Motorcycle protective clothing: fashion or function

de Rome, Liz and Stanford, G 2006, Motorcycle protective clothing: fashion or function, in IMCS 2006 : The Human Element: Proceedings of the International Motorcycle Safety Conference, Motorcycle Safety Foundation, Irvine, Calif., pp. 1-13.

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Title Motorcycle protective clothing: fashion or function
Author(s) de Rome, LizORCID iD for de Rome, Liz
Stanford, G
Conference name International Motorcycle Safety. Conference (2006 : Long Beach, California)
Conference location Long Beach, California
Conference dates 28-30 Mar. 2006
Title of proceedings IMCS 2006 : The Human Element: Proceedings of the International Motorcycle Safety Conference
Publication date 2006
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 13
Publisher Motorcycle Safety Foundation
Place of publication Irvine, Calif.
Summary This is a report on a project to identify the features of effective motorcycle protectiveclothing and develop a process to ensure riders are able to make informed purchasingchoices.While clothing cannot prevent serious high impact injuries, there is evidence that perhapshalf of all motorcycle injuries could have been reduced or prevented by the use ofeffective protective clothing.Research based on crash investigation, injury studies and engineering has establishedstandards for the features of effective motorcycle protective clothing. It has also providedobjective tests as a means of verifying the protective performance of such clothing,however, this information has not filtered through to consumers nor been taken up bymanufacturers.Surveys indicated that riders’ choice of clothing does not reflect awareness of the patternsof injury risk that are well known to researchers. Independent consumer tests in Europehave revealed that much of the clothing currently available will not provide the expectedlevel of protection from injury in a crash.While the standards for motorcycle protective clothing are only in force in Europe, theirdevelopment has implication for the industry world wide. This presented an opportunityto encourage the local Australian motorcycle industry to develop a product safetyassurance system for motorcycle clothing in order to remain competitive with Europeanimports. The aim was to achieve a higher standard of protective clothing, consumerconfidence and hence increased usage by riders who can be assured it is fit for thepurpose.
Language eng
Field of Research 099999 Engineering not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 0 Not Applicable
HERDC Research category E2.1 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed
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