Motorcycle protective clothing

De Rome, L. & Stanford, G.

This paper describes a comprehensive review of research into the safety value of motorcycle protective clothing. While protective clothing is unlikely to prevent serious injury in high impact crashes, it can reduce gravel rash, friction and exhaust pipe burns, stripping of skin and muscles, torn or severed ligaments, some broken bones and the infection of wounds. Clothing designed specifically for motorcyclists can contribute to personal comfort and assist in reducing fatigue and dehydration. Australian manufacturers and importers are not subject to any mandatory standards in relation to protective clothing apart from helmets. Local purchasers have no information and no guarantees as to whether such products in fact provide the claimed protection. In addition, Australian motorcyclists are also disadvantaged by the lack of information about the relative benefits of different features of clothing. Different fabrics and designs are widely promoted for their protective value. (Author/publisher) For the covering entry of this conference, please see ITRD abstract no. E210298.

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C 29189 (In: C 29121 CD-ROM) /83 / ITRD E210446

In: Proceedings of the 2003 Road Safety Research, Policing and Education Conference 2003, Sydney, Australia, 24-26 September 2003, Pp

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