Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Finger Lakes Region, NY, USA
I think that everyone would protect themselves if they believed they were going to wreck. Of course if they believed that they wouldn't ride a motorcycle most likely. Many people go through life without wrecking any vehicle, but I would guess most have some type of minor accident and many aren't their faults. If people took the time to reflect on this bit of information they may very well change their minds and wear more gear.
Gear is kinda like an insurance policy, but people are left with the choice unlike most insurance policies and also unlike most insurance policies, gear is a physical inconvenience to many where the insurance is just money and they are programmed for that.
To change peoples behavior usually takes intervention and it won't happen for gear. Look at the controversies with Helmet laws themselves a minimum attempt at safety regulation.
I ride with gear because I choose too. I had a couple close calls when I had my GSXR 15 years ago that made me think I could die on a bike. When I began riding again 1 1/2 years ago when I got the LT I made a conscious choice that I would wear protective clothing and of course wouldn't be hot rodding around either.
I take a lot of ribbing from my older brother who rides a Wing. He always jokes about seeing someone in full gear and asking them if they ride a BMW since his perception is that BMW riders wear gear. I always tell him that we're smart enough to ride the best bike in the world and smart enough to protect our assets. He has finally boughten some gear, but still rides without it when it's hot. I hope and pray he never finds out why he needs it, but I cannot make him. I also hope that I continue to rub off on him since I have seen a little change as he continues to buy gear.
My father has also ridden for many many years (50+) and only wears mesh jacket when he can do so comfortably. He even rides in shorts once in a while to go get lunch. He never comments on my choice to wear it and I don't tell him he should.
Bottom line is that it comes down to choice and your personal stance on whether it could happen to you. I believe it can but hope it never does. I have neve used my insurance policies on my Auto or Home so they are way ahead and I want to keep it that way.
I personally think people are foolish if they don't wear it and I am with you on the not debating thing. It's an exercise in futility.
Ride hard, have fun, and protect your assets!!!
Thanks for the thought provoking follow up to Raffy's unfortunate "take off".
2000 Canyon Red "Crimson Cruiser"
40,000 miles grinning, and counting....
BMWMOA # 131660