With the name of the website being what it is, I'd be remiss is I didn't recommend good eye protection. Eye protection is something I neglected when I first started riding. I liked open face helmets and no eye protection. I didn't want anything between me and the road (or at least as little as possible). As a result, I always had teary, red eyes from the wind and caught a fair amount of dust, dirt and bugs in my eyes as well. After that, I started wearing some goggles.
When I ride now, if I'm not wearing a full-face helmet, I have a pair of goggles shielding my eyes from wind and debris. It doesn't take away from the experience at all and is a heck of a lot safer. You have to be able to see to know where you're going and goggles are one of the best ways to ensure you'll always have your eyes on the road.
Here are a few suggestions for good goggles. This isn't an exclusive list, as there's tons of competent eyewear out there, but it's a start and these are all suitable for new riders because they do a good job and aren't very expensive.
Bobster Piston Goggles
There's something about the Bobster Piston Goggles that just make you feel like a badass. Maybe it's the smoked lenses and the flat black frames, or maybe it's just the shape of the frames. Whatever it is, I like it, and I bet you will too. You don't have to have the smoked lenses. There's also clear lenses and reflective ones and are prescription ready. Aside from the lenses, these goggles are just a good, lightweight (1.8 ounces) pair of goggles. They're small and easy to toss inside a helmet or jacket pocket when you're not riding, and they're really comfortable to wear when you are.
Red Baron Motorcycle / Aviator Goggles
Want a kind of modern classic look to your goggles? the Red Baron Motorcycle / Aviator Goggles are some of the best out there. These goggles have a kind of a new school look with an old school shape. They feel very modern, in that they're lightweight (2.4 ounces), sturdy and work extremely well. They're comfortable for long periods of time too, and you're likely to forget you have them on, which is both a good and a bad thing. The yellow lens adds a tint that will protect your eyes a bit without making things too dim or dark, making these some of the best goggles on the market.
CRG Sports Vintage Aviator Pilot Style Motorcycle Goggles
Another good choice if you're going for more of a vintage look are the CRG Sports Vintage Aviator Pilot Style Motorcycle Goggles. These look seriously old school but feature modern construction and functionality. The scratch-resistant, tinted lenses offer 100% protection from UV rays and come in a variety of colors. While these goggles weigh a little more than the Red Baron ones, they're not too heavy or large. They look good and have just the right amount of padding to be comfortable for long periods of time. While they are a bit more expensive than the other motorcycle eyewear on this list, you'll find that your money is well-spent.
Eye protection is important for motorcycle riders. Get a good pair of goggles, stay safe and enjoy the ride.