Motorcycle Clothing Motorcycle Body Armour for Quad Bike Riders

Riding a quad bike is exciting, exhilarating, scary and great fun. We also have to accept that it is potentially dangerous. It is therefore very important to ensure that you do everything you can to protect yourself against injury by wearing protective motorcycle clothing.

Between 1996 and 2006, 23 people died on quad bikes at work. 17 of these deaths involved head injuries where a helmet was not worn. It is estimated that over 1000 non-fatal injuries are sustained every year by quad bike riders. In many cases, overturning is at the heart of these accidents, the rider being injured upon contact with the ground, or by being struck by the bike. Common sense dictates that helmets, protective motorcycle clothing and proper training should be the order of the day.

The point of any protective clothing is to absorb the energy of an impact. The polystyrene lining of your helmet prevents your head from sustaining injury in the event of a crash. There is a wide range of leather and textile motorbike clothing fitted with impact protectors available. This kind of clothing is ideal for riders on any kind of motorcycle and is often referred to as motorcycle body armour. We are all familiar with the strap-on protectors that are available for knees and elbows. Armoured shirts and shorts are also available which can be worn underneath everyday clothing.

Since 1995, all protective equipment must display a CE marking, which indicates that it has been independently tested and approved. The test is straightforward. A 5Kg weight, suspended one metre above the protector, is allowed to fall freely on to the protector. The protector must absorb at least 30% of the impact energy. This scenario attempts to simulate the impact of the ground on a rider's elbow as he falls from a riding position. The aim of the test is to ensure that the protector absorbs sufficient energy to prevent a broken elbow.

Then there are back protectors to consider. They offer protection for the spine as well as internal organs. Many professionals won't ride without one. Since many quad accidents involve the rider ending up underneath the bike, this could be a life saving investment.

The European Union introduced a tougher standard in 2003, designed to apply to back covers. This standard dictates that the back protector must give double the protection of the impact protector. The standard goes on to lay down guidelines for a higher level of testing. This is defined as level 2, and offers even greater protection, so the rider has a choice.

All protectors need to be comfortable and easy to put on; otherwise riders will not wear them. They need to be the right size and fit the rider properly. For example, a back protector needs to be long enough to cover the coccyx, but not be so long that it moves up when you are riding.

Neck braces are also available. Only last year, David Bailey the American motocross champion - made a plea for riders to think seriously about protection. On several occasions he spoke of a revolutionary neck brace which he felt would make a significant difference to biker safety. Unfortunately, there is no European standard regarding neck braces, so consumers need to assess such items for themselves.

Since the introduction of CE standards, today's riders are potentially better protected than ever. Motorcycle protective clothing is light, easy to put on, comfortable and affordable. The modern quad bike rider has no excuse for riding without protection.

You can shop for great deals on protective motorcycle clothing and motorcycle body armour on eBay; it offers a wide range of items suitable for all riders.

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