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Army September 1, 2011
WEARING safe protective equipment
and clothing is essential when riding
any type of motorcycle on any road
Research into protective clothing
by the Motorcycle Council of NSW
(MCC) says well-designed and made
protective gear can prevent or reduce
some types of injury in a crash.
ADF RideSmart coordinator Dave
Shipley said the research found it was
important to choose the safest riding
gear, which offered the best protection.
"Many riders know motorcycle
gear such as jackets, boots, pants, hel-
mets and gloves can cost more than
$1500," Mr Shipley said.
"The research also says riders
should ask themselves what are they
"Was it purchased as a fashion
statement or for protection from injury,
weather or other road users?"
The research also found evidence
from independent British testing which
suggested some motorcycle gear for
sale did not provide adequate levels of
Well-designed motorcycle gear
can keep riders alert by reducing
dehydration and fatigue.
"While Australia doesn't have
set standards for motorcycle protec-
THE next RideSmart courses will be
held in September and October. The
courses include theory and practical
Knowledge and techniques to
manage the risks riders face in
normal traffic conditions, such as
space management, observation
skills, anticipation and response
actions to minimise the risk of
Covers aspects such as rider
posture on the motorcycle,
obstacle avoidance, emergency
braking, cornering techniques and
slow speed manoeuvring.
The need for suitable safety
The need to ensure the motorcy-
cle is roadworthy and safe to ride.
Dates -- September 9: Wagga. September 13:
Nowra. September 17: Oakey. September 23:
Sydney. September 24: Albury/Wodonga. Octo-
ber 7: Williamtown. October 13: Perth. October
14: Brisbane. October 26: Adelaide. October 28
Sydney and Darwin.
Enquiries on courses can be made to
Riders need to
dress for success
tive clothing, established European
standards set minimum levels for the
construction and test performance of
motorcycle gear," Mr Shipley said.
"These standards should be used
by riders when buying items claim-
ing to provide protection from injury
and look for European Standards CE
"Riders should also choose cloth-
ing with bright colours and contrasts,
which will make them more visible on
Further information on how to
choose the right protective clothing is
Motorcycle Council of NSW Inc
Victorian Transport Accident
There are limits to what protective
clothing can do in the event of an acci-
If a rider is hit or collides with a
solid object, nothing will protect from
But wearing the right gear may
help minimise some injuries and
ensure a more speedy recovery by
keeping wounds clean.
To help with those incidents where
good riding gear is not enough, the
RideSmart program for ADF rid-
ers improves rider knowledge and
skills. For more information, contact
-- Most of the information for this story
was obtained from the Motorcycle
Council of NSW website.
Follow the links at http://intranet.defence.gov.
au/armyweb/sites/ARMYSAFE to check out the
CATCH A RIDESMART COURSE
Preparation the key: Wearing protective gear may help with fatigue and
dehydration and minimise the impact of injuries. Photo by LAC Bill Solomou
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