- A DOT-Approved Helmet. There are 4 basic kinds: full-face, three-quarter, half, and modular. Obviously, a helmet protects your head and face in a crash, but it also protects you from rain, sun, and bugs. A raindrop or a bug stings when it hits your forehead at 30+ MPH!
- Riding Boots. Boots protect your feet and ankles from all sorts of hazards including your pipes and road rash. Make sure that they have good tread so that you can grip the road when you stop. Dropping your bike at a stoplight because you lost your footing is no fun.
- Leather or Armor Motorcycle Jacket. A jacket made specifically for motorcycles will protect you from crashes, the weather, and flying debris. Choose one that zips up the front and seals well at your wrists, neck, and waist.
- Riding Gloves. Gloves not only protect your hands, they also protect the grips on your bike from the oils in your hand.
- Eye Protection. In Florida, if you don’t wear a helmet with a face shield, the law requires that you wear protective eyewear. Choose glasses or goggles that won’t be blown off and that are shatter-resistant. It’s great to have tinted eyewear for day wear and “clears” for night use.
Good motorcycle safety gear is all that stands between you and the road. If you don’t think it’s “cool” to wear all this stuff, ask yourself how cool it is to lose flesh as you’re sliding across asphalt at 30+ MPH! Safe riding, and remember - keep the shiny side up!
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