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WEARING safe protective equipment
and clothing is essential when riding
any type of motorcycle on any road
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 protec-
"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 riders
should ask themselves what are they
"Was it purchased as a fashion
statement or for protection from inju-
ry, weather or other road users."
The research also found evidence
from independent British testing
which suggested some motorcycle
gear for sale did not provide adequate
levels of injury protection.
Motorcycle gear which was well
designed can assist riders by keep-
ing them alert by reducing, dehydra-
tion and fatigue.
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
normal traffic conditions, such as
space management, observation
skills, anticipation and response
actions to minimise the risk of
Aspects such as rider posture
on the motorcycle, obstacle
avoidance, emergency braking,
cornering techniques and slow
The need for suitable safety
The need to ensure the motorcy-
cle is roadworthy and safe to ride.
Dates -- September 9: Wagga. September 13:
Nowra. September 17: Oakey. September 23:
Sydney. September 24: Albury/Wodonga. Octo-
ber 7: Williamtown. October 13: Perth. October
14: Brisbane. October 26: Adelaide. October 28
Sydney and Darwin.
Enquiries on courses can be made to
Clothes maketh the
"While Australia doesn't have
set standards for motorcycle protec-
tive clothing, established European
Standards set minimum levels
for the construction and test per-
formance of motorcycle gear," Mr
"These standards should be used
by riders when buying items claim-
ing to provide protection from inju-
ry. Look for European Standards CE
"Riders should also choose cloth-
ing with bright colours and contrasts
which will make them more visible on
Further information on how to
choose the right protective clothing is
Motorcycle Council of NSW Inc
Victorian Transport Accident
All riders should recognise there
are limits to what protective clothing
can do in the event of an accident.
If you get hit or collide with a
solid object, nothing they wear will
protect them from the impact.
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 Ride Smart
program for ADF riders to improve
rider knowledge and skills. To find
out more, contact RideSmart@
-- Most of the information for this arti-
cle was obtained from the Motorcycle
Council of NSW website.
Follow the links at http://intranet.
ARMYSAFE to check out the Ride Smart
CATCH A RIDESMART COURSE
Photo: LAC Bill Solomou
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