Riding Gears

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    An article that touched my heart; changed my perception on safety & motorcycling; sends shivers to spine when visualizing the road as race track. Its a must read for all those who think...
    - Riding Gears are mere show off
    - Accidents do happen, but, it will not happen to me
    - I wear a helmet & I'll be safe
    - In India these things are not necessary

    Just bang your head against a wall at 5 Kmph & imagine the same happening at a mere 30 Kmph!!! One of the most beautifully written, because of experience, yet feels painful as what the young girl had gone through, ofcourse you may skip at your own discreetion :)


    Source - View Blog Post — “Extreme RoadRash: Cause Effect and Lesson Learned” | Motortopia

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    What is Riding Gears

    A few years back before I joining to the online community I was exchanging an email to another colleague whom I've never met. We came to know both of us share the same passion for riding & our communication were based on it. It so happened that, he asked me, what gears do I have & I replied innocently saying, my bike is equipped with 5 gears :whew:

    Well a riding gear is quite different from motorcycle/scooter gear. Like every needs & good to have's in this universe, there're few essentials & nice to have riding gears too. These are the most essential riding gears.

    Helmet
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    The degree your head is injured is significantly reduced when you are wearing a helmet during a motorcycle accident. Helmets are designed to cushion and protect the head from the impact of an accident. A helmet may be the only protection you have if you experience an accident while riding. When buying your first helmet, go to a place where you can try them on, comfort and fit is very important. After that it usually is safe to order online for that brand of helmet.

    People say the reasons why they don't wear good motorcycle helmets are:
    - Expensive
    - Hot
    - Restrictive
    - The cause of messy helmet-head hair
    - Freedom of choice

    The reality is that each of these reasons can't bring back someone's life if it is lost in a motorcycle accident. Wearing a good helmet doesn't limit motorcycle drivers' ability to hear or see what is happening around them. The bottom line is helmets are the single most important piece of protective equipment you can have when riding a motorcycle

    Gloves
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    When you hit the dry asphalt, dirt, branches, rock or any hard surface even at lower speeds, the hands tend to bear the brunt of injuries. A pair of heavy leather gloves with armored palms will go a long way to keep a break fall from resulting in broken hands, and they can also serve to improve one’s grip on the vehicle. Ideally, a good pair of riding gloves should extend past the wrist, like a medieval gauntlet.

    Jacket
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    The primary reason behind wearing motorcycle jackets is their protective functionality. They work as an armor for the bike rider and protect them from injuries from accidental falls. These jackets provide special padding to help reduce the impact of the fall due to accidents and also minimize the injuries caused at the time of fall.

    Pants
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    You should pay attention to the pants you wear when riding because it will protect your legs from the cold. It will also absorb most of the impact in case of collision. In addition, it will protect your skin from severe injury.

    Boots
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    Not as comfortable as tennis shoes, but the humble riding boot serves many functions in protecting a rider. It helps to stay mounted and grip onto the motorcycle, in addition to looking rather stylish. Riding boots are designed to protect you from the exhaust pipe, the tires, rocks and the vehicle itself as it tries to grind you into the ground.

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    Choosing the right set of Riding Gear

    There're loads of advice, but practically speaking, its boils down to how much one needs & how much one can afford. Generally speaking, most good quality riding gears require a good amount of Vitamin M. Hence we'll touchbase upon few basic pointers about essential riding gears & leave the discretion of striking a balance on choosing quality riding gears versus vitamin M factor.

    • Check if the riding gear complies with the international safety standards. Ensure to buy the non imitation ones that comes with tard low price or low in quality which is as good as riding without one
    • The gear should be as one with your body. Do not buy incorrect sizes, because, the chances of getting hurt becomes even more with the improper ones
    • Choose the specific gear for your riding category: sport, street, touring, motocross, cruiser etc.
    • Keep a thumb rule on the cost of the riding gears should not exceed 20-25% on the total cost of the motorcycle. But remember, increased protection only helps & its better to deviate the thumb-rules on safety guidelines.
    • Adapt the gear to the weather. Leather's are good during Winter & mesh jackets for good ventilation during summer. Though riding gears are equipped to protect from rains using inner lining, it is better to invest separately on rain gears. One size may not fit on all occasions.
    • Never buy a used helmet as it is very difficult to see any previous damage. The general guidelines is to replace the helmet every 5 years.
    • Avoid buying jackets with collars that are too bulky or have straps or pocket that could catch on anything. Think cheap and it may cost you your life.
    • When choosing the gloves make sure that there is a wrist strap, double stitching at the seams, hardened protection on the knuckles and that there are tops on the fingers. A rubber strip on the index finger is useful when wiping your visor clean.
    • Remember a summer jacket has a shorter, thinner liner, while a winter jacket has a longer, detachable liner. If it's an all season jacket, make sure you have zip open vents in the front and back of the jacket.
    • Removable linings are recommended, but they should fasten securely. At least one interior pocket should be provided for keeping the wallet and personal documents.
    • If you don’t have money to buy a separate one piece riding suit, then it’s better to buy a jacket with a full length zippered pants connector.
    • Riding pants have to be armored, hard on the knees and soft on the hips.
    • You should be able to lock the pants around your waist for a better fit and to keep the cold air out. If you wear big motorcycle boots under your pants check that your cuffs are wide enough to accommodate them.
    • Always buy boots that are above ankle height & ensure they fasten securely. As a thumb rule when trying out, wear them for about 10 minutes to see the level of comfort they provide to your feet.
    • Riding boots should have a shifter pad on the sole or heel shifts. Soles should be flexible lengthways but rigid width ways and at least 4mm thick, without indents include. The armor should be made of foam padding and plastic shields. Boots with thick abrasion resistant uppers are recommended, as well as water resistance.
    • Last but not the least, always try the gear at a dealership before purchasing. Incase of online purchases, remember to try out the gear at home without removing the original tags & also remember to buy from those online stores that have exchange policy on incorrect sizes.



    Industry Standards
    CE Approval - The letters "CE" are the abbreviation of French phrase "Conformité Européene" which literally means "European Conformity". The term initially used was "EC Mark" and it was officially replaced by "CE Marking" in the Directive 93/68/EEC in 1993. "CE Marking" is now used in all EU official documents. CE armor is a type of padding required by European specifications. It is usually found in the knees, elbows, shoulders and sometimes the spine area of motorcycle jackets. It is designed to crush on impact and to provide padding in the same way that a helmet protects the head.

    For those who're interested in learning about CE, pls go through this website.


    Helmets in general are safe when they're approved by DOT (Department Of Transport) or SNELL (Snell Memorial Foundation). The difference in Snell approved motorcycle helmets compared to DOT approved helmets are not much, other than the testing methods used to receive the certifications. The Snell Memorial Foundation uses more methods of testing and they also require the helmet to absorb a greater impact. The Snell Foundation also does all the testing of the helmets that are approved by the foundation where as the DOT do not do all there own testing but rely mostly on the helmet manufactures.

    DOT relies on the manufacturers to test the helmets and provide a copy of test results. If the tests meet the federal motor-safety standards, the helmet will have a sticker with DOT printed on it. DOT does test some helmets every year. When a failure occurs or other flaws are detected, the agency publishes its conclusions and forwards a copy to the manufacturer. DOT relies on the helmet maker to resolve the problems.

    DOT uses guidelines from the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 218 for crash-worthiness testing. A crash-test dummy is fitted with the helmet and dropped onto an anvil at different angles and speeds. Meters and cameras measure the helmet's response to the crash.
    For more information on Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards & Regulations, click here

    The Snell Memorial Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to research, education, testing and development of helmet safety standards. Since its founding in 1957, Snell has been a leader in helmet safety in the United States and around the world. Click hereto find out more information on Snell.
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    Importance of Riding Gear

    Most motorcyclists know the importance of wearing a helmet but there are still some that do not wear adequate clothing on the rest of their body. Previously, leather used to be the only material for motorcycling clothing but there are now a choice of materials including nylon and Kevlar. Specialist motorcycling clothing has really gone forward during the past few years with advances in manufacturing techniques, materials and product development. These materials are much lighter than leather making them more comfortable whilst riding but they are also far better for protection against the weather. The ballistic nylon and Kevlar materials have fantastic anti abrasion properties. These materials took over 1700 cycles on an abrasion test before failure. If you put that against a pair of jeans which failed after 50 cycles, it is evident the importance of such protective clothing.

    Choosing a Jacket
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    A well protected motorcyclist has a carefully selected jacket that provides protection from the elements, flyingobjects and debris kicked up by other vehicles. Most jackets made for motorcyclists have padding on the elbow, spine and shoulder areas. This padding helps to protect the body from impact by providing cushioning on the areas that are most likely to sustain impact during a crash.

    Traditionally,motorcycle jackets were made of leather and many riders still prefer the styleand performance of leather jackets. Manyriders today enjoy the flexibility and fit of jackets made from high-densitysynthetic materials that are both strong and form fitting. These jackets are designed to protect the rider from injury through strategic padding and have the additional benefit of offering better and more efficient protection from rains through waterproof lining. Further, these jackets are often designed to allow ventilation, which provides additional comfort for the rider.

    No matter a conventional leather or modern riding jacket is choosen, it is important that it fits correctly. A poorly fitting jacket can result in additional, unnecessary injuries if it rides up or moves out of position during a crash. A jacket moving out of position or having a loose fit can affect the ability of the rider to slide during a crash. A loose jacket can get caught on the road surface or on objects on the road, causing the rider to roll awkwardly rather than glide on the road surface and this increases the likelihood of injury to the rider. To further protect the rider, many jackets include zippers and fasteners that attach the jackets to the pants providing even more safety in a crash.

    Finally, there is a new kind of motorcycle jacket currently available that is receiving a great deal of attention. This jacket uses air-bag technology to build in an air cushion that automatically inflates when the rider is thrown off the motorcycle. This jacket uses a coiled wire that attaches to both the motorcycleand the jacket and when the motorcycle and rider are separated, the wire pullsthe “pin” out of the gas-release system that then inflates an air cushion.

    Choosing a Suitable Pant
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    For added protection, it is recommend wearing a motorcycle riding pants especially if one is on long trips. However, protection and control should go together. The riding pants protects the legs from the cold & will also absorb most of the impact in case of collision. In addition, it also protects the skin from severe injury (abrassive resistance)

    The pant has to be the right fit. Baggy pants flap a lot & becomes very uncomfortable during the ride. It can also make the legs go numb. Tight pants are not a good choice either as it is bound to hurt as one sit especially on the joints. This can even hinder the flow of blood, as one is bound to stuck in one position during the ride.

    It has to be windproof to block the wind, should have waterproof materials & most importantly in tropical hot weathers, it is wise to choose the pants with more of air flow than choosing one made out of water proof material.

    Which Gloves
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    Hands tend to sweat a lot during extensive riding periods. This results in the hands getting wet and hence losing grip on the handle bars. Gloves prevent this from happening. The perfect kind of gloves would be the ones that provide protection on the outside and comfort on the inside. Leather, Kevlar and carbon fiber are the commonly used materials to create high quality motorcycle gloves. Cotton is also used in the inner parts of the gloves to avoid the rider getting sweaty hands.

    When a biker meets with an accident in which he/she is skidding forward because of the momentum, our immediate action would be to stop skidding by using our hands. In such a scenario our hands would get badly battered and bruised. Wearing gloves can protect the rider's hands from getting cuts or bruises because of an accident. Higher quality racing gloves protect the rider's hands from twisting or bending beyond a certain level and hence protecting them from injuries.

    Gloves also protection in different weather conditions. Gloves are most useful in icy conditions. Our fingers become numb when they are constantly in touch with cold or chilly winds. Biking in cold weather will do the same. Our hands and fingers when cold and numb do not react fast enough even though we are alert. Thus a glove can prevent this from happening by keeping the palm and fingers warm.

    Gloves are normally classified into two main types:

    Full Fingered Gloves - These types of gloves are further classified into four different types.

    1. The Gauntlet gloves are the best among them as they provide really good protection and can be used in any weather.
    2. Plastic gloves or better known as rain gloves are used as covers and are worn over any existing pair of gloves.
    3. Lightweight gloves are the best for summer or hot conditions as they allow cooling of the hands.
    4. Winter gloves or leather gloves are the best alternative for winter. They help in keeping the hands warm and hence active even in cold conditions.

    Half Fingered Gloves or Fingerless Gloves - This type of gloves do not provide really high quality of safety but are ideal for regular motorcycle riding. They keep the hands cool and allow better ventilation.

    Choosing Boots
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    Although good motorcycle riding boots offered protection, riders must remember that motorcycle riding boots will not offer protection against impact. The motorcycle riding boots do, however, protect riders from a variety of riding hazards like protection against burns from hot exhaust pipes and scrapes from flying road debris or loose gravels. In the event of accidents, quality boots can protect riders from abrasions; soften impact to the ankles, thus reduce concussions to the ankles and give the foot valuable protection. These are not designed for fashion and daily wear originally as the main purpose is to protect the riders' feet and motorcycle riding boots are some of the hardest-wearing footwear.

    Motorcycle riding boots should have short heels as short heels allows the boots to maneuver the foot correctly and let the foot sits squarely onto the motorcycle peg and at the same time, providing good ankle support. High heels boots tends to put the "thigh-to-calf" at a more acute angle or at a more uncomfortable leg bend.

    Avoid laced-up boots if possible and picked those that are zipped, buckled or velco-taped fastened, the zips, buckle and the velco-tapes must be of good quality. Laced-up boots are harder to take off during mishaps.

    ATGATT Rule
    ATGATT stands for All The Gear, All The Time. Shorthand for a philosophy that complete motorcycle safety gear should be worn at all times, and gear should not be reduced at times when the perceived risk is less.

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    Disclaimer - The pictures above are shown only for illustration & provide better understanding for the reader.
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    Other Non-Essential Riding Gears
    The essential set of protective riding gears consists of helmet, riding jacket, full fingered gloves, riding pants & riding boots. Apart from these there're several other types of riding gears to assist a rider that may be classified under good to have. We'll run through a overall summary on most of the riding gears apart from the essential ones, without getting into much details.



    Eye Wear
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    Many hazards, including wind, rain, insects, and blowing sand and dirt, can impair your vision and increase your risk of crashing. That’s why pro riders use glasses, goggles, and helmets equipped with face shields to protect their eyes. Eye protection comes in various styles, so choose equipment that you enjoy wearing. Select protective eyewear that is clear or has a yellow tint. Other tints can impair night vision.



    Rain Wear
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    The regular rain gears that costs less are the ones that comes with two pieces, jacket & pants. However on medium to heavy rains, they're of no use & water does gets seep through. Instead choose a single piece rain gear that are made out of goretex fabric or Polyurethane-backed heavy-duty nylon shell. The difference being that the former allows a good air circulation, while the latter is not so effective on it. Some of them has waterproof zippered vents on the front that work with the vent in the rear to remove some of the moisture inside, the integral hood that goes UNDER your helmet and keeps water out of the collar of the suit and the quality shell material and main zipper with the nice large rubberized zipper pull.

    Also rain gears helps to keep the mud off your riding jacket and pant, helps to Keep warm in cold and moist weather, acts as another barrier to the wind, lets you ride in foul weather, saves time on cleaning riding gears.



    Balaclava
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    If you want to make your helmet to fit better, you’re going to need a balaclava mask. This is just one out of several benefits of balaclava mask. Keeping your head warm while driving your motorcycle or when skiing is another good thing about it. This will also help to save the head from insects while riding the motorcycle. Great thing about it is that usually one size fits most and that it’s machine washable.



    Riding Underwear
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    Designed to protect your skin from damage that can occur on a long ride & provides comfortable, breathable under layer for leathers or textile motorcycle clothing. Helps make it easier to slip in to or out of leathers, especially after a sweaty ride.

    There are a couple of different theories for why one would want an underwear layer under leathers or textiles when riding in hot weather. First of all, leathers and nylon can get pretty sticky in these conditions when worn against bare skin. When the temperature reaches about 70 degrees (F) or so, a cotton T-shirt and cotton underpants are the only liner needed when wearing a perforated leather jacket and pants. But when the temperature jumps to the plus side of 80, leather can get rather uncomfortable, perforated or not.

    A layer of soft fabric between the rider's skin and the leather can help, because the layer acts as an offset to keep the leather from resting directly on the skin, allowing air to circulate and preventing the sweaty skin from sticking to the leather. Polypropylene used in many of these under-leather-wear garments is designed to wick moisture away from the skin.



    Socks
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    Believe it or not, some of the socks are asymmetrical; that is, one sock is labeled "left" and the other "right" with bright yellow lettering near the toe. Few socks has been developed to take the anatomical shape that allows the foot to "gain added support and stability without losing contact with the boot through unnecessary, constricting padding. And the padding are places exactly where it is actually needed, where the foot is subjected to stress and strain which also significantly reduces the risk of sustaining painful skin abrasions and pressure points.

    The asymmetrical design provides direct support for each individual foot, the toes and the calf. Some of the socks are designed to increase the comfort level for riders in all weather conditions. By keeping the foot dry, fresh and breathing, they stay warmer in the cool weather and cooler in the warm weather.



    Vests
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    Staying visible on roads, especially at night can be a big challenge. Motorcycle riders can now enjoy sufficient visibility by using reflective riding gear. Such as motorcycle jackets with reflective piping. This piping contains small glass balls that reflect light. Besides jackets, there is the option of reflective vest. Reflective vest are easy to put on and can be worn over most types of clothing. They are extremely light weight in most cases. These vests are request in most bases for riding motorcycle.

    Reflective vest contain a high visibility tape - not just simple piping. This makes these vests stand out in dark. Price of the vest generally follows the type of material and who is selling it.

    Some of the vests such as Synergy Tourmaster provides additional feature such as heated vest that comes with complete with harness and controller & one of the lowest power demands at 52W & is also machine washable.

    Some of the vest such as Joe Rocket Sahara Vest provides evaporative cooling vest to wear one during hot weather motorcycle riding. It functions on the principle of evaporative cooling. That is, when a liquid evaporates from a surface, it takes heat along with it, cooling that surface. When wearing these types of vest, it will feel cool to touch, even when standing around in the hot sun. But the higher the airflow, the greater the rate of evaporation and therefore the amount of body cooling.



    Riding Suits
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    These are one piece (both Jacket & Pant combined) protection suit. They are substantially (but not perfectly) waterproof. One can wear a riding suit over work clothes in about 30 seconds, drive to work in pretty much any temperature from about 45° to 90° Farenheit, rain or shine, and get there in decent shape. It then takes about 30 seconds to remove the riding suit. Riding suits are not so comfortable when the temperature is above about 90°F, depending on the personal tolerance for heat, and may need additional layers to spend significant time riding in temperatures below about 45°F, depending on the personal tolerance for cold.





    Protective Wears
    Protective wears are armors that can be bought in addition or along with riding gears & most of them are worn on the body over the work/casual/regular clothing or can be inserted along with the riding gears.



    Bio Armor Kit
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    These are complete replacement kit for leather or textile jackets includes two shoulder and two elbow protectors & are used for replacing the existing armor or adding to the jacket for improved performance against impacts or abrasion.



    Reflex Elbow Guards
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    These are elbow guards to be fastened over the body or wrapped around the textile or leather jacket for increased protection. Most of them are made out of impact-resistant polypropylene & have bio-foam padding for comfort and cooling.



    Bionic Protection Jacket
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    These are high-performance protection riding jacket & these type of jackets come with kidney padding that most riding jacket don't have.



    Regular Knee Guards
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    A good quality knee guard are designed asymmetrical for a superior fit & are made out of impact-resistant polypropylene structure & have bio-foam padding for comfort and cooling.



    Bionic Knee Guards
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    These knee guards are almost similar to that of regular knee guards except that their design is articulated to follow the movements of the knee joint. Some of them have superior energy absorption from impact-resistant, ventilated thermoplastic shell with aluminum-reinforced knee cup.



    Back Protector
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    These are designed for insertion into the leather or textile jackets and are considered as replacement kit for replacing the existing armor or adding to the jacket for improved performance against impacts or abrasion.



    Chest Pads
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    These are essential piece of motorcycle safety gear intended to help protect your body in addition to standard gear. Chest protectors can lend added protection for a variety of more intense riding styles. These are to be inserted into the leather or textile jackets that have provision to include them.



    Ear Plugs
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    On high speed riding, an hour at highway will subject ears to enough wind noise to cause some hearing loss as well. Ear plugs significantly reduces the wind noise & may allow to concentrate more on what's going on around when riding.



    Air bag Vest
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    The concept of a motorcycle airbag jacket (or vest) is fairly new that there're very less number of manufacturers making this product. The jackets contain an air bladder and CO2 cylinders & is tethered to the motorcycle. If the rider is ejected from the bike, the CO2 cartridges go off and fill up the air bladders to cushion the impact.

    However, this concept is still not so popular due to several shortfalls. One of them being observed is that one has to actually separate from the motorcycle before the jacket inflates. If the rider were to have a slide out (low side fall), the jacket would not begin to inflate until the rider had already hit the ground. Then after the rider separated from the bike, the jacket would be begin to inflate. So if the rider hits the ground while still being on the bike, the jacket won't inflate until the rider has rolled away from the bike. This could help if the rider rolled on the ground and hit something after the initial impact.

    Also these jackets are slow to inflate & takes upto 500 milliseconds. This is relatively slow compared to a car air bag that inflates in about 170 milliseconds. Also, a car air bag triggers as soon as an impact is detected. With these jackets, you would have to crash and launch approximately two feet from the bike before the jacket would even start to inflate.

    Additional read on Airbag Vest
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    Wanted to keep Motorcycle Luggages section different from Riding Gears because, these are no way considered for protection, but an essential gear when it comes to motorcycle touring.

    Most bags are constructed out of Leather, Polycarbonate hardshell & most water proof water bags out of denier cordura type of material.



    Magnetic Tank Bag
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    Choose a buy a sleek aerodynamic shape bags. The magnetic flaps are used for easy and secure attachment to metal tanks.



    Tail Bags
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    Seat Bags
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    Saddle Bags
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    Triple Tree Bags
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    Tool Bags
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    Back Packs
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    In the concluding part of Riding Gears thread, I'll list out few of leading motorcycle riding gears manufacturers as well as some reliable dealers in India. These names are picked up to give our patrons hoping that they get adequate knowledge on riding gears & invest some money to buy them so that they land up in good, reliable & safe hands when they make a purchase. Please buy the riding gears at your own discretion after analyzing the pros & cons on the models you finalize.

    Leading Brands For Riding Gears & Helmets
    1. Fox | Head
    2. Ride Icon
    3. Scorpion Sports 2011 first in Innovation - motorcycle apparel - helmets - XDR
    4. O'NEAL | TWENTY ELEVEN
    5. Thor Motocross
    6. Fly Racing
    7. JoeRocket.com
    8. SHIFT
    9. RJays... RACE BRED IN AUSTRALIA


    Leading Brands For Helmets Only
    1. Bell Helmets: Motorcycle Helmets, Bike Helmets:
    2. AGV USA AGV Dragon Helmets :: Street Road
    3. SHOEI.COM WORLD WIDE HOME
    4. ARAI Home
    5. Welcome to HJC Helmets
    6. Studds Accessories Ltd.
    7. Aerostar Helmet Manufacturer In India | Quality Helmets Manufacturer In India | Helmets Exporter In India
    8. Vega - World Class Helmets Made in India
    9. Sol Helmet India
    10. THH Helmet
    11. Helmets | Motorcycle Helmets | Safety Helmets | Motorcycle Helmets India


    Leading Brands For Riding Gears Only
    1. REV'IT! - Homepage
    2. One Goal. One Vision. | Alpinestars Inc.
    3. Tour Master / Cortech
    4. FIELDSHEER : Be Sure, It's Fieldsheer.
    5. Firstgear Premium Motorcycle Riding Gear and Luggage
    6. Teknic 2011 - Home


    Leading Brands For Motorcycle Luggages
    1. MotoCentric - Motorcycle Luggage, Motorcycle Covers, Motorcycle Gear
    2. Nelson-Rigg Home
    3. Saddlemen Motorcycle Gel Seats, Luggage & Accessories


    Riding Boots
    1. TCX BOOTS Motorcycle Boots, Racing, Touring, Motocross, Supermotard, motorcycle Boots for Woman, TCX BOOTS, Stivali da Moto, Racing, Touring, Motocross, Supermotard, Stivali moto da Donna
    2. ::: SIDI :::


    Few Leading & Reliable Indian Stores Dealing with Motorcycle Riding Apparels
    1. PlanetDSG : Motorcycle Riding Gear, Accessories, Apparel and..
    2. Home - BIKES I RIDING GEAR I PERFORMANCE ACCESSORIES I SPARES
    3. Performance Racing Store
    4. Raw Adventures, India
    5. Cramster - India's Favourite Riding Gear and Motorcycle Luggage
    6. VIATERRA
    7. Spartan Progear


    All the motorcycle riding gears that have been discussed so far contains pictures as well as portrays gears for men. If anyone wonders if there're any for ladies, then, yes, all the brands listed above contains ladies riding gears, apparels as well as the same protection available for men.
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    As I found out the easy way during my Leh trip with a spill that I had.

    Full gear on, Knee pads, Gloves, Riding Jacket, Helmet.

    Took a wooden bridge that was slippery and wet in the rain. The wooden rafters were uneven.

    Saw a vehicle approaching from the opposite side, thought I'll give him some space and tried to maneuver the bike to one side of the bridge.

    In an instant the rear wheel lost grip, and the luggage at the back did the rest, and the bike fell to the right side. My leg was under the engine, however the knee + Shin Guard saved my knee, else it would have smacked into the bridge with a sickening crack.

    My elbow hit the threaded end of a steel bolt protuding about 2 inches on the side of the bridge, holding the rafters in place. So did my shoulder and my Helmet.

    Instinctively I had tried stopping myself with my hand, thankfully no scratches due to the gloves.

    End result -

    - Jacket shoulder completely ripped off. Thankfully the Shoulder armor protected my shoulder.

    - A massive dent in my helmet ( My head had gone thud against the bolt! ), could've been my head.

    - Elbow gets a giant muscle knot, which I still have after 5 months, however, it was the difference between a broken arm, and a swollen one. Thanks again to the protection in the elbow of the Jacket.

    And at what speed? Barely 10-15 kms per hour!

    And all of this happened on? Day 2 of my trip from Chandigarh to Manali. We had stopped for a break, and were now searching for the place where we were supposed to stop. Many friends had removed helmets etc since they were near their destination. I got left behind, because I took sweet time to gear up everytime before riding.

    But it made the difference for me, I could have been injured severely and would have ended my trip on day 2 itself, but thanks to the riding gear, I went on to complete the entire trip, with one more minor spill in dirt only.

    And fingers crossed, lemme type this cautiously, these were the first 2 spills on a motorcycle ever in my riding of 8 years, and over 1 Lakh kms accumulated on all bikes that I have owned.
    --- Double Post Merged, Jan 11, 2013 ---
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  6. Aargee

    Aargee RAID Rookie

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    Well, I'm the owner of that article, so I hope I hold the copyright & can post wherever at discretion :)
     
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    MOZ RAID Leader Staff Member

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    Sure.

    BTW the auto guys been kicking it up a notch, huh? ;)
     
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    JD666 RAID Leader Staff Member

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    Hehe.. Well that's how it should be right?
     
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    dbg RAID Staff Staff Member

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    Hot damnn !! .. this going on the long term bookmark..

    Having been through a rough accident myself .. it scares me that this thought was one of the things that lead to it.

    I always recommend my friends to atleast get a decent jacket + gloves along along with their helmets, had I just these things I would have been spared of 90% of my injuries.

    To an average office going commuter .. carrying extra riding gear would obviously seem troublesome especially when you're carrying a work-laptop + bag + lunch. I see countless bike riders stopping at our security check everyday while entering the office and only 10% of them have any more protection than a helmet.

    Thankfully my office has enforced a mandatory helmet policy for all employees on two wheelers. Entry is not allowed for vehicles when rider n passenger do not have helmets.
     
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    BANHAMMER Teh Almighty BanHammer Staff Member

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    This article should be on our facebook page(sorry I haven't checked that in a while) and on our home page.
     
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    Thank you Aargee for this contribution to Raid! Much much appreciated!
     

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