Regardless of the motorcycle you own, the fact remains that riding a motorcycle is riskier than driving a car. A car is a 4-wheeled vehicle which has higher stability whereas a motorcycle gets its stability from the motion imparted to it by the engine and the centripetal force that balances the centrifugal force. In case the motorcycle owner or driver does not handle it skillfully, the motorcycle will tend to fall on its side.
Another point is that since the motorcycle is more dangerous to drive than a car, the chances of an accident are much higher. Also, studies show that there are more deaths per 100 accidents involving a motorcycle than a car. These deaths can be for many reasons, but one of them is improper kit used by motorcyclists. Therefore, there is a need for motorcycle users to know about the protection kit available for a rider.
The head is the most vulnerable part of the human body.
The head houses the brain, which is enclosed by a bony framework called the skull. One might get the feeling that this bony framework is adequate to protect the brain, but studies show that a high-velocity impact to the skull is likely to damage the brain. The end result can be a brain hemorrhage or a head injury that can be fatal, therefore protecting the head is vitally important for the motorcyclist. Motorcycle accidents that are fatal make up about 5% of all deaths, although the number of motorcycles in proportion to automobiles is much lower.
Head protection only possible with a helmet!
It is a very important piece of equipment and must be selected carefully. Helmets come in many forms, but they are categorized as either a full helmet or a half helmet. The full helmet covers the entire skull and face and is best suited for a rider. It is important that it fits comfortably on the rider’s head. But before you buy one, it is imperative that you look for the knit label on the helmet. This is the manufacturer’s certificate that the helmet conforms to a federal standard. The point requirements include three performance tests including an impact test, a penetration test, and lastly, a retention system test. This is really a test of how likely the helmet is to stay on the head when a sudden rotational force acts on it.
Therefore, buying a good helmet, although it may cost a few dollars more, is of considerable importance.
After the head, the next important part of the body is the eyes.
Motorcycles generally do not have windshields, so eye protection with glasses or goggles is important. The pilot needs to re-select the best quality goggles that should be shatterproof.
Next in importance is the driving suit
If possible, get one as it will make you feel much more comfortable. Gusts of wind and the vagaries of the weather will be catered for. In case you don’t want to wear a composite suit, wear jackets that should have long sleeves. Pants should be slim fit and cut so that they are not in the way while driving. The material for these driving suits must be durable. Leather is a good option, although a bit expensive. If you can’t afford leather, then go for synthetic material like nylon.
There are some other pieces of equipment that can be called minor and include gloves and shoes. For God’s sake, don’t ride a motorcycle barefoot or in sandals or slippers; that’s a recipe for disaster! A suitable shoe is a must. Preferably wear boots that cover the ankles. Gloves will protect your knuckles from the weather and cold. In addition, they will help you to have a better grip on the handlebars. Select a good pair of gloves that fit your fingers and thumb comfortably. Again, leather gloves are best for this.
Select your motorcycle clothing with care and a lot of love. What you wear will give you confidence and you will be the master of the motorcycle. It shouldn’t be the other way around. And with us behind you, there are even more reasons to feel safe!