Why You Should Wear Motorcycle Gear
The adrenaline rush experienced during motorcycle rides can never be experienced in any other activity, but if you are just getting into motorcycling, there’s too much to learn and experienced. But before any riding sessions, you need to understand the importance of motorcycle gear.
Selecting a riding gear carries uttermost importance before heading out for a ride and the comfort and coziness achieved in the riding gear determines your experience. Worry not, with the information mentioned below you will be able to select the best riding gear that meets your comfort level and enjoy the fun of motorcycle riding.
So Why Is It Important?
Motorcycle gear protects you from bruises and scratches during crashes but it is not designed just for crash protection. It is like your second skin which protects you from sunburn, deafness from wind, rain, win, anything flying in the air, and debris. Moreover, the human body does not do well during a sudden stop from speed and our human defense system brings out our legs and arms every time we fall. With good motorcycle gear, the damage received during such accidents is reduced to a minimum.
A maximum impact during a motorcycle accident happens around the face and chin area which cannot be protected by an open face helmet. In an accident, if you hit the pavement at speed you want to be wearing a full-face helmet. As per the manufacturers, helmets have a life span of three to five years as per the usage.
You must know that the helmets are designed to destroy themselves in a crash, bearing energy that would otherwise be transferred to your head. So, it is important to buy a brand new helmet for the best protection and do make sure that it suits your comfort level in every manner.
Motorcycle jackets are generally made of leather or high-quality textile that resists fire. Also, high-quality textile material is better water-resistant than leather and keeps you dry even during bad weather. Textile jackets are more economical, and leather jackets are more durable but cannot adjust to all kinds of weather.
You must always keep in mind that motorcycle jackets are not similar to normal jackets. Motorcycle specific jackets come with features you will never find elsewhere. Seams of the jacket are doubled up to protect the stitching from abrasion and also increase the strength of the jackets. They are also designed to fit snugly so they do not flap around in the high-speed wind blast along with adjustable air vents. They also carry body armor and impact absorbing material that cushions your most vulnerable parts during the crash. Another important feature that should be in your jacket – it should be snugly but it should always leave your arms free. Always consider your bike while selecting a motorcycle gear. You don’t want to end up with a sports bike gear on a cruiser bike, it won’t make any sense.
Regular Denim is not enough to keep you safe while riding a motorcycle. Pants in motorcycle gear are made from leather or Cordura (textile pants) that have a high abrasion resistance. Just like the jackets, pant must also consist of armor in the hips and knees area and should fit snugly. Just like jackets, you need to be sure that you do not end up purchasing cruiser motorcycle pants for sports motorcycle and vice versa.
If you have driven a high-speed motorcycle, you must know that they weigh a lot more than the normal motorcycles. With good boots, you get support for your legs, ankles, and feet on slippery, uneven and unpredictable surfaces. Boots in motorcycle gear are oil-resistant, contain non-slip soles and provide great ankle support.
The best riding boots prevent any kind of twisting, heel and toe boxes keep those areas safe, armor over the ankle and shin protects those areas.
Hands are extremely fragile and unfortunately, during crashes, they are the first thing laid down to prevent direct contact of the body with the surface. Good gloves protect your hand completely and should be made of strong abrasion-resistant material with proper stitching. Armor at the base of the palm is a great feature and the fingers should be covered with protection to reduce the chances of bone crack during crashes. You also need to make sure that the gloves you choose allow you to operate the control on your bike unimpeded.
While riding a motorcycle you are exposed to extreme risk, weather conditions, and require your full concentration and physical ability. With motorcycle gear, you stay safe during every condition and the risk is reduced. Also, motorcycle gear helps in reducing fatigue through comfort for every part of the body. Moreover, it should also be considered as a necessity while riding a motorcycle.
Debarati is a perpetual wanderer, a thorough planner and a closet Bollywood lover. She spends her time writing and reading about anything and everything, when not busy fantasizing about a cabin in the mountains and food. Lots of food.