Protection

Idea for thin, lightweight hip armor

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I prefer having knee AND hip armor in my riding pants, always. Most hip protectors are rather thick and uncomfortable. But Dainese created 2 products that I think work really well as hip protectors.  One of which is clearly designed by Dainese as a Hip Protector (pictured above). They're smaller, about 3in wide by 5in tall and designed to fit specifically into their riding jean models that offer hip protector pockets.

But the other armor they make with the same lightweight, strong material are Dainese Pro Shape Knee Protectors for their riding jeans:

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Both of these protectors are CE Certified and are Level 1. I put the knee protectors in my Gear 2's hip armor pockets! They're comfortable, light and I don't even know they're there.  Each pair costs less than $40, definitely a worthy investment.

 

Passenger on a motorcycle dies from wearing a novelty helmet.

The Press Enterprise - May 7, 2012. "(CHP Says) Woman’s helmet a factor in motorcycle death."

http://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/hemet/hemet-headlines-index/20120507-san-jacinto-woman-killed-in-hwy-79-crash.ece

"I'm just a passenger."

If I hear this statement one more time, I'm going to cry. However, every passenger I've ever spoken to says this exact same thing.

No, you aren't just anything. You are a rider too. It doesn't matter if you're on the backseat. You are up against all the same obstacles as the driver (cars, other riders, deer, etc). Why should your level of safety be any less important?

The next time you hear someone say this, or if you are the one who says it, please think of Suzanne in the story above and GEAR UP. You need a full face helmet, gloves, a jacket, pants and boots too. And no, you don't have to spend a couple thousand dollars on full race leathers. But you do need protective gear that will save your head from serious injury. A jacket, full face helmet, gloves, boots and pants. 

If you were the driver, wouldn't you feel responsible for your passenger's injuries or worse, their death, if you were in an accident?

A passenger's choice to not wear gear is his/her own, yes. But you are the driver and you choose who gets on and who gets off. And that trumps any passenger's choice.  

Schoeller Keprotec

Sometimes there's more than meets the eye when it comes to buying protective gear. The first thing that comes to mind for many people is Kevlar. But, that's just one of the many materials out there that provides protection in the event of an accident. Here's another one that's fairly common, especially in gloves.

REVIT Ladies Summit Gloves Schoeller Keprotec

The picture above shows a glove lined with Schoeller Keprotec. What is this mysterious fabric?  Simply put, this fabric provides extra abrasion and tear resistance in gear. Read all about these properties here.

If you find yourself contemplating why you should spend more than $40 for the plain leather gloves, or the $100 pair lined with Schoeller, hopefully that will convince you to spend a little more. :)

What do guns and motorcycles have in common?

shoot target Benny thinks more practice is definitely needed!

I've always thought that guns were a lot like motorcycles, that without proper education in handgun safety, they can be extremely dangerous.

Last weekend, my husband and I took a Gun Safety Training Class. (Thanks Fisher Executive Protection!) We learned basic concepts including proper storage, etiquette when around firearms and common sense attitudes about how to approach a firearm.  It seems like many people underestimate the ability for a handgun to fall into the wrong hands (especially children).  I felt as if they demand our respect and shouldn't be taken lightly.

I never thought I would enjoy this whole shooting targets business, but I actually did. I also thought handguns were too dangerous and I really didn't like the idea of having one in the home. But after having some basic training and range time using one, I'm less fearful and know that as long as you safely store and secure one, they can be perfectly safe.  However, that requires a certain level of prioritizing safety over everything else. By the end of the class, I felt less intimidated and had a better understanding of how they work.

If you talk to anyone who's enthusiastic about handguns or motorcycles, you're going to find that we both have something very important in common; Safety. If you're not prioritizing safety above all else when approaching either of these topics, I highly recommend rethinking your attitudes and figure out why you don't think they demand your attention.

When most of us ride, safety (including gear) is always our #1 priority. There are of course, many exceptions with many people ignoring this key element. Unfortunately, it's those people who make a bigger impression on non-riders. When all you see or hear are negative stories about motorcycle accidents, it's impossible to form an objective opinion.

When we fully gear up,  it really makes a strong impression on non-riders, and sends a powerful message as to how serious we take motorcycles.

Even though we don't choose to be ambassadors for what we love to do, sometimes it happens anyway.