One of the most common questions about riding a motorcycle is not about which motorcycle to buy or how to learn to ride the vehicle, but what gear to buy. Once you ride a motorcycle (racing bike or a regular one), you’re going to be traveling much faster compared to a car. If just around your town, you’ll be hitting 50 mph or more and, on the highway, you may find yourself exceeding 85 mph. The sad truth about this is that your skin, bones, as well as the organs, were not designed to withstand impacts at those speeds.
Then there’s the question of abrasion. As a general rule of thumb, figuring the average road surface, you can expect to lose one millimeter of flesh for every mile per hour you’re going over 30 when you crash. No, we don’t know why the thumb mixed empirical and metric units. So, at the top speed of that horse, you’ll have lost 1.4cm (or more than half an inch) of skin and muscle. Where on your body can you afford to lose that much? And that’s at only 44 mph. What if you crash at 70 mph and lose an inch and a half? We’re talking serious, life-threatening injuries from abrasion alone.
Then there’s the weather – different seasons, different weathers. What if it’s kinda cold out? Even at, say, a 50F ambient temperature, wind chill at 55 mph is going to make it feel like it’s 25F. In other words, from the kind of temperature in which you might demand a light sweater, to the kind of warmth where you want long undies and a down jacket. Getting wet would increase that much further.
The right motorcycle gear can even help when it’s hot, by better allowing your body’s natural and typical evaporative cooling effect to take place. Under that regular wind blast, the sweat is blown off your skin too quickly for it to have a cooling effect. Put on your jacket, helmet, boots, gloves, and kevlar motorcycle jeans, however, and your body is free to cool itself as designed.
Luckily, mankind has achieved through science what evolution has failed to provide. And those are the clothing that protects you from accidents and the elements that can make your unsafe when riding a bicycle. Aside from that, the right gear makes you also ride an easier and more comfortable experience.