My intention for writing this blog is not to ‘rag’ on anyone about their choice of safety wear, but to have you consider your choices before heading out…keeping safety in mind.
There is a mandatory helmet law in Canada with exception given to someone wearing a turban (IE Provinces of Alberta, British Columbia & Manitoba). The helmet must conform to provincial safety standards and remain in good order. It can have speakers and a microphone installed for the purposes of radio communication or the use of a mobile phone.
That aside, Adam from Head On First Aid & Safety doesn’t mince his words saying that a helmet-beanie does not protect the jaw-line. Consider your options.
Tricia from the EMRA swears by her protective riding gear which includes her jacket, gloves & pants. Competing at high speeds increases her risk of a crash. She says that in one of her crashes she was able to walk away and continues to ride thanks in part to the protective gear she was riding…her words
Flip Flops do not ensure any safety once the bike is in motion…Liane Langlois from the AMSS will easily agree. Consider riding-boots as your ONLY option.
In my experience the most common arguments/excuses brought forward by Motorcyclists fall into three categories: The Sexy Factor, The Staying Cool Factor, The Cost Factor. Let’s see if we can’t address all three:
#1. The Sexy Factor
A tight-fitting t-shirt on a muscular or form-fitting frame grabs your attention.
Consider the look of a road-rash on your arm if you were to lose control of your bike on a gravel road…not so sexy
#2. The Cool Factor
Riding on a hot day is extremely uncomfortable when geared-up
Consider the countless options for gear that including venting systems & light-weight material
#3. The Cost Factor
I bought the bike because it was cheaper than owning a car
Consider the safety-gear as a necessary part of your Motorcycle purchase…before you buy! Just as you would consider a set of winter tires for your car.
Side note: The gear options (Helmets, Jackets, Boots, Gloves) available to both Men & Women has come a long way in design, colors, fit & style.
Naively, when I purchased my first bike, I exhausted all my funds on the purchase without considering the safety gear as a ‘must-purchase’…I was lucky. Credit to those Motorcyclists who’ve budgeted for the added necessities and who’ve also purchased gear for a passenger.
I’m not suggesting that an accident on a Motorcycle is inevitable but promoting your safety by the way your ride or by the gear that you wear when you ride, is a step in the right direction. At the 2017 Motorcycle show in Calgary I recall doing a story on an inflatable jacket. Upon impact the sensors in the gear activates, providing an inflatable barrier between you and the impact point.
The point? All I ask is that this off-season is to consider your gear choices when riding & investigate price-points of these items. The Canadian off-season is about 6 months. Consider putting money aside for the on-season and investing in your safety. For your convenience, here are a few places to check-out: