Riding a motorcycle can be extremely dangerous. In fact, research has shown that riding a motorcycle is more dangerous than driving a car. Whether you are riding a small or high-performance bike, it is essential to have the right gear. Below are tips for choosing the best motorcycle gear.
Try it on to ensure it is not too tight to prevent sufficient ventilation. When sitting on a bike, the gear should not constrict movements, especially at the knees, shoulders and hips. A fitting gear is likely to give you more protection in the event of an accident. Also, the gear should have adjustable waists to accommodate different sizes.
Motorcycle gear is meant to protect you when riding and therefore the right length is essential. For instance, the jacket and pants may look too long when standing. However, in a riding position, the sleeves should cover your wrist, the jacket should overlap the pants, and the pants should cover the ankles.
The motorcycle gear should provide quality impact protection like CAN-3-D230 (Canadian Standard Association) rated. For instance, the jacket should contain extra protection at the elbows, shoulders, and back. On the other hand, the pants should have additional coverage at the hips and knees. The extra protection of both the pants and jacket should be at the right placed when in the riding position.
Good gear should have seams that are double or triple stitched to prevent popping in case of an accident. Even though the seams are double-stitched, the gear should be comfortable when in use. In addition to the gear, you should choose a comfortable boot that contains a steel shank, shifter pad and toe protection. The boot should be stitched instead of glued.
Gears come with various fasteners depending on the manufacturers. Some of the commonly used include zippers, laces, Velcro, etc. It is advisable to choose gears with appropriate fasteners at the wrist and neck. For example, Velcro may not offer suitable closures at the neck because they may cause damage to the helmet straps. Besides, it is important to avoid laces on boots.
In hot conditions, the gear can feel uncomfortable. Therefore, having ventilation at appropriate places can be a lifesaver. Choosing gears that have openings at places such as the underarm promotes airflow and adds comfort. The zippers should be big enough to open or close even when wearing gloves.
Choose gears that have reflective surfaces to increase visibility. The reflective surfaces should concentrate more on the upper body to increase conspicuity. Alternatively, you can wear a visibility vest on top of your jacket. Reflective surfaces are quickly picked up by headlights, especially at night.