The riding season is here, and in the northern parts of the country, it’s time to roll out your trusty motorcycle and begin a new year of riding adventures. As experienced riders, we know to a perform careful pre-season inspection of our bikes and take care of the necessary maintenance before the first ride. But do you give your riding gear the same careful attention? You should.
The old saying that “time heals everything” doesn’t apply to motorcycle safety gear. Over the winter, your riding gear material ages and may deteriorate. Here are some things to include in your gear inspection—starting with helmets.
Your helmet has a finite service life. In fact, many helmet manufacturers recommend replacing them five years after they’re made.
A full-face helmet has five major systems that help to protect you. We’ll start our check with the inside and move outward:
There is a dizzying array of riding gear available. Your inspection will vary depending on the style, construction, and materials. Here are a few things to look for:
Proper gear improves your comfort and safety while riding, and is a large and worthwhile investment. Giving your helmet and riding gear proper maintenance helps ensure they’ll do their job over their service life. But getting and maintaining your gear is just the beginning—it’s important you use it every time you ride. Remember, there’s no ride too short to leave your gear behind.
Till next time, ride safe!
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