“Tom Cruise doesn’t gear up, why should I?” Okay let’s not disrespect any member of the motorcycling community here, but Tom has more than one questionable idea in his head… Getting back to motorcycles: The cool thing about motorcycle gear is that it actually works. MotoGP riders fall at incredible speeds only to get right up and continue riding (usually the riders survive crashes better than their bikes). I believe the statistic is that there has only been one MotoGP fatality on the track (in modern MotoGP racing) which is amazing [corrected!]! On the other hand motorcycle fatalities are on the rise: more people are taking to two wheels and crashing.You know the feeling: it’s a beautiful day, warm, a little sticky, and you want to go for a ride… Just a quick one. You don’t need all your gear right? Are boots and gloves and jacket really necessary? C’mon other states don’t even require helmets!
Gloves can save your fingers, foot injuries are the most common motorcycling problem that quality boots can practically eliminate, and motorcycle jackets and pants can allow you to take a fall and get right back up again (as long as you don’t hit anything stationary). CE rated armor is cheap and low profile (as long as your jacket fits correctly) – and we don’t even need to talk about helmets here… Here’s a link to a post that’s been going around.
If you ever need extra motivation to gear-up, try this link from Urban Moto [WARNING: pretty shocking! Not work safe, or home safe, or normal person safe…]