Protective gear and MotoCAP Ratings

Motorcycle Clothing Assessment Program (MotoCAP)


The Road Safety Commission has contributed to the development and testing regime for a world first rating system for motorcycle protective gear and clothing, MotoCAP.

Choose a jacket, pants and gloves with a high MotoCAP safety rating to increase your protection on the roads.

  

Jackets:

  • 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.

Gloves:

  • 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.

Boots:

  • 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.

Pants:

  • 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.