Having the right safety gears while riding a two-wheeler is vital for staying safe on the roads. While many riders already use premium branded motorcycle helmets, it is not enough to protect the entire body from the wide variety of dangers on the road. In addition to a helmet, you are also going to need a pair of good quality riding gloves, riding jacket and boots to keep the entire body protected. If you are ready to replace the old riding safety ensemble with a new set, you need to know a few important things first.
Identify features to upgrade
When you are in the market for new riding safety gears, take a look at the things you liked in your old ensemble and be critical of the things you actually need in your motorcycle riding safety gears. For example, if you are going to make long distance rides more frequently, you will need the enhanced safety of a premium full-face helmet. An open-face helmet might not be the best thing for your need. Another viable alternative could be a modular helmet that gives you the safety and coverage of a full-face helmet and the convenience of an open-face helmet. The latest branded motorcycle helmets come with a host of premium safety and creature comfort features such as Bluetooth connectivity and anti-fogging visor technology that enhances the safety aspects as the comfort factor. That way you get a fair idea of the new things you are going to need in the updated set of riding gears and focus on getting them for the best price.
Think of a budget beforehand
Continuing on our point of prices, it is really important to make up your mind regarding the amount of money you plan to spend on the new set of riding safety gears. Once you have the constraint of price clearly defined in your mind, you stop wasting effort on checking out products that are beyond your budget and evaluate only those products and features that are meaningful for your needs and attainable within your budget. Not setting a budget can lead to confusion in deciding on the useful features meant for ensuring safety and comfort while riding. As a general rule of thumb, an average premium branded helmet costs around Rs3000 to Rs6000 depending on the features you opt for. Include the other riding gears such as gloves, jackets and boots – and you are looking at an average budget of ₹12,000 to ₹15,000, give or take a few hundreds. If you do not want to invest the entire amount together, plan to buy one gear at a time, but don’t cut corners with safety & quality!
Talk to your peers
Personal experiences are very important when it comes to making important decisions on matters related to personal safety. But sometimes you need a different perspective on what new products make more sense in terms of safety and comfort. What are your peers using, what features do your friends prefer in their riding safety gears? When you talk to more people, you get to understand the features you need to remain safe irrespective of where you are riding to, or how long you wish to ride. Are there any new features in the market that makes more sense given your particular style of riding? Do a thorough research of all the available options and then decide accordingly.
Don’t ignore the industry certifications
Whether you are replacing an old set of riding gears or getting a new set entirely, do not make the mistake of ignoring the need for proper riding safety certifications. Safety certifications ascertain the fact that the helmet has been tested according to the latest safety and quality parameters and has been approved on all parameters. Non-certified products may seem cheap at the outset but at the end of the day they offer very little value because non-certified helmets are unable to deliver the necessary protection in the event of an accident. Always check for the relevant safety certification that is applicable in your country.
Limit expenses to only the features you need
Last but not the least, when you are in the market looking for a new set of riding safety gears, limit your expenses to products with features you need, and not on superfluous features that will just add to the overall cost of the product without really adding any value to your safety or riding comfort.
Edited by Seth Martin