A Beginner's Guide to Motorcycle Gear

The Right Gear Will Save Your Life in a Motorcycle Accident

Just bought a new motorcycle and worrying about safety? It’s not possible to make motorcycling absolutely safe, but you can mitigate the risks. You could invest in good safety gear to improve your riding experience, make you a safer rider and protect you in case of an accident.

Here are the must-have motorcycle gear

Helmet: You need a very good motorcycle helmet that will protect your head in case of a crash. It needs to be a certified full-face helmet with a snug fit. And not just any helmet will do, get an original motorcycle helmet with impact absorption properties and you will probably thank yourself in case you end up in an accident. Some elements have added features such as Bluetooth headphones, but you should resist the temptation to use such devices when riding as they might distract you.

Gloves: You will need strong gloves made of abrasion resistant fabrics such as Kevlar. Hands are important in completing day-to-day tasks. You need to protect them when riding your motorcycle. A good pair should not only be abrasion-resistant but also improve your grip on the handles. This means you will have more control of the bike and a lower likelihood of getting into an accident. Motorcycle gloves also protect your hands against wind and debris.

Safety vest or jacket: You need to buy yourself a reflective jacket or a safety vest to improve your visibility on the road. Many bikers would like to complete their looks with black jackets or vests. This reduces visibility. You should get a neon vest or a brightly colored jacket to make yourself more visible to other road users. Apart from visibility, you should check if the jacket can withstand abrasion in case of a crash or can really keep you dry in the rain.

Boots: You need good boots to protect you in case of a crash. The boots should be strong and they should cover at least your ankles. Such boots will protect your feet in case of an accident. Boots should also have non-slip soles. This is because you might have to support the bike on slippery or non-even surfaces which might be hard if you don’t have such soles.

Pants: You should definitely get yourself strong riding pants to protect yourself from the elements. There are amazing leather, denim and textile motorcycle pants that look pretty cool out there. Get yourself one and you will turn even more heads wherever you go!

Reflective tape: Apart from all these other gear, you also need to get your bike reflective tape. The tape will make your motorcycle more visible during the day or night to motorists who may otherwise not be paying attention.

Legal help: The helmet, gloves, leather pants, and boots will definitely protect your body in case of an accident, but what will protect your rights and your finances? A good motorcycle accident lawyer should be able to get you full compensation for all damages suffered as a result of an accident. At Wilshire Law Firm, we have experienced lawyers who are ready to negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf to get you what you deserve.

Summary

You need good motorcycle boots, leather pants, gloves, reflective tape, insurance, a safety jacket and a helmet to protect yourself when riding a motorcycle. Remember to always put on all safety gear as you can never predict when you will be involved in a crash. In case you are involved in a crash, do not be quick to assume liability. Call your motorcycle accident lawyer and get his or her advice before doing anything.

Last Updated: 03-24-2017