In Part 1 of our Motorcycle Safety Series, we looked at the single-most important piece of safety gear for motorcyclists: the helmet. While protecting your head is more significant than protecting other parts of your body, the good news is that you don’t have to choose just one! The smartest bikers use their heads to make sure they’re covered from head to toe — not just with great insurance coverage but also with the right safety gear that will keep them riding in style — and in one piece! — for many road trips to come.
No matter how short and seemingly insignificant a trip may be, you need to make sure you’re dressed to fall. That’s right — not just to sit outside and enjoy the weather, whatever it may be. If you’re not sitting out on your porch but getting on your bike, you need to be prepared to fall — and survive. That means more than jeans and a thin jacket — and definitely more than shorts and a T-shirt, no matter how balmy a day it may be. It means leather. And body armor. While the extra protection might not be comfortable, it can prevent not only surface injuries but also broken bones and other internal injuries.
Decked Out in Leather
While it may be the style-of-choice for many bikers, it’s definitely about more than style. Quality leathers provide a significant safety benefit, as a barrier between a biker and the road. Unlike other fabrics, leather allows a biker thrown to the ground to slide instead of tumbling due to fabrics that grab, providing significantly lower chances of serious injuries in the case of an accident. While that leather jacket might look great with jeans, be sure to check out leather pants as well.
Extra Protection from Body Armor
There are three basic types of body armor: memory foam armor, hard armor, and foam armor. All of them add an extra layer of protection, so some would be better than none. But all are not created equal. Memory foam armor offers the highest degree of impact absorption. Made from a material similar to what’s inside motorcycle helmets, this type of body armor is the best you can buy. Second in line is hard armor, which is made from impact-resistant plastic with a foam layer. It doesn’t have much give in the case of a fall, but it does absorb some of the impact. Foam armor is made from foam and offers some but not much extra protection. To recap, if you’re serious about safety, you’ll go for memory foam armor.
Once you’re outfitted with the right helmet and full-body coverage, you’re ready to check out some accessories — like your boots and gloves. Continue reading with Part 3.
Motorcycle Safety Series
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