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Pilot equipment

Everything about the pilot equipment : which elements, how to choose them, price and other tips. Everybody knows the consequences on safety of the equipment's choice, so, be careful and accurate when doing your shopping.



No need to talk about its utility..but choice can quickly turn complicated. First, in order to have the technical certification before a race, your helmet must be less than 5 years old and CE certified. Take care of helmets sold at discount prices, they may be a few years old (and sometimes even more than 5 years !!). Manufacturing date is written on the helmet, usually on a sticker. Then, it's each to his own. With safety considerations, every helmet is certified. Some may say the top helmet have a better resistance than the regulations requirements...other may say that when you have a crash including forces over the norm, your neck will break...I think both are right !!

In my opinion, a top Helmet (just like my Arai RX-7 using for touring) is more comfortable, light, easy to use and realiable in time. This can be a quite logical choice for road use, adding the 'funny' touch to have a beautiful and well designed product. On the other hand, for racing use, considering that the average life time of an helmet is one year (who doesn't fall doesn't improve his riding !!), I would choose a first price fiber-helmet, for about 200-250 E.

Racing suit


It must be well adjusted. Always choose one with knees, elbows and shoulders rigid protectors, and sliders...(of course). Be aware of special offers, you might find very good prices (I bought my Dainese for 640 E instead of 1050 E)

Back protector


It is as much as important as the helmet...imagine, just a little crash, the bike falls on your back...And you finish your life in a wheelchair...ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY. It's anyway required by racing regulations, with a CE certification.

When you buy it, test it with your leather suit, in order to be sure that both can be worn together.



There is no particular regulation for gloves, they just have to be made of leather. But take care anyway, a hand is a very accurate mechanic, so choose gloves with carbon-kevlar or metal rigid protectors for all the little bones on the top of your hands.



Same thing : good boots will protect your ankles from complicated injuries. Choose some well adjusted and with bones protectors on the side.

With racing considerations, buy some with screwed sliders, the ones fixed with velcro may move and fall, and you could destroy your boot in one afternoon only. If possible choose metal sliders, which are really more resistant than plastic ones.