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WEARING safe protective
equipment and clothing
is essential when riding
any type of motorcycle
on any road surface.
Research into protective clothing
by the Motorcycle Council of NSW
(MCC) says well designed and made
protective gear can prevent or reduce
some types of injury in a crash.
ADF RideSmart coordinator Dave
Shipley said the research found it was
important to choose the safest riding
gear, which offered the best protection.
"Many riders know motorcycle
gear such as jackets, boots, pants, hel-
mets and gloves can cost more than
$1500," Mr Shipley said.
"The research also said rid-
ers should ask themselves 'what are
they paying for?'. Was it purchased
as a fashion statement or for protec-
tion from injury, weather or other road
The research also found evidence
from independent British testing,
which suggested some motorcycle
gear did not provide adequate levels of
Motorcycle gear that is well
designed can help riders remain alert
by reducing dehydration and fatigue.
"While Australia doesn't have
set standards for motorcycle protec-
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tive clothing, established European
Standards set minimum levels for the
construction and test performance of
motorcycle gear," Mr Shipley said.
"These standards should be used
by riders when buying items claim-
ing to provide protection from injury
and look for European Standards CE
"Riders should also choose cloth-
ing with bright colours and contrast,
which will make them more visible on
All riders, however, should recog-
nise there are limits to what protec-
tive clothing can do in the event of an
If you get hit or collide with a
solid object, nothing you wear would
be able to protect you from the full
But wearing the right gear may
help minimise some injuries and
ensure a more speedy recovery by
keeping wounds clean.
To assist with those incidents
where good riding gear is not enough,
help is available from the RideSmart
program for ADF riders to improve
rider knowledge and skills.
For more information about choosing
the right protective clothing, visit the
The next RideSmart courses will be held in September and October.
The courses include theory and practical instruction on:
knowledge and techniques to manage the risks riders face in nor-
mal traffic conditions, such as space management, observation skills,
anticipation and response actions to minimise the risk of crashing;
aspects such as rider posture on the motorcycle, obstacle
avoidance, emergency braking, cornering techniques and slow
the need for suitable safety clothing; and
the need to ensure the motorcycle is roadworthy and safe to ride.
September 9: Wagga. September 13: Nowra. September 17: Oakey.
September 23: Sydney. September 24: Albury/Wodonga. October 7:
Williamtown. October 13: Perth. October 14: Brisbane. October 26:
Adelaide. October 28: Sydney and Darwin.
Photo: LAC Bill Solomou
Motorcycle Council of NSW's website
au or the Victorian Transport Accident
Commission's rider safety website at
For information about the RideSmart
Program, follow the links at http://
sites/ARMYSAFE or email RideSmart@
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