|What riding gear should I bring?|
We do have some gear available to use but we cannot guarantee sizes and we don't have multiple stocks of everything so most people prefer to bring over their own gear to guarantee the quality and the fit. Be sure to read the full article below.
Before you splash out and buy top of the range gear.....You DO NOT need to come dressed like a wannabe Motorcross rider in top of the range gear!!!! (unless of course you want to). You are riding in (usually) a much different climate than at home and you will be covering as much distance in one day as a Motocross rider will cover in a full season! Come with clothing that breathes well and comfortable to wear.
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Most of our tours require you to strap your luggage to the bike when a support truck is not practical (6 day & 8 Day Dual terrain Tours). In this instance we supply a 30 liter waterproof compression bag for your use on tour.
There is no substitute for safety especially on a motorcycle tour in the jungle in a strange country. What you wear is down to you at the end of the day but you must have at least a minimum requirements such as tough boots, knee/shin pads, arm pads and protective trousers but the more protection you have the the better! Below we have listed some of the best gear to bring over with you.
MotoX style boots (left) are perfect as they offer maximum protection but if you do not have a pair of these and do not wish to splash out on a new pair then standard bike boots will be fine (right). As an absolute minimum you will need sturdy walking style boots but in this case you will need knee/shin Armour. (A selection of second hand motorbike boots are available in Chiang Mai costing around 1000THB ($35) ( If you are in any doubt then do contact us. If you need to buy new gear then visit one of these suppliers
A jacket similar to the one on the left is fine and as the majority of our customers are new to off road this type of jacket is usually all they have. If you do not have a suitable motorbike jacket as a minimum a leather or gore tex style jacket can be used but with arm pads worn also. New Motorcycle jackets are not expensive to buy and if you want to splash out on some new ones here is the link: Motorcycle gear
Motorcycle Trousers (pants for the Americans)
Again not expensive to buy new but ones similar to the left are fine and most usually come with protection. Jeans can be worn as a last resort but only if worn with suitable knee/shin protectors. Here is the link again for new gear: Motorcycle gear
The best type of glove are MX style gloves similar to the left. We have quite a few pairs available though we cannot make any guarantees if we have the sorrect size. If you do not have any buy on line for one of these suppliers Motorcycle gear Suppliers or you can pick up cheap gloves in Chiang mai from $8 (good ones costing $20).
A road lid and full faced is fine (left) but much better is a MX style helmet (right) worn with MX Goggles. The reason why an MX helmet is better is the peak helps out with sun glare and a much greater field of view. A road helmet although suitable for our tours will get dust inside the visor. Open face helmets will allow dust, and big bugs onto your face.
If choosing an MX lid then goggles are a must unless you have one of the new style hybrid helemts and don't fool yourself into thinking sunglasses will do the trick. They wont! Goggles are not expensive and can be bought from one of these Motorcycle gear Suppliers and protect your eyes from bugs, and dust.
If your trousers or jacket does not have any protection then you will need Knee/shin (left) and arm/elbow protection (right). Worth every penny and not expensive in the least! Motorcycle gear Suppliers
Ok, lets assume that you do not have a suitable protective jacket and don't wish to spend too much money buying various pads or, you want to gear yourself up to be the safest you possibly can then a full protection cage (right) may offer you the perfect answer! Motorcycle gear Suppliers. Warning: Buying a cheap or hard plastic style body cage can very often be uncomfortable to wear. if you are going to buy a body cage we recommend to go to a shop and ty one on. There are some good lightweight ones out there and comfortable to wear.