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Motorcycle protective clothing: fashion or function

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conference contribution
posted on 2024-06-04, 09:00 authored by E de Rome, G Stanford
This is a report on a project to identify the features of effective motorcycle protective clothing and develop a process to ensure riders are able to make informed purchasing choices. While clothing cannot prevent serious high impact injuries, there is evidence that perhaps half of all motorcycle injuries could have been reduced or prevented by the use of effective protective clothing. Research based on crash investigation, injury studies and engineering has established standards for the features of effective motorcycle protective clothing. It has also provided objective 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 by manufacturers. Surveys indicated that riders’ choice of clothing does not reflect awareness of the patterns of injury risk that are well known to researchers. Independent consumer tests in Europe have revealed that much of the clothing currently available will not provide the expected level of protection from injury in a crash. While the standards for motorcycle protective clothing are only in force in Europe, their development has implication for the industry world wide. This presented an opportunity to encourage the local Australian motorcycle industry to develop a product safety assurance system for motorcycle clothing in order to remain competitive with European imports. The aim was to achieve a higher standard of protective clothing, consumer confidence and hence increased usage by riders who can be assured it is fit for the purpose.

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Pagination

1-13

Location

Long Beach, California

Start date

2006-03-28

End date

2006-03-30

Language

eng

Publication classification

E2.1 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed

Copyright notice

[2006, The Conference]

Editor/Contributor(s)

[Unknown]

Title of proceedings

IMCS 2006 : The Human Element: Proceedings of the International Motorcycle Safety Conference

Event

International Motorcycle Safety. Conference (2006 : Long Beach, California)

Publisher

Motorcycle Safety Foundation

Place of publication

Irvine, Calif.

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