If you choose a helmet that does not
have full coverage protection, you should
consider eyewear specifically designed to
protect your eyes when riding. Eyeglasses
or sunglasses may not provide adequate
protection. If you wear corrective glasses,
you should wear goggles that go over
Tinted eye protection should not be
worn at night or when light conditions
are poor. Use a clear replacement shield
for your helmet or wear clear goggles in
conditions of reduced light and visibility.
Dressing for safety
and the weather
Your clothing should be motorcyclespecific
for riding. It provides the best
protection against scrapes and cuts
in a collision as well as contact with
the ground or road surface. It also
provides protection from the weather
and flying debris. Clothing should be
worn in layers so that you can adjust
to changing weather conditions,
and reduce the risk of hypothermia,
hyperthermia and dehydration.
Hypothermia occurs when the body
loses heat faster than it can produce
heat, causing dangerously low body
temperature. The body loses heat due to
cold or wind chill. Riders are especially
at risk for rapid chilling. Even in warm
weather, the constant exposure to wind
when riding may cause hypothermia.
If you become chilled, your reflexes
and response time will be slowed.
Hypothermia will also reduce your ability
to concentrate and respond safely to
traffic conditions. Proper riding gear, such
as a windproof jacket and insulated layers
of clothing, are essential. Motorcyclespecific
clothing that you can heat while
you are riding is also available.
Hyperthermia happens when the body
overheats. The body temperature can rise
when the weather is warm or hot. Wind
passing over exposed skin will quickly dry
the moisture from the body, increasing the
risk of dehydration.
To avoid overheating and dehydration,
stay well hydrated by drinking plenty of
water before the ride and when taking
breaks. Plan for frequent water breaks
and rest periods that are out of the direct
The effects of hyperthermia and
dehydration may be more severe if you ride
without a jacket. Some motorcycle riding
jackets and helmets come with venting,
which allows for airflow. If you wear a
proper jacket, you reduce the chance that
you will become too hot or dehydrated.
Jackets and pants
Always ride with complete and proper gear
recommended for motorcycle riding.
• Jackets and pants should cover your
torso, arms and legs completely.
• Clothing should be snug enough not to
flap in the wind or get caught in your
motorcycle. However, it should be loose
enough to move freely while covering
your layered clothing.