How much extra do you need to budget for motorcycle safety gear?

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Out on the open road with your motorbike

Buying a motorbike can be one of the most fun, adventurous purchases you can make in your life. Rather than driving around all the time in a car, getting a motorbike gives you the chance to add a little excitement and get some enjoyment out of being on the open road.

When it comes to purchasing a motorcycle, there are more costs than just the ones you see on the price tag.

It can also be more affordable - potentially. But bear in mind that when it comes to purchasing a motorcycle, there are more costs than just the ones you see on the price tag. For example, safety gear is absolutely essential. Have you considered how all the gear you need might affect your budget?

The impact could be pretty significant.

Itemising your safety gear needs

Riding a motorcycle can be fun and invigorating, but there's also an inherent safety risk at every turn. Even the best riders in the world wear safety gear. Safety gear can include:

  • Helmet: This is required by law and most essential, as you absolutely must avoid head injury in the event of a crash, even a minor one.
  • Gloves: If you ever fall off a motorbike, your instinct will probably be to catch your fall using your hands. When this happens, you'll be thankful you have gloves.
  • Jackets, pants and suits: Motorcycle accidents can lead to horrific skin abrasions all over your body if you fall and hit the asphalt. Keep the entire surface of your body protected.
  • Boots: Braking may require having a powerful foot, especially on surfaces that are uneven, broken or slippery. Boots can help fortify you.

Figure out how much you can afford to spend on safety gear.

Figuring out your personal budget

When you start adding up all the costs of motorbike safety gear, it can become fairly prohibitive. It's been estimated that for helmets that meet Australian design rules1 can start at around $2502 - and having gear that meets this standard is essential. When it comes to protecting life and limb, there's no excuse for purchasing sub-standard protective gear.

When you factor in gloves, jackets, boots and the rest of it, you may well find yourself paying more than an estimated $500 just for the safety gear that comes with riding a motorcycle. This can be a significant addition to your overall expense of getting into biking. If you need help covering that cost, that's understandable.

Fortunately, there are loans available for helping motorists of all kinds with every manner of cost imaginable. This includes additional expenses like the required safety gear.

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Australian Government Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development