Motorcycle Protective Gear – Protect Your Yourself; Protect Your Freedom

Freedom is the word people commonly associate with motorcycles and motorcycle riding. Unlike an automobile, the motorcycle provides the rider with the opportunity to get up close and personal with the natural elements. However, the reality of not being surrounded by a virtual fortress of metal and plastic also means inherent danger to the rider. 

Therefore, protective gear is an important issue with motorcycle riders. We could write a whole book on the importance of a crash helmet, but let’s investigate some other types of less obvious yet important protective gear. 

Eye and face protection - 36 states have some kind of law requiring protective eye gear in the form of goggles, face shields, approved glasses or a windshield mounted on the motorcycle. Ask veteran riders about the importance of eye protection and they will relate stories of being hit in the face with rocks and broken glass kicked-up by other vehicles, insects and even red hot cigarette butts launched from oncoming cars. 

A rider takes a very significant risk by operating a motorcycle at highway speeds without some kind of eye protection. In most cases an approved windshield will suffice as eye protection, but even with a windshield, a person would be well advised to use glasses as back-up protection because eye injuries can be permanent and very debilitating. 

Other important considerations for protective gear include these:

  • A tight-fitting leather jacket and pants will protect against abrasion in the event of a spill. A jacket should be padded on the shoulders and elbows. Other protective clothing materials include Cordura, Kevlar, or ballistic nylon. The jacket should have a close fitting collar, tight cuffs and zippered front with a wind flap. Reflective patches are also desirable.
  • Boots that fit up and over the ankle will save you from abrasion, cold air, flying debris and burns on hot exhaust pipes. Boot soles should provide a non-slip surface to stay on the pegs and in order to operate the controls successfully. Boots that zip are preferred to the lace-up style as laces could become entangled in the machinery. Also, boots protect against foot and ankle injuries in the event of an accident. Chances are that people who have ridden a motorcycle barefooted have tried it the first and last time.
  • Full-fingered gloves look good and protect your dexterity on cold days and/or nights. Loose fitting gloves might hinder your ability to operate controls and gloves that fit too tight could cut your circulation, causing cold hands. Insulated gauntlet gloves that fit right are valuable when the weather turns on you.
  • A rain suit means being dry. Being dry means being comfortable. Being comfortable means one less distraction for the operator. Be comfortable and ride safely. 

At Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys, we have been representing the victims of personal injury including motorcycle accidents for more than 15 years. We have seen the devastating consequences firsthand and take pride in holding those responsible accountable for injuries and damages to the motorcycle rider and his family. 

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James Roswold is a Kansas & Missouri personal injury, workers comp, and medical malpractice attorney.