After settling on a motorcycle, focus on outfitting yourself with proper motorcycle riding gear. Don’t skimp. Don’t put it off. Make it a priority, for proper riding gear is as essential as gas in the tank and riding with your motorcycle license.
Check the Motorcycle Handbook for Gear Guidelines
If this is your first motorbike and are unsure of what riding gear to buy, consult your Department of Motor Vehicle’s (DMV) motorcycle handbook. If you don’t have a motorcycle manual in your possession, grab one from your local DMV licensing office. Or, save time and gas by downloading it online.
Inside the motorcycle handbook you’ll find an entire chapter on protective riding gear. You’ll learn:
- Useful tips on what to look for when purchasing a helmet, including fit and the importance of it meeting U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) requirements.
- Why you should favor a shatter-resistant face shield over goggles or sunglasses.
- The importance of wearing clothing that’s especially designed for motorcycles. This includes pants, preferably leather, that don’t fit loose and flap in the wind.
- The need to wear a jacket that covers the arms completely and keeps the body warm when riding.
- The importance of proper footwear made with hard, durable slip-resistant soles.
- The significance of wearing gloves that improve your grip.
- The relevance of investing in a top-of-the-line rain suit – one that does not tear or balloon in the wind.