Motorcycle Helmet

There’s much more to buying a helmet than choosing the colour or style 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 never purchasing a second-hand helmet or ordering from a website! You 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, which provides helmet safety ratings and advice.

Motorcycle Visors/Goggles

Visors and goggles must meet the same standards as above. If you have a tinted visor, it must be for road use. Remember that you may be riding in low visibility conditions, so 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, 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, including buying your bike and getting insurance, 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 unless you can rectify the issue. We can’t list every item of clothing that may or may not be suitable. If you are unsure, GMTS instructors will be around Saturday until midday and Sunday until 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 made of thick material with no tears. Tight-fitting/torn jeans offer little or no protection.
  • Footwear requires ankle protection; we recommend motorcycle boots or other sturdy boots. We do not recommend steel-capped safety boots if you intend to ride a geared bike, as you may struggle to change gears!

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. The exception is a motorcycle hoodie containing protection and amour.
  • No gloves or ski gloves.

Ask Us/Your Dealer

If unsure, ask our advice or speak to your motorcycle dealer or clothing supplier. We are happy to give you impartial advice and ensure you have the correct clothing for attending our courses. Local suppliers have a wealth of knowledge and are happy to help you choose the correct equipment.


Teaching safe and responsible riding in Guernsey