Personal Protective Gear for Big Bikes
Dress for the slide not for the ride. Putting on all the armour for a big bike ride might seem counterintuitive. Don’t we have these glorious machines so we can enjoy the open air. Well, yes, but if you want to extend your days under the open sky, hopefully well past retirement. A little compromise will go a long way to keeping you riding free. And when you need the gear, you are going to be very grateful you have it.
Helmet: Your helmet is the most important piece of equipment, so important that it is the only piece you are legally required to wear. Fit and comfort are important considerations. But the safety rating is the most critical detail. Google SHARP safety ratings for a comprehensive assessment. These days, helmets may also feature some tech functions, such as intercoms and rear-view cameras
Jacket: Motorcycle jackets have been a fashion statement since James Dean made them popular back in the fifties. But that is only a coincidental benefit. Jackets are an important safety feature. Details to consider are: Abrasion resistance, fit (too tight is unsafe and tiring), leather thickness (more than 1mm is best), closures (easy and sturdy), armour (what kind of built in padding does it include?)
Pants: Motorcycle pants are often overlooked; you will realize their importance a few seconds after you first experience with road rash. There are many different kinds including: Cruiser pants, Race pants, Overpants, Adventure touring, Armoured pants, Chaps, Jeans and liners. There are too many details to consider here, but the variety of types and styles should take away any excuse to not pull on a pair before you ride.
Protective gear is insurance for your body. Flesh and bone can’t be paid back from a fund. You might be the best rider in the world, but that doesn’t always keep you safe from other people’s bad decisions. Another kind of insurance you should consider is the traditional variety. A Yamaha motorcycle insurance quote, will provide the final bit of protection to consider before taking to the open road.
Boots and gloves: Once again, these are often considered take it or leave it items. I didn’t take them seriously either until I was picking sand and dirt out of the holes in the top of my feet after a slide. Things to consider for these items are, durability of material, closures, overall protection, construction and fit. Also, they really do make you look like a serious rider. If that counts for anything.