Centre for Road Safety

Riders wearing motorcycle protective clothing, especially when fitted with impact protection, are less likely to be injured in a crash, while those who are injured are less likely to be hospitalised.

The Motorcycle Clothing Assessment Program provides riders with scientifically-based information on the relative protection and comfort of a range of motorcycle protective helmets, jackets, pants and gloves available in Australia and New Zealand.

The MotoCAP website provides motorcyclists with product ratings to help choose the right gear to provide the best protection and comfort for their ride.

Cover yourself from head to toe

  • For the best protection, riding gear should cover your whole body, preferably with impact protectors in vulnerable areas
  • Choose an approved helmet and make sure it fits your head securely. Helmets must be approved to Australian Standard AS/NZS 1698 or UNECE22.05
  • Visors should be clear, shatterproof and must meet AS 1609 or UNECE22.05
  • Impact protectors should remain securely in place over the shoulders, elbows, hips and knees. They should be labelled EN 1621-1
  • Protective gear should have two or three lines of stitching, with at least one line of concealed stitches on all exposed seams to prevent failure from heavy contact with the road surface
  • All zips and fasteners should be covered with flaps on both sides to prevent skin damage on impact
  • Gloves should have multiple layers of protective material over the palm and webbing between the little finger and ring finger. They should have impact protectors for knuckles and wrists, with fasteners on the inside of wrists to prevent them being worn off or torn open in a crash
  • Leather boots should overlap the pants and protect the shins, ankles and insteps. Zip or velcro fasteners will stop the boot coming off and protective toe covers stop wear when changing gears.