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Motorbike Gears: All You Need To Know

We all know that motorbike gears are personal protective equipment for different parts of the body to help protect bikers from unforeseen circumstances. So, before the light, camera, and action of a jolly pleasant expedition on your two-wheel engine, you must make sure to equip yourself with the safety gears for motorbikes we’ll be looking into today.

In every facet of life, we ought to do things the right way to ensure desired results or at least prevent pathetic outcomes. An anonymous saying is “Accidents hurt, safety doesn’t”. Safety generally is of front-page importance which is pertinent for taking a risk-free and enjoyable ride. NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, USA) has made known a factual data stating that riding a two-wheel motorbike is 30 times more treacherous than a four-wheel automobile and probably more difficult. Why? Well, it is simple logic. A bike rider requires more balance and is open to the atmosphere. Just think, you are not even going to be sitting upright while riding!

A human body is naturally not configured to withstand certain adverse conditions. Hence, we need certain equipment to prevent or minimize injury. The concept of moving at a certain speed sends shivers down the spines of some technophobic individuals. For those who are, however, bold enough to take the bull by the horn, or in this case, by the handlebars, need certain gear that protects them, as well as to make them look badass.

Motorbike gears on Indian roads are of great importance, some of which shall be explained in detail below.

IMPORTANCE OF MOTORBIKE GEARS

Motorbike Gears: All You Need To Know

PROTECTION: This goes without saying, the first motorbike gear importance is to stay safe while riding. They protect the limbs, the head, the arms, the chest area, the kneecaps and the legs. They ensure that even in the event of an accident, the rider has higher chances of leaving the crash without potentially life-threatening injuries. They make sure you don’t lose a limb, a finger, permanently damage your skin, or your face.

Motorbike Gears: All You Need To Know

SHIELDING: Motorbike gears also help to shield you from the possible hazardous environment we are constantly exposed to. They offer protection from rain, snow, and other potentially dangerous riding situations. Wearing a completely water-proof motorbike gear ensures that you are as dry as the one who drives a car.

Motorbike Gears: All You Need To Know

FASHIONABLE: I think everyone will agree that bikers’ complete safety gear for a motorbike isn’t just protective, or a shielding piece of clothing, but is also fashionable. If you ride an aesthetically pleasing bike, it is only fitting that you top it off with some equally aesthetic pieces of biker clothing. From the mysterious biker helmet, the ever-fashionable leather jacket, to some awesome biker boots, it is simply an awesome way to dress.

There are many safety gears for motorbikes, all of which have their importance. Each of these gears will be discussed in detail below.

Helmets

Motorbike Gears: All You Need To Know

What’s special?

Helmets are the most essential both legally as well as being a safety gear for motorbikes. It is basically a shell that covers the head with a visor in front to allow you to see the road. The outer core of the helmet is usually made of a hard but flexible material, that helps reduce the impact of a crash. The inner portion of the helmet is made with soft layers of materials, to reduce the impact after a crash and avoid any serious head injury.

How is it important?

There is nearly no need to explain the importance of crash helmets, as they are obvious, but I’ll indulge you. It most importantly reduces the impact of the force on the head after a crash. The head is the central processing unit of all human activities, and as functional as it is, it is equally fragile. A knock on the wrong side of the head can cause a permanent brain injury. It also ensures that the road does not test its frictional ability by getting a taste of the skin on the face by abrasion. An anonymous fact states that 40% of motorbike crashes feature abrasion of the skin.

A protective “head pot” for riders, the helmet takes blows not only during a crash but when riding as well from weather and nature. Some of us do not feel the least comfy with a continuous drop of uncontrolled wind whamming malignantly unto the surface of our face. It also prevents flying insects from hitting you in the face, mouth or even eyes. Also, they exude a sort of mystery from the wearer.

Price Range

Helmets vary widely in price, as you can get them from anything between INR 3,600 to INR 38,000. Prices always depend on the grade and class you wish to go for. Some of the most popular and best producers of motorbike helmets are Bells, Studds, Shoei, etc., and they offer different designs and grades.

Who may find it interesting?

There are different types of helmet, with some looking extremely fanciful for lovers of fashion. There is even a new trend of some with inbuilt Bluetooth capability for musical geeks, now how cool is that? Zac brown once gave a strange reason to wear a helmet saying “When you’re wearing a motorbike helmet, people don’t know who you are. So I just wander around and, yeah, it’s pretty awesome”. Funny as it sounds, it is quite true. Well, no matter the type you decide to go for, be sure to choose the right helmet for your head size and the type of bike, as well as the terrain.

Gloves

Motorbike Gears: All You Need To Know

What’s special?

Gloves are next in line with all the motorbike accessories for a safe enjoyable ride on your motorbike when the road beckons and you cannot resist the urge to ride into the open arms of the horizons. Gloves are usually made of leather materials which sort of automatically transform the look of its user on the motorbike into a badass superhero, does not matter whether or not he can withstand a simple jab.

How is it important?

Gloves are not just a piece of fanciful and fashionable leather hand adornment; I could call them partially useless if that is its sole function. It also serves as a safety equipment to prevent the rider from abrasive impact just in case a crash occurs. It is said that we humans are an advanced computer program, so we have a default reaction to situations – when one is crashing and tumbling down from a crash, you can’t help but stretch out your hands as the only means of speed break at that point. Gloves help to protect the wrists and the palms during a crash.

Price Range

Prices for leather gloves vary extensively just like any other thing on this planet. It all depends on the depth of your pocket and your financial buoyancy. Alpinestars and Dririders are one of the best producers of gloves ranging from INR 1,200 to as much as INR 44,500.

Who may find this interesting?

Gloves are an excellent piece of good looking biking gears that are meant for all. Aside protection from weather conditions, it provides better frictional grip to the controls of your two-wheel ride for people with sweaty palms. Evel Knievel said “Riding a motorbike on today’s highways, you have to ride in a very defensive manner. You have to be a good rider and you have to have both hands and both feet on the controls at all times”.

Suits or Jackets & Pants

Motorbike Gears: All You Need To Know

What’s special?

Though there is nothing like a lovely top to bottom motorbike suit, in a situation where that might be too costly, jackets and pants can be an alternative. These clothes like accessories are no doubt one of the most essential and popular motorbike gears of importance for all riders. Their function is to not only help the rider look all fitted and fashionably delectable, but also act as a protective external covering for the rider. Jackets are just like clothing; it is made of diverse material types that can be categorized under either leather or textile materials.

How is it important?

Jackets or suits’ materials are suitable for different times, situations, seasons and places. Mostly they are often made of leather, some of the nylon, ballistic mesh and so on. These are designed to suit different weather conditions as well. Jackets and a pair of pants or protective trousers can keep you warm in cold weather, keep you comfy when the weather is hot, essentially, different designs for different weather conditions. The jacket and the pants should be compatible and the pair of pants should be equipped with padded armour on the shins, hips and knees. Some jackets though costlier have embedded in them padded arms and back protection as well.

Suits or Jackets also contribute to protecting riders from the dangers and injury due to abrasion during a crash.

Price Range

You can get a simple leather jacket for as low as INR 13,000 to as high as INR 44,500. Dririder, Alpinestars and Triumph are one of the leading brands in jackets and motorbike suits.

Who may find this interesting?

There are some suits and jackets that have been made of perforated yet protective materials which makes them suitable for hot weathers and regions for riders who want to feel light and aerated. They are also fashionable and badass, Alexei Sayle humorously said, “People are more violently opposed to fur than leather because it’s safer to harass rich women than motorbike gangs”.

Armor

Motorbike Gears: All You Need To Know

What’s special?

This particular group of motorbike gears are of different types for different parts of the body. They are made of special kind of plastic materials that are to be crash resistant and not break under pressure or impact from a fall.

How is it important?

When someone falls off their bike, you can never be sure where you would land on while tumbling into oblivious seemingly non-ending rolls down the road. It is best to be prepared and protected from whatever happens. There are armours meant for the elbow, shoulder, some for the knees and shin and even for the back. These armors are mainly needed for crash protection.

Price Range

One of the top brands for standard motorbike armours is FOX, they have a huge variety of armours ranging from INR 1,300 to about INR 9,000.

Boots

Motorbike Gears: All You Need To Know

What’s special?

The last on this list as we have sort of picked it from head to toe. I know you all will agree with me that the leg is another part of your body that can easily get hurt if involved in a crash. Aside from crashing, how would you look if you do not complete your kitting up with a nice up the ankle high-up pair of boots.

How is it important?

They help to complete a photoshoot ready look for the rider to look like a hero ready to save the world. These boots are meant to have tough layer of plastic in front and on the sides to protect the leg and fragile ankles from breaking. If you purchase one with laces, ensure that you tuck in the laces before riding to avoid it getting caught in the wheels.

Price Range

Motorbike boots prices also vary from manufacturers to the size and the included protective feature they come with. Alpinestars again ranks at the top having gotten inaugural motorbike boots award with prices around an average of INR 16,000. Be sure to check the boots and ensure they are not too heavy for you to carry. You should be comfortable in them.

Who may find this interesting?

Like Dean Winters stated, “If I ever go onstage at the Oscars, you can guarantee I’ll be wearing my motorbike boots”. A fitted and classy motorbike boot is fashionably enticing for fashionistas. There are several very effective motorbike boots that are light to carry and at the same time very effective with shock absorbing and bomb-proof protection. Some boots have laces while others come with easy clip tightening feature.

We have covered some major motorbike gears which are important for safety in case of a motorbike crash and of course, for a badassry 101 outlook. For any lover of fun interested in riding a two-wheel mechanical beauty, it is not optional to get these motorbike accessories, but essential. It does not matter if you are a professional or a rookie rider, we all make mistakes and miscalculate. So get yourself these gears to enable you to bounce right back after your bike knocks you off for whatever reason. In the next article, we’ll be looking into some other gears and closely into these ones mentioned here. Until then, Ride safe! 🙂

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About Ankhi

Ankhi is a wanderer at heart and a biker with a passion for penning down meaningful words. Despite a successful career in Finance, Ankhi soon found that she preferred writing stories that can help other bikers like her.

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