Wearing the right protective clothing goes a long way toward keeping you safe. It may be an expensive purchase, but it’s definitely not an area where you should cut corners to save costs. Motorcycling gear should give you optimum protection from head to toe. The first thing to consider is the helmet. Helmets are compulsory for riders and pillion passengers alike. So-called integral or flip-up helmets provide the best protection, as they completely cover the face and jaw. Important: helmets must comply with the “ECE 22-05” standard. When choosing motorcycling clothing, it’s a good idea to opt for eye-catching colours and reflective elements. Motorcycling jackets with integrated back protectors and extra protection around the elbows and shoulders are recommended. Motorcycling trousers should also have knee, hip and shin protectors. For motorcycling gloves, abrasion-resistant material that covers the wrists is recommended. Motorcycling boots should protect the ankles and lower shins. Lace-up shoes are a definite “no-no” as they can get caught in the brake lever or the gear lever.
You can insure your protective gear and that of your pillion passenger against theft and damage with Helvetia.
For a safe ride, pay attention to these key points – especially if you haven’t been riding for quite a while: