Northern Vietnam Motorbike Tour
Dong Van Upland

Protective Motorbike Equipments For Riders

Protective Motorbike Equipments For Riders

It’s really important to wear the right clothing when you’re riding a motorbike. Whether you’re riding a moped or a high-performance bike, having a crash can be extremely serious – but having the right equipment will help to protect you.

1. Visors and goggles

Goggles for Motorbike Riders
A visor or goggles will protect your eyes from wind, rain, insects and road dirt. Your visor or goggles must meet certain standards.
Keep your visor or goggles clean so you can see the road clearly all the time. To clean your goggles or visor, wash with warm soapy water. Never use solvents or petrol because these will damage the surface.
If your visor or goggles get heavily scratched, you’ll need to replace them: scratches can distort your view and cause dazzle and glare.
Don’t wear tinted glasses, visors or goggles if you are riding in the dark or if there is poor visibility, e.g. in foggy weather.

2. Safety helmets

You must wear a safety helmet when you’re riding a motorbike on the road (except members of the Sikh religion who wear a turban). All helmets sold in the UK must meet certain standards.Full Face Helmets
When you buy a helmet, make sure it fits snugly and comfortably. Your helmet will get looser as your wear it so if it’s loose when you buy it, it’ll become too loose and could come off in a collision.
If your helmet has any damage or has a serious impact, you’ll need to replace it. You can’t always see damage but the helmet may not protect you in a crash. For this reason, never use a second-hand helmet or try to repair a helmet.

3. Clothing

Your clothing will protect you from cold and wet weather: if you get cold and wet while you’re riding, it’s difficult to concentrate properly. Your clothing will also give you some protection if you fall off your motorbike.
Motorbike Jackets
Motorbike clothing can be made from leather or man-made materials such as nylon. Think about whether you need all-weather protection from your clothing (man-made materials are better for this), or whether you’d prefer greater protection and reduced wind resistance (leather is better in this case).
Whatever your clothing is made of, make sure you look for extra protection for your shoulders, elbows and knees. Try on different types of clothing for fit and comfort, talk to clothing suppliers about what you need and buy the best clothing you can afford to make sure you’re as well protected as possible.
Don’t buy second-hand kit. It may be cheaper but you don’t know what’s been done to it, so it might not protect you if you have an accident.

4. Gloves

Protection for your hands is really important: never ride without gloves because if you fall off, even at low speeds, you could seriously injure your hands.Motorbike Gloves
Your hands can get very cold when riding: you won’t be able to operate the motorbike controls properly if your hands are too cold.
Leather is the best material for gloves because it’s tough, supple and water resistant. When it’s used with modern materials, it can be used to make waterproof gloves. Cheap gloves won’t give you as much protection.

5. Boots

You’ll need to wear good boots or stout footwear when you’re riding a motorbike. Wearing sandals or trainers will give your feet no protection if you fall off.
Motorbike Boots
Motorbike boots protect your feet
+ from cold and wet weather
+ if you fall off
+ from knocks and bumps while you’re riding.
They can be made from leather, rubber or plastic: leather gives the best protection if you’re involved in a road traffic incident.
Make sure your boots are comfortable and that you can operate the foot controls easily when wearing them. Try on lots of different boots and buy the best you can afford.

6. Visibility aids

Many road accidents involving motorcyclists happen because another road user didn’t see the motorcyclist. Using visibility aids will help others to see you. Remember you need to be visible from the side as well as the front and back.
Fluorescent clothing and light or brightly coloured clothing will make you easier to see during the day. Having your headlight on dipped beam will also help. At night, reflective material will make you more visible.

7. Noise and cold

Riding a motorbike is very noisy – the engine and air turbulence around your helmet will make a lot of noise, which can be tiring and can damage your hearing permanently.
Wear ear plugs to protect your ears from noise; you can also reduce noise by using a fairing or windscreen to direct the air over your head. Some helmets are designed to reduce the noise caused by wind turbulence.
Ear Plugs
When you’re riding in cold weather, you can quickly get really cold, especially your hands and feet. This will affect your concentration and your ability to control your motorbike.
Try wearing thin extra layers inside your gloves and boots to keep warm. If you do lose feeling in your hands or feet, find somewhere safe to stop and warm up before you carry on riding.

8. Camera / Go Pro

Thankfully, technology has advanced so far over the last few years that buying a high-quality, high-definition action camera has become more affordable than ever, but why would you need one?
The first answer is the obvious one: it’s fun to capture your ride and re-live some of the best moments over and over again; you can edit in into your own masterpiece, upload it and share it with your friends. You can experiment with hundreds of camera angles and never miss a minute of your riding. That’s one reason why riders are queuing up to buy the latest gadgets but the second reason is the more practical one: for insurance purposes.

– We endeavour to select a combination of good quality hotels that reflect the character of the local area as well as being as centrally located as possible, all the while striving to keep the cost affordable.

– Your trip will stay in a range of hotels / guesthouses with standardized quality.

– Please be aware that some hotel rooms, especially those in major urban centres or older cities, may be smaller than what you are used to in other parts of the world. Standards and ratings may also be different to your home country.

– Rooms are en-suite and either twin- or triple-share, depending on what you have booked. If you are a solo traveller, you will always be sharing a room with someone of the same sex otherwise you can pay a supplement to possess a single room

– If you are traveling as a couple and would prefer to have a double bed, please officially request a double room with us. We never presume that two people traveling together are a couple, even if you share the same surname, unless informed otherwise.

– Your included meals are detailed in the ‘More Inclusions’ section of this document.

– Breakfasts are included every day in the hotel (except on the first morning). They are usually ‘continental breakfasts’, which are typical in most countries. A typical breakfast may consist of cereals with milk or yoghurt, bread, croissants, cold meats, cheese and a range of spreads, with fruit juice, tea or coffee to drink. It is rare to get a hot breakfast in Asia, though on some occasions there may be some hot food available as well.
Included evening meals are in local restaurants or accommodation places, and are either two or three courses. In most cases table water is provided with the meals, and if you wish to purchase additional drinks you can do so at your own expense.

– If you have any dietary requirements we will make every effort to cater to your specific needs as long as you advise your travel agent when you book, or make note by email before you set out. But please be aware that although we will do everything in our power to arrange it, we cannot guarantee that every restaurant we use will be able to cater to all dietary needs, particularly in Asia. We also cannot cater for tastes or dislikes, as most of our included evening meals feature a set menu.

* Ten Tips to Survive Vietnam’s Traffic:
+ DON’T spend hours waiting to cross the street on foot: that constant tide of traffic won’t stop until late at night, so

+ DO as the Vietnamese do: take the plunge and inch slowly across. Observe the Miracle of the Red Sea, as the traffic parts like magic, flowing smoothly in front of you or behind, meeting up again on the other side.

+ DON’T make any sudden or unpredictable movements: freeze if you have to, but never lunge forward or backward towards the safety of the sidewalk. In fact, you can do just about anything, but do it with conviction!

+ DON’T forget, if you’re riding or driving, to look where you’re going – all the time: if you hit anything in front of you, then it’s your fault.

+ DO give way to any vehicle bigger and noisier than yours. Trucks and buses are particularly dangerous: often old, sometimes unsafe and usually all over the road.

+ DO watch out for unfamiliar obstacles: water buffaloes, rocks of various sizes, broken-down trucks…, people sitting in the road, missing bridges, girls in ao dai cycling five abreast, slow-moving mountains of farm produce, dog fights, impromptu football matches, piles of building materials – and almost no light on anything at night..

+ DON’T hesitate to take evasive action – even if this sometimes means leaving the tarmac or coming to a dead stop.

+ DO try to avoid getting involved in one of the all-too-frequent minor accidents that plague Vietnam’s roads (and the major ones as well, of course), but if you are unlucky,

+ DON’T lose your cool, in spite of the interference of the large and vocal crowd that may gather: try to settle things amicably and swiftly. Sometimes, paying a reasonable amount of money will save you a lot of hassle.

+ DO remember that the only rule is: you’re not allowed to bump into anybody… irrespective of what they did or should have done, or of what the road signs or traffic lights were telling them to do. Some people still seem to think that anything red means forward, comrade

* Tipping for guides & mechanic:
Our crews never expect tips themselves and will not ask for any; that’s not what friends do! However, so if you are really satisfied with all of what they did for you, please don’t mind tipping them a bit with a normal norm of US$ 7 – US$ 10/person for a guide per day and US$ 3 – US$ 5/person for a mechanic per day. (just don’t forget Mum’s souvenir).




Protective Motorbike Equipments For Riders
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