The protective gear required to participate in a rider course includes: Full Face Helmet USDOT Certified Helmet

In Maryland, individuals may not operate or ride on a motorcycle unless they wear a helmet that is certified to meet the standards established by the United States Department of Transportation. Helmets provide protection; they do not prevent crashes.

The MOST important items of personal protective gear are:

  1. Leather gloves and sturdy boots
  2. Leather or denim clothing and boots
  3. A Helmet certified to meet DOT standard and eye protection
  4. Leather riding gear and rain gear
  5. Leather riding gear and rain gear

There Are 4 Basic Components To A Helmet

Outer shell – The outer shell may be composed of polycarbonate, thermoplastic, Kevlar, carbon fiber, graphite, fiberglass or a combination of these materials. It is designed to resist penetration and disperses the initial blow to the shock-absorbing liner. 

Shock-absorbing liner – the shock-absorbing liner is a firm expanding polystyrene system about one inch thick that helps absorb the impact and disperse the shock.

Comfort liner – This liner improves the helmet’s fit and overall “wearability”. This liner may be terry cloth, velour, brushed nylon or micro fiber. In addition to comfort, this liner keeps the helmet snug to the wearer’s head. Liner can be removed for washing.

Retention system – The chinstraps secure the helmet to the wearer’s head. The chinstraps must be fastened so the helmet can function properly.

Eye-protective devices include: face shields, goggles, and spectacles. Most eyewear sold over the counter complies with the FDA’s impact resistance regulations. Motorcycle operators and passengers should wear clear (non-tinted) eye-protectio