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Wearing the right Motorcycling gear

Falling off your bike can at the very least cause serious harm.

If you fall off your bike onto tarmac it will shred through jeans in seconds.

Wearing the right gear whilst out on your motorbike can be the difference between life and death.

Wearing the right Motorcycling gear

Falling off your bike can at the very least cause serious harm.

If you fall off your bike onto tarmac it will shred through jeans in seconds.

Wearing the right gear whilst out on your motorbike can be the difference between life and death.

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Safety Gear Information

  • Wearing the right gear is just as important as having your bike serviced. These tips can help to make the difference between a few bumps and scrapes, or injuries that could stop you from riding again.

  • As well as staying safe remember to stay warm so you can get the most out of your ride.

  • Others on the road are responsible for you; If they can't see you then they can't know you're near them.

Helmets

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

Gloves

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:

  • Summer - Can be lightweight but still need to offer good abrasion resistance.
  • Winter - Gloves must keep your hands warm as well as being water proof.

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.

Boots

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!

Jackets & Trousers

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

The advice on this page is sourced from think.direct.gov.uk/motorcycles in accordance with the Open Government Licence.


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