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Staying Safe On Your First Motorcycle

closeup of a motorcycle engineWhether it’s the freedom of the open road calling your name or just something you’ve always wanted to do, you have decided to by a motorcycle. You’re going to have a great time once you finally choose one, but the important part is choosing the right one. Not only that, but picking out all of the right gear.

There is more than purchasing a bike than a make and then there’s the necessary safety gear that comes with it. Here are some tips on buying your first motorcycle, and everything else you need, in the hopes of helping you stay safe.

The Gear

As important as choosing the right motorcycle is choosing the right protective equipment. At a minimum, you’ll need:

  • Helmet: Look for one that is federally approved, free of defects and fits appropriately.
  • Eye protection: If you don’t choose a helmet with a face shield, you should invest in a good pair of goggles or riding glasses to protect your eyes from road debris and insects.
  • Jacket: A hoodie isn’t going to offer you much protection. Look for a jacket made specifically for motorcycle riders.
  • Pants: You already own pants, so you don’t need to spend money on new ones. You may, however, want to invest in a pair of chaps for added protection.
  • Boots: Sandals are a definite “no” when it comes to motorcycle riding. Invest in a pair of sturdy boots that cover your ankles and have a slip-resistant sole.
  • Gloves: A pair of leather gloves specifically made for riding will allow your hands to breathe while protecting them from flying bits of debris from the roadway.

Wearing the right gear is going to help keep you safe while riding, but it could also save your life should you be involved in an accident.

The Motorcycle

The motorcycle you choose will depend on your wants and needs. Most experts recommend that someone just starting out looks for a bike with a single or twin cylinder engine. These are the commonly recommended makes for beginners:

  • Honda single cylinder engine
  • Honda twin cylinder engine
  • Kawasaki twin cylinder engine
  • Suzuki twin cylinder engine
  • Yamaha single cylinder engine

If you do happen to be involved in a motorcycle accident in Charlotte or the surrounding area, you have rights. Reach out to our team today to schedule an appointment for a free case evaluation. We will review the details of your accident and talk to you more about your legal options. Call our office today or browse our website at your convenience to learn more about our firm and the types of cases we handle.


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