Riding Gear Requirements Guide
Rider Training Institute (RTI) maintains its commitment to safe, sensible and enjoyable motorcycling by enforcing strict policies regarding the use of appropriate safety gear through all its training programs.
Why wear gear? This picture is a graphical representation as to why appropriate gear must be used all the time.
Motorcycle helmets not only protect your head from injury, they are mandatory in Ontario. The minimum requirements for RTI courses are DOT approved helmets of any style, although RTI highly recommends the use of full face helmets, it is important to remember that a proper (snug) fit ensures the most comfort and safety. Consult a motorcycle helmet retailer for guidance on properly fitting your head.
Motorcycle jackets are made to protect your upper body (skin and bones), providing comfort while warning or cooling. Ensure your jacket has built-in protection for your shoulders, elbows and back. Your jacket armour must remain intact for our courses and for ultimate protection. When choosing your jacket, be sure it protects well, flexes with you, fits snugly and is comfortable to wear.
Motorcycle pants are made to protect your lower body-hips and knees. Be sure that all built-in protection remains intact for our courses and for ultimate protection. When choosing your pants, look for comfort and a good fit, thinking ahead for all types of conditions: cold, wind, heat and wet, but most of all, choose pants that will protect you.
Proper footwear provides comfort and safety. At RTI, we recommend leather motorcycle boots with rigid side protection that supports your ankle. Most motorcycle boots have non-skid rubber soles that provide proper traction on both the motorcycle pegs and the pavement. The boot must fully cover your ankle to minimize potential risk of injury. The minimum for RTI courses is leather “work boots” or textile “hiking” boots that cover the ankle bone.
Effective protection against injury, the elements and vibration are key reasons to wear gloves. We at RTi believe that a good pair of gloves will mitigate the consequences of mishap—as by reflex we tend to put our hands out first. Also, a good pair of gauntlet motorcycle gloves would make your riding much more pleasant by keeping wind/debris from getting inside the jacket, will absorb moisture generated by your hands plus reduce vibrations transmitted through the handlebars.
Other useful information
In your riding career and for our course you might also consider the following items:
- Sunglasses — Effective protection for your eyes on a sunny day. If you have a helmet with a tinted visor, don’t forget to carry a clear visor in case the weather changes or you need to ride during the night.
- Sunscreen — Even when you use all the gear listed above you might have exposed skin, so apply sunscreen on those areas- most commonly on your face and neck- to avoid sunburn and windburn
- Raingear — Even if you only plan to ride in fair weather you might be caught in the middle of a storm. Carrying raingear will allow you to cover yourself up and avoid riding in soaked clothing.
- Earplugs — The most quiet full face helmets still produce a fair amount of wind noise. Good earplugs will reduce the wind noise frequency, and still allow for all other road sounds to be heard.
- Spine protection — Always a good item, especially if you’re planning to do track days
- Water — Wind and heat will drain water from your body, so a water pack on your back or frequent stops to replenish is advised to avoid hydration