All the gear, all the time
Those wise words are from guest contributor and avid motorcycle fan Mike Pero. Read what he has to say about the importance of riding gear, as part of Motorcycle Awareness Month.
So, why would you spend an extra few minutes kitting yourself up before you get on your motorcycle? In the next few minutes I hope to be able to convince you to make a change, if you haven’t already. Firstly, we all know that motorcyclists are some of the more vulnerable road users. Over the past five years 261 motorcyclists have lost their lives. If that’s not bad enough around 2,500 motorcyclists have been seriously injured in the same period.
So, what can we do to protect ourselves further? Protective clothing! As long as we don’t have a roll cage or a chassis around us, like a car, we must depend upon the clothes that we wear to save our souls. Clothing and protective gear is absolutely essential when you ride, because you can never know exactly what might happen even if you don’t make a mistake. It makes absolute sense, to me, to dress for success! In other words, dress like you’re going to come back in the same condition as you head out.
This will include head-to-toe riding gear, whether you’re going down the road for a coffee or riding to the other end of the country. All the risk factors are still there, including what other road users might do. So, I will always put on all the gear all the time. I wear my full-face helmet, my gloves, my riding boots, and my jacket with my pants both of which have the protective pads, etc. All this I can get on in two to three minutes. I keep all my riding gear in our spare room. I have a chair which I use to make myself comfortable as I dress myself from head to toe. If it’s a summer’s day, which often is the case, I will wear my shorts and tee-shirt underneath and put my jandals in the panniers so, when I get to my destination, I’m ready to chill out.
So, what’s changed since I was a lad, when it comes to riding gear? Heaps! I used to ride with just jeans and a jacket. No proper boots, and certainly no armour. But I can say I’ve only ever owned and worn full face helmets, since 1975. Funny when I think back to my 1975 Bell helmet. It must have weighed two or three times as much as my race helmet of today. They’re far more comfortable now with vents and nice lining.
So, simply put, I would never, ever wear an open-face. In fact, I don’t know why they are even allowed. If you’ve ever seen an open-face helmet experiment where it lands a watermelon (as a face) on a rolling road, you’ll soon switch to a full-face. Check this site out:
And if you really want to know about the right riding gear check out motocap.com.au.