One of the most common motorcycle safety tips you can find is not is go out when the weather is not favorable and this includes rainy weather. However, there are times when you have to endure the rain for urgent business no matter what so you best bet is to be well-prepared: you need good motorcycle rain gear to stay dry.
Whatever rain gear you choose, you need to start with a good helmet first. By choosing from the top motorcycle helmets, you can protect your head from crashes, which can really happen in slippery road conditions. In addition to common features like fit and comfort, you want good vision in general and in the rain in particular when wearing the helmet. You can choose a full-face helmet with clear visor and apply Rain-X or some similar product on the outside to shield moisture away.
When it comes to motorcycle rain gear (jacket, gloves, boots, and suit), there are various types, designs and price ranges. But there are some common requirements for all of them, for example: being waterproof, easy to put on and remove, breathable… Let’s have a close look at these requirements:
You need to consider the difference between water-resistant and water-proof items. Having water-resistant gear means water will eventually soak into your jacket and pants and can even get into the undergarment (what a nightmare it is!). If you want to avoid the discomfort and distraction that can compromise your safety when you are on the road, choose waterproof rain gear so that moisture can be kept out. There are several options: you can choose gear made of waterproof materials, gear made of water-resistant materials but with a specialized coating or opts for other waterproofing solutions.
Many people hate wearing rain gear because they feel suffocating in them. Waterproof materials that are not or barely breathable do not let water in but also trap moisture (sweat) inside, making the people who wear such gear feel miserable (but they cannot stop and take out the gear in the middle in the road to let sweat dry out). Obviously, breathability is also a top factor to consider.
Ease of putting on and off
When the rain starts to pour, you want nothing more but to be able to get into your rain gear as fast as possible. Therefore, you want the type of rain gear that can be put on and take off with ease.
Rain gear should be worn over regular riding gear so buy those that are a little bit oversized (or loose)to allow ease of entry. Do not choose overly loose gear of they can affect how you control the motorcycle.
Vision is a big concern when you ride in the rain. It is hard for you to see things on the road and what is ahead of you and so do other motorcycle riders. In terms of your own vision, see tips about the helmet above. To make other people see you easier and reduce the risk of accident, wear bright color and choose gear with reflective striping.
The quality of your motorcycle rain gear affects your level of comfort and eventually your safety while on the road. If you choose inexpensive gear, they may not meet all the top priorities above and they are not durable. For gear that can last for years and have more extra features for added comfort, you should be prepared to pay more but they are worthy of your money.
About the author: While motorcycling is a very popular means of transport that gives riders a great sense of freedom and independence, it also leads to a great number of accidents and deaths every year. When motorcycle accidents occur, they can be more dangerous that those caused by other transport vehicles like car or bus. While it is unrealistic to expect that motorcycling or any other vehicle can be completely safe, we can take safety precautions seriously and follow our common to minimize the risk to the best of our ability. This is exactly what William Farmer is very passionate about. With many years of experience in motorcycling, he is committed to sharing tips to help everyone stay safe and sound while on the road.