One of the most important (and easily overlooked) aspects of motorcycling is safety motorbike riding gear. Though gear can be cumbersome, awkward, and intrusive, it’s also the only thing that will protect you from the road in a motorbike accident. Imagine sliding or skidding across the pavement at 30 mph wearing shorts and a T-shirt, and you’ll begin to understand why some people say you shouldn’t expose any part of your body on a bike that you wouldn’t want to be exposed to a belt sander.
Below is our recommended gear for a safe trip in Vietnam. It’s best to bring your own because sizes and quality in Vietnam could be different from yours.
An old saying goes something like this: If you’ve got a $20 head, buy yourself a $20 helmet. By Western standards, if you just drop your helmet one to three times you shouldn’t use it. Vietnam has no standard like that! This is, in fact, one of the most important safety motorbike riding gear, therefore we start with it.
Have a look at the crash helmet above and imagine if you don’t have a good one, what happened? This photo is from The Emergency Medicine Doctor’s Facebook page.
That said, a proper, SNELL or DOT-approved helmet can go a long way towards saving your skull in case of an accident. Even if you’ve decided you don’t want to protect your brain, helmets also offer shelter from wind noise and turbulence. In Vietnam, wearing a helmet is required by law when you ride a motorbike. Most helmets are open and provide top protection only. We provide quality Korean HJC full face helmets. A good crash helmet is a must and we don’t provide cheap stuff!
It’s a basic human reflex to break your fall by with a cat-like extension of the arms, and hands can suffer considerable damage when a rider is thrown off his or her bike. Protect your palms, knuckles, and fingers with sturdily constructed, well-padded gloves, preferable gauntlet-style ones that extend past the wrist. We provide full or finger-less Fox, Pro-Biker, and Scoyco gloves.
Elbow & Knee Guards
Typically worn beneath jerseys or your clothes while riding offroad, guards protect key body parts like elbows and knees from impact; they can also be affecting for street riding when worn in combination with less protective outer layers (like Kevlar-reinforced jeans), though they won’t offer the complete coverage of full gear. We provide Scoyco elbow and knee protection pads. These are best in summer and autumn.
For cold weather, we do have good riding jackets and pants that you can use. They were made in Vietnam and export to many countries. These protection sets are as important as helmets so you should seriously consider this safety motorbike riding gear in your checklist.
not only keeps the wind from making tears streak down your face, they also keep all manner of debris and bugs from flying into your eyes. Visors in helmets offer built-in eye protection, but some riders prefer to wear separate eye protection so they can enjoy a tinted field of vision that’s removable when the sun drops. Unfortunately, in Vietnam, we don’t have this and you should bring your own. However, all of our helmets have good and clear visors.
are safety equipment? Absolutely! Wind noise on a motorcycle can become extreme at highway speeds, and your hearing can suffer damage after enough repeated exposure to loud sounds.
Vietnamese doesn’t have laws about ear protection so use anything that you like. We don’t provide this item.
From motocross and road racing to traditional cruiser styles, there are loads of ways to keep your feet protected on a motorcycle. Also, don’t underestimate the importance of keeping your feet firmly planted on the pegs and shin protection from pebbles! Sadly, there are no large Western size boots or the quality is not good enough so this item is not provided. If you have good shoes that will do.
Please contact us if you want to hire our safety motorbike riding gear below.