Discuss: is this acceptable riding gear?

Do you need to wear All The Gear, All The Time?

Ben Cope's picture
Submitted by Ben Cope on Wed, 12/09/2012 - 10:44

When you head out on your motorcycle, do you have a duty to yourself and wider society to wear All The Gear, All The Time.

Risk: what's acceptable?

Does wearing All The Gear make you take more risks? Or doesn't it make a difference? Do you need to wear leathers, armour, proper boots - the works, just in case anything happens? Is your riding gear a reflection of the risks that are out there or just how you interpret them?

That's me on the left, wearing my daily commute across London gear:

  • Arai Quantum helmet
  • Forcefield Pro L2 back protector
  • An abrasion resistant Alpinestars Quantum jacket with CE armour in the elbows and shoulders
  • Rev'It Sand gloves: off-road gloves no hard armour
  • Jeans from high-street shop Pull & Bear
  • Alpinestars Shibuya thick canvas shoes with reinforced ankle, heel and toe protection

I feel that I've protected myself against the worst, with the least amount of hassle. I get to work, take off the lid, gloves, back protector and jacket and I'm good to go. No need for squeaky race boots, bulky leathers and a rucksack with all my clothes.

Am I asking for trouble? Are we obsessed with safety these days? Is this setting a bad example?

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