New riders are often faced with the dilemma of what motorcycle riding gear they need and how much they should expect to spend on it. I’m here to help you get a better idea of what to expect and where you should put your money when getting your first set of gear.
Set a budget for your riding gear
The first thing you need to do is set a budget for yourself. For these next examples we are going to assume you are getting a motorcycle helmet, jacket, gloves, pants, and boots/shoes. If you choose to start with entry level gear plan to spend between $500-$600. You can save even more by looking for closeouts or specials for motorcycle riding gear. Increasing your budget to the $700-$1000 range, you can up the level of quality and safety rating for your gear. At this level the gear also starts to look much cooler and offer more features. $1000 plus will get you the top of the line gear with amazing features and comfort.
The proper protection for riding motorcycles
The place you should put your money first is a quality motorcycle helmet. This protects your biggest asset, your brain (for most). A proper fitting helmet with a good safety rating will protect you when it matters most. The next piece of gear should be your jacket. This protects your body and spine. CE rated armor and great abrasion resistance shell is what you should be looking for. Gloves will help prevent hand injuries and keep rocks and bugs from hurting your hands while you ride. Pants will help protect you from road rash and armored pants will protect your major impact points in a fall. Riding boots/shoes should protect your ankle and foot as well as keep your feet more comfortable over a long ride.
Plan for the riding seasons
The next part you should consider is what season you will be riding in and what weather you will find yourself riding in. We have great winter and rain motorcycle riding gear as well as summer motorcycle riding gear to keep you safe and cool. Stop by Richmond Honda House today to find out more. Get fitted up and geared to go at Richmond Honda House.