How does a boot with such a small contact patch help me move 400lbs of motorcycle with just the ball of my feet?

How does a boot with such a small contact patch help me move 400lbs of motorcycle with just the ball of my feet?

Riding Gear That Will Make or Break Your Ride

Of course, all the gear is important from a safety and protection standpoint. This isn’t about that.

There are 2 pieces that are going to have a direct impact on your riding skills: Gloves and Boots. Choosing these incorrectly may affect your stability, confidence and technique.

BOOTS

Riding my husband’s annoyingly tall Triumph Speed Triple. Doesn’t help that the suspension is extremely stiff since he weighs ~70lbs more than me. But a woman’s gotta do what a woman’s gotta do!

Riding my husband’s annoyingly tall Triumph Speed Triple. Doesn’t help that the suspension is extremely stiff since he weighs ~70lbs more than me. But a woman’s gotta do what a woman’s gotta do!

As you can see in the pic at the very top, I’m only on the balls of my feet, and that’s as close to flat foot as it’s been for my whole riding career. The only exception being a Honda Rebel 250 which I rode for my first motorcycle safety course.

It would be incredibly difficult for me to manage the weight of any large motorcycle without real riding boots. It’s the main reason why I don’t ever ride my bike (even in the parking lot) without my boots. I completely lose the leverage to even park my motorcycle. Your feet are barely touching the ground, and they have to do all the work to push your bike even 5-10 feet. If you’re wearing traction-less (and smush-able) sneakers, how’s that going to work? It won’t.

My Dainese Torque Out D1 Women’s Boots ; even though the soles look smooth, they provide tremendous grip in a very small contact patch. Kind of like my  Michelin Tires!

My Dainese Torque Out D1 Women’s Boots; even though the soles look smooth, they provide tremendous grip in a very small contact patch. Kind of like my Michelin Tires!

Gloves

It’s incredibly important to have finite control of your clutch and brake. The inability to make micro-adjustments to your braking, throttle and clutch will directly affect how the weight transfers from rear to the front when you come to a stop. Or when you’re trying to manage slow, tight maneuvers in a parking lot.

My favorite gloves on the planet, the  Racer High Racer for Women

My favorite gloves on the planet, the Racer High Racer for Women

I need my gloves to literally be a Perfect fit, no mistakes. No extra bunching, not too much finger length (although I do live with a tiny bit). This can also translate to your levers, so if you have levers that aren’t comfortable with your hand size I highly encourage you to change them.

More to come, stay tuned for updates.