Motorcycles are an efficient and affordable transportation option, but they can also be dangerous, especially if you are not dressed properly when riding it. After purchasing your new motorcycle, you might not want or think you need to purchase an entire new wardrobe on top of it, but a few key additions will help keep you safe on that bike for years to come. Keep reading for four important motorcycle attire tips.
This might seem like a no-brainer, but you would be surprised by how many people refuse to wear helmets when riding their motorcycles. Helmets protect you from so much when riding your motorcycle, including:
Being pelted by debris
The last item may seem a bit dramatic, but helmets improve your odds of surviving an accident by 37 percent. For every 100 riders who are killed when not wearing a helmet, 37 of those riders could have lived had they worn a helmet.
Jacket and Pants
It is so important to keep your skin protected when riding a motorcycle. You can choose a riding jacket and pants made of leather or another fabric engineered to provide added protection, but it is important to cover up with something. Leather is unrivaled in terms of abrasion resistance, but Cordura and other fabrics can be a bit more versatile.
No matter what type of material you choose, you should always look for impact-absorbent padding or armor, especially in the shoulders, elbows, and back.
When shopping for a jacket, make sure the sleeves are the right length. If they are too long, the armor meant to protect your elbows and shoulders will be in the wrong place and will not be as effective.
Your feet can be broken very easily, so wearing a pair of high-quality boots will help to protect your feet in the event of an accident. These boots should be made of heavy-duty leather and contain hard armor around the ankle, ideally with some padding included as well. Good boots will go a long way in keeping your feet safe.
It is important to protect your hands as well. They are just as delicate as your feet and need the good protection that comes with a pair of riding gloves. Depending on how much you use your motorcycle, you might want to invest in a couple pairs of gloves.
For short trips, gloves can have a more snug fit, while they need to be a bit roomier if you are planning to travel a long distance. Just make sure they will not fly off. All of your gloves should have long gauntlets and wrist straps to keep them in place in case you get in an accident.
Protect Yourself with Motorcycle Insurance
It is important to purchase the proper attire to keep you safe on your motorcycle. Another important purchase that will protect you even further is motorcycle insurance.
Contact Best Insurance Services today to learn more, and to get great rates on motorcycle insurance in Moreno Valley.