Spring is Motorcycle season, are you ready to ride?
Riding a motorcycle can be very exciting and fun, but there are also risks. Unlike a car or truck there is no buffer between you and the road should you fall or be involved in an accident while on your motorcycle. As such, it is very important to protect yourself in the best possible ways which means ensuring that you are fitted with the proper protective gear.
Although riding gear can be very expensive, no one has ever regretted having worn proper protective gear. If proper gear is not worn, even a minor misadventure at a slow speed can scrape your skin off to the bone. Below are the elements which make up proper protective gear:
Helmets are the most important part of your gear. You should never get on a motorcycle without one. You should also not skimp on the quality of the helmet. Head trauma is usually the worst injury a rider can suffer and it is also the leading cause of death. Helmets will help to absorb the impact and protect your brain. Helmets should have one of the following noted certifications:
• U.S. DOT certification based on FMVSS 218
• SNELL M2010
• ECE Regulation 22.05 certification
A helmet is good for only five years from the date it was manufactured, after that time the shell may begin to degrade and will impede your safety. When choosing a helmet ensure it fits snugly. A full face helmet is recommended which also provides protection to your jaw and face. Consider choosing a brightly coloured helmet which will help with night visibility.
Jacket and Pants need to be worn to prevent abrasion injuries. Your clothing should fit properly and the padding/armor should locate accurately on your joints and hold to you tightly. Loose fitting clothing will shift and will not provide proper protection.
Boots and Gloves are required to help protect your skin and the delicate bones in your feet and hands which can be easily crushed if not properly protected. Your boots should be made of heavy leather and have a flexible rubber sole. The sole should be oil resistant and have a good grip. The boot should fit over the ankle and also have armor protection around the ankle area. Gloves should extend past your wrist and wrap around your wrist tightly with a retention strap. They should also have impact protection on the knuckles, palms and wrists.
Ride safe and enjoy.
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