Today, I want to talk about kids motorcycle gear. The future of motorcycling, like the future of basically everything in our world, lies in the hands of our kids. Sure, we shape this situation by how we influence the industry and world around us, but our impact only goes so far. At some point, our kids are going to grow up and, hopefully, get on a motorcycle and ride off into a sunset that's a little better than ours.
That's the dream. However, we can help setup that dream by providing our kiddos with the correct habits and some good riding gear. The following kids motorcycle gear guide is designed to give you the info you need to know and point you in a direction that will help you take action, meaning get your kid up on a motorcycle and teach him or her how great it is.
I'd love to see each and every visitor to this site get their kids on a bike and purchase the right gear (preferably through the links on this blog post because every click on an affiliate link helps me keep this thing going), but I know that probably isn't the case. Still, if I can get one parent the information they need to get their kid up on a motorcycle safely, I'll be happy. Here's some information on riding gear for your kids. Get them out riding and teach them how to stay safe.
Motorcycling is a dangerous activity, but helmets make things a heck of a lot safer. Safety is a major concern for all parents and it should be, but you need to know that with the proper kids riding gear and the low speeds generally associated with youth riding, there's not too much to worry about.
Helmets pay a key role in reducing the number of head injuries. A little bonk on the head from a fall off a bike isn't going to have the effect it could have if your kid simply wears a helmet. Always insist your kid wears a helmet when he or she rides and it'll become second nature for them.
I highly recommend full-face helmets for kids. This is because full-face helmets offer the best possible protection. Also, don't skimp on the level of protection. There are multiple types of safety ratings for helmets. Just because a helmet has a DOT sticker on it, doesn't mean its the safest. Generally, seeing multiple certifications is best. Look for something with DOT, ECE (standards outside the U.S.) and Snell for the safest helmets out there.
The helmets below are some of the highest rated on Amazon and would make good choices.
Helmets are extremely important, but you can't overlook the rest of your kid's body. A good youth motorcycle jacket can go a long way when it comes to protecting your kid's chest, back, shoulders and arms.
The issue with so many jackets is that they're designed to look good and not for protection. For kid's jackets, this is a little bit less of an issue (manufacturer's know safety is key for kids gear), but it's still important to think about.
When shopping for a kid's motorcycle jacket, make sure you look at where the product reviews, where the safety and padding is, and the brand itself. Before buying ask yourself if it's a reputable brand and one that you trust. If your kid's going to be riding around with a jacket on, you need to make sure it will keep them safe.
Also, it's important to note that there are a lot of basically armor only options. These will certainly keep your kiddo safe, but they generally look best with some kind of jersey or jacket covering it.
The following kids motorcycle jackets are highly rated on Amazon and are an excellent choice.
If you've ever had an accident on a motorcycle you know that a good pair of riding pants can really safe your ass, literally. Don't forget that your kid's butt is precious too. In order to keep legs, butts, hips and basically anything below the waist (except feet of course) safe, you need to get some good riding pants.
While finding some seriously good riding pants for your kiddo is important, you can also think about getting them some padding and armor to wear underneath a pair of pants (preferably riding pants that don't have armor already installed). Doing both of these things will keep them the safest.
Here are some products from Amazon that come highly recommended.
Below the legs comes the feet. The proper footwear is extremely important when riding a motorcycle. It doesn't matter if its a kid or not. You have to have some good riding boots or shoes when you toss your leg over a bike.
Again, safety should be key here. Read reviews. Focus on things like sizing, build quality, and always pay attention to the brand. Most well-established brands have high quality footwear. This means you can count on their name. This isn't always the case, but generally it's a good place to start.
Oftentimes, it's tempting to buy your kid boots or shoes that are a little bigger so they will grow into them, but on a motorcycle of any kind, the last thing you want is sloppy-fitting footwear.
Here are some options rated highly that are available on Amazon.
Last but certainly not least are kids motorcycle gloves. Focus on brand, construction and fit here. Also, keep in mind that gloves with straps and clasps will be better than ones that simply have elastic bands to hold them on. You want your kids hands to be protected and for the gloves not to come off.
Here are some highly recommended products available on Amazon.
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