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.
We appreciate that starting riding is expensive, buying your bike, getting insurance etc. but you must wear appropriate clothing to ensure you are properly 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 10am 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.