|A series of monographs taken from a 1970's vintage Motorcycle Industry Council Publication given out to new off road motorcycle purchasers by dealers. We will be publishing the entire pamphlet here.
Contrary to what you might have seen in the ads, riding off the road isn't much fun in tee shirt and sandals. Unless you're in your backyard, you'll be needing some protective gear, for Mother Nature is tough, and very rough to deal with with an unprotected body. Especially when you find yourself travelling down a trail at 20mph on your hands and knees.
Your head needs a good helmet, never mind the summer heat. Your eyes need good goggles. An eyeful of' grit, a swinging twig, a flying pebble, can mess up those eyes pretty fast.
Your hands need gloves. Sure, if you enjoy displaying scarred knuckles, ride barehanded, but those hands are needed to get you home, and gloves can make the difference when you sideswipe that tree trunk.
Your feet need rugged boots, they'll fend off flying stones and dead Ìimbs, foot over the tough stuff, shrug off the water and mud. Your feet will feel secure inside the sturdiest boots.
Your body needs the toughest fabrics to resist the clutching branches, the flying dirt or water, the brambles, the bugs. The tough canvas riding suits from England do the job best and keep out cold and wet too.
Caught out in the rain, especially in cold weather, you'll suffer agonies of discomfort without waterproof clothing. Sure, you can ride on soaked to the skin, but thís is a fun game, remember. And if it's cold, you can really suffer from exposure.
Dress for the game, for the time of year, for the impending weather. Comfort will permit you to enjoy your ride more fully.