Appropriate clothing to provide safety and comfort for motorcycle riders is described. Accident studies show that motorcycle fatality rates due to head injuries are higher in states without helmet laws. Helmets offering the most protection will meet Department of Transportation or Safety Helmet Council of America standards. Helmets can also increase motorcyclist conspicuity when reflectorized tape is affixed to the sides and back. It is cautioned that painting helmets may reduce their protective strength and that helmets should be replaced after one impact. A face shield or goggles can protect the eyes from dirt, insects, water, or small rocks. Eye protectors should be made of shatter-proof material and lenses should be clear. Other clothing which increases safety and comfort includes footwear, gloves, pants, and jackets. Photographs illustrate various types of motorcyclist gear and proper wearing procedures.

  • Corporate Authors:

    US Air Force Inspection and Safety, Center

    Norton AFB, CA  United States  92409
  • Publication Date: 1980-5

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 8-13
  • Serial:
    • Driver
    • Volume: 13
    • Issue Number: 12
    • Publisher: US Air Force Inspection and Safety, Center

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00389109
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-029 647
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 28 1984 12:00AM