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Last Updated Saturday January 21 2017 05:32 AM IST

18 essential accessories for motorcycle riders

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When the Road Calls

Whether you are a motorcycle whisperer or someone compelled on to the saddle by various causes, riding on today's roads (or off them) is never 'just turn on the ignition and go hard on the throttle.' It demands loads of responsibilities and precautions.

Riding is no more a triangular love affair between your machine, helmet and you - it has become a polygamy of gloves with wrist support and finger guards, jackets with back support and elbow guards, padded trousers with inbuilt guards for knees, mobile charger and holder and many other gadgets.

Here, we are playing the sociologist researching the role of each party involved in this holy communion. We will also try to group the rider and his/her accomplice according to their riding styles.

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    Communication system - if you are heading out in a pack, then this is an essential gadget for you. They can easily be fitted to your helmet and can be used to radio your friends in small range and can be paired with your phone and used as a hands free.

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    Tools, puncture spray & first-aid kit - no rider would need introduction to these three items.

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    Knee guard - can be worn inside or out side your pants. This will allow you to stick to your beloved jeans while going for the adventure rides.

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    Helmet bag - riders respect the one who safeguards your head.

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    Tank bag - use the space between you and the handle bar, to store essential documents and a point and shoot camera.

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    Mobile holder - This will be useful for both adventure tourers and city riders. Just don't forget to pick your phone during pit stops and when you reach your destination.

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    Boot cover - for the wet conditions.

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    Air pumps - this a must if you have planned some off-road rides during your motorcycle tour.

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    Hydration packs - this one is a must for tourers and racers, it allows you to skip the water breaks and save time.

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    Mobile chargers - if smartphone is one of your constant companion, this will come handy for you.

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    Saddle bags & boxes - avoid riding with the burden of backpacks on your shoulder, it takes the beauty of riding and dangerous too.

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    Riding boots, race boots, touring boots, cruiser boots - you just need to tell your style.

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    Pants - selection is not a problem in this category also, they come in variations like leather, textile pants, race pants, riding jeans, etc...

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    Pads - they can easily go into the slots provided in the jackets.

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    Jackets - remove the inner and you are ready to take them to your work place. They also offer slots to insert extra pads for safety.

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    Jackets - they are a must these days for the safety they offer.

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    Gloves with wrist support are popular with young bikers for it gives the look and feel of a motocross rider.

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    Gloves - these days they come with knuckle support, but some of the ardent bikers still go for the leather ones.

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    Balaclavas - inside the city it helps cut down the pollution. While touring it helps reduce the effects of harsh weather.

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    Helmets - open face, full face, motocross, modular, German style half, etc... they come in different styles and shapes.

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    Never mess with your head, always wear the helmet when you are riding.

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Note: Avoid the boxers while touring on bikes; the freedom that they offer could hurt your Zen-like moments on the road.

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