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What is the importance of motorcycle gear?

No matter where you plan to ride, wearing the right motorcycle gear is important for your safety. Gear does more than just protect you in the case of an impact. It keeps you cool on hot days, prevents you from getting wet and keeps you warm when it's cold. The right gear protects you in a crash and prevents injuries. It makes you stand out, too, so drivers are more likely to see you.

Motorcycle gear is something that all motorcyclists should wear but not something all motorcyclists do wear. Why not? It can be expensive, but when compared to the expense of an emergency room visit or life-changing injuries, it's worth the trouble to buy the right equipment for your ride.

Helmets are typically the only item legally required of riders, and they're not even required in all states. As you travel, you may be required to put one on in one location and be able to take it off somewhere else. Not wearing motorcycle gear is a risk, though, because if you crash, you'll have very little to protect you against road rash, traumatic brain injuries, spinal injuries and other serious wounds.

When the human body faces an impact at 25 mph or more, it's not equipped to handle it. This equipment is necessary to prevent injuries. When it comes to legal requirements, though, only a helmet may play a role in a case. If you wore it or not could impact the outcome of the case in some instances. California law does require you to wear a helmet; wear it and be safe.

Source: Gizmodo, "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Motorcycle Safety Gear," Wes Siler, accessed Jan. 12, 2018

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