.
5.) Ear Protection: When riding a motorcycle, you are exposed to a variety of noises. The sound of your helmet traveling through the air, excessive wind, road, or engine noise, can damage your hearing over the long term. Hearing damage can also occur in just one ride. It is therefore important to protect your ears properly. Earplugs are highly effective at lowering your noise exposure to a safe and comfortable level. They are designed to protect your hearing ability from great wind or excessive road or engine noises. Earplugs are often easy to insert and retrieve and usually fit comfortably under your helmet. They are designed to cut the decibels down, without eliminating the sounds you want to hear.
6.) Motorcycle Cases and Soft Luggage: There are hard cases or soft luggage, they come in handy when it comes to carrying things on your bike.
Hard cases, like aluminum or plastic panniers, are often used for long road trips. They are stable and provide secure and dry storage. They are also sturdy and are usually of higher capacity than soft luggage. Most of the hard case systems use mounting racks that allow you to easily and quickly remove a case.
Soft luggage, on the other side, is an excellent choice for short-distance trips. It is easy to install and provides storage. Nowadays, soft luggage like duffle bags is built with high-quality materials and is often 100% waterproof and abrasion resistant. Soft luggage is also usually lighter weight than hard cases.