A quality helmet is the one piece of riding gear I always wear when on the bike. Not because it is mandated by law, but because, my head (and what’s inside), is worth it.
Many laughed at me when I bought a helmet even before I had a bike of my own. But I insisted on wearing it even when riding pillion. This habit is what saved my life four monsoons ago, when the bike skid without warning and sent us tumbling onto the tarmac. I remember three solid bumps on the head before everything disappeared in a blur. It was the helmet which saved me from potentially fatal head-trauma, and sent me home with only a throbbing headache that night.
The second crash happened at walking speeds, and yet, it left me with a bruised knee. I’m the tarmac loving type and only occasionally venture onto trails. I lost my balance on one such gravel slope and ended up dropping the bike at a stand-still. Unfortunately for me, I’d left my knee guard back home that day (yes, I know, ATGATT). The result? I landed my knee on a stone on that hill-slope that left me sore for days afterwards. Looking back at the video footage of that crash was an embarrassing reminder of just how vulnerable we are to the possibility of a painful crash even when it barely registers on the speedo.
Motorcycling safety proponents swear by the adage, ‘All the Gear, All the Time’, or, ‘ATGATT’. Simply put, it means to be covered from head-to-toe for abrasion and impact protection in the event of a crash. But given our environmental conditions and the riding infrastructure, ATGATT isn’t always the practical choice. But when two-wheeler manufacturers such as Royal Enfield start to offer a wide range of gear choices to riders, one can’t help but applaud their decision to improve the riding safety standards.
The Royal Enfield Gear portfolio is a contemporary collection of riding gear across the protection spectrum. From helmets and gloves to jackets, pants and boots, Royal Enfield has enough choices on offer, to suit the needs of riders, irrespective of their riding level and climatic conditions. Urban Riders, for example, can opt for mesh riding jackets; oil pull-up leather boots and canvas sneakers with anatomically shaped ankle protection, toe-shifters and hell cups; DOT & ISI certified half-face, as well as full face helmets, and short gloves.
The Urban Riding gear pairs a competent level of protection with a city specific aesthetic that sets the rider apart, not just on the daily commute, but also on the short, weekend ride. Royal Enfield has also roped in some of the biggest names in the riding protection world, such as REV’IT! – in offering highly technical riding gear to suit the requirements of long distance riders.
Wearing the best protection possible could mean the difference between dusting off and continuing to ride or spending more on painful down-time. Moreover, when you’ve got this level of access to quality riding gear, across the utility and pricing spectrum, it really is a no-brainer to go up the ATGATT ladder. After all, our riding conditions being what they are, you never know what’s going to hit you next. So best to be prepared!
Rev Safe, Ride Happy y’all