A helmet. The first item that comes to mind when considering motorbike riding gear and, of course, not only the most important, but required by law. However this isn’t the only wise piece of riding equipment when heading out.
With regard to your helmet, some important considerations include ensuring it has a sticker indicating DOT (Department of Transport) compliance. This ensures the helmet meets certain impact standards. All helmets must meet NZS quality standard NZS5430.
If your helmet is dropped on a hard surface or sustains a heavy blow it is important to discard it and buy a new one as this can affect the structure and make it unsafe.
Make sure your helmet fits comfortably and there is no hindrance to your vision or hearing. A helmet is not an item you should take lightly and buy adequately and not frugally. Make sure the helmet fits securely.
It is important to protect your eyes with either a pair of goggles, a helmet shield or a pair of shatterproof glasses. Ensure there are no scratches as these can create glare.
Riding pants need to be made of a thick material to resist abrasion. Leather or modern synthetic fabrics are always popular.
Gloves should be worn at all times to prevent hand and finger injuries.
As with your pants, jackets should be a thick material and if you expect to be riding in warm weather ensuring, for comfort, your jacket has zipped vents to allow the breeze to flow through.
Strong boots, over the ankle and with a good tread for easy grip are important. Boots should be waterproof and padded or reinforced around the ankle and toe.
Hi viz gear is important, particularly when riding at night. Reflective strips on your helmet and back of your boots are also wise moves.
When wet it is important to wear waterproof gear as most other clothing will be ineffective against any rain heavier than a drizzle.
Whilst purchasing a motorbike is not a cheap exercise it is important to also invest in good quality gear which will help enhance your riding experience and protect you from both the elements and injury.