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• 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
   protection.

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
and dry.
• 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
   synthetic material
• 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

Gloves

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
   durable material.
• They should cover your wrists and
   overlap the sleeves of the jacket.
• Cold weather and water resistant gloves
   are also available.

Hearing protection

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.


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