Helmets are recognised as being one of the most important pieces of kit you can have as a motorcyclist, so take care when looking for the right helmet.
The SHARP rating system allows motorcyclists to know the safety factor of each helmet in the event of an accident. Click here to see more about the SHARP rating factor
Human instinct is to put your hands in front of you to protect yourself however, road is tougher than skin so wear gloves to protect your skin from being removed.
Its always good to have 2 pairs for the two main seasons:
But on top of these remember, You must be able to still have 100% control of your bike and be able to use it correctly.
Recent statistics have shown that 19% of hospital admissions relating to motorbiking incidents involve broken bones to the lower leg.
Ideally boots should come up above the ankle, be good quality leather (at a minimum 2.5mm thick) and be waterproof as well.
Strong boot soles are best if they are stitched and bonded, as feet tend to be crushed sideways. Sturdy soles can be key!
Metal plates or metal toe caps are good at certain times but they can also cut through toes
When trying on boots, take a pair of socks you would normally wear. Too much room can cause rubbing and blisters
Falling off a bike at 30mph onto the road can take skin off down to the bone so the right clothes will keep you safe.
Make sure your clothing is a good fit and not too tight, as this can restrict movement.
Remember to check the elbows, back, shoulders, hips and knees for integrated body armour.
Always remember to try before you buy and remember the weather in the UK is changeable so prepare for different climates