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These are the 13 mistakes to avoid to equip yourself on a motorcycle and not cast lots for your safety
These are the 13 mistakes to avoid to equip yourself on a motorcycle and not cast lots for your safety

We all know how great it is to move around on a motorcycle and we enjoy it a lot, whether it is on a day-to-day basis on the streets of our cities to go to work or on weekends to enjoy those unique sensations on secondary roads or even on closed circuits.

There is often the feeling that for this, the only important thing is that our motorcycle is in the best possible condition, that it has all the details taken care of, keeping its maintenance up to date without making typical mistakes. But no, we are just as important as our motorcycle and therefore, being properly equipped is vital.

1. Wear street clothes

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This is one of the biggest mistakes that are made and at the same time, it is one of the most common and one that we sadly see the most in our day-to-day lives. It may be that your street clothes are very beautiful, that you are incredibly fashionable and that you are super handsome or pretty in it. But no, your street clothes will not protect you at all if you fall while riding a motorcycle and the consequences can be very serious. Motorcycle clothing is durable and designed to keep us safe. If you're not going to use it, you'd better go by car or subway, for your own good.

2. Do not wear clothes of our size

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It is not that it is as bad as not wearing it, but wearing motorcycle clothing that is not our size will not help us too much. If the clothes are too big, in case of fall it will move and will leave us unprotected anyway. If it is too small, it will limit our movement and reduce our agility. Since you are going to wear motorcycle clothing, make it the correct size.

3. Do not wear a helmet of our size

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If wearing clothes of another size is bad, use a helmet that is not our size it is a huge mistake that can cost us our lives directly. When choosing a helmet, it is vitally important that it is our size. If it is large, in case of a fall it can come out leaving us totally unprotected. If you think these things don't happen, watch this video …

4. Not wearing the helmet properly fastened

If you buy a helmet in your size but do not fasten it, you will have wasted time and money. Wearing a helmet is just as important as wearing it properly fastened. And it is not worth that the closure is thrown, no. You have to take it as tight as possible without drowning us. If you can take double ring closure, Even better.

5. Do not close the visor

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It is another mistake when it comes to using the helmet in the proper way. Helmet visors are more important items than many think. They are not only valid to remove the annoying air from our faces. They also protect us against stones that can jump, against other things that may impact against us, against objects that could hit us … It is best to always keep it closed to have extra protection for your face.

6. Do not wear gloves

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If you are one of those who do not wear gloves, maybe soon you will stop being it, since it sounds like a mandatory measure in not long time. However, you shouldn't need the Civil Guard to force you to wear gloves, you should want to wear them yourself for your own safety.

Wearing motorcycle gloves (be careful, not snow or cold, they have to be motorcycle gloves) is important when holding onto the motorcycle, will protect your hands from abrasive asphalt if you go to the ground and the impact of any insect or stone can do a lot of damage. Do not skimp on gloves, which will later put your hands to your head when there is no solution.

7. Not wearing protections

Garibaldi Gloves

It may seem like a no-brainer, but the ground is really hard. Take the test of running and throwing yourself to the ground. It hurts a lot, right? Well imagine going at 50 km / h instead of 7 km / h. To minimize injuries produced by impact, it is best to wear good protections, always approved.

At least the trellis is essential, a piece that jackets do not usually incorporate and that can prevent us from a fracture in the back area, which is something very serious and extremely dangerous. If you buy technical clothing that already comes with elbow pads, shoulder pads and knee pads all the better. Your bones and joints will thank you.

8. Do not wear protective footwear

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Protective footwear designed for motorcycles acts in this same sense. Wear appropriate footwear that at least wear ankle protection It is the best you can do, better if it incorporates protections in the toe and heel. If you do not want to wear boots as such, there are many motorcycle footwear options that go unnoticed.

It seems silly, but the simple fact that the motorcycle falls on top of us while standing still can cause us a lot of problems. If we keep our feet well protected, it will always be more difficult for us to hurt ourselves. Not to mention possible objects that can hit us during the march or falls that we may suffer either in the city or on the road.

9. Failure to inspect the equipment from time to time

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Having good motorcycle equipment and not checking it from time to time is a very common mistake. Like everything in life, time is not wasted for our equipment. Check it for damage, possible holes, broken closures or in poor condition or simply to check that the fabrics are in good condition is important. Spend 5 minutes every now and then, you won't be wasting time.

10. Failure to keep equipment in good condition


In line with the previous point, the equipment is not enough to have it, you have to have it in good condition. If you detect that it is not, the time has come to renew it. Do not hold it longer than necessary because if we carry it in poor condition it will be very similar to not wearing it.

There is only one thing worse than going unprotected and that is to think that you are when the reality is the opposite. Keep it in a place that do not have a lot of humidity, that is not exposed to the sun directly and not suffering from the elements of the weather is a very good idea. If you have leather or leather garments, giving them moisturizer is a very useful trick that will help prolong their life.

11. Do not renew the helmet

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Yeah we're sorry to tell you, but your incredibly pretty helmet and you spent a lot of money on also expires. This does not imply that you will get sick if you eat it, but it does imply that in the event of a fall, the helmet may not acting the right way and it may not correctly take the impact, either breaking or not filtering the energy of the blow.

Today's helmets are made of fibers and composites that they are losing properties mechanical over time. These fibers and compounds deteriorate, losing their ability to absorb energy. To find out the useful life of your helmet, it is best to consult the manufacturer. A good measure is to renew it every 5 years, but that period depends on each case.

12. Not wearing suitable seasonal clothing

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This point above all play against your comfort Although it can also affect your safety since if you are not comfortable, your fatigue will increase and your driving abilities will decrease.

There are ranges of clothing prepared for both summer and winter. These different collections are designed to continue protecting us without roasting from the heat or letting us freeze from the cold. Varying their fabrics will help us not to renounce safety regardless of the temperature.

13. Not checking if the equipment has approval

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This is something that is often overlooked, but should never be done. If the equipment we are thinking of buying it is not approved by the relevant authorities, it will be for something.

If it is not approved, it may be for many different reasons, but in that case the advice is clear, it is better not to buy something that has not passed the approvals. These products should not be for sale in many cases, but the best filter not to buy them is common sense.

In the end, and as they say, cheap things turn out to be expensive, so it is best not to put a price on your physical integrity to save a few euros. Drive safe and enjoy your motorcycle, but always do it well equipped.

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