Having the right equipment can help keep you safe. Along with an approved motorcycle helmet, every rider should wear:
- Shatter-proof eye protection
- A durable, brightly coloured jacket
- Long pants
- Leather footwear that protects the ankles
- Full fingered, non-slip gloves
- Rain and cold weather riding clothes
Full coverage helmets offer the best protection for your eyes. A plastic, shatter-resistant face shield will help cover your face from wind, dust, dirt, rain, insects, and rocks. If your helmet doesn't have a shield, consider purchasing eyewear specifically designed to protect your eyes when riding. Goggles can be worn over prescription glasses if necessary.
Noise from air passing around your head while riding can make you tired and cause permanent hearing loss. Purchase earplugs to use while riding, especially on highways where there's higher speed limits.
Jackets and Pants
Your safest option is choose jackets and pants that cover your torso, arms, and legs completely with nothing that can flap in the wind. Since you can be harder to see on a motorcycle, a brightly coloured jacket helps with visibility. Sturdy leather or similar material designed for riding offers the best protection, whereas denim can easily wear out in the event of an accident.
Boots and Footwear
Make sure that your footwear covers your ankles, is made of leather or a similar material, has strong and durable soles to prevent your feet from slipping, has short enough heels that they won't catch on surfaces or controls, and that your laces are tucked in so that they don't catch on your motorcycle.
Wear gloves that are thin enough to grip and use your controls, but thick enough to protect your hands in a crash. Leather or a similar material is best. When your gloves are on, they should cover your wrists and overlap the sleeves of your jacket. Make the switch to seasonal gloves as the weather gets colder.