Must-Have Motorcycle Safety Gear

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Our Top Picks to Keep You Safe When You Ride

As the weather warms up and motorcycle season kicks into high gear, you may want to consider kicking your riding gear up a notch as well. New technology has led to many improvements in more traditional motorcycle equipment and to the creation of some new and innovative gear as well.

Safe riding gear can make all the difference if you are involved in an accident on your motorcycle. We've put together a list of our top safety picks to take your gear to the next level this motorcycle season.

The Basics

Before getting into the latest products, be sure that you've got the basics covered in time for the start of the season.

In the web exclusive below, Attorney Edgar Snyder and Attorney Michael Rosenzweig join Hal Deily, President of the Greater Pittsburgh Motorcycle Safety Council, to talk about the different options in bike gear. Hal takes the team on a tour of a motorcycle dealership for an in-depth look at the different types of jackets, footwear, riding gloves, and helmets available.

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Well we definitely want to protect ourselves in the event of an accident, so we want to make sure we have a proper motorcycle jacket. We have both textile or cadora type jackets, we have leather type jackets. Now-a-days these jackets have built-in panels. Some come with actual armor, as well as a summer gear and they're all made of reflective materials. It's going to really help with your safety at night.

How about pants Hal? I mean is pants a safety issue involving pants at all? Does it matter what you wear?

Certainly, we want to make sure we wear a long pants of some sturdy materials. It's not only going to protect you in the event of an accident but also protect you against the hot parts of a moving motorcycle as well.

I see people every once awhile wearing shorts. You wouldn't advise somebody to be wearing shorts riding a motorcycle?

Certainly not, we want to make sure we have everyone properly outfitted. Let's head this way and I'll show you some other gear that we recommend for all motorcyclists.

Now the other important piece of gear you want to have, you want to make sure you have proper footwear when riding a bike and these are made specifically for motorcycling. A lot of them have a great oil resistance sole on them, so when you put your foot down at a stop, you're going to make sure the bike is stable. This is also going to protect you again in the event of an accident or again, make sure you have a nice comfortable sole to ride. It's going to improve your safety.

Do they have steel tips or is there something, I mean there's very sturdy.

Yeah many of these have a steel toe in it. You'll notice some are lace-up and some are just a slip-on, so again we always go for comfort first which leads to safety.

Good ankle support, I know is a important factor in the shoes, isn't it?

Again, yes it is and also this will protect you against the hot parts of the motorcycle as well as opposed to wearing a tennis shoe or a flip-flop out there. You definitely want something that is going to protect your foot, provide you with comfort which leads to increased safety.

Hal, a common injury we see is, bad hand injuries after a bike accident.

Yeah and that's often overlooked by the average biker, is proper hand protection. We have a variety of gloves made specifically for motorcycles. We're going to have the pre-curved fingers, which will help improve your feel on the bike. There's also reflective material built into them and we applause for the winter better electric as well.

In Pennsylvania we know there's freedom of choice with regard to wearing helmets, but let's talk about helmet safety.

Yeah there are exemptions to having to wear a helmet here in Pennsylvania, but it is our number one recommended piece of safety gear. Regardless if you're traveling state lines, realize those laws can vary from state-to-state. You want to make sure you're in compliance wherever you're riding with the local laws.

And I think if you're worried and want to know what the laws are from state-to-state with the helmet laws, they could refer to our website edgarsnyder.com and be able to get that type of information as to what the laws may be.

Certainly.

No matter what make sure your helmet is a DOT approved helmet. Now we know in Pennsylvania eyewear is mandatory. Now this helmet has integrated eyewear.

That is correct and you'll have motorcycle helmets that have the visor built-in. You can also have sunglasses, there are sometimes drop-down visors within the newer helmets that provide you with the sun glare or you can go with a safety goggle. Something of this nature. It's important to remember regardless if you have a windshield or not, you are still required to wear separate eyewear.

It's the law.

It's the law.

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Helmet

Statistics show wearing a Department of Transportation (DOT)-approved helmet greatly increases your chance of survival in the event of a motorcycle accident. Your helmet should fit comfortably (never loose) and not impair your hearing or vision. High-quality helmets are made of fiberglass or a plastic blend, and they are lighter and absorb impact better than less expensive ones.

Eyewear

Along with wearing a helmet, motorcyclists should wear protective eyewear – either a helmet with a shield, a pair of goggles, or shatterproof glasses. Make sure your eye protection is clean and unscratched, and if your lenses are tinted for riding in the sun, have some that are clear for night riding. Remember, some states, like Pennsylvania, have laws requiring protective eyewear.

Gloves

We see many motorcyclists involved in accidents suffer hand injuries. Having a pair of tough and durable gloves can make a big difference.

Boots

When considering riding footwear, look for boots with great ankle support, protective features, and great gripping surfaces to give you powerful traction on footpegs and roadways.

Injured in a Motorcycle Accident?

Motorcyclists are more exposed to danger than other drivers on the road. While taking steps to protect yourself can help— like buying great-quality safety gear—despite our best efforts, accidents can still happen. Car and truck drivers can still be negligent and irresponsible around motorcycle riders.

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