There are many types and styles of motorcycle protective clothing. The type of protective clothing a motorcyclist selects depends on his style of riding. There is protective clothing for casual riders, dirt bike riders and motorcycle racers. Each type of protective clothing is designed and geared to protect the rider from the elements.
Today there are many different types of motorcycle protective clothing. We now have street motorcycles, asphalt racing motorcycles and dirt racing motorcycles. Leather jackets, chaps and gloves is the standard protective clothing for casual street driving motorcycles.
Hard-shelled protective clothing is geared toward racing motorcyclists. Standard for all types of riding are tough leather boots, gloves and helmets.
Shin guards protect in hard cornering. Racing are far more dangerous, so the rider should wear heavier protective gear such as the body armor types.
Protective clothing can protect the rider from injuries, and in many cases lessen the degree of injury. Racers and dirt bike riders are protecting themselves from potential injuries while enjoying their sport.
In Australia, riders and pillions must wear an approved helmet. When choosing a helmet, try several on and spend as much as you can afford.
It's up to you whether you choose an open face style helmet which leaves your face exposed, or a full face style which has a chin bar to cover the lower face and jaw. Most open face helmets generally offer no eye defence which is an important consideration to a rider.
The following advice may be helpful when fitting a helmet: with the helmet on, place your hands on the sides of the helmet and move it around - you should feel your skin move with the helmet; then move your head from side to side, the helmet should move with you, without feeling loose on your head; and finally wear the helmet for a few minutes to make sure it's comfortable.
Motorcycle boots provide important protection for the feet, ankles and the lower legs, and are heavily reinforced in the areas which sustain most stress and injury.