Kickstart Clothing Guide

When learning to ride, there are often a bewildering amount of choices over the equipment that is available for the purpose. 

We’re often asked by students whether “XYZ Brand” of clothing is good or suitable.

In order to dispel some of the myths and help you make correct clothing choices when entering a training course, we’ve put together an quick guide to assist.  If you have any questions about clothing suitable for riding motorcycles or using for training then drops us an email or give us a call.

Best Choices

Motorcycle Boots: Offering good levels of protections against abrasion and weather and plenty of impact protection.  These wrap your foot securely and protect it against all eventualities.

Great for using during CBT, Module 1 Training, and Module 2 Training, they’ll be comfortable and warm.

Textile or Leather Trouser: Perfect for riding small or large motorcycles in varying conditions.  Leather works well in summer, textile works well in winter.

Often fitted with warm liners and armour, these are perfect.

Textile or Leather Jacket: With built in armour, ventilation for summer riding and waterproof textile out layers or over jackets for wetter conditions.

Often fitted with warm liners and armour, these are perfect.

Good Choices

Sturdy Boots: Offering good levels of protections against abrasion and weather, these will keep your feet warm and dry.

Great for using during CBT or Module 1 Training whilst gaining information about future purchases.

Denim Trousers: A minimum for legs, they’ll provide reasonable abrasion protection, but won’t protect you against the weather.  Consider pairing them with some waterproof trousers.

Denim trousers are a minimum for riding a motorcycle at Kickstart.  DVSA examiners will expect the same for a motorcycle test.

Heavy Jackets: Waxed or cotton jackets work reasonably well to protect against the road surface and the weather, they’ll not generally have impact resistant armour though.

Consider layering up underneath with warmer clothing in winter months.

Poor Choices

Training Shoes:  Offering very poor impact and abrasion protection, they’ll not protect your foot in the event of an accident.

You’ll not be allowed to ride a motorcycle or take a course at Kickstart with these on your feet.

Tracksuit Bottoms:  They get wet and soggy when it rains, and disappear very quickly when rubbed on the road surface leaving skin vulnerable.

You’ll not be allowed to ride a motorcycle or take a course at Kickstart with these on your legs.

Sweatshirts (as outer layers):  No impact protection and no abrasion protection against the road surface, a really poor choice for outer clothing layers.

These work well under motorcycle jackets to keep you warm.

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