5. Armor

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Over the past decade, almost nothing has changed more in the protection of a rider in a mishap than the protective ability of armor. In the Bad Old Days, a couple extra layers of leather on your elbows and knees were good enough. Now, we’re seeing crash-sensing riding gear with inflatable internal airbags make its way off the MotoGP tracks and onto the bodies of well-heeled street/track riders. For us mere mortals of middle-class incomes, an amazing array of armor that protects in varying degrees – as rated against measurable standards – can be had in even the most price-conscious riding apparel.