The Motorcycle Helmet You Want May Not Be As Safe As You Think!

Written by Michael Holmes

Choosingrepparttar right Motorcycle helmet can make a difference….

….literally between life and death. But how does an ordinary guy inrepparttar 102729 street make an informed decision about what kind of helmets giverepparttar 102730 best protection? There are so many makes, models and styles. Not to mention DOT approved, Snell approved, ECE approved! It is enough to make you go goggle eyed when confronted with so much information.

Tests have shown that it is perfectly possible to suffer a fatal injury falling off a stationary bike if you hit your unprotected head onrepparttar 102731 kerb, so clearly choosingrepparttar 102732 right helmet is important.

But which one?

Wouldn’t it be easier if someone just said, “Look, when you are in a crash, you need to protect this part of you head, because this isrepparttar 102733 part that is most likely to get hurt”…

Well that’s what I thought. But it wasn’t that easy. The kind of information you need to make that kind of call requires someone, somewhere to look at a whole bunch of motorcycle crashes, look atrepparttar 102734 motorcycle helmet damage, assess where point of impact occurred and putrepparttar 102735 information into a form that allows ordinary motorcyclists (like you and me) to make a decision for themselves.

However,repparttar 102736 good news is that if you look hard enough,repparttar 102737 information is available. A study was carried out a few years ago by Deitmar Otte, atrepparttar 102738 Medizinsche Hochschule in Hannover, Germany onrepparttar 102739 damage incurred to helmets worn by motorcyclists involved in accidents. His analysis was extremely detailed; in fact it was far to detailed for me to go into here, but it was extremely important.

What I am going to do is tell you in a nutshell, what parts of your head are most likely to be hurt in a motorcycle accident, based on Herr Otte’s findings. The rest is up to you…

Motorcycle Protective clothing That works!

Written by Michael Holmes

There is some great looking motorcycle clothing onrepparttar market these days, but believe me not all ofrepparttar 102728 motorcycle clothing offers as much protection as you think. In Europe, for motorcycle clothing to be lawfully sold as “safety clothing, it has to pass a series of European standards, which are pretty lengthy but are available on my website. The standards coverrepparttar 102729 clothing’s performance in abrasion, tearing and impact tests, and when they have passed; they are sold withrepparttar 102730 CE mark. However, no such regulation is available inrepparttar 102731 USA, so what should you look for?

Protection inrepparttar 102732 right places…

Not many people realise that most motorcycle injuries occur belowrepparttar 102733 belt. Your legs and feet are extremely vulnerable, so make sure that you wear a decent pair of high boots and some protective pants. The pants should be reinforced atrepparttar 102734 knees and hips; ideally they should attach to your jacket by a zipper. Boots should be thick leather, with a sole that can flex withrepparttar 102735 foot but has a resistance to crushing acrossrepparttar 102736 foot.

Traditional material for motorcycle clothing is leather, but thick nylon and other synthetic materials work well too. Kevlar reinforced jeans are better than normal jeans .Normal jeans last 0.6 seconds inrepparttar 102737 European standard abrasion test, while protective motorcycle pants will last 5 seconds or more. You don’t really want to be ripping your skin open within less than half a second of falling of your bike do you? Thought not.

Same principles apply to jackets. Make sure they are hardwearing, if they are leather make sure it is thick leather not fashion leather like some jackets. Stitching should be uniform with no dropped stitches, and all your “sharp bits”, your elbows and shoulders should be reinforced, ideally with some impact protection included.

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