As the temperatures become more and more pleasant outside, we typically see an increase in the number of motorcycles on the road. If you’ve ever ridden a motorcycle, you know how free and exhilarating it can be to embrace the natural world around us and feel the wind truly rush past our bodies. Yet, riding a motorcycle takes specific safety precautions, as riders don’t have the luxury of a car windshield and airbags around them. With motorcycle helmet use increasing from 48% in 2005 to 67% in 2009 according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycle enthusiasts seem to be taking more care to protect themselves from the risks of the road. To our friends on their bikes – please heed our motorcycle safety tips so you can experience many more glorious rides to come.
Summer Motorcycle Safety Hints
- Motorcycle Helmet: We strongly advise you to not hop on a bike unless a motorcycle helmet is properly planted on your head. Motorcycle helmets saved 1,829 riders’ lives in 2008, says the NHTSA. Don’t take the chance of never riding again.
- Motorcycle Goggles: When you’re driving a car, the windshield protects you from bugs flying right into your eyes, dirt and debris from being flung into your peepers, and the air stinging your eyes. Our Motorcycle Goggles are as rough and tough or as stylish as you want them to be, and serve as that “windshield” protecting your precious vision as you ride off into the sunset.
- Protective Clothing: Sure, leather bike gear reflects the tenacious lifestyle that accompanies riding, but it actually serves an important purpose in motorcycle safety: it helps protect your limbs if you find yourself eating asphalt. Leather is one of the most durable clothing materials out there, helping protect you from scrapes and gashes, as well as keeping you warm when writing in cooler temperatures.
- Motorcycle Gloves: Think those fingerless leather grip gloves that the guys on Sons of Anarchy wear are the epitome of “tough as nails”? Well, they are! They help protect your hands in a crash, and make holding those handlebars much more comfortable on your palms.
- Water Bottle: The heat and wind can quickly deplete you of H20. Keep a water bottle with you while you ride so you can stop and enjoy some much-needed refreshment.
- Sunscreen: No matter how impervious you feel you are to the elements, skin cancer is a very real disease that can and does result in death. Even if you’re decked out in leather riding gear, dot some sunscreen on your cheeks and nose to prevent sunburn.
Your “brain bucket” should be as second nature to you as the keys to your bike, so commit to now making Motorcycle Goggles, protective clothing, and motorcycle gloves integral to your ride. We know some riders who actually buy a few pairs of Motorcycle Sunglasses to stash in their bike and in their home, just so they always have a pair on hand. Grip that throttle, rip it up, and ride safely this summer!