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    Just thought I would post some interesting information I have found whilst doing some research for a presentation at work regarding Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and my own experience of wearing it.

    There is some interesting statics and good information for new riders about what we should wear, and how it should fit etc, provided by the Motorcycle Council of NSW.

    Given the summer heat, as normal I see many riders out there in t-shirts and shorts, no gloves etc,... you know who you are, but that's your choice. However, one word I came across on the website which originated from the medical profession was this one,.....

    De-gloving - Meaning, to have your muscles and skin stripped from your body

    Think about it!!!

    Anyway, please check the site out especially the "What parts of your body should you protect" section.

    Motorcycle Council Of NSW - Road Safety - Safer Equipment

    And I leave you with some interesting results from their survey of "What do Australian Motorcyclists Wear?"


    "What do Australian riders wear?
    The majority of motorcyclists wear a helmet and jacket, they are less likely to wear motorcycle boots, pants or gloves. This is despite at least 20 years solid evidence that over 80% of motorcycle casualties have leg injuries.

    In a survey of 796 motorcyclists in NSW, de Rome et al (2002), found that one in ten riders did not wear gloves, 15% did not wear motorcycle boots and 55% did not wear motorcycle pants. Over half the riders normally wore jeans (54%), apparently unaware that standard denim will last just over half a second (0.6 sec) when dragged along a road.

    Motorcycle club members were more likely than non-club members, to wear motorcycle boots (89% vs 75%) and motorcycle pants (52% vs 36%) .

    The situation was markedly worse for pillions. While riders and their pillions tended to wear similar jackets and helmets, the pillions were less likely to have motorcycle boots (only 60% vs 85% of riders), gloves (80% vs 89%) or pants (36% vs 45%). The graph shows the proportion of riders and pillions and the type of motorcycle protective clothing they normally wear (de Rome et al (2002), MCC Survey of Motorcyclists in NSW).

    Motorcycle Council Of NSW - Road Safety - What do Australian motorcyclists wear?

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  • #2
    Good post and quite relevant given the time of year, the heat and therefore the temptation to ride sans safety gear. Given the quality and relative cheapness of most safety gear around these days, ya mad if ya don't wear it.
    Christie. 1972-2012. RIP my dear friend. Never forgotten.

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    • #3
      Brilliant post Dan, but in the end each rider has their own choice.

      A timely reminder for the summer.

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      • #4
        After hitting the ground on a hot summer day where the ONLY rider I could see on the road wearing full gear was me, I have only this to say on protective gear:

        All The Gear, All The Time.

        The only reason I got up instead of rolling around in pain was because of my gear. I'll sweat over bleeding any day.

        Love the article, I think this is the ammo that I can use on the gf to get her to buy some proper gear.
        Dual sport riders do it in the dirt

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Tenchi View Post
          After hitting the ground on a hot summer day where the ONLY rider I could see on the road wearing full gear was me, I have only this to say on protective gear:

          All The Gear, All The Time.

          The only reason I got up instead of rolling around in pain was because of my gear. I'll sweat over bleeding any day.

          +1 . Remember people most of us need to work to pay off the machines we have. You have an accident with no protective gear, your employer could well be within their right to not pay you.

          Why the hell should they if you weren't smart enough to protect yourself against injury.
          07 MV F41000R
          09 Blazing orange Speed Triple
          07 CBR 600RR trackbike
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          • #6
            If we were THAT smart then we wouldn't have gotten on a motorcycle in the first place. Right?

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            • #7
              How would this affect your insurance?
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              • #8
                Oh no, the squids will get riled up again...

                Yes, it's your choice, but it doesn't hurt to make it an informed choice right?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Chyna View Post
                  If we were THAT smart then we wouldn't have gotten on a motorcycle in the first place. Right?

                  Why wouldn't you ride?

                  I've had 2 serious rode crashes, worst that happened was a broken shoulder blade and dislocated collar bone ... couldn't imagine what would have happened had I not been wearing full protective gear.

                  Its your choice, wear it or loose it.
                  07 MV F41000R
                  09 Blazing orange Speed Triple
                  07 CBR 600RR trackbike
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by XSorXpire View Post
                    How would this affect your insurance?
                    Thats a different matter, insurance should pay up.

                    But if your employer found that you rode without protective gear, why should they be made to pay for your problem?
                    07 MV F41000R
                    09 Blazing orange Speed Triple
                    07 CBR 600RR trackbike
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                    • #11
                      Edit, the sarcasm would not have worked without caps.

                      If you have sick leave and you are injured they will pay. Then you have the option of holidays.
                      Then iuf they want to sack you they pay you all that stuff anyway.
                      Jobs are not hard to find.
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                      • #12
                        One of Dad's friends recently quit his job after being offered an AWA.
                        Not because it was an AWA, but rather because they had added a clause (to all the agreements) that they will not cover sick leave for injuries sustained from sporting activities.

                        He races old cars of something like that, and was therefore covered by that paragraph.

                        I can't remember if things like motorcycles were also covered...

                        The employer obviously got smart there and had the right not to pay out.

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                        • #13
                          thanks for the good read. I always wear all my gear, that is why I bought it in the first place. have fun
                          build a bridge and get over it you twat

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                          • #14
                            Good read, makes me want to wear my track pants more often now.
                            Riding - Living the dream...

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                            • #15
                              All
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                              All
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                              FTW..

                              Shamelessly hijacked yet again from another MC forum
                              Riding Without Gear - A Personal Choice
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                              Riding without boots and crashing might cost you some road rash or foot mash or even in an extreme case might lead to amputation. You might never walk without a limp. You might battle a weight and fitness problem for the rest of your life. You might never walk with pain. But it probably wouldn't kill you.

                              Riding without gloves and crashing might cost you some road rash or a Munched hand or the severe, excrutiating pain of mangling a body part rich with nerve endings. Or you could lose a finger or two. It could cost you the ability to play ball with your son, to properly feel the gentle curve of a womans breast, or to hold a beer. But it probably wouldn't kill you.

                              Riding without at least an armored jacket and leather trousers or full leathers or an Aerostich or even just a leather jacket and jeans and crashing might cost you serious road rash. You might grind off a nipple. You might embed gravel in your elbow. You might get beef jerky all over your back. You might grind off your kneecap or have a scar resembling Australia on you calf like a friend of mine does. You would be scarred for life and not be able to walk on a beach shirtless without feeling self conscious. You might end up like Kevin Spacey's character in "Pay It Forward" and have to deal with the same awkward moment every time you remove your clothes with a new lover. But it probably won't kill you.

                              Riding without a back protector and crashing in all but rare crashes would be inconsequential. However, there are so many variables out there- curbs, fenders, poles, guardrails, debris in the road- any one of these could be the golden BB that nicks your spinal cord in just the wrong way and leaves you in a wheelchair for life. Or, maybe you just have constant sciatic pain in one leg. Or you can't move your legs. Or you have to wear diapers for when you @#%$ yourself, and/or a colostomy bag you have to pull out of your pants leg and squeeze your waste out into the toilet at a bar like a guy I know. Or you can't move from the chest down. Or from the neck down. Are you good at working joysticks with your mouth? Or maybe you might need a respirator? Or 24 hour care? Certainly, there are impacts that are completely forseeable that would permanently injure you even with the best back protector in the world. But there are crashes and subsequent impacts that even mediocre back protectors can make that little bit of difference in- the ones you get up and walk away from, sore all over, but *walking*. Do you want the last time you walked to be when you walked out of 7-11 with a pack of smokes and then got on your bike? Those precious few steps out the door and over to the bike to be the five steps you remember the rest of your life because the next time you were off the bike you were lying strapped to a backboard staring at the headliner of an ambulance, tears running down your face because you couldn't feel the little piggies and you were almost ready to vomit at the stench of your @#%$ because you lost control of your bowels? Riding without a back protector and crashing might not make a difference, or it might make all the difference in the world. It might not kill you, but it might make you wish it had.

                              And, finally, helmets. Riding without a helmet and crashing might be of no consequence. You might never even touch terra firma with your head. Or you might give yourself an asphalt facelift. You might get a concussion that results in only a bad headache the next day. You might get a serious concussion that lands you in the hospital for endless CAT scans and MRIs, and for the rest of your days be plagued by migraines. You might fracture your orbital and lose your vision. You might fracture your skull and end up fully functional but with a horrible Frankenstein like scar and a metal plate that bothers you on cold days and sets of metal detectors in airports. You might have a closed head injury from which you don't awaken from for hours or days or weeks or months- all the while your mother, father, sister, brother, children, workmates, and/or riding buddies come a visit you, filling an utterly depressing hospital room into a gauche jungle of flowers and bright card saying "get well soon!" that you never see or smell. Sure, you might awaken completely normal besides the hole drilled in your head to reduce pressure. Or you might awaken a little fuzzy, unsure who these people are. Or you might awaken and have to re-learn everything it took you all your life to learn, eventually returning to normal or even better like Harrison Ford in "Regarding Henry". Or you might awaken a man-child, drooling and laughing as you try to stack blocks, wearing sweatpants and a t-shirt signed by your mother, father, sister, brother, children, workmates, and/or riding buddies- which you will never read. Or you might have an open head injury, from which the "you" you know will most likely never return. The rest of your life -be it a day, a week, a month, a year- will consist of feeding tubes, the endless beep and whoosh of the heart monitor and respirator, and the drip-drip or IV fluids, catheters in your rod, and feeding tubes. Of course, you won't mind all of this, you'll be in a dream land no one knows about. Your body will waste away and atrophy. Eventually, the shell that used to be you would give out, and your loved ones would have to make the most grueling decision of their life. Or, you might die on the road, fluffy gray brain matter mixing with blood and cerebro-spinal fluid. Perhaps you last ride would be twenty miles an hour down the street by your house combined with an impatient young driver and an ignored stop sign. Or perhaps it would be a ride on the freeway and a pothole denting your rim and popping the front tire off the bead sending you into the guardrail. Or you might go out in a blaze of glory qith a 100 mph wheelie ending the wrong way. Whichever way, would make maybe a 10 second news story depending on where you live, maybe a paragraph buried on page 32B of the paper. Riding without a helmet could be of no matter- or it could mean the difference between going on as you are now, or having life taken awy from you as if God flipped a switch.


                              I can live without toes or a mangled foot- but I choose to try and prevent that. I can live with a hand that looks like a burn victim's and maybe relearn to write with my left hand- but I choose to try and prevent that. I can live with a scar in the shape of Australia on my calf- but I try and prevent that. I can live with road rash on my torso and arms- but I try to prevent that. I could live in a wheelchair, agonizing through every day, but I chose to try and prevent that.

                              I can't live as a man-child. I've already played with blocks. I only drool when I sleep.

                              We all make choices. Gear can't always save you. All the best leather, denim, Cordura, Kevlar, fiberglass, and plastic is useless when fate throws the Immovable Object or the Irresistible Force in your path. But I choose to stack the deck in my favor. If it all ends up for naught and the stacked deck and the cards up my sleeve end up losing to Fate's royal flush, so be it. But I'll try.

                              -Author unknown-
                              Norm
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