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Offroading Protective Gear {for Fall Riding}

As any offroad rider knows, aftermarket parts for motorcycles are necessary to ensure safety on the trail. Although even the best OEM parts for Honda Metropolitan, will not protect a rider from the elements and the changing seasons. Therefore, to ensure that you are ready for the coming fall, it is necessary to review and assess your current riding gear.

Offroading Protective Gear

Shirts and Jackets

When looking for offroadingproteCTive gear for the fall, there might be better places to start than with shirts and jackets, but these two elements are essential for keeping your core nice and toasty. Therefore, as always when offroading, you want to wear long-sleeve shirts. Longer sleeves protect you against minor abrasions from branches and twigs along the trail. However, beyond a long-sleeve overshirt, you might also want to purchase a riding jacket. There is a significant difference between a standard windbreaker and a riding jacket. Coats designed for riding are made of stronger materials, typically Kevlar, and likely have padding stitched into the lining to protect you in the event of a crash. Therefore, to protect yourself in the fall, purchase shirts and jackets designed for riding.

Pants

Like riding jackets and shirts, there are pants also explicitly made for riding. Again, these clothing items are made from Kevlar or have it stitched into the material to provide superior strength and support. The critical thing to remember when purchasing riding pants is that they are meant to fit snuggly. While you still want to have room to maneuver, you also don’t want the pants to be too loose because that will decrease the level of protection provided.

Helmet

Many offroad riders prefer the feeling of a visorless helmet. However, in colder weather, a visor can be the difference between comfortable riding and iceberg face. Therefore, while it is always advisable to have full visor protection when offroading, it is especially necessary during colder months. Also, to ensure that you do not have to combat the common problem of visor fog, consider a Pinlock system for clear riding all year round.

Gloves and Boots

Other considerations to make as the weather changes are hands and feet protection. While every rider likely wears gloves and boots in the summer, the level of padding may not be sufficient for fall riding. Therefore, you may want to invest in a bear of heavier gloves and all-weather boots. However, it is necessary to get a feel for these items before going out on a ride because colder weather gloves and boots are likely thicker than you might be used to, and this added thickness can inhibit control over your bike.

Snowmobile Gear

While offroading may not be the exact same as snowmobiling, many offroad motorcycle enthusiast can look to snowmobile gear for all-weather riding clothing. There are many similarities in the clothing and equipment worn, and therefore, if you are confused about what to purchase, just look to those winter riders for assistance.

While aftermarket parts for motorcycles are commonplace for any motorcycle owner, owning the appropriate riding gear should also be paramount. Therefore, if you are planning on offroading this fall or winter, make sure you have everything you need to keep you safe and warm.