Whether you are just learning to ride or you're already an experienced biker, remember to always wear your safety gear. Going down on a motorcycle hurts, there's no denying it. Have you ever fallen off a bicycle? Remember how badly your skin and hands hurt because they were scraped along the street or sidewalk? Remember how easily your knees and elbows bruised? Now magnify that based on the speed your traveling on the motorcycle. Even if you're driving around the block in your development or driving in a parking lot, you will easily scrape yourself up worse than any bicycle fall.
You're essential safety riding gear should be at least:
– Helmet – Full, three-quarter, or half face helmet DOT Approved
– Gloves – full fingered leather gloves are the best
– Goggles or sunglasses – must be ANSI approved (meaning shatterproof)
– Boots – shoes or boots should be over the ankle and of course leather is best
– Long pants – most riders wear jeans and that's fine. Just remember that jeans will only protect you to a point. Leather pants or leather chaps over the jeans will give better protection.
– Leather Jacket – I understand that riders in the summer like to just wear t-shirts, but at the minimum you should wear a long sleeve shirt and even the leathers. A long sleeve shirt will at least protect you from things like sunburn. Trust me, you can burn very easily and not even feel it while riding.
From these essentials, you could always add some extra if you feel more comfortable. For instance, you could add a jacket equipped with body armor, or gloves that have armor and padding, or armored pants, etc. You can even go to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation website to see the other safety gear and tips.