Protection is paramount in everything, and riding a sports bike is no different. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner of six months or an experienced rider of sixteen years, investing in safety gear will pay for itself. Of course, there are cheaper ways to ride your sportbike as hiking boots and jeans are still fashionable. The money that you invest in safety gear, you can’t even realize how much you take it for granted.
The implicit answer lies in the acronym called ATTGATT that means “All The Gear, All The Time”. It seems harmless that a short trip cannot cause you trouble, but it is statistically proven that it’s more likely to happen near your home rather than on a long weekend trip. Therefore, we have enlisted the top three protective gear that you should own.
You should always have your helmet. There is no question if you need one or not. You just have to consider three fundamental helmets that are full helmet, ¾ helmet, and ½ helmet.
Full Helmet: As the name suggests, a full helmet will give you the most coverage around your head and face. Moreover, it will cover the base of your head. This type of helmet can give you full protection, helps you hear the surrounding sound and traffic for defensive riding, and allows you to breathe through the ventilator.
¾ Helmet: The helmet doesn’t offer the same protection as the full helmet. However, except for your facial coverage, the sides, top, and the back of your head will be protected. Ventilation and hearing are the same as the full helmet.
½ Helmet: Since it gives the least coverage, it is the least protective helmet. It doesn’t cover the face in any way and has partial coverage to the side and back of your head.
One of the gears you must have is a jacket. It doesn’t matter how far your trip is or what the weather is.
Though it seems that leather jackets are more in style, if you are thinking about a long road trip, a synthetic jacket is a way to go. Though the synthetic ones don’t last a long time, being too bulky and big, it gives you all the protection you’ll need.
Lightweight jackets around 1mm thick are better than a shirt maybe and can protect you in a slow ride. Whereas the heavyweight jackets of 1.4mm thickness (known as racial or professional weight) can give you coverage all around and the best slide times, the lightweight ones are not ideal for the fast slides.
The clothes that you wear during your ride need to go through a destruction test for stability. So, if you notice AS or CE marks on your jacket, you won’t have to worry about protection.
As sportbikes riders often think that jeans can be an acceptable protective gear, the pants are always neglected.
An actual protective pant will offer safety from the surroundings. It also has armor and ventilation in places that come most into contact.
The major design feature is visibility whether it’s of retro-reflective or bright color coverage.
There are various types of material for protective pants, and it depends on the riding style what the pant’s materials should be. There are leather, textile, kevlar, and denim, and a combination of various materials to choose from.
Protective sports biking is absolutely necessary. Therefore, this article can be an eye-opener for you, whether you are a newbie or an experienced rider. Enjoy your ride, but safety is first and must.