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Motorcycle safety gear

Your personal protective equipment (PPE) is there to protect and save you.

Every time you take to the road on two or three wheels, you must always think safety first. Whether you’re a qualified motorcyclist, learner, novice or thinking about returning to motorcycling, it’s imperative that you stay safe. That means you must wear correct personal protective equipment (PPE) at all times, including proper weather gear in bad weather. Your PPE will ensure that you have many enjoyable and safe years of riding ahead of you.

Your motorcycle PPE essentials.

These PPE items are essential for your safety as a motorcyclist.

Your helmet

The main protector of your head should:

  • be a snug fit and properly fastened
  • have a visor that is clean and clear
  • meet proper safety standards, e.g. CE mark
  • not be cracked or badly scratched 
  • never be cleaned with solvents or petrol as these will damage its structure.
CE Mark pdf | 4098 KB

Your jacket and trousers

The main protectors of your body and legs should:

  • give you proper protection from impact, abrasion, cold or adverse weather conditions 
  • protect vulnerable areas such as the back, knees, elbows, shoulders, hips and shins using approved body armour
  • be adjustable so that they fit snugly and do not move on impact 
  • include high-visibility material to make yourself more visible on the road.

Your gloves and footwear

The main protectors of your hands and feet should:

  • be made of strong, durable but comfortable material so that you can easily operate your motorcycle controls and levers
  • meet proper safety standards, e.g. CE mark
  • offer protection against extreme weather to avoid your hands becoming cold thus affecting your bike handling and concentration
  • fit above the ankle to protect feet, calves and ankles
  • free of laces to prevent a boot getting caught in your motorcycle chain.


CE Mark pdf | 4098 KB

Motorcycle safety.

Download and read our motorcycle safety booklet This Is Your Bike

Download 'This is your bike' - Our motorcycle safety booklet pdf | 1892 KB