All the Equipment and Accessories You Need to Start Riding Motorcycles

Because buying the bike is just the first step.

2015 Ducati Scrambler motorcycle first ride review.
Ducati

Whether you're on a tight budget or have a little money to spend, we've got you covered.

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2015 Yamaha FJ-09 First Ride
Yamaha

The thrill of riding a motorcycle on the open road is addicting, and yet you can never truly escape the inherent danger that comes with it. There will always be naysayers who insist that safety gear is unnecessary, but the simple truth is that if something goes wrong, your gear is all that stands between you and a gristly end. If you're looking to get into riding, this is the equipment you're going to want to make sure you have.

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Zach Bowman
Helmet

The single most important piece of safety equipment you can wear is a helmet. Even if you live in a state where helmets aren't mandatory, you should be wearing one. And as a beginning rider, you're going to want to wear one that covers your whole face. Even if you don't think they're cool, they're still the safest.

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<p>On the low end of the market, something like <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Bell-Qualifier-Street-Racing-Motorcycle/dp/B00HLUWLEK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1467204333&sr=8-1" target="_blank">this basic Bell helmet</a> will do just fine. You won't get a lot of the fancier features available on more expensive helmets, but it'll protect your head in the event of a crash.</p>

On the low end of the market, something like will do just fine. You won't get a lot of the fancier features available on more expensive helmets, but it'll protect your head in the event of a crash.

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<p>On the other hand, if you aren't on such a tight budget, more-expensive helmets offer extra features you'll probably appreciate. For example, <a href="https://www.amazon.com/HJC-Helmets-Sy-Max-Helmet-Matte/dp/B005JHRTGC/ref=sr_1_9?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1467206131&sr=1-9&keywords=HJC+SY-MAX+helmet" target="_blank">this HJC offers the versatility</a> of a modular design and has an integrated sun shield.</p>

On the other hand, if you aren't on such a tight budget, more-expensive helmets offer extra features you'll probably appreciate. For example, of a modular design and has an integrated sun shield.

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Icon 1000 The Hood Jacket
Zach Bowman
Jacket

Unless you live with your mother, there's probably no one requiring you to wear a motorcycle jacket. But wearing one helps protect all your other vital organs and is just as important as your helmet.

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<p>Just like with helmets, even budget-conscious riders can find a great jacket that covers the basics. <a href="https://www.amazon.com/BILT-Blaze-Mesh-Motorcycle-Jacket/dp/B0085YOIPG/ref=sr_1_1?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1467206695&sr=1-1&keywords=bilt+blaze+mesh+jacket" target="_blank">This BILT mesh jacket</a> is extremely affordable, but it will still do its job in a crash. Plus it'll be nice and breathable even in warm weather.</p>

Just like with helmets, even budget-conscious riders can find a great jacket that covers the basics. is extremely affordable, but it will still do its job in a crash. Plus it'll be nice and breathable even in warm weather.

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<p>But if you have a little more money to spend, you get quite a few more options. Not everybody wants a leather jacket, but if you do, <a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EW9GGWQ/ref=twister_B00NWF238M?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1">this Joe Rocket '92 is a popular choice</a>. </p>

But if you have a little more money to spend, you get quite a few more options. Not everybody wants a leather jacket, but if you do, .

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<p>Jeans are a popular choice for a lot of motorcycle riders, but they're also far from protective. Yes, they'll dull the pain of rain hitting your legs, but if you ever go down, you may as well not be wearing anything. The best thing to wear is a pair of motorcycle safety pants.</p>
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Pants

Jeans are a popular choice for a lot of motorcycle riders, but they're also far from protective. Yes, they'll dull the pain of rain hitting your legs, but if you ever go down, you may as well not be wearing anything. The best thing to wear is a pair of motorcycle safety pants.

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<p>You can, however, get a pair of motorcycle jeans, which are reinforced with Kevlar and will protect your legs much better than regular jeans. Some are also relatively budget-friendly, like <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Joe-Rocket-Accelerator-Denim-Motorcycle/dp/B00NLQZTMY/ref=sr_1_4?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1467207975&sr=1-4&keywords=motorcycle+jeans" target="_blank">these Joe Rocket denim motorcycle pants</a>.</p>

You can, however, get a pair of motorcycle jeans, which are reinforced with Kevlar and will protect your legs much better than regular jeans. Some are also relatively budget-friendly, like .

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<p>You can also still go with more traditional motorcycle pants. You won't be able to pass them off as regular jeans, but they tend to be more comfortable over long rides and have more room for added armor. <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Pilot-Motorcycle-pants-Black-Medium/dp/B00GJMQSC2/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1467208588&sr=8-2&keywords=motorcycle+pants" target="_blank">This pair made by Pilot</a> is a good direction to head if you're not sold on motorcycle jeans. </p>

You can also still go with more traditional motorcycle pants. You won't be able to pass them off as regular jeans, but they tend to be more comfortable over long rides and have more room for added armor. is a good direction to head if you're not sold on motorcycle jeans.

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<p>Gloves protect your hands in the event of a wreck, but that's not the only reason you'll want them. Your hands can get cold quickly, even at moderate temperatures. And when the air turns cool, it can be downright dangerous not to have something covering your hands. </p>
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Gloves

Gloves protect your hands in the event of a wreck, but that's not the only reason you'll want them. Your hands can get cold quickly, even at moderate temperatures. And when the air turns cool, it can be downright dangerous not to have something covering your hands.

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<p>If you're looking for nothing more than basic hand protection, <a href="https://www.amazon.com/FREETOO%C2%AE-Tactical-Knuckle-Adjustable-Outdoor/dp/B00NIQR1PK/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1467209136&sr=8-4&keywords=motorcycle+gloves" target="_blank">something like these Freetoo gloves</a> will likely do a better job than something like work gloves you may be tempted to use instead. And they're pretty affordable, too.</p>

If you're looking for nothing more than basic hand protection, will likely do a better job than something like work gloves you may be tempted to use instead. And they're pretty affordable, too.

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On the other hand, upgrading to motorcycle-specific gloves will give you significantly better hand protection. don't cost all that much, and neither do other similar options.

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Zach Bowman
Boots

It may seem like common sense to wear something more protective than flip-flops on a motorcycle, but even regular shoes can still come up short in the safety department. If you can, it's best to get a pair of dedicated motorcycle boots since they're designed specifically with rider safety in mind.

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<p>If you're looking for affordable foot protection, <a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0056L9U7M/ref=twister_B0056L9TS2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1" target="_blank">you'll probably like these Tour Masters</a>. They're about as inexpensive as dedicated motorcycle boots get, but they're also versatile that they won't look out of place if you don't take them off immediately after your ride.</p>

If you're looking for affordable foot protection, . They're about as inexpensive as dedicated motorcycle boots get, but they're also versatile that they won't look out of place if you don't take them off immediately after your ride.

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<p>On the other hand, if you're riding a cruiser and want the more-traditional boot look, <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Highway-21-Spark-Harness-Boots/dp/B011JF2JLW/ref=sr_1_1?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1467210144&sr=1-1&keywords=highway+21+spark+boots" target="_blank">these Highway 21s offer a lot of the style</a> you're probably looking for. Unlike cowboy boots or work boots, though, they're designed to hold up much better in a wreck.</p>

On the other hand, if you're riding a cruiser and want the more-traditional boot look, you're probably looking for. Unlike cowboy boots or work boots, though, they're designed to hold up much better in a wreck.

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