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Protective Gear

Protective Gear

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While all motorcyclists love to ride, some do not love to wear protective gear. But the bottom line is this: Wearing full protective gear for every ride helps you avoid injury so you can keep on riding.

These facts tell the story:
• More than 75 percent of motorcyclists involved in crashes suffer injuries, some severe.
• Over the past decade, there have been fewer motorcycle crashes, but an increase in fatalities.
• Riders wearing motorcyclist-specific protective clothing are less likely to be seriously injured and less likely to be hospitalized. 

Four C's

Do not make a rash decision.
Riding a motorcycle in ordinary clothes like jeans and a T-shirt leaves you vulnerable to road rash — abrasions and scrapes from the road surface. Road rash can be mild, but in severe cases, it can necessitate skin graft surgery and become painfully infected. Choose rider-specific gear to save your skin from road rash.

All the gear, every time you ride.
To stay safe and fully protected on every ride, riders need:
Helmet and copy

Boots and Gloves

Pants and Jacket

Wear the right gear, ride another year.
No protective clothing can guarantee you will not get hurt in a crash. But the right gear can prevent or reduce the severity of abrasions, friction burns, cuts, and lacerations — and keep you out of the hospital. And, if you stay out of the hospital, you can stay on the road.

To learn more about how to choose the best motorcycle rider protective gear, visit

2023 OHSP Motorcycle Safety Gear Flyer