What MC Equipment Should I Be Wearing?

MC EquipmentWe recommend a full-face safety helmet, a pair of leather or kevlar gloves, and a stout pair of shoes or boots. This MC equipment is especially important when beginning riding, since it contacts the surface first, should you be unlucky and fall off. Of course, this should not happen after you have your riding lessons with a qualified instructor!

What follows applies equally to any passenger on your motorcycle. Always play it safe when riding motorbikes. You probably have to do it anyway under the conditions of your insurance, so it makes double sense to do so.

What UK Law about Says MC Equipment

You must always wear a safety helmet when riding a motorcycle (or a moped) on public roads. We highly recommend wearing one when going off road too, as spills are more likely to happen on unpaved surfaces. To be legal as MC equipment, a helmet must meet one of these standards:

  • The British ‘Kite Mark’ UK-BS 6658 (1985);
  • An EEA member specification to a similar standard;
  • Regulation #2205 by the European Economic Commission.

We recommend wearing a visor and goggles if riding with an open-face helmet. The law says they must meet the same standard as your headgear. Ask any motorcyclist that collided with a beetle while riding fast, and they will confirm this makes sense.

Other Important Items of MC Equipment to Consider

We already touched on motorcycle gloves, which are an essential part of rider insulation from the cold. These must be flexible enough for you to operate the handlebar controls easily. They must also be waterproof when riding on damp winter days.

The design of motorcycle boots is equally important, especially when scrambling off road and needing to put a foot down on tight corners. Choose ones that resist impact and tears by sharp objects. Look for knobbly rubber soles that shed oil and grease, so your feet do not slip easily off the foot pegs.

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