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Motorcycle Protective Clothing

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Summary:
Everything that goes in the name of protective gear may not necessarily
be as safe as the claims may be. In Europe, for example, apparel has to
undergo a series of lengthy tests to qualify as safety clothing. These
include abrasion, tearing and impact tests. If they are passed they are
CR certified. In the US, where there are no such tests all riders should
acquire a set of motorcycle protective clothing by keeping the following
points in mind:

1. Wear a sturdy pair of hig...


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Article Body:
Everything that goes in the name of protective gear may not necessarily
be as safe as the claims may be. In Europe, for example, apparel has to
undergo a series of lengthy tests to qualify as safety clothing. These
include abrasion, tearing and impact tests. If they are passed they are
CR certified. In the US, where there are no such tests all riders should
acquire a set of motorcycle protective clothing by keeping the following
points in mind:

1. Wear a sturdy pair of high boots and protective pants. Your pants
should be reinforced at the knees and hips and the boots should be made
of thick leather with flexible sole.

2. Traditional motorcycle gear has been made of leather, but thick nylon
and other synthetic material are good too. If you must wear jeans wear
Kevlar ones; they are more abrasion resistant. The same goes for jackets
too. If it is made of leather make sure the leather is thick and the
jacket’s elbows and shoulders are reinforced. Some impact protection
would be ideal.

3. Get yourself a decent pair of gloves with reinforced palm patches.
This is absolutely essential because palms get terribly bruised during a
fall. Knitted Kevlar is a very good choice; reinforced leather works well
too.

4. Wear impact protection gear. They are available separately. You can
also go for motorcycle clothing with a degree of impact protection built
in. This way whenever you wear clothes you have at least a degree of
protection.
5. Choose the right helmet. This is absolutely imperative. The helmet is
the most important protective gear that you can have, never get on to the
bike without it.

At the minimum, when you are on your bike you must have the following:

a. Helmet: Make sure it is DOT certified, and fits your head snugly.

b. Eye Protection: A full-face shield, three-quarter helmet, goggles, or
close-fitting eyeglasses should be used to provide adequate protection to
the eye.

c. Gloves: Since we reflexively put our hands out while falling, the
palms are likely to get bruised unless there is protective covering on
them. This is why gloves are so important.

d. Jacket: Jackets protect the bikers against the elements and also
provide some impact absorption on falling.

e. Long trousers: Long trousers can protect your legs against insects,
bugs and highway debris. They also provide some impact protection against
falls.

f. Above-the-ankle footwear: These cushion your feet in case of a fall;
they also protect your feet against stinging insects.

				
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