Whether you are a seasoned rider, a learner rider or have just passed your test, having the right motorcycle safety equipment is essential to protect you in the event of an accident.
ALA GAP Insurance has compiled a motorbike safety gear list to help point you in the right direction.
Brain injury is one of the biggest causes of motorcycle fatalities in the UK. That’s why motorcycle helmets are arguably the most important piece of safety equipment for riders. Lightweight, tough and crack-resistant, they are designed to protect your head in the event of an accident.
Considering people risk losing 1mm of flesh for every 1mph over 30mph at road impact, motorcycle leathers are without a doubt essential protection for riders. And this goes for racing riders, experienced road users and novices alike. No motorcyclist should be on their bike without head-to-toe leathers.
Motorcycle Ear Plugs
Motorcyclists are often exposed to noise levels that could potentially damage their hearing. Whether it’s from their own bike, other bikes or the noise pollution generated from the UK’s busy roads, riders should do everything they can to protect their hearing. Specially-designed motorcycle ear plugs are especially good at dampening excess noise, without impairing your hearing.
Motorcycle Dash Cam
Motorcycle dash cams are a great way to record riding footage. Even though they don’t keep you physically safe, what they do provide is essential evidence if you are in accident, helping you apportion blame for an insurance claim and potentially help to take dangerous road users off the road.
Heated Motorcycle Clothing
Even though it’s not strictly a gadget, for many riders heated motorcycle clothing is a must. And with good reason. Cold weather can make riding difficult and having heated clothing, such as heated vests, hand grips and even seats can make for a much more comfortable, and most importantly, safe ride.
Motorcycle Fairings and Windshields
Just as motorcycle visor protects a rider’s face, motorcycle windshields protect a rider’s torso. By being protected against the elements and debris, riders can then focus and concentrate on the road properly.
Motorcycle Mirror Extenders
If you’re a learner rider or have just passed and feel you would be more confident on the road if you had greater visibility, motorcycle mirror extenders will help you to see more of the road and the drivers around you.
Motorcycle UV Protection Strips
Whether it’s winter or summer, sun glare reduces visibility for riders and increases the risk of having an accident. Coloured strips placed inside a helmet face shield prevent the sun from blinding the wearer and also provide protection from UV rays.
Motorcycle Reflective Tape
Motorcycle reflective tape is a great way for riders to improve the visual presence of themselves and their vehicle to other road users. It is recommended that the reflective tape is placed on your front forks, the edges of your panniers and anywhere that sticks out.
Motorcycle Disc Lock
Rider safety should always be at the forefront of your mind, but vehicle safety should not be too far behind. If you don’t have a garage to leave your bike in overnight, or are worried about leaving your vehicle unattended during the day, a disc lock should help to reassure you and keep your bike safe.
Motorcycle Crash Protectors
Motorcycle crash protectors are effectively small, rubber bungs that provide additional protection to your vehicle’s chassis in the event of a slide or fall.
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