Two Purposes: Motorcycle Sport-Touring Gloves

If you are a seasoned sport-touring rider, you probably have a few pair of motorcycle gloves in your garage.

Maybe more than a few? Perhaps you’ve got some riding gloves for when it’s hot. And you’d need very different motorcycle gloves for when it’s cooler. Neither of those might work when it rains, so you might have a pair of waterproof gloves and/or some “rain covers” to slip over the gloves-of-choice for rainy-day riding. Could anyone complain if you also have a separate pair of mechanics gloves? More importantly, there’s “the” gloves. Stated differently, your “favorite” sport-touring gloves. Those are the gloves that engender the right, somewhat indescribable, combination of tactile comfort, pleasure and familiarity. They are likely the gloves in your collection that are the most called to duty, even if there are other gloves better suited to the day’s conditions.

For all the various routines, skills and habits that a sport-touring motorcyclist may execute on any given ride, motorcycle gloves serve two primary purposes:

A) Increased comfort and enjoyment with attendant better motorcycle control. You probably don’t think too much about the role your hands play in the overall picture of your riding experience. However, those fleshy mitts of yours execute the routine, subtle and occasional emergency handling of your front brake, throttle, clutch and steering inputs: your entire life, and that of your passenger’s, is literally in your hands!

Fortunately, your hands and fingers do their job quite well, given a reasonable amount of comfort to aid their performance.

On the other hand, have you ever ridden beyond the point when your hands had become fatigued? Or, too cramped? Or, how about when your hands were cold?

As a result of any of these mentioned points, have you ever experienced the disquieting recognition that your hands are NOT responding to situational demands as you normally would expect? Such have the potential to spell “bad news,” PARTICULARLY in any kind of threatening riding situation, when your instant response and control is what can differentiate a disaster, from a merely increased flood of adrenaline into your blood stream, as you avoid an unfriendly obstacle – completely unscathed.

B) Protection. And what if, in spite of your best efforts, you were not able to avoid that unfriendly obstacle unscathed? Protecting your hands in the event of a motorcycle mishap is a vital benefit your riding gloves may offer: even if you never require them to fulfill that duty. Ultimately, if you crash, your hands are going to do whatever they can to protect you – regardless of the type of motorcycle gloves you are wearing (or not).

Without trying to be morbid, if you do go down without gloves, your experience will likely impress you with the notion that you won’t ever ride without motorcycle gloves again.

As a point of comparison, I’ve survived a few motorcycle crashes. Two of them were dramatic. Although separated by a quarter of a century of riding experience, both separate motorcycles were totaled as a result of those escapades. The good news it that, in each case, motorcycle gloves kept my hands from sustaining any injury at all. The point? Protect YOUR hands with good motorcycle gloves.

So, how many pair of motorcycle riding gloves do you have? Regardless of how many you own, when you are riding, you need at least one pair that you are actually wearing.


One Response to “Two Purposes: Motorcycle Sport-Touring Gloves”

  1. HMS Says:

    Nice gloves protect the riders

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