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Poll: Should full riding kit be a legal requirement?

Helmets are currently the only item of protective clothing which must be worn while riding a motorcycle in the UK, although in some places around the globe no protective clothing is required. Is a helmet enough, or should we legally have to wear more? pollcomment

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muddybus

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muddybus says:

we need more dead bikers!

Don't make it law, use it as a form of natural selection. The stupid will die of their injuries, the intelligent will survive to ride again. If protective clothing doesn't protect you, why don't racers wear thin lycra suits to reduce weight? Even jeans and a t-shirt would be lighter than any race suit. Can paramedics use the 'it should be my choice' when scraping you from the road?

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muddybus

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muddybus says:

we need more dead bikers!

Don't make it law, use it as a form of natural selection. The stupid will die of their injuries, the intelligent will survive to ride again. If protective clothing doesn't protect you, why don't racers wear thin lycra suits to reduce weight? Even jeans and a t-shirt would be lighter than any race suit. Can paramedics use the 'it should be my choice' when scraping you from the road?

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tris123

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tris123 says:

yep

If people are too stupid to spend two minutes putting on some protective clothing I guess it needs to be made a legal requirement.

The hospitals have got better things to be doing.

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jimmuck

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jimmuck says:

I cannot believe I am reading this, how things have changed, I have been riding bikes since 1976 and have  never owned what you call full riding kit, nor do I intend to, the most I have is a waterproof jacket that happens to have body armour that I wear on wet days with an old padded pair of wax cotton trousers, otherwise its a traditional leather jacket and jeans. No accidents no injuries because I treat every road user as someone out to get me and ride accordingly, the day riding gear is compulsary is the day I give up the bike, perhaps buy a trike so I can ride it with no helmet.

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nigel966

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nigel966 says:

No.

It should be a personal choice if they want to wear protective gear. I don't want yet another part of my life to be regulated by the state. The police have enough powers to harass motorcyclists without giving them another excuse.

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snev

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snev says:

muddybus.....

You ask "why why why"???? Well there are Bikers that ride,"day in day out" and have done so for Many Many Years, wearing all manner of strange gear from leather helmets to wax cotten jackets Shorts and T shirts, All in one Leathers and Paddock jackets. If they all crashed every time they went out then I can understand your comments....... BUT they don't. On A building site you have to wear a Protective helmet..... Guess what? it won't help if a crane drops an RSJ on your head. Got to go now apparently there's an Asteroid heading for Earth and I can't find my Umbrella.

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muddybus

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muddybus says:

Its about reducing the risk

Snev, old chum, we all try to reduce the risk of injury every day. I wear a seatbelt when I drive. I ride with my lights on, day and night. I put a bathmat on the floor so I dont slip when getting out of the shower. I wear shoes to protect my feet when I walk. I wear a helmet on my bike, to protect my head should I crash. Its about making sure, that should the worst happen, you've done all that you can to help to protect yourself to live longer, and hopefully ride another day. I don't see what the problem is with that?

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muddybus

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muddybus says:

Its about reducing the risk

Snev, old chum, we all try to reduce the risk of injury every day. I wear a seatbelt when I drive. I ride with my lights on, day and night. I put a bathmat on the floor so I dont slip when getting out of the shower. I wear shoes to protect my feet when I walk. I wear a helmet on my bike, to protect my head should I crash. Its about making sure, that should the worst happen, you've done all that you can to help to protect yourself to live longer, and hopefully ride another day. I don't see what the problem is with that?

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muddybus

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muddybus says:

Law or not?

I don't think it should become law, common sense should make it the norm.

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norris

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norris says:

NO

We're already inundated with laws that take away our freedoms.

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