So you’ve finally dived straight into the scary world of motorcycling and bought your first bike but low and behold you’ve just found out you need to get more accessories to avoid any serious injury and to ensure you operate at your best while on the ride with your bike. Quality motorcycle riding gear is no joke and should be taken serious. It doesn’t take a genius to realize that decent riding gear will improve your overall ability to also improve your enjoyment. The ultimate purpose of motorcycle riding gear is to protect you in the unlikely event of ending up in an accident or collision. Let’s break it down into what accessories you’ll need and what you can expect to pay on average.
• Motorcycle Helmets – The most important of the bunch. Look for helmets that have been certified by the DOT or by the Snell Foundation. This matter is not to be taken lightly as studies show that rider’s are more likely to survive an accident when using certified helmets. Types available include; Full face, Open face, Hal face or Skid Lid, Modular or Flip-up, Off Road/Motocross, and lastly Novelty Helmets (most of these are not certified by the DOT).
There’s a lot of controversy surrounding whether or not motorcyclists should be required by law to wear helmets. But, the truth remains: helmets do keep riders safer in the event of a crash. But, only if the rider is wearing one that fits the right way.
Once you make the decision to buy and wear a helmet each and every time you hit the road on your bike, there’s a lot for you to consider in order to choose the right motorcycle helmet for you; its style, its ability to keep you safe, not to mention its comfort and weight.
The first step to choosing the perfect helmet for you is to pick a basic style. While there may be a lot of trendy styles available these days, the three most basic styles recommended include: the full face helmet, which gives you the most protection, but is also the heaviest; the three-quarter face helmet, which is much lighter and more versatile, but basically just as safe and the half face. Lastly, there is the half face or beanie helmet style, which offers minimal protection and is not recommended by most safety experts.