A common concern with motorcyclists and their families is their safety on the roads. While you or your relative might be great motorcyclist, you can’t control the people around you. That being said, the safety accessories all motorcyclists need include:
- Motorcycle safety gear
- Crash protection
- Security system
- Repair tools
- Reflective gear
Safety Accessories for Motorcyclists
1. Motorcycle Safety Gear
Wearing the proper safety gear will help protect you in the case of a fall. While a bike might be broken, or damaged, proper gear can help save you from terrible road rash or the worst case scenario. Some of the top safety gear choices include:
- Helmets – Helmets are arguably the most essential gear needed for safety and legality. It keeps your face protected from wind and debris, but it also keeps your face and head protected in a crash. Now, they even come equipped with Bluetooth in case you need to make a call or accept one while keeping both hands on the wheel.
- Gloves – Since it is an instinct to catch ourselves with our hands, gloves can also come in handy when there’s a fall. Trying to catch yourself without any protection can lead to torn skin, a loss of fingers, and/or broken bones. Even when you’re riding, it can protect your hands from wind and weather.
- Jacket – Jackets are the most popular when the weather is cooler because they can make you look like a biker. They come in many different materials, and while they look awesome, they also keep your skin from receiving bad road rash in an accident.
- Boots – Boots come in handy and provide traction. They also protect all the small bones in your foot and ankle. Make sure to get an over-the-ankle boot and ensure its sturdy.
- Pants – You may not think of protective pants, but in the case of a fall, you will wish you had them. Jeans might be comfortable and convenient, but they can rip to shred on pavement. Instead of having to invest in leather or other textile material, now they make pants that have protective padding in the right spots.
2. Crash Protection
The next must-have on the list of safety accessories is crash protection on your motorcycle. Adding small little adjustments here and there on your bike can help save you hundreds and thousands in repairs – and it could help protect you.
- Bar ends – If your handle bars are wide enough or your bike is narrow, your handlebars could be susceptible to damage in a fall. The bar ends take the hit instead in place of other expensive parts.
- Frame sliders – Frame sliders disperse the impact of a fall across the frame of the bike and through the engine. Attached to the frame, engine block, or both, it helps protect the chassis by elevating the bike just enough to keep any crucial parts off the ground without flipping or rolling it.
- Front axle sliders – Front axle sliders pass through the front axle and provide sliders for the front forks and brakes. It adds another layer of protection and guards from possible tip-over damage.
- Swingarm spools – Swingarm spools can double as mounting points for the paddock stand, and they make it easy to adjust the chain. Compared to the other safety accessories listed, it provides minimal protection on its own, but combining it with the above gives more added.
- Engine covers – When made from billet aluminum or composite nylon, engine covers can be pretty tough and will help protect the engine. Unfortunately, it won’t help much with protecting the rest of the bike, so it’s best to combine it with the above listed.
3. Security System
If you plan on taking long trips with your bike, you might want to invest in some security safety accessories. Long trips require breaks both short and long and leaving your bike unattended could put it at risk in unfamiliar areas. Locks, alarms, and a GPS tracker will all help to ensure you and your bike’s safety.
4. Repair Tools
You never know when you’ll need to repair your bike, especially if you’re far from home. Taking good care of it and checking all the parts before going far will surely help, but you can never predict when something could go wrong. Having the right tools with you and getting to know your bike will not only help you in an emergency, but it could help you save money.
5. Reflective Gear
If you anticipate on doing any sort of night riding, you should invest in reflective gear. Just like a bicycle rider, cars driving in the dark may not be able to see you until it’s too late. Make sure you have the necessary gear to help be seen. You can get reflective license plate bolts, helmets, jackets, vests, pants, boots, gloves, luggage, and stickers to add to any of these items or your bike.