How to Prepare your Child for Motorcycle Riding by:Billy Whitmire
The first consideration when preparing your youngster for motorcycle riding is the purchase of safety equipment. Whether they will be practicing, trail riding or racing, safety equipment is incredibly important. Many events can take place during all types of riding, so safety equipment should always be worn.
Keep in mind that riders do fall down and they do collide during racing, and they do it while traveling rather fast. Wearing proper safety equipment can minimize the effects of contact with other riders, obstacles and the ground.
Rider Safety Equipment
Starting at the top is head protection, and this is by far the most important to a motorcycle rider, whether they are on a dirt track or an asphalt roadway. All motorcyclists need to protect their head, and helmets are able to do this effectively.
Next comes eye protection; it is hard to navigate a motorcycle safely if you cannot see where you are going. Obstacles that can interfere while riding are sun, dirt, flying debris, bugs and low lying branches. This makes eye protection important to the safety of the rider. Don't substitute other types of glasses, like sunglasses, for eye protection gear designed for motorcycle riders.
Now most street motorcycle riders don't wear neck protection, but it can be very important for track racers. With the hills and jumps engaged during racing, there is a chance of rider whiplash and so neck protection should be worn. Some helmet designs will provide some neck protection, but a neck collar that provides specific neck protection is best under all conditions.
The back and chest are very vulnerable areas and prone to injury, especially if the rider is not equipped with proper upper body protection. Whether it is the handle bars of their own motorcycle or a tree branch on the trail, chest and back protection can minimize accidental injuries to those areas.
Two areas that always seem to get banged up on the rider are the knees and elbows. On the trail it can be from bushes and trees, extending into trails and onto the track or it can be the result of contact with other riders. High impact plastics used in today's protectors will help preserve the rider's knees and elbows from injury.
Outfitting your rider with hand protection can help them to grip the controls of their bike better and reduce injury to the fingers and knuckles also.
A good pair of riding boots will be important for comfortable operation of the motorcycle, but will also help to protect the shins, ankles, and feet from injury. Make sure that the boots always fit properly and are in good condition as well.
As much of a temptation that it might be to go the cheap route when it comes to safety equipment, it is advised not skimp on safety equipment. This doesn't mean you can't get a good deal on some used gear, just make sure it is in excellent shape and fits your rider properly. Damaged gear or equipment that doesn't fit properly should be avoided.
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