Executive summary about motorbike safety by Kevin S Hamilton
Let's face it, riding a motorbike can be dangerous. However, you can minimize the risk you face by following these 3 very important tips about motorbike safety.
Always wear your safety gear. Your motorbike riding gear consists of:
a. DOT approved motorbike helmet: OK, the DOT part of that is really important.
b. Long sleeved shirt/jacket: Depending on where you are riding and how fast you plan to ride may influence your thoughts on whether to wear a long-sleeved shirt or a long-sleeved leather jacket.
c. Full fingered leather gloves: Not much more to add here, just make sure they are comfortable and completely cover your hands. I have worn everything from leather work gloves to leather motorbike gloves.
d. Long pants: Please, please, please, I beg you, wear LONG pants when you ride.
e. Leather boots: Over the ankle leather boots are the best protection for your very vulnerable ankles. Riding boots, work boots, cowboy boots, what have you.
a. Wear bright colored gear: When you wear bright colored gear you stand out. Get and wear a reflective motorbike vest.
b. Blind spot riding: Stay where other drivers can see you.
3. Take a riding class
Many states are now requiring that motorbike riders take a motorbike safety course before they can get their licenses. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation also has classes in off-road riding and ATV riding.
With these 3 important tips about motorbike safety I think you can expand your enjoyment of riding as well as staying alive. Wear your protective gear, make sure you are seen while on the road, and take a motorbike safety class. Enjoy the ride!!
Summer Riding Gear
Executive summary about motorbike Riding Gear by Iron Chef
Packing away my winter gear that served me well overseas I take a moment to examine my summer riding equipment which I use here for most of the year. I have shorty Alpinestar shoes and Rivers brand leather hiking type boots that I like for summer.
I am going to retire my Alpinestars Jeans. I also have my BMW City pants which have substantial hip and knee padded armor and are fully lined as well as constructed from a blend of material nylon reinforced.
I have two summer jackets, an older lightweight Dryrider mesh item and a newer Cortech hybrid mesh/textile/leather jacket.
My gloves are the mesh/synthetic leather summer light weight type that has become common of late. Almost identical to good spec moto-x gloves, which I also have used here for summer. In comparison they are a bit light weight for the task being mostly a single layer and lacking armor whereas the Held are multi material and multi layer armored items.