There’s so much kit out there it can be difficult to know what to buy. You need to think of your own personal safety and choose the gear that’s right for you. There’s plenty of choice out there, for all different tastes and styles, for the different seasons and for the various sizes of riders. If you’re new to the road and the world of motorcycles here are a few tips to help you buy the right kit.
What are the Guidelines?
You shouldn’t forget about the best type of protection just because you’re new. The best advice is to pick the highest level of protection that you can afford, this isn’t a time to be cheap. The good news is there are plenty of brands out there, so even if you do have a very limited budget you’ll still find something that will protect you, but you should look out for a few things before you go ahead and buy. A great place to start is J&S Accessories. They have an online store and are soon to open a further 12 new stores over the country.
The fit needs to be close, with cheek pads gripping your face but not too much; your jaw should be able to move. The padding on the forehead also needs to be close but not so the helmet becomes uncomfortable as this could be distracting while you’re on the road. Cheaper helmets often have less design and fewer graphics and you can save money by choosing older models that are one or two years out of date.
Suits Jackets and Trousers
It’s always a good idea to go for a brand you recognise and have heard of. If you’re exploring unknown waters use online reviews and buy some magazines to help you spot a good brand that is known for being worth the money and providing excellent customer service. It is essential to look out for the CE marks and try out the clothing, paying attention to the level of protection provided to your elbows, knees and your shoulders.
Your clothing shouldn’t be lightweight or feel too flimsy, and when you’re trying them on the clothing should again feel tight but not so tight that it’s uncomfortable. You will probably find the trousers hard to walk in; it’s not unusual as the trousers are designed for the racing crouch.
Gloves and Boots
When buying gloves the key point to remember is comfort. The last thing you’ll want is to find yourself experiencing painful rubbing and restricted movements. Always try the gloves on even if buying online, use a retailer that permits returns to ensure you don’t waste your money.
Your boots need to be solid, waterproof and have parts that can be replaced, such as the toe sliders. You don’t want the boot to be too flexible as they will need to be able to protect your feet should you have an accident.
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