Time To Vote Yes Or No On Motorcycle Protective Clothing

By: Jerry Johnson

How are you voting? Styling or safeguard? What do you need to mull over about the type of garments to wear when riding your motorcycle? First and primary, repeat, you require protection from injury. However, you can still be styling while riding your bike!

There not anything like laying your bike down on asphalt, quickly skidding down the black agony with mental pictures of I am going to die in your head, in addition leaving lots of your skin on the street to get you to consider wearing defensive clothing while riding your motorcycle. If you are like most people, you reflect about injuries from falling (impact) or abrasions from skidding. Both of these types of injuries can be very excruciating especially if you survive them. Good news, clothing can play an vital part in reducing the injury level in both types of these injuries.

Do you know that 30% (50% at night) of drivers caught up in accidents with motorcycles claim they didn't see the biker? I can't calculate the times I have had to dart cars who I know just didn't see me. If they had been watching for cars, it would not have been an issue. How many times have you not seen a motorcyclist and you are even more aware of them than the average driver? Driving in your neighborhood on your bike can be highly dangerous. Approximately 90% of metropolitan motorcycle accidents are caused by the car driver not by the motorcyclist. Riding with your headlights on is very important to being seen. Intense colors or reflective stripes can lend a hand a lot.

Not many people comprehend most motorcycle injuries occur beneath the belt. You love your legs and feet but when you are riding a motorcycle, they are tremendously susceptible to injuries. Make sure you wear a honest pair of high boots and protective pants. Leather, substantial leather is a good choice. Check the pants for reinforcement at the knees and hips. The better safety pants should connect to your jacket by a zipper. Boots should be thick leather, with a sole that can flex with the foot but has a struggle to crushing across the foot. Have you heard of steel toe shoes? Well that is not a bad ideal for when you are riding.

In times past of material normally used for motorcycle protective clothing has been leather. The thick nylon and other synthetic materials will work well too. Look into Kevlar toughened jeans which hold up much better than normal jeans while skidding across asphalt at 70 m.p.h. Here is an interesting fact. According to the European standard abrasion test, normal jeans last 0.6 seconds, while protective motorcycle pants will last 5 seconds or more. Imagine about 5 seconds of protection versus about 0.5 seconds. If this is a not a no-brainer, then maybe you have been riding your motorcycle without a helmet again. Go with the Kevlar protected, re-enforced jeans.

You apply the similar principles to jackets. You are looking for solid wearing jackets, preferably thick leather not the fancy thin fashion leather like some jackets. Pay attention to the stitching which should be identical with no dropped stitches. All the stress areas, elbows and shoulders should be reinforced, preferably with some impact protection included. This means, not a bad ideal to have some protective padding in your jacket.

Desire to keep those fingers looking good and attached? You must have a respectable pair of gloves. When you fall, you impulsively put out your hands palm side down to stop yourself in a slide, so the palms of your gloves should made of thick leather or knitted Kevlar and reinforced with patches. Knitted Kevlar is particularly good for this kind of abrasion resistance, but reinforced leather works well too.

I know this is a cliche but helmets in fact do save lives. Your head is not as unbreakable as you think. Head injuries are not easy to recuperate from and in a motorcycle accident; they tend to be really severe. A helmet may not stop the injury but it is very potential it might reduce the bang of an injury.

Most people try to avoid pain. Give some serious thought to your protective motorcycle clothing the next time you go shopping. Enjoy the open road.

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