Spada Cafe Leather Motorcycle Jacket
Since I got the GSXR750, I can honestly say that I ALWAYS wear my motorcycle gear. I do find I am more vigilant these days when operating a high performance motorbike! However, I do recall in my early years that I did not always wear my motorcycle gear when venturing out on my then bike, the Spada. I had all the right gear, an Arai helmet, good quality leather and textile jackets and a decent pair of ankle motorcycle boots. Yet, I always wore my everyday denim jeans.
Of course it occurred to me that I was not wearing the right gear, but I don’t think I was all that concerned. The jeans were comfortable, I felt relaxed in them and I looked good in them.
Eventually, I may have come to my senses and bought myself a pair of kevlar jeans when accompanying a friend on her motorcycle wear shopping expedition one day. Despite, this apparent restoration to sanity, there were times when I would hop on my motorbike with nothing more than my gym clothes and a helmet. In my defence, this did not happen often and when I did find a good fitting pair of kevlar jeans, I wore them all the time.
This is not a unique situation. It may be easier to point the finger and say, mainly men (between the ages of 18-30, possibly over – sorry guys!) engage in this type of reckless behavior more. But, it is not. I, a female motorcycle rider, have just admitted it.
I am sure you’ve seen, just as I have, other women riders hopping on their scooters in their stiletto high heels. I’ve seen women riders on their motorbikes bearing nothing more than a singlet top, skinny jeans and sneakers! No it’s not just the guys, women riders can do it too.
One group of motorcyclists that are a cause for concern and are more vulnerable to the perils of the road are scooter riders. Often scooter riders don’t wear the necessary motorcycle protective clothing, are less likely to be seen on the road and believe they are immune from motorcycle accidents as they go slower than other bikes.
This is far from the truth and reports show that scooter riders are more likely to sustain serious injury than other motorcycle riders, primarily due to the fact that they don’t always wear the right motorcycle gear.
So why do we do it? For me, a whole list of reasons comes to mind. Who wants to be sweltering away in leathers on a really hot day? Even a textile jacket won’t always provide that much more comfort. Isn’t that a good enough reason? It’s HOT! Or why should I change and put on my motorcycle gear when I am just going up the road? What could happen to me on a short 10 minute ride? Probably nothing, but…
Oh, and one of my favourite reasons was the fact that there lacked any decent selection of motorcycle gear on offer for women to choose from (although, partly true but not so much these days).
Sometimes, it has been sheer laziness or an unwillingness to look “uncool”. There are a myriad of reasons for a motorcycle rider not to wear their gear and this depends on the attitude of the individual rider. What are your reasons? This will involve an honest evaluation of your reasons and asking yourself whether they are actually justified.
Why is it important?
Look this is a no-brainer. It’s important to wear the right motorcycle gear when you ride a motorbike. We have all heard the stories, we have all seen the accidents and we know that death and injury can be prevented if protective motorcycle gear is worn.
In 2013 motorcycle accidents accounted for 20% of road fatalities in Australia and is on a steady incline. The number of skin burns from people falling off their bikes doubled between 2012 and 2013. The amount of people riding motorbikes on the road today have almost doubled since 2011.
Many motorcycle accidents are easily preventable and often are the direct result of riders not wearing the right motorcycle protective clothing. Injuries such as skin abrasions and lacerations from not wearing protective motorcycle clothing, hand and finger damage from not wearing gloves, broken ankles from not wearing motorcycle boots, could all be avoided.
Stop the excuses
Curbing your excuses requires a bit of a change in attitude. Yes, motorcycle riding is fun, adrenaline-fueled and somewhat naughty and dangerous. However, it is also a responsibility to ride safely at all times. Part of riding safely involves wearing the right motorcycle protective gear. Have fun on your motorcycle, but be responsible too. They go hand in hand. So stop the excuses and understand that a good rider is responsible, safe and can have fun too.
So much on offer for the motorcycle fashionistas
There is a HUGE range of quality, fashionable and functional motorcycle gear on offer for women riders. In Australia, we may not get that variety in our motorcycle apparel stores, but they are available online and the collection is extensive! Two favourite online stores of MFH are FC-Moto and Motorcycle Superstores. Between them MFH were able to source over 40 motorcycle brands providing a wide selection of quality motorcycle gear for women.