If you are an experienced motorcyclist, or if your family members are, you know there are must-haves when it comes to motorcycle accessories. Of course, the list could vary for a cyclist that drives on the streets of New York versus a driver on the highways of California. Our motorcycle accident lawyers have compiled a list of must-have accessories for the motorcyclist that commutes in San Bernardino.
Some accessories are fun and some are necessary (some are both). When choosing your accessories, consider the following:
- The climate where you live and work
- The road conditions
- The law
- How it will affect your comfort level
Motorcycles do not come with a windshield. But it is usually the first accessory a cycle owner purchases. This equipment reduces the strength of the wind pressing against you. This means you are less fatigued than you should have been when you arrive at your destination.
A windshield protects the driver from insects, small pieces of debris and unexpected items that could strike the driver.
Rain Suit and Rain Overboots
A rain suit is a lightweight clothing cover that keeps you dry if you get caught out in the rain. Of course, this means you will be dry and somewhat neat when you arrive. Your clothing and shoes will be dry and your comfort level is much higher.
Motorcycles are difficult for people to see while driving. When it is raining, watching for a biker may not even cross your mind. A bright rain suit and boot covers make you more visible to other drivers.
Quality Side Mirrors
This is an accessory many bikers overlook. But if you are riding in traffic, you must be able to see well all around you to avoid any accidents. There is no better way than by having good side mirrors that allow you to see behind you. Remember, you are on a motorcycle. Those extra minutes you capture can save you from injury or even death.
The helmet is probably the most important accessory a rider will ever buy. This piece of equipment is the only thing between your head and the pavement coming at you at 55 MPH.
When purchasing a helmet, make sure it is marked with the safety standards it meets and exceeds. It is a legal requirement for the helmet manufacturer that their product must meet the standards set by the U.S. Department of Transportation and/or the Snell Memorial Foundation. These organizations put the equipment through rigorous tests to ensure they provide maximum protection.
A helmet should fit snuggly. It should not turn or slip on the head when you are moving your head.
More equipment suggestions
- Hand shields and safety gloves
- A face shield
- Bungie straps in case you need to tie something down
- Microfiber towels to wipe off windshield, seats, and more
- Motorcycle bag or saddlebag for carrying small items, keeping hands free
- Pants to cover the legs in case you fall
- Stick on reflective strips for the motorcycle and clothing to aid in visibility
- Road flares in case you break down
For more information, speak to a motorcycle accident attorney today.