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Motorcycle protective clothing

conference contribution
posted on 2003-09-26, 00:00 authored by Liz de Rome, G Stanford, B Wood
This paper describes a comprehensive review of research into the safety value of motorcycle
protective clothing. The project is funded by the MAA to provide guidance for motorcyclists
on the benefits of different features when purchasing protective clothing.
Protective clothing is available with a variety of features, however apart from advertising
material, there is little information about the relative benefits of such features to guide
purchasers. While protective clothing is unlikely to prevent serious injury in high impact
crashes, it can reduce gravel rash, friction and exhaust pipe burns, stripping of skin and
muscles, torn or severed ligaments, some broken bones and the infection of wounds.
Clothing designed specifically for motorcyclists can contribute to personal comfort and assist
in reducing fatigue and dehydration.
Australian manufacturers and importers are not subject to any mandatory standards in
relation to protective clothing apart from helmets. Local purchasers have no information and
no guarantees as to whether such products in fact provide the claimed protection. In
addition, Australian motorcyclists are also disadvantaged by the lack of information about the
relative benefits of different features of clothing. Different fabrics and designs are widely
promoted for their protective value, but information about the testing of such claims is difficult
to obtain.



Australasian Road Safety Research, Policing and Education. Conference (2003 : Sydney, New South Wales)


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Australasian College of Road Safety


Sydney, New South Wales

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Mawson, A.C.T.

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E Conference publication; E2.1 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed

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[2003, The Conference]

Title of proceedings

ARSRPE 2003 : Proceedings of the Australasian Road Safety Research, Policing and Education Conference

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