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Choosing the Best Motorcycle Accessories for Safety

Aug 13th 2015 at 3:25 AM

Riding a motorcycle is fun and exhilarating. There’s little between a rider and the elements, and that’s part of what makes riding a thrill. However, that immediacy can be too much of a good thing if you ride without the right motorcycle accessories. Quality gear is essential to safety and can add to your enjoyment of riding.

Helmets are among the most important pieces of safety gear. They save lives and can protect you from a head injury. Always buy a good quality helmet that fits properly. Look for decals that show your helmet meets DOT Snell standards. A full-face helmet offers you the greatest protection in a crash. Steer clear of used helmets because they may have already sustained damage in an accident.

Choose footwear designed for riding. Riders often place a foot on the pavement and those comfortable canvas sneakers or sandals won’t hold up to the rigors of the road. Choose sturdy leather boots with thick rubber soles. A boot with a heel helps you keep your feet on the pedals, and the right soles will give you better traction in sand or dirt. In addition to sturdy leather, look for boots that are reinforced in stress areas. Durable boots will protect you for many years, and they look great, too.

If you crash your bike, you’ll be happy you were smart enough to buy a thick, high-quality pair of gloves. Leather gloves protect you from the elements, improve your grip and save your skin if you have an accident. Choose a pair that fully covers your hands and wrists and that can stand up to any type of weather.

Leather pants and jackets look cool, but they’re also very important pieces of safety equipment. Thick leather clothing is a rider’s first defense against abrasion injuries during a crash. If you crash, you’re more likely to slide on the pavement if you’re wearing leather than if you’re wearing a material that grabs the surface. While sliding on the road doesn’t sound fun, it’s less likely to cause injuries than bouncing or tumbling.

Look for leather pants and jackets that are reinforced in stress areas. Some clothing comes with body armor built in. Armor comes in various materials from soft foam to hard plastic. Any armor adds more protection than leather alone.

The right gear helps you stay safer when you’re riding your bike, so once you collect the essentials, make sure you wear them every time you throw your leg over your bike.

Visit this website to learn more about quality motorcycle accessories in La Mesa.

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As a lifelong motorcycle aficionado, Bill shares his knowledge of bikes and engine performance. Find his thoughts at Tumblr blog.

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