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Top 4 Pieces of Motorcycle Gear

Jul 21, 2008
When you are out on the open road cruising on your motorcycle it is important that you are wearing at least the basic four items of motorcycle gear. It is essential that you are wearing at least gloves, boots, a jacket and a helmet while riding your bike. These items protect your body in the event of a crash. There are a few basic guidelines you should use when choosing your motorcycle gear to ensure that it adequately protects you in the event of an accident.

When you choose your motorcycle gloves there are a few things that you should keep in mind. Most motorcycle gear should be made of leather and motorcycle gloves are no exception. The motorcycle gloves that you choose should also offer wrist protection and reinforced palms to protect your hands and wrists in the event of an accident. Some motorcycle gloves are also weatherproof to increase their longevity.

Another important piece of motorcycle gear is motorcycle boots. Many people overlook motorcycle boots as an important part of motorcycle gear. Motorcycle boots protect your feet and ankles from injury while you are riding or if you are in a motorcycle crash. Riders need tough, strong, and flexible motorcycle boots with a firm sole. A good pair of motorcycle boots helps you maintain your balance on your bike's pegs and also gives you a better grip on the pavement when you are riding. Typically the best material for motorcycle boots is leather, but they can also be made of a synthetic material with comparable properties.

An important part of having the right motorcycle gear is having a good motorcycle jacket. Contrary to popular belief a motorcycle jacket is not just worn for looks, it is also worn for protection. A good motorcycle jacket helps protect a rider from road rash and other pavement related injuries should they fall from their bike or have an accident. Motorcycle jackets also help keep a rider warm when they are riding in cooler weather. Additionally, they have ventilation zippers so that you can still wear them for protection in warmer weather. Leather is the most recommended material for motorcycle gear because it is durable. A good leather motorcycle jacket will last years and create the needed level of protection between your skin and the elements.

The most essential piece of motorcycle gear that a rider should have is a motorcycle helmet. The helmet protects your head from injury in the event of a motorcycle accident. Some motorcycles also have a face shield to protect riders from debris while they are driving and guard their face in an accident. Some people prefer an open faced motorcycle helmet. Regardless of which style of helmet you choose it is important when you select a motorcycle helmet that it has a DOT sticker on it so that you know it is approved and safe.
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