Modes of Transportation - On a Motorcycle
Motorcycle Helmets and Protective Gear
Their protective gear and helmet are the only protection motorcyclists can count on to avoid injuries or reduce their severity in the event of an accident or a fall.
Helmets: mandatory and compliant with standards
Under the Protective Helmets Regulation, every person riding on a motorcycle must wear a protective helmet that complies with one of the following manufacturing standards:
- DOT FMVSS 218 (United States Department of Transportation)
- Snell Memorial Foundation
- ECE Regulation 22 (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe)
- CAN-3-D230 (Canadian Standards Association)
- Specifications for Protective Headgear for Vehicular User Z90.1 (American National Standards Institute)
- British Standards Institute
If a law enforcement officer asks to examine your helmet, you must comply with the request.
Businesses specialized in helmet sales or rentals must supply helmets that comply with current manufacturing standards.
To ensure maximum safety
Your protective helmet should:
- cover your entire head (full-face helmet) to offer the best protection against impacts, poor weather and wind
- be perfectly adjusted yet comfortable:
- it should not squeeze your head or forehead, and should be able to move only a few millimetres
- it should be well ventilated to allow proper airflow and prevent fogging up
- be constructed from glass fibre, carbon or composite materials
- be fitted with a visor:
- if the helmet does not include a visor, we strongly recommend that you wear protective goggles
- allow to properly see blind spots
- ideally, be light coloured, have reflective or fluorescent patterns, etc.
The visor or protective goggles must be:
- designed so as not to restrict your field of vision
- clean and maintained regularly using a non-abrasive product
- designed to adapt correctly to the helmet or, in the case of goggles, to the contour of your eyes
Buying a used helmet halfway through its lifespan for 50% of the cost of a new helmet is not a bargain! In addition to normal wear, there could be damage that is invisible to the naked eye.
Jackets and pants
For maximum protection, your jacket and pants should, among other things:
- be well adjusted
- preferably be made of leather or anti-abrasive material, such as Kevlar or Cordura
Your well-adjusted gloves should be made of leather or anti-abrasive material such as Kevlar, and completely cover your hands and wrists.
They should also:
- be supple so they do not interfere with your manoeuvres
- have adjustable wrist straps
Watch out for synthetic materials!
Avoid pieces of clothing made of or having a liner made of synthetic materials, because they can burn the skin in a fall. Jeans should also be avoided.
It is important that your boots cover your ankles. They should also:
- be specially designed for riding a motorcycle
- have grip soles and flat heels
- be water-repellent
- be made of leather or other anti-abrasive material and have reinforced tips and soles
- Important: Avoid steel-toed boots.