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Personal Protective Equiptment Motorcycle Clothing Guide Motorcycle Boots

bootsIn motorcycling, injuries to the feet and lower legs are among the most common arising from accidents. Given that a riders feet are positioned at a similar height to car bumpers, this is not surprising. However, these days there are good protective boots available, specifically made for motorbikes. These boots offer protection against impact and abrasion injuries, and some will be water proof. As with all motorcycle clothing, the designs, styles, price and intended purposes vary greatly, but with such a large range to choose from, you can be sure there’s a pair just right for you.

Race-inspired boots such as those shown on the right will offer maximum protection in the event or an accident, as well as offering a good feel for the controls. However, most boots of this style are not made to be warm or waterproof, instead opting for low weight, ventilation and a good feel for foot controls. This makes them impractical for everyday, all year-round use in our less than ideal climate!
 

A more touring orientated boot may not have the impact protection that Mr Rossi & Co. require for their high speed needs, but will still offer adequate protection from injuries, with the bonus of keeping your feet warm and dry. Staying comfortable and warm when riding your motorbike will enable you to focus your attention on what’s happening in front of you, reducing your chances of having an accident!

Motorcycle Gloves

glovesWhat’s the first thing you do when you’re about to fall? You put your hands out to break the fall! It’s the same reaction weather you’re a child playing on the street, or out for a spin on your bike. Also, as our hands are the furthest part of our body from the heart means they feel chill first when it gets cold, such as when riding your bike. So, what we need as motorcyclists are a pair of gloves that will offer some protection against impact and abrasion injuries, keep our hands as warm and dry as possible, whilst still allowing us a good feel for the controls of the bike.

Look out for hard plastic on the knuckles and fingers, as well as reinforced leather and sticking around the palm, as this is usually the part that hits the ground first. Thicker winter gloves will keep you warm, but may take some getting used to as the controls feel a little vaguer. Similarly, the same thick gloves on a hot summer day will make your hands too warm, making them sweaty and uncomfortable. The gloves pictured show knuckle protection, re-enforcement on the palms, as well as adjustment straps a gauntlet to keep the wind from going up your jacket sleeves.

 
Additional protection from wind and rain can be had by using heated grips, handlebar muffs and to a lesser extent, hand guards as found on off-road style bikes. It maybe a good idea to carry a spare set of gloves if its raining heavily, as putting on soaking wet gloves isn’t very nice!

 
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