Riding Gear That Will Make or Break Your Ride
Of course, all the gear is important from a safety and protection standpoint. This isn’t about that.
There are 2 pieces that are going to have a direct impact on your riding skills: Gloves and Boots. Choosing these incorrectly may affect your stability, confidence and technique.
As you can see in the pic at the very top, I’m only on the balls of my feet, and that’s as close to flat foot as it’s been for my whole riding career. The only exception being a Honda Rebel 250 which I rode for my first motorcycle safety course.
It would be incredibly difficult for me to manage the weight of any large motorcycle without real riding boots. It’s the main reason why I don’t ever ride my bike (even in the parking lot) without my boots. I completely lose the leverage to even park my motorcycle. Your feet are barely touching the ground, and they have to do all the work to push your bike even 5-10 feet. If you’re wearing traction-less (and smush-able) sneakers, how’s that going to work? It won’t.
It’s incredibly important to have finite control of your clutch and brake. The inability to make micro-adjustments to your braking, throttle and clutch will directly affect how the weight transfers from rear to the front when you come to a stop. Or when you’re trying to manage slow, tight maneuvers in a parking lot.
I need my gloves to literally be a Perfect fit, no mistakes. No extra bunching, not too much finger length (although I do live with a tiny bit). This can also translate to your levers, so if you have levers that aren’t comfortable with your hand size I highly encourage you to change them.
More to come, stay tuned for updates.