Wear Protective Gear

The Right Gear Could Save Your Life

Gear Page Buddy RidersIn 2010, 2 out of 3 riders killed in Colorado were not wearing a helmet or were wearing it incorrectly.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that helmets are 37% effective in preventing fatal injuries; meaning at least 19 Colorado riders in 2010 could have been saved if they had been wearing helmets.

What to Wear

Before you hit the road, make sure you have the proper equipment to keep you and your passengers safe and legal.


  • Helmets are the most important equipment you can wear.
  • While there's no Colorado helmet law for adult motorcycle operators, the law does require operators under the age of 18 and their passengers under 18 to wear one.
  • Make sure your helmet is USDOT approved, meeting rigorous safety standards.
  • Your helmet should be comfortable and fit properly:
    • Helmet should fit snugly and comfortably on your head.  It should not shift around or slide off your head.
    • It should rest tightly against your forehead-you should not be able to wedge your thumb between the helmet and your forehead.
    • The chinstrap should not cinch your neck.
    • Along with clear vertical vision, you should have 100% vision to your left and right (motorcycle helmet manufacturers are required by law to account for lateral vision).
    • If you wear glasses while riding, make sure the helmet fits properly over and around them.

Eye Protection

  • Colorado law requires that operators and passengers wear eye protection.
  • Eyewear is essential for protecting you from road debris and the inevitable bugs or insects.
  • Choose goggles or eyeglasses with lenses made from safety glass or plastic.
  • Goggles are to be worn around the outside of the helmet.


  • Don't forget to wear the proper clothing to protect your body in the event of a crash, from debris encountered on roadways and against unexpected changes in the weather.
  • Gear should include full-fingered gloves, over-the-ankle boots, long pants and a durable long-sleeved jacket.
  • Bright colors are best to make you more visible to other drivers.
Rider Stories

Jay Van Loenen:
"CDOT's MOST training program offers a ton of great safety tips, including safety gear and sober riding pointers. Successful training even allows you to walk into the DMV and get your motorcycle endorsement without any additional tests."

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