Motorcycle Kidney Belts
Put safety first and strap on a kidney belt before riding off into the sunset on your motorcycle. Whether you call your horse Harley, Yamaha, or Ducati, belts are essential for protection and support as you eat up the highway or roads in the city and country. With a range of options to choose from, you can find a kidney belt that fits you and your motorcycle.What is the range of kidney belt sizes?
There are belts that are "one size fits all," and there are others whose sizes range from extra-small to triple extra large. This range includes belts that straddle two sizes, such as small/medium and large/extra-large. Bear in mind that a snug fit is advisable. The letter sizes conform to the standard United States mens waist sizes, which are as follows:
- Extra small and small: 27 to 28 inches and 29 to 31 inches
- Medium and large: 32 to 34 inches and 36 to 38 inches
- Extra-large: 40 to 42 inches
- Double extra-large: 44 to 46 inches
- Triple extra-large: 50 to 52 inches
There are three main fastening styles, or fits, as well as adjustable models. The three fits are strap-on, stretch, and pull-over:
- Strap-on styles are ones of the most common and familiar. You wrap this style around your waistline like a belt, and you fasten it in front of you by securing several horizontal straps. The straps tighten and adhere with small buckles, hooks and loops, clasps, or Velcro.
- Stretch and pull-over styles are somewhat similar. These you slip on over your head. They stretch easily when you put them on, but they remain tight enough to provide comprehensive support and protection on your dirt bike or motorcycle. All of these styles are available for adults and children.
There are many brands from which to choose, with lots of variation in terms of design, logos, graphics, and materials. The following list, which is by no means exhaustive, includes some of the brands you may encounter when looking for kidney belts:
- UFO, Acentis, Troy Lee Designs, Alpinestars, AXO, R. U. Outside
- Fox, Thor, Fly Racing, Nash, ONeal
- Held, Leatt, BMW
Kidney belts boast a variety of extremely tough yet pliable materials. Each products construction hugs your lower torso and back to prevent injury and bolster your carriage. All brands work with the same assortment of materials, which you may encounter in your research of kidney belts:
- TPR: Thermoplastic rubber panels absorb high pressure, preventing impact-related injuries.
- Molded Foam: Conforms to your shape and helps air to circulate.
- Polyester Mesh: Acts as vent channels, so your belt remains breathable no matter how hard you ride.