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Safety clothing

Safety clothing

HelmetThe only legal requirement related to safety clothing while riding a motorcycle or scooter is the Safety Helmet. All helmets sold in the UK must either

  • meet British Standard BS 6658:1985 and carry the BSI Kitemark
  • meet UNECE Regulation 22.05
  • meet a European Economic Area member standard offering at least the same safety and protection as BS 6658:1985, and carry a mark equivalent to the BSI Kitemark

For more information on motorcycle helmets and the protection they offer, click here. Although there is no legal requirement to wear other protective clothing, we would always advise you wear appropriate clothing. Jacket, trousers, motorcycle boots and gloves are essentials - they offer protection from not only accidents but also wind and rain etc. Dont be tempeted to ride in your normal clothes, even for short distances, motorcycle clothing can be comfortable and stylish, and in the unlikely event of an accident it will help to look after you! There are now items on the market too to protect you further such has airbag vests and jackets. These are designed to protect your spine, support your head and reduce whiplash. They should be CE certified and meet the BS EN 1621-4:2013 standard, Motorcyclists protective clothing against mechanical impact, Motorcyclists’ inflatable protectors – Requirements and test methods. Have a look at the Accessory & Component Manufacturers on the MCI website – these members all offer a great range that will help you to enjoy motorcycling more.