Starting out on a street bike is no easy task. Apart from doing the research, finding a reputable dealer, and pulling the trigger, the right gear is just as important in the buying process. Not only will this gear provide your clients with the necessary protection, it will ensure the rider’s comfort during the trip. Therefore, here is a comprehensive list of all the pertinent safety equipment needed for both new and experienced riders. Further, ensure a customized Street Bike Insurance Program is carried at all times to mitigate risk and financial responsibility, and share the following with your clients.
First and foremost, the right helmet is a must. While there are plenty of different types, ensure a full-faced helmet is worn all the time. According to a study published by Dietmar Otte, 45% of all impacts to motorcycle helmets occur around the face, in an area not covered by open-face or ¾-type helmets. Says Ride Apart.
Further, get the right type of helmet for the riding that will be done. Remember, street bikes are much different than dirt bikes. Like the crumple zone in a car, helmets are also designed to destroy themselves in a crash, thereby dissipating the energy that would otherwise be transferred to your head. Sometimes, a helmet can experience a crash without external signs of damage, but still sustain unseen effects. To ensure that your helmet is fully capable of protecting you, always buy a new helmet from a reputable retailer and then treat it like a baby, never allowing it to fall to the ground or otherwise be damaged, says Ride Apart.
Not only does the jacket protect the skin against abrasions in the event of an accident, but it protects the organs, the back, and ribs, as well. Purchase a jacket that is weather-resistant to keep the rider dry and cool during rides. Further, the jacket should be strong enough to absorb potential impact and should come with a “CE” safety rating. Lastly, ensure the jacket fits snugly but also allows full movement of the arms.
Like jackets, pants are available in leather or textile materials and should be equipped with CE-rated armor in the hips, shins and knees. They should fit snugly, but comfortable and allow full leg articulation. Try them on a bike, in a riding position close to that of your own to determine if they’ll work, says the article. While jeans may be comfortable, they are not going to protect against abrasion and other injuries in an accident, so dress appropriately to ensure safety.
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