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Safety Gear October 18, 2014

Dirt bikes are loads of fun. I can think of no better way to blow off some steam than to hop on my bike and traverse the trails at my local off road course. But before you take off, make sure you have the best dirt bike safety gear available. Most courses that are open to the public have safety protocols in place, requiring that riders wear proper safety equipment. I don’t always like to wear all of the riding gear that is required, but I get that the course owners want to protect themselves from liability and to protect the riders from serious injury.

What are some of the required dirt bike safety gear? Many people think that all you need is a motorcycle helmet. I’ll be the first to tell you that you need much more. In addition to the helmet it’s imperative that you get a good set of goggles. If you are riding off-road in dirt and mud along side other riders, you can bet there will be debris flying in your face and eyes. Be sure to pick up some tear-off’s too. Tear-off’s really come in handy when you need to clear your goggles quickly.

Working our way down from the head, it’s also important to invest in a high quality neck brace. A neck brace can significantly reduce the amount of force placed on the neck and limit excessive movement in the spine.  A neck brace greatly reduces the possibility of injury.

Another important piece of equipment to have is the chest protector. The chest protector acts like a suit of armor in a crash. It protects the chest and back from impact and also helps to protect internal organs.

Aside from the helmet, knee braces are a must for me. I wouldn’t dare go off road without them. Accidents are a fact of life with dirt bikes and one of the most common areas of injury is the knee. Bruises, torn ligaments, scrapes, and sprains are prevalent among riders who choose not to wear knee braces. Knee braces can be costly but are a lot less expensive than knee surgery. Just get some.

Motorcycle boots are also a great investment. These boots are specially designed to protect the rider from motorcycle related injuries. They offer better protection for the lower leg, ankles, and foot area in general. There are many different styles and some offer better protection than others. My suggestion is to try on many different styles and brands until you find a pair that feels right for you.

On a final note, don’t forget your jersey, gloves, and pants. Many manufacturers offer these items in matching colors or designs. Not only do they offer additional protection, they also look cool.

Safe riding.

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