Protect Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself: The Must-Have Gear for Your Dual Sport Adventure With RIDE Adventures
The Gear You Can't RIDE Our Tours Without
Hey there, Rider!
If you're planning a rip-roaring adventure on one of our guided or truck supported tours we're going to need you to pay attention for a quick second.
We're here to help you look like a total badass while also keeping you safe and comfortable on the road. Because let's face it, nothing ruins a good ride like a gnarly case of road rash or getting busted up with broken body parts.
And our guides really don't like to see this happen to a customer.
In this guide, we'll give you the lowdown on the minimum mandatory motorcycle gear you need to rock your off-road excursion like a pro.
We'll also throw in some recommendations for specific models or brands because, let's be real, we all love some shameless product promotion. So buckle up, buttercup, and let's get geared up for your dual sport tour!
But On A Serious Note
If you're on one of our guided tours and you don't bring the necessary equipment, there's a good chance that our guides won't let you ride with the group.
We want to give everyone the best chance of finishing the trip without getting hurt. Therefore, it's essential that you arrive equipped with the right safety gear to guarantee a fun and safe adventure.
The Short List:
On To The Minimum Required ADV Gear
Full Face DOT (US) /ECE (EU) Approved Helmet
Let's talk helmets, shall we?
As much as we love feeling the wind in our hair, it's not exactly the best idea when you're bouncing around on rocky terrain at high speeds. That's where the adventure helmet comes in - it's like a bubble of protection for your noggin.
While some adventure helmets may have unconventional designs like aerodynamic shapes, sci-fi visors, or neon color schemes, it is important to prioritize safety standards over aesthetics when selecting a helmet.
If you take one of our U.S. tours, we'll need you to have, at minimum, a DOT approved helmet. If you take a European based tour, you'll need a ECE 22.05 approved helmet.
A helmet rated with only ECE is not legally allowed in the U.S., and a DOT only rated helmet is not allowed in most European countries. But the good news is that most helmets purchased in the US or Europe have both ratings.
A properly fitting helmet that meets safety standards can provide confidence and protection while riding. So, whether you prefer a funky design or a more traditional look, ensure that your adventure helmet is capable of protecting you from impact during your ride.
RIDE Helmet Suggestion
Abrasion Resistant Motorcycle Jacket With Protection
Adventure jackets are like superhero capes for motorcyclists - they keep you protected from the elements and any nasty spills you might take.
Look for a versatile jacket that can handle the type of weather conditions you'll encounter, and make sure it has armor to keep you safe in case of a collision unless you're bringing separate strap on armor.
Breathability is key, so you don't end up looking like a sweat-soaked mess, but also layering is key so you don't feel like you're riding in the artic.
And of course, you want to look good while you're out there saving the day. So, find an adventure jacket that's both functional and stylish, and you'll be the envy of all your motorcycle friends.
RIDE Jacket Suggestion
Adventure Motorcycle Pants With Built-in Knee Protection
Adventure pants are like regular pants, but with a sense of adventure.
They should be tough enough to handle the rough terrain, comfy enough for a long ride, and cool enough to make you look like you're ready to conquer the world.
Just remember, if you're wearing shorts or sporting a wedgie, you're doing it wrong. So, find the perfect pair of adventure pants, and show the world that you mean business - one butt cheek at a time.
RIDE Moto Pants Suggestion
ADV Boots - Stiff and High
Boots are the unsung heroes of adventure gear. They are the glue that holds your feet to the pedals and keeps you steady on the ground. Without them, you might as well be riding barefoot or wearing flippers.
Don't skimp on boots - invest in a pair that will protect your feet from rocks, debris, and the occasional pedal slip. Plus, you'll look like a badass biker when you strut around in your heavy-duty footwear.
Now, I know what some of you might be thinking. "But aren't those stiff adventure boots uncomfortable? Don't they feel like wearing a couple of cement blocks on your feet?"
Well, let me tell you, my friend, if you think adventure riding is all sunshine and rainbows, you've got another thing coming. You need boots that can take a beating and keep on ticking, like a Timex. And those flimsy sneakers you wear to the gym? They're not going to cut it when you're tearing up the trails.
Stiff boots may not be the most comfortable at first, but trust me, they'll save your feet from all kinds of abuse. And don't worry, they'll break in eventually. It's like a new pair of jeans - you gotta wear 'em in before they feel just right.
RIDE ADV Boot Suggestion
Gloves - Carry Two Pairs
Gloves are like the wingmen of adventure gear - they don't get as much attention as the main players, but they're crucial to the success of the mission.
When it comes to adventure gloves, one pair might not be enough. Why? Well, imagine this: you're riding through the desert, the sun is blazing, and your hands are sweating like crazy. Suddenly, a rainstorm hits, and the temperature drops. Your wet gloves are now frozen solid, and you're stuck with two popsicles for hands. Hello, backseat of a Prius.
That's why you need two pairs of gloves - one for the hot and dry, and one for the cold and wet. It's the ultimate glove insurance policy. So, make sure you pack accordingly, and you'll be ready for whatever Mother Nature throws your way.
RIDE Glove Suggestion
- Abrasion Resistant Gloves, preferably real leather.
- Pack two pairs, one for average weather and one backup winter/waterproof pair.
- Budget Example: Cortech Chicane Glove
- RIDE Preferred: Klim Induction Glove
- Unacceptable: Gardening Gloves, Ski Gloves, Light Motocross or Mountain Bike Gloves, or Michael Jackson's Right White Glove
Suit Up For the Ride
So, there you have it - the must-have gear for your dual sport adventure with RIDE Adventures. Remember, safety comes first, and the right gear can make all the difference. So, protect yourself before you wreck yourself and gear up for an unforgettable off-road excursion. Happy riding!