Riding safe: The essential gear guide for new motorcycle riders

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If you’re just starting out on your motorcycle journey, the thrill of the open road can be irresistible. However, it’s essential to remember that with great freedom comes great responsibility—towards your safety and that of others. At Westland Insurance, we believe that the right protective gear is as crucial as the bike itself (and your motorcycle insurance, of course).  

Imagine setting out on your bike and soaking in the fresh air as you ride. Now, envision doing it with the peace of mind that comes from knowing you’re protected head-to-toe. That’s what proper gear offers you – protection and confidence.  

In this blog post, we’ll look at the essential items every biker needs to ride safely and comfortably.  



It goes without saying that your head is one of the most crucial parts to protect, so guard your head with a DOT-approved helmet. A snug fit that doesn’t wobble at high speeds is a sign of a good helmet. To learn more about the proper fit for a helmet, click here. 



Never underestimate the power of your hands while riding; they’re your primary connection to your bike. High-quality, full-fingered gloves not only safeguard against scrapes but offer better grip for smooth navigation. It’s a layer of comfort that keeps your hands steady and your mind focused.


Jacket and pants

The unpredictability of the road demands gear that stands up to the challenge. Look for durable, weather-resistant jackets and pants. They ward off the elements while protecting against abrasions from an unexpected detour into gravel.  


Backpack and rain gear

A motorcycle offers freedom, not storage space. That’s where a secure and sturdy backpack comes in handy. Pack your essentials so that they’re part of your ride, not a hindrance. And when the skies decide to open, your rain gear ensures that the only thing getting drenched is the road behind you.


Safety tips for motorcycle riders

  • Visibility is a superpower on the road. Reflective gear ensures you’re spotted by fellow road travelers when daylight fades. 
  • Don’t ride after an alcoholic drink and obey every road lawit’s your invisible shield.  
  • Keep an eye on the forecast and the pavement beneath you and know that defensive driving should be your default mode. 


At Westland Insurance, we know that gearing up can’t prevent all mishaps, but it can certainly tilt the scales in your favour. Proper protective gear is a rider’s badge of honor. Keep it safe, keep it stylish, and keep on riding. After all, every ride is a story, and with the right gear, it’s one that you’ll get to keep telling. 

Do you have your protective gear ready but want to chat about the right insurance coverage for your motorcycle? Let’s connect and our team of insurance advisors can ensure you’re safe on the road. If you’re ready to get started on a quote now, click below to get started. We’ll help set you up with motorcycle coverage that goes further! 


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