Thousands of people across the United States come to Connecticut each year to enjoy our wonderful scenery and roads on the back of a motorcycle. If you are a motorcycle rider or looking to become one, it is important to take proper precautions so that you do not end up as a motorcycling accident statistic. According to Best Beginner Motorcycles, there are five essential pieces of gear whenever you are getting on your ride.

The first essential piece of gear is a trusty helmet. You can choose between a full face, a 3/4 face, and an open face helmet, but the most important thing is to make sure that it is DOT-approved and on your head.

Gloves are another vital piece of your motorcycle kit. Gloves will help protect your hands from road debris and will also ensure that in cooler weather your fingers will still have the warmth they need to move easily along the controls. Leather is a great choice, but there are many good textile options on the market as well.

Another gear item where you can choose between leather or textile is a motorcycle jacket. If you tend to ride during warmer weather, look into getting a mesh jacket for maximum air circulation.

Appropriate footwear is also a must. You can indeed purchase specific motorcycle boots, but work boots will do as a pinch. You should never wear open-toed shoes on a bike.

Finally, make sure that your pants are also up to the task. Many people wear jeans, but if you can afford armored jeans or specific textile motorcycle pants, this is ideal.