What all basic motorcycle accessories should a rider have

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2 December 2023

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Long story short – Helmet forms the critical component in the motorcycle accessories list. A full-face helmet (ISI) should be the go-to option. Protective riding jackets (CE certified), gloves and rider boots are the next important ones, followed by a first aid kit and tool kit. Both mobile phone holder and charger are optional accessories.

Safety-oriented motorcycle accessories are the first in the list

Motorcycling brings many safety risks, so we are responsible for safeguarding ourselves as riders. We can only achieve this by driving safely and having the proper safety gear. So, what accessories do we need in our arsenal that are too safety-oriented? It’s time to scroll down and find out the much-needed essential accessories list.

The basic accessories list is as follows

List of basic motorcycle accessories

Full-face ISI helmet

Only opt for a full-face helmet, and that too with quality standards. The Bureau of Indian Standards issued a regulation in 2018 that capped a motorcycle helmet’s weight at 1.2 kg. This ruling was relaxed on September 4, 2020, allowing sales of heavier foreign helmets. However, these helmets need to comply with ISI standards. There are many helmet companies in India; you can opt for a good one as it is all for your safety.

Some of the renowned foreign brands is – MT, AGV, KYT, LS2, SHOEI, SMK.
Some of the renowned domestic brands are – Studds, Steelbird, Vega, Aarona

Protective riding jacket (reflective)

Opt for jackets with reflective tapes around, as it is a valuable feature during a night ride. Protective jackets must include armour protecting your elbows, shoulders and back and, if possible, should be CE certified.

Types of Protective riding jackets are:

  1. Full all-weather jackets
  2. Conventional riding jackets
  3. Body armour jackets

Eye protection

Motorcycle riders are strongly advised to wear eye protection to safeguard their eyes against wind, dust, and debris. There are various types of eye protection available for riders to choose from.

  1. Goggles: Goggles are popular among motorcycle riders as they offer a wide field of view and effective protection against wind, dust, and debris. Additionally, they are relatively affordable.
  2. Sunglasses: Sunglasses can be worn underneath a helmet visor to provide extra UV protection. However, it’s important to note that they may offer less protection against wind and dust than goggles.
  3. Face shields: Face shields are attached to helmets and provide the highest protection against wind, dust, and debris. They also help to prevent fogging and reduce glare.
  4. Safety glasses: Safety glasses are suitable for riders who wear prescription glasses. They are also a good choice for riders who frequently ride in dusty or dirty environments.
  5. Windshields: Windshields are particularly beneficial for riders who often ride in cold or windy weather conditions. They help to deflect wind and keep the eyes warm and dry.

Gloves

Riding gloves are a must for hands and fingers. It gives protection in various environmental conditions and prevents injury and bruises. Opt for gloves that protect finger joints.

Types of gloves according to type are:

  1. Short gloves
  2. Semi gauntlet gloves
  3. Full gauntlet gloves

Types of gloves according to material type are:

  1. Mesh gloves
  2. Mesh + Leather gloves
  3. Leather gloves

Rider boots

Rider boots, also known as paddock boots, are a vital part of the arsenal and provide much-needed protection from angle twisting, road debris, and exhaust pipes.

Motorcycle lock

Ensure the safety of your motorcycle by using a reliable lock that discourages thieves from attempting to steal it. Opt for a sturdy and secure U-lock or chain lock. There are various types of motorcycle locks available to suit your needs.

  1. U-locks: are a popular choice for motorcycle owners due to their strength and security. They have a hardened steel shackle that is difficult to cut. However, they can be heavy and bulky and may only fit through some frames.
  2. Chain locks: are also strong and secure but can be heavy and inconvenient to carry.
  3. Disc locks: are smaller and more portable, fitting over the brake disc to prevent theft, but are not as strong as U-locks or chain locks.
  4. Grip locks: attach to the throttle grip, making it impossible for thieves to start the motorcycle, but are not as strong as other locks.
  5. Alarmed locks: combine a lock with an alarm, deterring thieves with a loud noise, but can be more expensive and require battery replacements.

Tools and first aid kit

Both are vital as the tool kit should contain a puncture repair kit. An essential tool kit should have the following tools

  1. Allen wrenches
  2. Socket wrenches
  3. Screwdrivers
  4. Pliers
  5. Tire pressure gauge
  6. Spark plug socket
  7. Spark plug wrench
  8. Fuses
  9. Zip ties
  10. Duct tape
  11. Flashlight

A basic first aid kit should contain the following items

  1. Bandages in assorted sizes
  2. Antiseptic wipes or solution
  3. Gauze pads
  4. Adhesive tape
  5. Pain relievers
  6. Allergy medication
  7. Antacids
  8. Sunscreen
  9. Insect repellent
  10. Hand sanitizer
  11. Emergency blanket
  12. First aid guide

Mobile phone holder

For ease of navigation and handling of calls, this one comes in handy and is a real boon. The fit of the phone with the holder should be very tight.

Mobile phone charger

Nowadays, several models contain USB chargers pre-installed, which is a handy feature. If this is absent, fixing a USB charger is a must, and a technician’s help is recommended.

What about other motorcycle accessories?

There are many accessories worth including in this list, but right here, only basic ones, that’s all. According to the riding scenarios, it can be added or reduced. In the case of a pure track rider, extra accessories like knee and back protection are mandatory. The list mentioned above is for the ones who plan to have a long ride or like similar scenarios, and a lot of safety aspect is considered while choosing these.

Conclusion

Here is the bare list of motorcycle accessories that you need on the next trip, and they are

  1. Full-face ISI helmet
  2. Protective riding jacket
  3. Eye Protection
  4. Gloves
  5. Rider boots
  6. Motorcycle lock
  7. Tool and first aid kit
  8. Mobile phone holder
  9. Mobile phone charger

Always remember that not everything goes according to plan, so these accessories will be handy and provide enough safety. If you have any other doubts or queries, email us at bikeleague2017@gmail.com. We are always eager to help and assist you. Also, here are several social media platforms of Bikeleague India to raise your suspicions.

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