• Sturdy synthetic textiles or leather
that are designed for riding provides
the best protection.
• Denim jackets and pants give only
minimum protection and will wear
through quickly when a rider is
skidding on a road surface.
• Shorts and lightweight pants, and
nylon materials are not recommended
for riding as they do not give enough
Gear and clothing with colours will
help others see you when you are riding.
Reflective strips on your motorcycle and
clothing will make you more visible at night.
In cold or wet weather, wear proper
clothing that will help keep you warm
• A cold weather jacket designed for
riding should resist wind and fit snugly
at your neck and wrists.
• A good quality riding rainsuit will
not balloon or tear apart at highway
speeds. The rainsuit should have a
jacket with long sleeves, pants, and
extra room to fit comfortably over your
regular riding clothes.
Boots and other footwear
Proper footwear should allow you to
operate the foot controls effectively. Your
boots or footwear should:
• cover your ankles
• be made of leather or sturdy
• have soles made of durable material that
will provide enough grip to keep your feet
from slipping even in wet weather
• have short enough heels that they do not
catch on rough surfaces or the controls
• have the laces tucked in to prevent
them catching on the motorcycle
It is best to wear gloves that are designed
for motorcycle riding. Do not wear mitts
when operating a motorcycle.
• Wear gloves that are thin enough
to allow you to grip and operate the
controls, but are thick enough to protect
your hands in a crash.
• The gloves should be comfortable,
flexible, and made of leather or similar
• They should cover your wrists and
overlap the sleeves of the jacket.
• Cold weather and water resistant gloves
are also available.
Wind noise is a hazard for motorcycle
riders. When riding the air passing around
your head creates wind noise as your
speed increases. The noise can lead to
fatigue and cause permanent hearing
loss. A helmet alone may not offer enough
protection. Various types of earplugs are
available and should be used when riding,
particularly on highways where higher
speed limits are in effect.