What riding gear do I need for class?

ATGATT : All The Gear, All The Time!
Along with MSF and local agency mandates, Total Rider requires all students to wear proper riding gear during training days. And besides, it’s a good habit to get into!

All students must bring the following to riding practice:

  1. Helmet DOT-approved only and 5 years old or less (we do have a few loaner helmets, but fit and availability are not guaranteed)

  2. Eye protection (eyeglasses, sunglasses, face shield or goggles)

  3. Boots or sturdy over-the-ankle footwear.  Ankles MUST be covered. Canvas/cloth shoes, or boots with elastic sides (“Chelsea boots”) are not permitted. Also, leather-sole or safety-toe boots are not recommended, as they may hinder proper motorcycle foot controls.

  4. Gloves full-fingered only (leather preferred)

  5. Long Sleeve Shirt or Jacket

  6. Long Pants (denim or material of equivalent or better durability) Sorry but… flared, yoga, Jeggings and/or pants with obvious holes are not permitted.

Given that we train in an open, sun-drenched parking lot, and you’re sitting on a running, heat-belching motorcycle while wearing long pants, long sleeve shirt, boots, gloves, helmet… well, you get the picture! Here are a few advisable things you can do to make riding days more pleasant:

  • Hydrate the night before
  • Avoid too much caffeine, energy drinks, coffee, tea… and of course, alcohol!
  • Wear light colored, loose fitting clothing
  • Bring more water than you need i.e. ice chest full of water, and some snacks for break times. Remember, by the time you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated!
  • Lastly, consider a cool wrap… and don’t forget your sunblock!

Remember to bring your rain gear, as we ride rain or shine… and sometimes even snow!

 PLEASE NOTE : If you fail to bring all required gear to riding practice, you’ll forfeit your course fee and have to pay for another class… which is a total bummer!  Review our Terms & Conditions page for more detail.

You can print this Riding Day Checklist to help you remember what to bring!