Wearing proper riding gear for safety
Protective equipment wear not only lowers the risk of injuring yourself due to an accident or mishap, it also provides a good level of comfort so that you can fully and comfortably enjoy your route.
If you ask motorcycle riders why they started riding at first, you can observe a very clear pattern in most of the answers: the desire to feel free. However, this hardly unmatched feeling usually comes at a price; trail and off-road riding require wearing safety gear and using the right equipment in order to ride responsibly.
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Essential kits for off-road riding
While there are several elements playing a safety role when travelling on two wheels, all of them play specific roles when minimizing the consequences for the rider in the event of an accident.
Types of equipment and riding gear accessories
Basic Equipment Kit
Basic equipment kits include two of the main equipment items for safe riding: the helmet and the motorbike jacket. This kit offers the minimum level of recommended gear to wear when immersing yourself in adventure riding.
It is indispensable for the helmet to have full coverage around both head and face, while providing ventilation, and to have a proper fitting that smoothly adapts to the shape of your cheeks. It being too tight will mean rider discomfort while it being too loose will unsafely compromise its protecting objectives.
On the other hand, specifically in off-road riding, the jacket must always be waterproof, lightweight, breathable and have the ideal amount of stretch for maximum comfort and maneuverability. Furthermore, the jacket or outer layer should feature protectors at critical points such as the shoulders, elbows and back.
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Complete Equipment Kit
Besides the two previously mentioned equipment components, a more complete equipment kit includes the trousers, gloves and trail bike boots; which we all strongly recommend. Trousers must be adjustable in waist and ankle, have a water-resistant treatment to prevent water from soaking in, provide reflective detailing for rider visibility and must add a double layer to avoid reverse transmission.
As for the off-road gloves, the fabric is a key determinant of their quality and abrasion-resistance to both natural and casual events. The combination of stretch and toughness offers increased flexibility, lightweight comfort and protectors for the palms.
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Riding technology enables waterproof, windproof and breathable gloves that can be used with mobile and navigation systems.
Trail motorcycle boots: the ultimate protection
We left dirt bike boots for a separate section, not because they are less important but because for us, they are a key piece to the equation of trail and off-road gear. These are not only in charge of protecting your feet, they also prevent lower leg injuries and the ankle bone.
One of the most common accidents in trail-riding is the foot being trapped under the motorcycle, while the lower leg taking the force of the motorcycle. Motorcycle trail riding boots offer all the comfort and protection necessary for every possible event that might happen.
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Characteristics of trail motorcycle boots
Adventure dirt boots should be enough comfortable on your foot to wear all day. Full grain leather offers an ideal footwear for all kinds of paths, due to its combination of vintage appearance with comfort and resistance.
It is essential that boots, as well as the other garments, are waterproof, windproof and have a breathable membrane. The truth is that wearing inappropriate footwear when off-road riding is practically like going barefoot, which is why specific traits such as them being unbreakable, non-slip and having reinforced ankle are all crucial.
Finally, the closing system being adjustable and ergonomic is of extreme importance for the boots’ design, that must always be certified to secure that it complies with the highest safety standards.
The best gear for your rental at Billy Goat Garage
Whether it is you are looking for a basic kit or a full kit rental, we put at your disposal all the information and material you need regarding models, features and sizes of every piece of safety gear involved in adventure riding.
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Our promise for you will always be riding freely with all the guarantees! From safety gear equipment to accessories such as GPS, intercom and airbags available for rent, we assure that the perfect items will fit equally your physical and riding needs. Visit us to know more!