MOTORCYCLE SAFETY GEAR
There is a wide variety of motorcycle clothing available
nowadays. However, not all of the motorcycle
clothing provides the necessary amount of
protection. In Europe, in order for any type of
motorcycle clothing to legally be sold as “safety"
clothing, it has to pass a series of European
standards. Typically, these standards cover the
clothing's functionality in tearing, abrasion and
impact tests. When these clothes pass these strict
set of standards, they are sold with the CE mark. In
the United States, there is no safety regulation
tests for any of motorcycle clothing or gear.
Detailed below is information that will help you
choose safe clothing for wearing while riding your
It is a good idea if you examine the the safety check guide and
to keep your bike clean pages. First time riders should
check out the
guide for beginners.
Protecting the right areas of
your body is the most important thing you can do
when riding a motorcycle!
The most typical type of motorcycle injury
occurs under the belt. Meaning, your feet and legs
are the most susceptible areas of your body for
injury to occur. Therefore, you need to wear a goof
pair of high boots and protective pants. Not only
should you look to buy pants that offer
reinforcement at the hips and knees, they should be
able to attach to your jacket with a zipper. Leather
thick boots that have flexible sole with a
resistance to crushing across the foot are your best
bet for protection.
The most popular type of
motorcycle clothing is leather. However, synthetic
materials and thick nylon are equally efficient.
Kevlar reinforced jeans are safer than standard blue
jeans. The European standard abrasion test concluded
that normal jeans last only 0.5 seconds, while
protective motorcycle pants will last 5 seconds or
more. Be smart and wear the reinforced pants! It is
absolutely not necessary to rip your skin from your
body with only half of a second of falling!
Same theory applies to jackets.
Make sure the leather is the thick, hardwearing type
and not fashion leather. Fashion leather offers no
sort of protection at all. Also, stitching should be
uniform with no dropped stitches, and all your
“sharp bits”, meaning your elbows and shoulders,
should be reinforced, preferably with some impact
Gloves should always be worn. If
you ever get into an accident, you will likely
instinctively extend your hands out to try and break
your fall. Therefore, the palms of your gloves
should be reinforced with thick patches of either
Knitted Kevlar or reinforced leather.
Buying impact protection, like
back protectors and so on, is also recommend. If you
do impact protection gear, make sure you wear it! If
you are worried you won't wear the gear you buy, you
should look to purchase jacket and pants that have
impact protection included. This way you know you it
will be always be there and you will be protected
100% of the time!
helmet is the most important piece of protective
gear you need to buy! Even though you do have a
greater chance of injuring yourself below the waist,
the results of an accident without a helmet can be
fatal! View a map of the country's
motorcycle helmet laws.
In conclusion...when in the market
for motorcycle gear, place close attention to what
kind of protection is going to be offered. Fashion
should come second!
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