If you have always dreamed of owning a Harley-Davidson and being free to travel the open roads, the idea of this becoming a reality is one that can fill the heart with joy and excitement. However, before getting on your bike and riding off into the sunset, there are a few things to be considered first. For example, while there are no laws in the UK regarding the use of other protective motorcycle gear, the use of a helmet is compulsory. Nevertheless, it is highly recommended that you invest in top quality motorcycle gear to ensure your safety at all times. In case you have been pondering the question ‘what motorcycle gear should I get?’, we offer a few ideas in the following paragraphs.
What You Need to Know about Motorcycle Gear
As previously mentioned, a motorcycle helmet is compulsory in the UK, unlike in some places – certain US states, for example – where it is up to the rider. There are certain British standards that a helmet must adhere to as well. According to Gov.UK, all helmets worn on UK roads must meet one of the following criteria:
· British Standard BS 6658:1985 and carry the BSI Kitemark
· UNECE Regulation 22.05
· a European Economic Area member standard offering at least the same safety and protection as BS 6658:1958, and carry a mark equivalent to the BSI Kitemark.
However, as well as a helmet to protect your head in the event of an accident or fall, there are many other motorcycle accessories that provide added protection:
· Gloves – While many riders forget about their hands, this is the first part of the body that tends to hit the ground in a collision. As well as the risk of broken bones in the fingers and hand, there is a high chance that skin will be torn away with friction from the road. Nonetheless, with protective gloves safely adorned, the chance of damage to the hands is reduced. Additionally, an adequate pair of gloves will help keep the hands nice and warm, particularly when riding your Harley in the winter months.
· Boots – Motorcycle boots are also something regularly forgotten about when purchasing motorcycle gear. However, many riders end up with broken bones in the foot and lower leg during a motorcycle accident, so protection for this part of the body is essential.
· Jackets – A good quality jacket is imperative for safe and comfortable motorcycle riding. Not only will it keep you warm, but it will also provide fall and slide protection if made from good leather and padded correctly. Motorcycle jackets should fit well and contain integrated protection at various points such as the elbows, shoulders and back.
· Trousers – Motorcycle trousers are as important as jackets for the same reasons mentioned above. Integrated padding should be included at the knees and hips for ultimate protection.
The question of ‘what motorcycle gear should I get?’ is one that is often asked by new riders. While there is no law regarding what you do and do not have to buy, apart from the helmet, it is important to consider protection for all parts of your body.
Riding a motorcycle as magnificent as a Harley-Davidson is always riding nirvana, but without the correct protection, you could be putting your life at risk.
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