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AlvinBret

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AlvinBret says:

Is motorcycle body armor really necessary?

Hello Members,

I want to know, is motorcycle body armor really necessary while driving the bike?


Thanks and Regards,
Alvin Bret

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smidget

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smidget says:

Hi AlvinBret

No, I seem to be able to ride bikes OK without armour and this has been the case for the last forty plus years, and god forbid at one time I was even able to ride them without a helmet.

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MarcusMarsh

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MarcusMarsh says:

Armor

As someone who started riding in the late 70's when such things didn't exist I would say necessary - no; but advisable - yes!  Armor should lessen the extent of injuries in the event of an accident but if you do use it, don't make the mistake of thinking you are invincible because you have some protection.   

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Meatbingo

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Meatbingo says:

Armour

A lot depends on the 'type' of riding i think. 

A 30mph bimble to the shops on a sunny day does not require armour in my opinion. Nobody expects to see cyclists wearing leather and armour but around town they are often traveling at the same speeds.

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beaconsman

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beaconsman says:

armour

If it wasn't without my armour in my hein gerricke racetec jacket, I'd be in hospital with broken shoulder/collar bone (minimum)  after my slip on ice on new years day..saved my shoulder, and had hip protectors in trousers, and got away with a just a bruise ..

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philehidiot

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philehidiot says:

Depends

Would you drive a car without any of that metal protection and no seat belt?

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Beelady

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Beelady says:

But,

like crash helmets, works better it it fits properly.

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Andy949494

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Andy949494 says:

Good quality clothing is a minimum for me...

Its up to you and your understanding of risk etc.

As someone who rode in the 80s and had a reasonable off then I would say that strong boots, jacket, trousers are essential - I wore down a significant portion of my boots, jeans and jacket (and wasn't going incredibly fast either). When I see people riding scooters etc with T shirts it makes my skin creep...
That said there have been times last year when i have ridden in shoes and jeans (but with motorcycle jacket over the top) - when I have been going to a civilian meeting nearby and didn't want to much stuff to carry... but I wouldn't ride regularly without proper designed gear with armour fitted though. Armour is located in the difficult to replace bits like joints and will distribute a sharp impact significantly and crucially doesn't make the gear any more uncomfortable. If I was riding off road or perhaps on a track day I would also consider the comfort/safety/cost benefit analysis of chest protection too -  I had a  non bike accident 4 years ago that broke 10 ribs (front and back) from an impact to my chest and was very lucky that it was not an inch lower...

Andy.

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Diablere

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Diablere says:

is Armour Necessary?

For riding NO, for Crashing? absolutley vital:shock:

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