There’s just nothing quite like the experience of riding down the road and feeling free- free from stress, free from expectations. Some may say that wearing a full face helmet, motorcycle jacket and motorcycle pants limits that… Wrong!
We know how much fun it is to have the wind whipping through our hair and yet we still wear motorcycle helmets because let’s be honest, riding and living to do it again is more important than feeling the breeze. And just as it is important to wear a motorcycle helmet, it is also important to wear all the gear while out riding.
So maybe you have years of riding under your belt and think that a motorcycle jacket isn’t necessary. Maybe motorcycle pants make you walk funny and, besides, you’ve been riding for so long you have nothing to worry about on the road. Remember our last post: Got Helmet Laws?, “When there is an incident, we are the ones who suffer”. That’s why it’s so important to wear gear even if you have experience out on the road.
We feel it’s important to be prepared for that day where there is a lapse in judgement or run in with a distracted driver. Although we hope that day never comes, why take a chance with your life? Having the right motorcycle jacket and pants can make a difference.
What gear do you wear when you ride?
My father was riding once when the streets were wet from a recent rain. He made the mistake of riding in the middle of the lane as the oil started coming up on the road.
When he suddenly had to brake, he went down. He did have on both a motorcycle helmet as well as a motorcycle jacket but he wasn’t wearing motorcycle pants. He had layered pants, long johns, and a couple pairs of socks. He was able to walk away from that accident with just a little road rash on one of his arms but his shin wasn’t so lucky: The kickstand went right into his leg. They had to use a whole bottle of peroxide to wash the wound. Perhaps if he had been wearing better gear that wouldn’t have happenned. I am thankful to this day that he was wearing a motorcycle jacket and helmet and I am a firm believer in ATGATT. We just never know what the road has in store.