Every off road or biker needs to know that his or her motorcycle accessories are up to the job. Motorbike boots, for example, need to protect the biker from the sometimes extreme conditions that he or she is riding in, as well as the actual mechanics of the bike. As such, when buying accessories like boots for a rider, it is important to take the nature of the sport into consideration.
There are some mechanical aspects of biking that remain the same across all terrains and disciplines. All bikers must lean with their vehicles in some way if they are to get them to turn properly: and all motor bikes have exposed parts (engine boxes and exhaust pipes) that can get extremely hot. As such, motorbike boots have one or two things in common no matter what the terrain or discipline that the motorcycle accessories are intended for.
First up, a good boot needs to maintain a good balance between flexibility and strength, or rigidity. The boot must be flexible enough in the ankle to allow a rider to turn and flex with his or her machine through tighter corners or over obstacles and jumps. However, the boot must also provide enough rigidity around the ankle that a fallen rider does not risk snapping a bone during the dismount.
All motorbike boots need to have excellent thermal protection, particularly on the inside leg, ankle and instep. These are the most likely parts of the anatomy to accidentally touch one of those previously mentioned hot parts of the engine and exhaust system.
When you are looking at new motorcycle accessories, dont forget to consider the environment you or the intended owner of these accessories is likely to be in before and after racing or riding. Off road and dirt bikers, for example, must have the best available grip to the soles of their boots both for maintaining a good controlled grip on the foot studs when riding, and for walking safely in the dirt bike environment, either after a fall or prior to or after a race.
Look for motorbike boots that come all the way up the calf, for maximum grip, fit and protection. Ensure that there is enough room in the sizing to allow for proper protective socks between the boot and the leg not to mention, of course, protective trousers.
Once you have covered all the practical aspects of your motorcycle accessories, its time to turn to their looks. Bikers want to look as cool as their bikes: and that means, finally, picking motorbike boots that have that extra special something in their visual makeup as well as in the ways they stop a rider from coming to harm. Dont ignore the style side of things get boots, gloves, helmets and mask that are as ready to rock as the rider himself, or herself, and you know you have found the right ones.