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?