not about protection
No one is argueing that wearing kit isn't safer than not, merely that it is up to each person to make the risk assesment and decide for themselves how much protection they require on any given trip. Hell, just riding the bike is dangerous, to all you nay sayers maybe you should be really safe and not ride? no? I didn't think so.
Ok lets use an analogy. How many of you have used a hammer? most of us, right? did you wear safety googles? why not? all modern hammers come with stickers warning of the dangers of not wearing them. Hundreds of accidents a year happen because shards of something struck get into someones eyes? Should we call everyone who doesn't wear them a moron? should we refuse those who don't medical treatment, after all they were stupid right?
The above seams silly, but I could go on all day listing dangerous everyday activities that we all do, and by all rights don't use all the safety equipment available. Some more dangerous than Others. We have made a risk assesment and decided the level of risk we are happy with. Chopping veg, do any of you wear a mail glove? So, why on god's earth do we, as bikers, insist on picking on each other, just because for whatever reason they decide the kit they are wearing is acceptable and you don't? Who makes you right? and I am not talking about when an accident happens they are going to get hurt, just that the risk they are taking is acceptable or not.
How many of you who are insisting that kit is a must have takenany form of advanced training? Have all of you never made a risky manouvre in your history of riding? surely these sorts of things as a preventative messure is far more important than have kit that will save you after you have fucked up. Ok not all accidents are our fault, but lets face it accident statistics show a lot of bike accidents are single vehicle accidents.
Oh and a final point, to those who keep harping on about those who have to clear up the mess afterwards, they chose to do that job, if they hate it that much, they are in the wrong career. No one takes a job and then argues to change it so they only do the bits we like, ok we all try, but come on, get realistic.
Accidents happen simple as, and it is not as if the kit you are insisting we wear will save us in 100% of occasions, or even 50% of high speed occasions.
Just for the record, I choose to ride in kit.
ride safe MJ