The biggest question we have to ask a new rider is simply “What do you want from your gear?” and, honestly, 90% of new bikers don’t know! Everyone wants the gear that looks the part but, they hadn’t considered what they’re actually going to use the gear for.
Before picking your favourite looking products out, you should take a step back and ask yourself:
- What do I need to buy?
- When will I ride?
- Where will I ride?
- What is my budget?
So, what we’ve done here at MSG Bike Gear is come up with answers to these questions, so hopefully you’ll be more prepared and less surprised when you come to buying your gear!
What do I need to buy?
This is quite a serious question, truth be told. Most bikers understand that the price you put on your gear is the price you put on your safety, so wearing the appropriate gear naturally will come at a cost!
That being said, paying hundreds for high end racing-standard gear isn’t always the way to go! What you ideally need to get started riding is:
- A motorbike helmet
- A motorbike jacket
- A pair of motorbike trousers
- A pair of motorbike gloves
- A pair of motorbike boots
If you start off with a decent, reliable set of kit like this, and you look after it, you can easily set yourself up for the first few years riding!
When will I ride?
A lot of bikers are what’s known as “fair weather riders” amongst other names. These riders are the ones who ride through the summer during the sunny, dry days and store their motors for the winter. You’ll probably notice a distinct difference in their gear to the all weather riders. Many of them have highly ventilated summer gear - or Kevlar / Aramid jeans as opposed to motorcycle trousers, and perhaps some urban styled boots. Their gear is based around keeping cool through the summer.
On the other hand, when you look at the all weather riders, their gear is usually multi-purpose. Removable thermal inners, waterproof jackets as standard (or weather resistant at a minimum!) and full leather / textile trousers as well - along with full sized boots.
When you’re buying your first set of gear - you need to consider what kind of rider you’re going to be! Why buy ventilated summer gear, if you’re riding all through autumn and winter, where you’re bound to get cold?
Where will I ride?
This question is another that many people fail to consider. If you’re commuting say, 5 miles to work and back through towns every day - the chances are you don’t need a one-piece leather suit. A simple set of textile trousers and jacket would probably see you through easily - and won’t break the bank so much.
However, if you’re going to be riding for pleasure or touring on your motorcycle, you need to ensure your gear is up to scratch for the hard wear and tear, and the speeds you’ll be moving at if the worst should happen.
Your safety is always paramount when riding, but considering the risks of the roads you’ll be travelling on is a big indicator on what gear you’ll need.
What is my budget?
So, you’ve considered all the points so far and you’ve got a solid idea of what you need. Now you need to set yourself a budget. What we would recommend is - wait for it - roughly £450 - £500.
Yes. It seems like quite a lot, but as already mentioned earlier, the price you pay for the gear is the price you’re paying for your safety.
We came to this cost by breaking down each item to roughly what you can pay to get yourself started:
- Helmet - £80
- Jacket - £120
- Gloves - £40
- Trousers - £100
- Boots - £120
For the cost of each of these, you can get yourself a solid, reliable piece of kit that can last you a long time, if you take care of it properly. If you’re willing to put more money down, you can find more and more features added but for the costs we’ve noted, you get a solid, safe, reliable base to start off with.