We madrives team, always prefer safety as primary concern. Now a days most of the automobile sites receives frequent enquiries about “what gear to buy and wear” rather than speaking and enquiring about the bike .This article is about everything you need to know about riding gear — helmets, jackets, gloves, boots and such — in one digestible package providing you information to have a safer, comfortable moreover saving cash in all together process of riding.
Need for good gear
I guess you all know about inertia of motion right??? So consider if we are having a ride in bike say about with a speed of 50 or 60 km/hrs ,it says “you’re travelling much faster”. Our body parts such as skin, bones and organs aren’t designed to withstand impacts at those speeds. So safety must be ensured at that time.
As per theory, if we are riding over 30, figuring the average road surface, you can expect to lose 1mm of flesh for every mile-an-hour. So think how about if we ride at the speed which we told earlier?? We’re talking serious, life threatening injuries from abrasion alone.
Now about weather, what if the weather is cold?? Or wind chill at 55mph?? Making total cold out there .or about hot weather?? Here comes the role of gears. Gears can help whether it’s hot or cold .Under blast of winds, the sweat in our body is evaporated making coolness in our body surface. As per new designs of gears, our body is free to cool itself.
Now comes about the gears………….
You all really want to be wearing a full-face helmet, because as per studies conducted, 45% of all impacts to motorcycle helmets occur around the face. With addition to safety provided against injury and scratch to head, helmets keeps wind out of our eye.
A typical Helmet have an life span of 5 years afterwards, the glue and the EPS impact absorption material will degrade making an impact on safety issue. Helmets are designed to destroy themselves in crash protecting the rider’s head by dissipating the impact energy which might have transferred to our head.
To ensure safe riding, make sure that the Helmets in our hand is capable of protecting us .So we prefer you to buy new Helmets from a good retailer(because helmets could crash without external signs of damage but internally damaged).,So treat your helmet like you treat your dear ones..Never let it fall to ground else it would be damaged internally there by not ensuring safety.
This is a typical Dirt Helmet, Having goggles on them..Mid-section .This helmet do protect your face but No safety for chin also these kind of helmets will be noisy moreover this helmets couldn’t stand at high speeds. That is Dirt helmets are unstable at high speeds making riding uncomfort.So Madrives says choose right helmets.
If you are going behind cheaper helmets you are making yourself in harm’s way. There isn’t no need of paying a lot cash for helmets as safety is primary concern, helmets of vega,LS2 etc. is preferred. Under 3k. If you are just using locally we prefer you Vega helmets which is under 2k make sure you buy full face helmets. Dirt helmets are also in there section. So choose wisely.
Now about buying helmet, buy helmet which fits our head perfectly because every person’s head is unique. For that try every helmets you can.You will get to know which fits you suitably. Helmets won’t move or rotate in our scalp even if we resist the movement of rotating helmet by our head. Make sure the helmet isn’t too tight.
A typical jacket covers our body parts which are fragile and important such as back, organs, arms etc.,.So choose jacket which could do the activities of providing safety and comfort but please never goes looking fashion here we are speaking about life threating situations. So select jacket which could ensure our safety.
Jackets are of two types’ leather and textile. While leather gives a classy look to the rider these jackets lasts longer but they are costly .If we look into textile jackets, they are affordable. If it is a high quality material, it will be able to resist abrasion as strongly as leather.
For motorcycles the jackets designed comes with some sort of upgraded features which we won’t finding other kind of typical jackets. For multiple times, seams are doubled increasing strength, protecting from abrasion. These designed jackets can seal out cold air via vents. Perfect body fit for the smooth riding experience. These jackets are fitted with body armors protecting your body parts by absorbing the impact on it.These armors are to be in elbows, shoulders and back. Now chest armor is introduced to protect ribs, heart and lungs. Many companies cut out the budget and decrease price of armor costs by simply including a piece of foam in place of a real back protector, which might be of low quality.
As for the new generation style is important jackets are available as per your need in market. If you’re having a sport bike having more power you might need requiring some extra articulation for a jacket to be comfortable on them.
Now think about the weather, frequently used riding condition. Jackets with lots of zips open vents are good for warm weather.
Most of the bikes are heavier now these days as the engine introduced in them are heavy(good performance bikes) .So in order to balance the bike in some condition such as in slippery area ,wet section, unpredictable surfaces , a sturdy pair of boots with oil-resistant, non-slip soles with good quality and good ankle support should be considered.
By chance if we met with an accident, the most vulnerable parts of your body are your limbs, which include your legs!!! So if you are wearing a good riding boots it will protect your feet from minor cuts and scratches as well. Your average pair of boots will not provide complete protection to your legs as will a proper riding boot, because they are not meant for riding purposes. Riding boots comes under different variety size and shapes just same as that of our shoes, sandals, sneakers etc… If we categorize above mentioned boots they are of 4 types, racing boots, touring boots, motocross boots and street riding boots. Each category is enriched with their own charateristic features.
Madrives says, even we bikers don’t wear riding boots or any other riding gear, it is up to us to set an example. It is our duty to make them aware of the importance of such safety gear.
A riders hand is needed to do some stuff while riding and they are the first thing from our body part to touch down in any crash at first. So it’s a task to protect them via motorcycle gloves. These motorcycle gloves should fully cover our fingers, palms and wrists. They glove should be such that it should overlap the jacket so that we never see skin exposed between these two.
The glove which you will buy should need a retention strap around the wrist because if we crash the glove should be remained on our hand. So select gloves with materials like Kevlar which are often specified for the stitching for their ability to resist abrasion and bursting and make sure that the glove you buy allow you to operate the bike smoothly
As mentioned above about armor, it absorbs the impact energy without even passing it to our joints, limbs and body. The jacket should be such a fit that it won’t restrict our body movements, makes us feel comfortable. It should also cover our most of the body parts as much as possible. Cheaper gears are available in market you could buy them but make sure you will upgrade it sooner because quality speaks when it comes under safety.
Back protectors cover everything from your coccyx to the base of your neck. These are available in cheaper value but with lower quality which will be often lighter and more flexible.
Now other riding gears miscellaneous ones, ear plugs, long under wears and eye protection.
Earplugs: While riding with motorcycle helmet, inside helmet it will be loud when we approach high speeds, so it’s better to wear earplugs to preserve your hearing over time and making riding more comfortable. Here there isn’t word about earplugs so you could try any company’s earplug
Long under wears: They are available for both winter and summer seasons. For winter, making us sweat free and keeping us cool which works with our natural cooling process. If we are trying for warm condition, try wind-resistant membrane such as Gore Wind Stopper which keeps us warm.
Eye Protection: A rider also want to protect his eye from sun and the glare, putting sunglass inside helmet isn’t good it’s little bit tricky so tinted visor is better. You will get such a modified visor suiting your helmets. But always remember to get clear visor on road. Wearing visor which is tinted is dangerous as from experience we madrives speaks you won’t be able to see things across road. So guess if it is raining what will be the result?? Here we are reducing our vision to low level by using tinted visor in night. So avoid maximum usage of tinted visor in night.
Many of you say riding is your passion……riding is something that takes you to the zeniths of thrilling experience….but flip the coin ‘n try to see the other side too…..it’s something as treacherous as trekking…..so just put on the gears that would help to escape from being slipped …you won’t like patch works on either your motorcycle or your handsome face…..would you? If the answer is definitely a yes, then go for the best gears…overcome the worst fear…
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