25 May 2021, text: Sandra Biraghi, photo: iStock
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.
For a safe ride, pay attention to these key points – especially if you haven’t been riding for quite a while:
When you get back on a bike for the first time in years, you can brush up your riding skills at a bike safety training course. You can get a voucher worth CHF 80 for this from Helvetia. If you don’t yet have a maximum no-claims bonus, voluntarily completing a bike safety training course raises your bonus level for third-party and accidental collision damage insurance.