Hello and welcome to Alex's Blog. Last week I did a blog about choosing commuting on a motorcycle over a car. With exam season starting soon it got me thinking about school leavers and why commuting on a moped/scooter is a good choice for them.
You can ride a moped/scooter at 16 and just at this age is when lots of teenagers are leaving school and starting at college or in an apprenticeship/job. The taxi of mum and dad can't always drop off and buses can be expensive. A scooter/moped can give a whole new independence to 16 year olds and it doesn't have to break the bank. To persuade you further that commuting for school leavers is a viable option here are some kit options (for both sexes) which won't break the bank, give great protection and would realistically be worn by a teenager!
The Spartan J14S Short Jacket is only £39.99 but gives great protection as this has CE approved armour at the shoulders and elbows as well as a durable, but lightweight, textile construction. You can't complain at less than £40!
The IXS Parka comes in ladies and men's sizes and has a casual styling with hidden protection with CE approved armour at the shoulders and elbows. This is a good coat for all seasons and ideal for commuting to college in.
IXS Ladies Parka
IXS Mens Parka
This may be more pricey at £149.99 but the Alpinestars Chrome Hoodie looks very casual, but again, has hidden protection and more importantly has the ever popular Alpinestars logo - which is why I have included it in this blog as this is very popular.
The Frank Thomas Tornado motorcycle trousers can be worn on their own or over other trousers. They are waterproof and have CE approved armour at the knees for added protection. At £59.99 these also don't break the bank.
At only £39.99 the Armadillo Ladies Trousers are a reasonably priced trouser that can be worn on their own or over other clothing. These have CE approved armour at the knees and are lightweight and weatherproof.
Frank Thomas Tornado Trousers
Armadillo Ladies Trousers
The Red Route Red017 Modica denim jeans are £99.99 but aren't your normal jeans - they are perfect for commuting on a bike as they have hidden protection, but they have casual styling so can be worn all day.
The Red Route Becky skinny ladies' jeans are casual looking with added protection in vulnerable areas. Perfect for commuting on a scooter/bike but fine to wear all day as well.
Red Route Modica Denim Jeans
Red Route Becky Skinny Ladies Jeans
The Box BX-1 full-face motorcycle helmet is our cheapest helmet at only £44.99 - but its lightweight, ECER2205 approved and a great helmet for the money. Also, it comes in all colours as long as its black.
Box BX-1 Helmet
IXS Pink Rider Helmet
IXS Yellow Rider Helmet
At only £19.99 the Frank Thomas Alaska 2 motorcycle gloves are a great starter glove - ideal for commuting and under £20!
The J&S Beverley 9040 gloves come in a choice of three colours and are waterproof, warm and lightweight. A great glove for £34.99.
To make sure you're confident leaving your pride and joy and source of your independence while you're off getting educated/earning money then you will want a good lock. The Oxford GP Chain Lock is a best seller for us for very good reason. This is easy to use, and you get a lot of lock for your money at only £29.99.
Finally, an absolute essential for any learner out there, the L plates!
Until next time, stay safe,