I have always been fascinated by motorcycles and so I decided I was going to venture into getting my license. This is my new afternoon hobby, learning how to ride a bike. I have a few friends who ride all over the country, and they made sure to let me know the 10 essential accessories every motorcyclist must own. Safety is their main priority and they strive to keep it everyone else’s as well.
According to the New York State DMV in New York State alone there were over 5,000 motorcycle accidents in 2008, and 184 resulted in death.1 So striving to help create a safer riding environment for not only myself but other potential riders, number one on my list is a helmet. Not just any helmet, but a helmet that fits, one you can clearly see out of. If your helmet does not fit correct it can not save your life if you have an accident, it also can not help you prevent one if you can not see out of it. So make sure your helmet fits, get one fitted for you at a bike shoppe if you can. A specific clothing accessory is number 2 on my list. Leather jackets and pants can prevent very serious scrapes and bruises. I know some people think it is to look fierce no it can help you if you happen to slide. A good quality leather jacket and a quality helmet can do wonders.
Now since this is the new generation and talking and driving is a new fad, I believe that biking and talking would be too. A bluetooth device can be helpful. You can set it to answer anytime your phone rings so it will automatically answer all calls. This way your hands will never be off the gears, and you can focus. Now if you can not talk and ride do not try too. A phone call is never worth your life, be smart. Make sure you have a first aid kit, a flashlight, and windshield wiper. These three things can help you if you have to stop for the night, or have a cut, bruise, any problem these three items will help.
A GPS would also be a great idea, but so would a real map and a compass, you never know when you may get lost and unless your GPS device is a solar panel device if you can not charge it or do not have a spare battery you can be in a nasty situation. Especially if you are alone. So always be prepared and have the proper equipment. Make sure you have batteries too, like I said you never know when something can happen to you.
So let us recap the ten essential accessories for a motorcyclist: helmet, leather jacket with pants, cell phone with bluetooth, first aid kit, flashlight, windshield wiper, GPS device, map and a compass. These items can help you if you get lost, confused, and hurt. You never know when you might be in a jam, so why push your luck. Be safe this fall, and hopefully I will see you all soon.
1. NYS Department of Motor Vehicles Summary of Motor Accidents 2008, http://www.nydmv.state.ny.us/Statistics/2008MotorcycleSummaryNOTB5.pdf September 4, 2010