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Motorcycle safety gear

If you ride any sort of motorcycle—including mopeds—you should wear protective gear and clothing when riding.

If you’re wearing protective gear and you’re in a motorcycle crash:

  • your recovery time is generally faster
  • you’re 40% less likely to have permanent debilitating injuries.

Some motorcycle gear can provide protection and reduce the impacts of the extreme conditions motorcyclists face—such as wind, rain, heat, cold, noise and vibrations.

What safety gear to wear

When riding a motorcycle, you need to legally wear a helmet—this must be approved to Australian Standard AS 1698, AS/NZS 1698 or United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) 22.05 standard.

You should also:

  • wear long pants and a jacket—these should be highly abrasive and tear resistant and completely cover your arms, legs and body. They must be secured at the wrists, waist and ankles
  • protect your eyes—use a clear visor or goggles for night and make sure they are shatterproof without scratches. Your visor or goggles must be approved to Australian Standard AS 1609
  • wear gloves—these should be a gauntlet style with a strengthened palm area, knuckle protection and zip or velcro fastening around the wrists
  • cover your feet—boots should be leather, have zipper/velcro fasteners to prevent your boots from sliding off, and overlap your pants to provide shin, ankle and instep protection. Avoid laces as they can get caught in your pegs, gears or brake levers
  • wear a back protector—dual density foam is recommended to protect your spine.

Improve your visibility

Increasing your visibility to other road users can greatly reduce your chances of being involved in a crash.

Things you can do to improve your visibility include:

  • dress to be seen by choosing gear that maximises your visibility—such as bright coloured clothing (yellow, orange and red) that stands out against most backgrounds
  • wear a reflective or fluorescent vest
  • use reflective strips/tape on your clothing or motorcycle.

Pillion passengers

If you are a pillion passenger, you should also wear protective clothing—as you’re also exposed to the same elements and risks.

Find more information about pillion passenger rules for motorcycles.

Protective gear in action

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Last updated
13 November 2015

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