There’s much more to buying a helmet than choosing the colour or style that you like! Firstly the helmet must meet UNECE Regulation 22.05 or 22.06 standards or British Standard BS 6658:1985 and carry the BSI Kitemark. We strongly recommend that you never purchase a second-hand helmet or order from a website! You really need to try on a few helmets from different manufacturers to find what fits best.
The UK Government launched the SHARP Helmet Safety Scheme website where you can see the safety ratings for helmets as well as great advice.
Visors and goggles must meet the same standards as above. If you have a tinted visor then it must be for road use. Remember that you may be riding in low visibility conditions and therefore dark/tinted visors may not be suitable.
Visors and goggles must be in good condition free of scratches etc, if the instructor is not happy with the condition then you may be refused training.
Your helmet is one of the most important pieces of safety equipment, as such, we do not compromise where safety is a factor. If you are unsure if your helmet is suitable for any training undertaken by GMTS you should speak to one of our instructors.
We appreciate that starting riding is expensive, buying your bike, getting insurance etc. but you must wear appropriate clothing to ensure you are appropriately protected.
Please note that if you attend any training and are not appropriately dressed, you will NOT be able to continue. We cannot list every item of clothing that may or may not be suitable. If you are unsure, then GMTS instructors will be around Saturday up to midday and Sunday till 10 am and can answer your specific questions.
- A good set of gloves is essential, motorcycle gloves are designed to be hard wearing and protect vulnerable parts of your hands.
- Jackets should be worn at all times when riding. Again buying a motorcycle jacket will offer the best protection.
- Trousers – denim jeans are the bare minimum and should be thick material with no tears. Tight fitting/torn jeans are going to offer little or no protection.
- Footwear – you must have ankle protection, we recommend motorcycle boots or other sturdy boot.
The following are guidelines for clothing that is NOT acceptable:
- Training shoes, canvas basketball trainers/boat shoes.
- Any form of clothing with areas of exposed skin i.e. skirts or shorts.
- Tight fitting jeans/leggings/jeggings etc.
- A shell suit or lightweight tracksuit.
- Ripped jeans/trousers.
- Lightweight fleece or hoody.
- No gloves or ski gloves.
Ask Us/Your Dealer
If you’re not sure ask our advice or speak to your motorcycle dealer, clothing supplier. We are more than happy to give your impartial advice and make sure that you have the correct clothing for attending our courses. Local suppliers have a wealth of knowledge and are more than happy to help you choose the correct equipment.