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Nov 06

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admin says:

You Ask/You Answer: What armour do I need?

"I've been riding for 8 years, and all my kit has some form (or in some case, foam) of armour in the arms, legs, shoulders, back areas. I find some of it uncomfortable, and am surprised that the one bit I'd really like – proper back protection – is just a bit of foam I wouldn't use as a kneeling...

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Sep 12

Posts: 124

Rotop says:


You need full plate armour if you're fighting on the frontline, maybe something lighter if you have a big sheild.

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Jun 11

Posts: 16

prdh says:

Personal call

Its up to you what you feel comfortable and safe wearing, there is no point going out with every piece of armour you can find and be uncomfortable, also there is no point in not using any at all if you don’t feel safe and protected. Every crash is different my one off where I lost the front under breaking I went down onto my right thigh and slid along my front, I was fine albeit a little sore, the only damage to my clothing was down the front of my jacket and to my thigh neither area had any armour, but I felt safe even when I was sliding along the ground because I knew I had the correct trousers and jacket on. At the end of the day everyone will tell you something different, as long as you are happy with YOUR level of protection you will enjoy riding your bike which is the whole point anyway.

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Jan 08

Posts: 17

benCBR6 says:

Why risk it?

True, it completely depends on the crash. But I know I'd rather be wearing armour than not! (Speaking from experience!) Abrasion protection is one thing and a good set of leathers will do their job. But impact protection is key - particularly on the road. Laying in a hospital bed next to a kid with a shattered and pinned knee from a football incident made me pretty thankful of my armour saving my from something more serious and not needing prolonged rehab. I'm pretty reluctant to even ride in jeans unless I'm just popping to the shops, I just don't think it's worth the risk.

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Oct 11

Posts: 34

Typhon219 says:

I'm of AdieR's ATGATT brigade

I almost always wear full kit even if I'm only popping to the shops, although I class my armoured jeans as full gear and often throw them on for short trips. The jacket I wear has protected me from 3 spills despite having no armour, just thick leather in the elbows and shoulder. I got away with a grazed knee the first time I crashed wearing only army combats with cheap waterproof trousers over the top (sods  law I got home and the proper trousers I'd ordered weeks ago had finally arrived!) although the gloves I wore had no protection so I ended up with a minor fracture in my hand. I think I've been lucky so far but as my finances allow me to upgrade my kit I tend to think protection first. Personally if I could afford to buy it all now I'd always be wearing back/chest protectors and clothing with solid armour in the usual places. I always stick to lids that have a 5 star rating too. I wont lecture everyone on their kit but I do cringe at the group lads on scooters around my way with nothing but tracksuits between them and road rash.

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Feb 10

Posts: 69

yzf07 says:

back protection

bought a dainese back protecter, best bit of kit i ever got. most of the time i forget i am wearing it, felt naked the time i went out and forgot to put it on.Had a couple of slides. Boots, gloves, leathers, helmet a must. Worst thing was the bruising,and my little finger always seems to cop it. These idiots  who ride around in trainners and track suit bottoms have not yet experienced the delights of road rash and are asking for trouble. 

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Sep 09

Posts: 898

Rogerborg says:

You can buy a CE2 back insert for about £20

How much is your spine worth to you?

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Feb 09

Posts: 236

tris123 says:

does it make a difference?

Try whacking your knee with a mallet wearing jeans and then armoured trousers.

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Aug 02

Posts: 2321

Hedgehog5 says:

If your helmet is uncomfortable you've bought the wrong helmet... same goes for the armour... if it's uncomfortable you've got the wrong armour or are fitting it in the wrong clothes for you. Best thing is to buy pre-armoured clothing that is comfortable or an armoured vest that feels right with your jacket. Honestly, you shouldn't notice any of it when riding. All protection will give you a better chance of survival in an accident.

Soft rubber armour (CE approved) absorbs the same energy but doesn't distribute it over such a wide area as hard does.

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Nov 12

Posts: 39

Danny456D says:

Of course it makes a difference if you fall off, and i'd much rather have it than not, but i don't think it justifies the classic 'I wear full armour even if I'm popping to the shops' response that usually follows this type of thing. I prefer to avoid an accident like the plague,and so ride accordingly, rather than dressing head to toe in race gear and riding like a dick because it won't hurt as bad if i fall off. I always remember the column from a magazine i read, a guy pulls up at the lights in fairly standard gear, leather jacket, jeans and boots etc, a weekend specialist in full racing leathers pulls up next to him, then proceeds to cain it from the lights and crashes into a car, while hardly any gear man, trundles by unscathed. To long, didn't read : Much better to ride to survive than dress to crash.

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Aug 02

Posts: 2755

spondonste says:


I take it that those who advocate not having the choice of wearing CE armour or not are those who are simply incapable of riding on the road without having an accident? You can chose to ride like an idiot on the road to justify putting on full CE garb or simply ride in a more conservative manner and NOT have an accident. Saying road accidents are unavoidable is simply an idiots excuse because they haven't paid enough attention.

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