what is it with bikers who dont wear protective clothing? surely it makes sense to have it-i see too many wearing trainers and jeans and a shirt. some bikers really need to get a grip and get some protective gear-what do you all reckon??
Bikers not wearing protective clothing
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So this is the 12th time I think
that some one has raised this question this year.
get a life!
you have been sucked in by years of nanny state propaganda. Maybe you should try to remember why you wanted to ride a bike in the first place, or,buy a car ?
for the strange replies you have,
we all know protective clothing should be worn,
all you'll get back is shut your mouth and let the others decide for themselves as its freedom of choice.
i share the same opinion as you but some will just have to learn the hard way and may never ride a bike again, leave em too it. but is always a shame to hear of accidents yet alone tragedies, especially injuries that could well have been prevented just for the sake of looking cool or not getting sweaty in bike gear.
Have to agree Bladerash
I was riding my Gixer about nearly two months ago. Just coming into a roundabouot following another bike when the bike behind decided to keep on the gas and plough sraight into the back of me.
If it wasn't for all the gear I was wering I would have been in bits !!!! Through no fault of my own. Peope think they are invincable, but unfortunatly it will bite them hard one day..........
To all you saying 'do what you want, it doesnt matter', what shit advice to be giving.
Go outside you house and scrape your elbow up your brick wall, then imagine that to your whole body at 40mph.............................
Im not telling people what to do, but use your F*cking heads for f*ck sake !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The next person to bring this up, I'm coming round to your house to dump in your garden but I'll wear knee sliders in case I lose me balance
least some understand, and you were able to ride the bike again, some wont and will think ' what if i wore some decent boots maybe i wouldnt have lost me toes or broke me ankle ' of course its too late then.
On Sunday I low sided my TTR on a gravel track... I was wearing jeans and a T-Shirt ..... I got injured to my knee and elbow.... My own fault? Yes ... Do I want or expect your sympathy? No ...
Why wasnt I wearing proper kit?
Well personally I put it down to the credit crunch - I cant afford off road kit... yet!
Please take all comments in good humour!
I'm coming round to your house to dump in your garden but I'll wear knee sliders in case I lose me balance
ditch the other 2 posts first ! this has been on SO often, KEEP UP SON ! it's been done to death.
For crying out loud, get a life. Its called freedom of choice. Also, its about control. Sometimes its better to be comfortable and in control than red hot and sweating in leathers. Remember, they only hurt themselves!
I say yeah to freedom of choice too
you should have the right to wear feck all on a bike if ya want ...................................................
I also believe that the ambulance crews and doctors and nurses should have the freedom of choice too.
To choose NOT to have to treat and care for people who decide not to wear sensible gear when riding their bikes.
Fairs fair eh?
Why the f*ck should they put themselves out for twats that think they are invicible.
Just my opinion, i would rather have a shower after a hot sweaty ride wearing gear that could save me a load of pain and grief than spend weeks suffering from skin ripped off and infection, but hey, thats just me.
I live 3 miles away from work and in a 30zone, only wear jeans, trainers and armour fabric jacket and gloves, dont think its fast enough to do that much damage...
I agree i see people wearing t.shirt, shorts, trainers ect......... and think stupid idiot, i personally dont eva go out on my bike without my full kit on, after coming off i appreciate how much it saved my body from what could have been. At the end of the day we all know the risks by getting on a bike and it they choose to wear not much then hey it's there skin and bones not mine, as long as i know i'm reasonablly safe then to be honest i don't give a shit. We all have a choice in life!
I remember seeing my mate fall off his bike, he was only going 30mph, but all he had on was a t.shirt, hit a pot hole and it threw him off, he went sliding down the road on his back, they had to roll the skin back down, well what skin he had left on his back anyway, it was horrible. I like my skin and bones just the way they are.
not about protection
No one is argueing that wearing kit isn't safer than not, merely that it is up to each person to make the risk assesment and decide for themselves how much protection they require on any given trip. Hell, just riding the bike is dangerous, to all you nay sayers maybe you should be really safe and not ride? no? I didn't think so.
Ok lets use an analogy. How many of you have used a hammer? most of us, right? did you wear safety googles? why not? all modern hammers come with stickers warning of the dangers of not wearing them. Hundreds of accidents a year happen because shards of something struck get into someones eyes? Should we call everyone who doesn't wear them a moron? should we refuse those who don't medical treatment, after all they were stupid right?
The above seams silly, but I could go on all day listing dangerous everyday activities that we all do, and by all rights don't use all the safety equipment available. Some more dangerous than Others. We have made a risk assesment and decided the level of risk we are happy with. Chopping veg, do any of you wear a mail glove? So, why on god's earth do we, as bikers, insist on picking on each other, just because for whatever reason they decide the kit they are wearing is acceptable and you don't? Who makes you right? and I am not talking about when an accident happens they are going to get hurt, just that the risk they are taking is acceptable or not.
How many of you who are insisting that kit is a must have takenany form of advanced training? Have all of you never made a risky manouvre in your history of riding? surely these sorts of things as a preventative messure is far more important than have kit that will save you after you have fucked up. Ok not all accidents are our fault, but lets face it accident statistics show a lot of bike accidents are single vehicle accidents.
Oh and a final point, to those who keep harping on about those who have to clear up the mess afterwards, they chose to do that job, if they hate it that much, they are in the wrong career. No one takes a job and then argues to change it so they only do the bits we like, ok we all try, but come on, get realistic.
Accidents happen simple as, and it is not as if the kit you are insisting we wear will save us in 100% of occasions, or even 50% of high speed occasions.
Just for the record, I choose to ride in kit.
ride safe MJ
I'm with 6ftKwak
Most emergency workers seem to revel in the gore - the more blood and guts, the better the war stories afterwards.
I remember this one job .......................
this thread needs to be directed in this direction. Not that I would condone these antics; I don't do wheelies
That's all I have to say on the matter!
Skin can grow back ---
muscle & bone can't, simple as. you makes yer choice you takes yer chances.
I, like quite a few others on here, learnt to ride when armour wasn't even an option in biking gear never mind standard.....You were considered normal to ride in jeans. No carbon inserts in gloves, back protectors etc.
I agree it's nice to feel protected but it's also nice to get out and feel even more free than you would with all the modern gear on.
I ride both with gear on and sometimes not. It's my choice and I make it. No one else. If I have an accident then so be it. In the same way a pedestrian gets hit by a car in normal clothes would be hurt.
Hell I can hit almost 30mph on my bicycle with no more than shorts on and no one would bat an eyelid so by all means wear all your gear all the time and if that means getting hot and sweaty then good for you.
But FFS whilst we all still have a choice in the matter then let us do exactly that instead of trying to get us to "suit up" everytime we swing our leg over because the way the world is going it won't be long before there will be safety guidelines on leaving your house!!!
Rant over now lets get on with life and enjoy it.
Oh and take care
big boots sea boot socks & an old flying jacket ! them were the days !
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