Loading ...

Gear Up To Make Your Ride Better

Motorcyclists of today have come across the term ATGATT at least once, if not all the time. ATGATT stands for All The Gear All The Time, which is self-explanatory. A motorcycle is an unstable identity which becomes whole only when the rider takes charge. Even on the move, the bike is stable, not safe. Which is why apparel like helmets, riding jackets and pants, gloves, boots et al came into existence. Over decades of extensive and exhaustive testing both in motorsports and on public roads, today’s riding gear manages to help the rider emerge unscathed from all but the most unavoidable disasters.


The riding jacket absorbs the brunt of windblast, keeping you fresher at the end of a long riding day. Image: @roadtrippingdoc

Riding gear makes you safer while out on the open roads with your beloved motorcycle, but there are other ways it helps too. Let us discuss how it improves a motorcycling experience. To begin with, even a pair of decent riding gloves can alter your riding experience. A vibey motorcycle tends to numb your fingers out pretty soon. The riding gloves absorb most of the vibrations, keeping your palms relaxed.

Also Read: Perks Of Riding In A Group

A riding jacket instead of a tee or shirt is immensely helpful in more ways than one. Firstly, it makes you look cool. Secondly, due to its construction, design, and purpose, it is a heavier piece of apparel to wear than regular tees. The armour present inside the jacket and its many adjustable cinches enable you to tighten it around your body. A tight-fitting jacket won’t flap around in the wind, shielding you from windblast on the chest as well as noisy distractions while riding.

If you have ever ridden at high speeds wearing just a shirt or tee you will have noticed these clothes ride up your back and flap violently. Even worse, the shirt’s collar is buffeted by wind and ends up slapping against the side of your face. Wouldn’t you rather avoid it by wearing a tight-fitting jacket?


Riding pants protect the most vulnerable organs of your body: the legs. Image: the wheelz

A pair of riding pants is as critical to your riding as the jacket. Featuring armour, ventilation, and tough fabric, riding pants serve multiple purposes than just lower body protection. If you are one of those people who started motorcycling out of sheer passion and started adding riding gear to your essentials later, you will have noticed a tangible difference in your experience prior to the gear and after it. Simply put, over a long ride that could take more than a week, you would have been forced to carry enough clothes, and mostly denims in your luggage to wear all day. A pair of riding pants in your essentials means you only need to carry one, perhaps two pairs of jeans, considerably liberating space in or lightening up your luggage.

A helmet, without question, is critical to preserving your head which operates your entire body. While it does keep your grey matter where it is supposed to be, riding without a helmet (strongly discouraged) will certainly open your eyes to what other advantages it possesses. For one, wind noise is entirely cut out with a good aerodynamic helmet. You begin to attune to ambient sounds, becoming more aware of your surroundings as well as your bike’s many aural outputs. The helmet enhances your focus and eliminates unnecessary noises clouding your ambient inputs.


A quality helmet is the difference between a hectic day and a relaxed day on a ride. Image: @roadtrippingdoc

The most important piece of riding gear to get after a helmet is riding shoes, contrary to popular belief. Your legs are the most vulnerable while riding, and absolutely precious organs that are able to operate a motorcycle. Sure, people who have lost legs or born with undeveloped ones have tamed motorcycles. However, if you possess a perfectly fine pair of legs, there is no reason why you should squander them by prioritizing other parts of your body.

Remember, blood vessels, skin, muscles, even bones can heal. Severed or crushed limbs are irreplaceable. A good pair of riding shoes not only protects your lower limbs but also insulates them from ambient temperatures and flying debris. In the worst case scenario, if you find your legs pinned under a fallen bike, you will thank yourself immeasurably for having invested in riding boots well in advance.

Your feet need protection from both weather and terrain on a ride over the badlands. Riding boots serve the purpose, while also making you look badass. Image: Brake Magazine

Safety is indeed what riding boots were built for, but they also improve your riding experience. If you are in tune with your motorcycle, you can gauge its present situation just by getting a feel for vibrations that transmit through the foot pegs. Thin-soled racing shoes eliminate unnecessary vibes, only allowing you to feel what the bike’s mechanicals are up to through the pegs.

Check Himalayan For rent here

On the other hand, on a long day on a motorcycle where you need to conserve energy to last until sunset, thick-soled adventure boots do not let any vibes creep through to your feet. The less you are exposed to the elements and vibrations, the fresher you remain on the bike. This, in turn, helps you concentrate on nailing that upcoming hairpin without having to fend with vibey pegs.

It cannot be stressed enough just how important riding gears are. They obviously make you safer on a motorcycle. Spend enough time wearing them and you will realize that they enhance your riding experience, allowing to become one with your motorcycle by cutting out forces out in the open that would otherwise hinder you were you not clad in the gears. Which is why they say ATGATT: All The Gear All The Time.

Featured Image: D3O

Read More: The Ideal Motorcycle For India

Best Recommendations For Your First Motorcycle Trip

Share If You Like

  • Instagram Share
  • Facebook Share
Google Reviews
Previous Reviews
Next Reviews
Harsh Trehan

Zanskar monasteries ride was a ride that is now permanently itched in memory, a very well curated route with some amazing sights, experiences and connect with the history that is untouched by modern tourism.. highly recommend Red Panda for curated riding experiences .. thank you Balaji :)

Review - Harsh Trehan Review Rating
Miriam Chelliah

One of the best experiences we've had. Bala is experienced and patient. For a rookie, finishing the Menchuka ride was a big deal. Came back with some love motorcycle skills. Loved every day of it.

Review - Miriam Chelliah Review Rating

Had a life Changing experience in the monasteries of zanskar ride With red panda. One of a kind extreme travel company this is

Review - amriteshdev Review Rating
Nash Narasimhan Tupil

On my bucket list, was an himalayan motorbike tour. My wish was fulfilled through Red Panda - and I had an adventure of a life time. Very experienced lead and sweep drivers, with back up 4 wheeled vehicle for any emergency. Curated stays in relatively unknown, spartan but hygienic and comfortable places. Loved staying inside a plastic tent and also Bamboo house. Very well done by our Captain Balaji!! Thank you.

Read More
Review - Nash Narasimhan Tupil Review Rating
Loknath Rath

A leap of faith was what it was.. I had not ridden a bike for last 25 years and this hum drum of a covid lockdown was wearing me down. So when Bala sent an WA invitation to ride with him for 8 days of #khukriride, it ignited a spark (pun intended).Those 8 days in Jan 2021 spent riding with Bala & Jojo across NE himalayas were full of thrill, splendor, captivating & enervating. Meticulous planning right from bike selection to route planning, excellent homestays interspersed with local knowledge and intel made this ride a memorable one. I would strongly recommend this ride to anyone who has some interest in riding and adventure. Am sure if I can do it at my age..anyone can. My best wishes to Bala & his team at #redpandaadventures. You are helping many arm chair enthusiasts like me realise a new meaning of life.

Read More
Review - Loknath Rath Review Rating
WhatsApp Hello, click here to WhatsApp Us!