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Start of spring sparks road safety message for motorcycle riders

Motorcycle riders have been warned not to compromise on protective clothing despite the forecast of warmer weather around the state this weekend.

06 Sep 2019
The Road Safety Commission has called upon MotoCAP Chief Scientist and Deakin University Research Fellow Christopher Hurren to provide some practical advice for motorcycle riders making the most of the fine and warm conditions on the roads.

Dr Hurren encourages all riders to consult the MotoCAP website before purchasing their protective gear, where a variety of men’s and women’s gloves, pants and jackets have been strenuously tested and assigned a rating between 1 and 5 stars for safety and comfort.

“Thermal comfort is really important in warmer climates like WA because you can lose cognitive function and you start making mistakes, it’s as simple as that,” said Dr Hurren.

“Wearing clothing that will make you feel comfortable on hot days is really important, but you still need to have that protection.

“With MotoCAP, we use sports clothing measurement to work out how much sweat can get out of a garment and how cool you will feel on that hot day, so you can get gear that you know will be protective and comfortable to wear.”

Twenty-six motorcycle riders have lost their lives on WA roads already in 2019, compared to 19 motorcycle deaths at the same time last year.

Dr Hurren said the level of protective clothing you need depends on where you’re riding this weekend, weather that’s at lower speeds in the metropolitan area in high speed zones in regional areas.

“When you’re riding in the city at 60km/h or less, you can compensate with protective clothing that has a little less abrasion time, as long as you have good impact and burst protection” said Dr Hurren.

“Conversely, if you’re riding out on a country road, you really want to have really good abrasion protection as well as burst and impact protection, because the distance you are going to slide from a 100km/h crash is going to be much further than what you will in the city.”

Twenty-six motorcycle riders have lost their lives on WA roads already in 2019, compared to 19 motorcycle deaths at the same time last year.

Find more information on the MotoCAP website about the internationally-recognised and independent tests to assess a garment’s ability to provide comfort while riding and protect a rider in a crash.
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