Protective Riding Gear for Motorcyclists

Michael Snedeker is a certified business coach with ActionCOACH. When he is not imparting his business knowledge to ActionCOACH clients, Michael Snedeker enjoys spending time on his motorcycle.

Appropriate riding attire represents one of the most important steps toward motorcycle operator safety. As is the case with bicycles and alternate terrain vehicles (ATVs), a quality helmet is the single most important piece of safety equipment. Lightly colored helmets are preferable due to their improved visibility at night. If a helmet does not feature a visor or other form of eye protection, riders should invest in a pair of goggles in order to decrease the likelihood of temporary blindness during a ride.

Riders should also get in the habit of wearing brightly colored jackets fixed with reflective tape. Along with a light-colored helmet, bright colors draw attention to a motorcyclist during evening and late night rides. Jackets, as well as pants, should consist of leather or a similarly thick, durable material. Riding attire should cover a rider’s arms and legs in their entirety to avoid painful cuts and scrapes after a minor fall. Motorcyclists can further protect themselves by wearing gloves and over-the-ankle riding boots.