The most important piece of personal equipment for a motorcycle rider is a motorcycle helmet.
The law requires all motorcyclists and their pillions (passengers) or sidecar passengers to wear an approved motorcycle helmet.
There are many types and styles of motorcycle helmets available, with two key types:
• The full face and open face helmets.
• Full face helmets feature a chin panel which incorporates an integrated face shield (visor) offering better eye, wind, sun and injury protection
• Your helmet must be SABS approved.
• It must fit comfortably but not too tightly (avoid loosely fitting helmets).
• It must have the chin strap fastened and properly tightened.
Helmets should be:
• Replaced after a crash or a significant impact.
• Replaced if they become loose fitting, or the straps become worn.
• Only cleaned with mild soapy water. Some chemicals and cleaners may weaken the shell.
Your eyes need protection from the wind, dust, rain, insects and stones thrown up by other vehicles.
Only a visor attached to the helmet or goggles provide the eye protection necessary for riding.
Some motorcycles have screens or fairings to provide weather protection.
These do not provide adequate protection for the eyes and you should still use a visor or goggles to protect your eyes.
Visor and goggles should:
• Be clean and not scratched.
• Be shatterproof.
• Have clear lenses for use at night.