Helmets and Protective Gear

Motorcycle riders are among our most vulnerable road users and are at increased risk of serious injury in the event of a crash.
The correct protective helmet and good quality protective clothing reduces the severity of injuries, while appropriately coloured clothing will help other road users see you.

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  • Your helmet should fit you properly and offer protection that complies with the Australian Helmet standards.
  • Try the helmet on for size before you buy it and don’t purchase online unless you are sure it will fit correctly.
  • Light coloured helmets are more visible to other vehicles day and night.
  • Do not buy a second-hand helmet, as you don’t know how it has been treated, if it has been involved in a crash or if there is any damage (e.g. UV degradation).
  • Helmets must be replaced if you are involved in a crash or it has been dropped. Don’t lend your helmet to other riders because the fit to your head may be affected.
  • Ensure your passenger is also wearing a helmet that meets Australian Helmet standards.

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  • Choose a jacket with built-in shoulder, elbow and back protection that is abrasion and tear-resistant.
  • Jackets should fit comfortably when sitting on your motorcycle and completely cover your arms.
  • Jackets are available in either leather or non-leather materials.

Eye protection

  • Use the visor on your helmet to protect your eyes from debris when riding.
  • If you have chosen to use an open-faced helmet, ensure you wear quality glasses or goggles that are compliant with Australian and New Zealand Standard (AS/NZS) 1698 or United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Regulation No 22 (UNECE22.05) as amended.
  • Keep your helmet visor or glasses/goggles clean and free of scratches.
  • Use clear lenses for night time riding.


  • Choose a pair of gloves that fit securely around the wrist but are comfortable.
  • Gloves should be reinforced, padded and offer protection for fingers and knuckles.
  • Make sure your gloves allow you to improve your grip on the handle bars.


  • Your boots should offer protection to your feet, ankle and lower legs.
  • Use boots that are light but also secure and reinforced for the best protection.
  • Ensure the boots can fasten around the leg to prevent the boot from slipping off.


  • Riding pants should completely cover your legs.
  • Choose pants that have built-in reinforcement that is abrasion and tear resistant to protect your hips and knees.
  • Pants should be comfortable when you are in the riding position.

High visibility

  • Improve your safety by ensuring you can be seen by other road users.
  • Riders should use the low-beam front headlight while riding during the day.
  • Choose a light coloured helmet that can be easily seen.
  • Wear hi-vis, fluorescent and/or reflective protective clothing.



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For anyone who is involved in any aspect of riding

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