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Comfort is part of safety
Riding gear is your “tools of the trade”. It has two main purposes: protection and comfort. Protection reduces your damage in an accident. Comfort is part of safety because discomfort causes distraction, and distraction causes accidents. Remember, any fool can be wet, cold and miserable. Professionals look after themselves.
Why buy gear?
Put back some of the money you saved into buying riding gear
When you buy a motorcycle you save money, as there is less to a bike than a car, e.g. two wheels instead of four. So put back some of the money you saved into buying riding gear. A car has a metal protective shell, but a bike does not. Compensate for the lack of vehicle protection by buying body protection. For $6,000 you can buy a bike that is equivalent in age and miles to a $12,000 car. Why not spend 20% of the money you saved on safety gear, i.e. about $1,200? Buying body protection is just common sense.
My basic protection is
Riding without personal protection is a false economy
Riding without personal protection is a false economy – it will cost you in the long run. Riding without a helmet is suicidal, as your head is so fragile. Riding without a jacket is dangerous, because it protects you the most. Riding without gloves or boots is careless, because hands and feet are easily hurt. Riding without leggings is unwise, because I like my legs.
You decide your level of protection.
Good gear insulates you from the chaos
Comfort means you make good riding decisions. When you walk, wind is not a factor, but when you ride, it is a big factor. Hurricanes and tornadoes show how powerful wind can be. Riding a motorcycle is like being in a wind tunnel. Without a helmet, your face and eyes are battered by wind. Without a jacket, your clothes flap and slap. Without gloves, wind chill affects your hands. Without boots or leggings, stones from the cars ahead strike your legs and feet. Good gear insulates you from the chaos. It gives you a peaceful place to make right decisions when riding.
|© Brian Whitworth, 2004, 2005|