Motorcycles are fun and efficient. They can even provide you with a mini vacation when all you really have is an afternoon to spend on the road. A long cruise can take your mind off of your worries and change your perspective on the world.
The trade-off for the exhilaration and freedom you experience on your motorcycle is the constant risk of a crash. No matter how safe you may try to be, there is always the possibility that someone else will do something dangerous and put you at risk. Investing in appropriate safety gear can go a long way toward minimizing how much risk motorcyclists have on the New York streets.
What kind of gear will make your next ride a bit safer?
A certified helmet
Helmets are mandatory for all motorcyclists and their passengers under New York law. You have to have a helmet on at all times while riding, and the helmet you ride needs to be certified by the Department of Transportation.
Although wearing a helmet may inhibit your enjoyment of the wind in your hair, it could potentially save your life. Motorcycle helmets can reduce the severity of brain injuries and sometimes prevent lasting injuries altogether.
Motorcycles lend themselves to a certain aesthetic, especially certain famous domestic brands and vintage bikes. For decades, the biker uniform has been black leather. That choice wasn’t just about the fashion statement it made but also about safety.
Leather gear can prevent road rash and offer a small amount of protection in the event of a crash. However, there are modern synthetic fabrics that are just as resilient and protective as leather. In addition, they come in a broad range of bright colors with built-in reflective materials. While eye-catching gear may be different from the look people associate with motorcycle riders, it could draw the attention of others in traffic and potentially save someone’s life.
Although it isn’t gear, adequate insurance is also invaluable for motorcycle enthusiasts. You don’t want to be fully dependent on the other driver’s policy, as their coverage may be far too low for your total costs. Identifying purchases you can make that will improve your safety could help you avoid a motorcycle crash and protect you better if you do ever experience one.