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Re: Motorcycle Clothing Choices - Free "Good Gear" Guide
« Reply #3 on: 10 Aug 2011, 09:36 PM »
Yes, the MCC of NSW has lobbied another one to a good outcome, volunteers are being sought to help with the distribution. Here is the news release:

To all MCC Clubs and Delegates,

Good Gear Guide now available free.

NSW Minister for Roads Duncan Gay recently announced that early motorcycle safety initiatives are under way as part of the $170 million Road Toll Response Package.
The Minister announced that “In recognition of the strong growth in motorcycle use in NSW the RTA is developing a NSW Motorcycle Safety Strategy”.
While the full strategy is being further developed, early initiatives are being implemented straightaway.

Some of the key early motorcycle safety initiatives include:

•   Distributing the Good Gear Guide safer clothing pamphlets to NSW Motorcycle Training Centres and other opportunities to reach the broad motor rider community;
•   Adapting the Vicroads training package for road designers, operators and maintenance crews to be delivered to RTA staff and offered to local governments to train road crews;
•   Expanding the Helmet Evaluation and Rating Program to assess more helmet types;
•   Expanding the „check twice for bikes‟ road safety campaign about sharing the road; and
•   Carrying out research projects in areas such as fatigue, motorcycle helmets and motorcycle crash studies.

MCC is pleased to assist the new Minister in getting the Good Gear Guide out there in the riding community. To this end, would you please reply to this email with the number of copies you can help distribute and drop off at Bike Shops, rider’s café’s and via your club membership -  and an address where they can be delivered. 

Regards,

Simon Disney
Acting Chairman, MCC of NSW
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An opinion from someone who has being paying attention to motorcycle clothing issues for the long haul. A key message is that "body armour works", something I can attest to as in this prang http://hunterdog.org.au/DiscussionBoard/index.php?topic=704.msg1962#msg1962 I had no detectable back injury, surprisingly not even bruising, and it was my shoulder and back that took out the windscreen which I had about 1cm of body armour material between me and it!

Having now read the research paper, I’m even more impressed.

The study was centred on the two hospitals in Canberra, as the ACT is effectively an “island” with a combination of urban and rural crashes.

Also, the 14 local motorcycle crash repair shops referred riders who were uninjured or unreported to police, but damaged their bike and gear in a crash.

Riders supported the study due to the confidential nature of the ethics structure around the study that protects their privacy and blocks access by enforcement authorities.

There was lots of work in planning set-up, to make sure this project was not “railroaded” by roads authorities into simply supporting an opinion.
Independence of researchers is often compromised with competitive tendering for narrow research briefs and roads authorities being the purse-holders of roads research funds.  The George Institute is one of the few truly independent research places left.

This is good research. We now have hard facts.

The problem from here is to ensure that the message is clear.

Riding gear won’t save your life, nor stop broken bones from a heavy impact.
However, it will reduce personal pain and inconvenience.

The big message is “use body armour”.
Then it’s the specifics – protect hands, feet, knees
 
The data on feet is interesting – shoes are useless, they come off your feet, pull-on boots also come off, in both cases, leaving feet unprotected.
Same for gloves – without a wrist strap, gloves fly off.

Jackets need to be made of material that hangs together and doesn’t tear, get cut or shred or have the stitching come apart. Some jackets are “single-use” and were destroyed on impact, although they did still protect the rider to some degree.

Quality of riding gear is clearly in need of close inspection.


This is an example of the MCC of NSW staying the course. It is direct outcome from the seminar we ran back in 2005. http://roadsafety.mccofnsw.org.au/a/109.html

Our website pages on this topic are enhanced by this new research – the first in 25 years, from anywhere on the planet
http://roadsafety.mccofnsw.org.au/a/75.html

Guy Stanford
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Motorcycle Clothing Choices - What You Maybe DIDN'T Know?
« Reply #1 on: 20 Jun 2011, 11:20 PM »
Sure we all know about the various styles and pricing, but it seems the quality is all over the place too. A formal study is out now and already it is getting a bit of attention:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlovDQM0TnA

http://www.georgeinstitute.org/about-us/media-centre/motorcycle-protective-clothing-protection-injury-or-just-weather

http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-national/motorbike-riders-warned-to-stay-protected-20110620-1gb9a.html

http://smh.drive.com.au/armour-halves-injuries-20110619-1ga98.html

http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/motorbike-riders-warned-to-stay-protected-20110620-1gb9a.html?skin=text-only

And the Ch 10 article on it:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6WHdIWoxSc

My personal view of one bit is that, if you don't know about these you should, the full zip out inner arm panels make for safe riding in summer, great value, and you know I have tried this stuff out, it works!:
http://www.bikegearwarehouse.com.au/motorcycle-gear/Joe_Rocket_Mens_Motorcycle_Jacket/motorcycle-gear-joe-rocket-mens-blaster-4-0-leather-jacke2

And of course Australian Road Rider Magazine are always doing useful stuff to help out our choices here, check out http://www.roadrider.com.au/gearreviews.htm
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