What equipment is essential to keep you safe on a motorbike?
Other equipment is of course essential for your safety: trousers, boots, jacket, gloves, etc. But they are not a legal obligation.
“Riding a motorbike is a bit like skiing. You have to dress from top to bottom and be well equipped. You can ski in jeans, but you run much more risks,” explains Nico, an AXA agent in Bascharage who likes nothing more than heading off on motorbike trips in Luxembourg with friends.
Because beyond comfort, the role of good motorbike equipment is to prevent serious injuries. It protects many parts of the body: shoulder, elbow, wrist, knee, back...
For William, safety has always been a priority. When he passed his motorbike licence 4 years ago, he bought the complete set of equipment (trousers, jacket, back protector, gloves, boots) as soon as he started riding.
Sébastien, a sales advisor with Dainese in Windhof (one of the leading brands in motorbike protective equipment) agrees:
“A complete set of safety equipment is as essential as the bodywork of a car, it’s a no-brainer”, is how he puts it.
Moreover, motorbike schools do an excellent job of raising awareness, so much so that today, most aspiring motorbike licence holders are properly equipped. However, many young bikers still choose to buy cheap motorbike clothing for the licence before re-equipping later. However, investing in the right equipment straight away is the best way to ensure you have the best possible protection without waiting, and thus avoid double-buying.