Certain pieces of safety equipment are designed to help protect a rider’s
body from serious injuries if a
motorcycle accident occurs.
5 Essential Pieces of Riding Gear for All Conditions
DOT Approved Helmets: Wear a properly fitted helmet and replace it every five years. A helmet
reduces a rider’s risk of death or traumatic brain injury by at
least 40% if he/she is involved in a crash. Helmets can be customized
for unique style. While full-face helmets offer the best protection, open
face helmets offer more life-saving protection than no helmet at all.
Florida does not require riders to wear helmets, but we strongly encourage
riders to wear them.
Long / Reinforced Pants: Always ride wearing long pants that cover the ankle. Exposed ankles can
be burned by hot exhaust and engine parts. Consider purchasing special
reinforced motorcycle pants. Some varieties are designed to withstand
a slide across pavement at high speeds. Others are fitted with protective
panels in the hips and buttocks. Protective pants can reduce or eliminate
road rash injuries in the event of an accident.
Vibrantly Colored Jackets / Helmets: Bright yellow and orange stand out at considerable distances. If you prefer
dark riding leathers, a brightly colored or white helmet may still provide
a strong contrast against dark clothing and can help a rider to stand
out. If black gear is not a necessity, consider a vibrant riding jacket
or protective jackets with reflective trim/panels. Riders might also add
a reflective belt or vest over existing gear when riding at nighttime.
Riding Gloves: At minimum, leather riding gloves can protect a rider’s hand from
potential road rash injuries. Several common motorcycle clothing outfitters
offer reinforced nylon, composite, and Kevlar gloves fitted with protective
panels in the palms and knuckles. In a crash, a rider may instinctively
put his/her hands down to break a fall or to stop from sliding. Gloves
with reinforced palms may protect hands from being torn apart in the event
of an accident.
Boots / Protective Shoes: Boots or heavy duty hiking / construction shoes offer the best protection.
Full size boots covered by protective pants provide a rider the best insulation
against ankle burns. Boots are more likely to hold up and protect feet
in the event of an accident. Boots or shoes with a heel are recommended
for motorcycles of all makes. The heel provides a stronger grip point
and helps to keep a rider’s foot secured over the foot peg. Heeled
boots also provide the ideal positioning for a rider to pivot the foot
on the peg and shift gears or apply the brake.