Regular Motorcycle.com readers know that we are big proponents of wearing proper motorcycle gear while riding. We think wearing anything else would be foolish. (Yes, we’re looking at you t-shirts, shorts, and sneaker-wearing riders!) Rationally, we all know that, in a crash, the best thing to be wearing is durable gear – if we want to minimize the potential for injury.
Unfortunately, a lot of riders have an unrealistic view of their chances of going down. Hey, I understand. During my first few months on a motorcycle, I wore a jean jacket – which is just slightly better than nothing. Since then, I’ve always worn the best gear I could afford. The good news is that rider protection technology has come a long way in recent years. You don’t have to buy expensive leather to be sure you’re protected from the slings and arrows of abrasive pavement. What follows is a list of reasons why you should consider buying – and wearing – dedicated motorcycle protective gear every time you ride.