Murphy’s law simply says “ Whatever will go wrong, will”. As rudimentary as this thumb rule may sound, anticipating the worst case scenario can often more often than not save us from unwanted grief. With recent incident still fresh on the palate, as riders, we must all unite to ensure that such grievous loss of life doesn’t keep happening. The first rule of riding should always be, no gear no ride. A few years ago riding gear was not only an expensive proposition but also very hard to come by. Today it's no more than a few clicks away, which leaves us with more than one reason to never ride out without wearing the appropriate gear. Just in case here’s our guide to riding gear.
The most important part of your gear. It protects your head and your face, and more importantly
Keeps bugs, dirt and what have you while you’re riding. Now although a lot of people prefer open-face helmets, we feel that a high displacement motorcycle. It is very important to have a full-face cover. Nobody likes scars on the face, this is not game of thrones. More importantly, try to buy a helmet from a known store with an ISI or (even more preferably) a DOT certification. A good helmet with a proper ISI certification will cost you no more than 1200 rupees while they can be more and more premium, depending on the weight, wind resistance and ventilation. A good helmet for a superbike should start at around Rs. 10,000
Riding Jacket & Pants
Now riding jackets may vary in type and price. A racing grade leather suit can be an expensive affair but offers the best overall protection, but they are very heavy and can get very heated depending on how long you have to spend in it. There are a plethora of brands online that offer the slightly more reliable vented mesh riding gear with padding protection on the spine, the shoulders, elbows and knees. Even if that is too heavy or expensive, skeletal jackets from Fox (although these are mainly dirt riding gear) are available as low as Rs.2000. Stand-alone elbow and knee guards are also available online at fairly reasonable prices.
Now you might think, why you need special riding shoes. You already own shoes and they protect your feet just fine. Well, ask anyone who owns a pair of riding boots and has been in a crash. Boots need to be at minimum ankle length and can save your legs and your feet in case of a crash. If you’ve ever wiped out on a public road you’ll know how important it is for one to be able to stand up after an accident.
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