Motorcycle Armor and Ironman

February 27, 2009 by: MCg

Motorcycle Body Armor

MOTORCYCLE SAFETY ARMOR FOR RIDER PROTECTION

Wearing protective safety armor on your motorcycle won’t give you superpowers, like Ironman. But it will help you walk away from some (but not all) mishaps when you might not have been able to do so otherwise.

Following are the major types of protective armor available for riders.

1 – FOAM ARMOR

The least protective option is some inexpensive foam, somewhat similar to the stuff in your mattress. It’s better at cushioning you while sleeping than protecting you in a crash.

2 – MEMORY FOAM

Memory foam is a more sophisticated type of armor and is similar to the technology used in helmets. This is a dense foam and offers the highest levels of energy absorption relative to its thickness. But, also like helmets, once the stuff has been involved in an impact, it’s time to replace it. The stuff is good for one hit and then it’s time to toss it.

3 – HARD ARMOR

Hard armor usually consists of a hard plastic backing with foam laminated to the inside. This type of armor is somewhat controversial because it is thought to not disperse force as well as the soft armor. It is also more likely to cause the leather immediately above it to wear through in the case of an accident.

STANDARDS FOR PROTECTIVE ARMOR

Unlike for motorbike helmets, there are no U.S. standards for protective motorcycle armor. However, there are the European “CE” standards which are useful for comparison, but there exist disagreements about their merits.

Regardless, any armor is better than none. But even with the best and most expensive body armor fitted on yourself, you really don’t want to get the idea that you are Ironman.

Personally, I have experienced the benefits of motorcycle armor. I’ve accumulated many hundreds of thousands of motorcycle miles under my belt, including numerous coast-to-coast rides, up and down, and all over North America. Over the decades, I have experienced two serious crashes. And even though my bikes were designated as “totaled” by the insurance companies in both cases, I was not injured at all in the second crash. I credit that to the much better protective gear and armor I was wearing, relative to the crash twenty years earlier which was not so friendly.

HOW TO WEAR PROTECTIVE ARMOR

OK, so how do you take advantage of this stuff?

One-piece motorcycle suits are often reinforced with armor all over the place, including the shoulders, back, chest, elbows, hips and knees.

As well, armor is also readily available to protect all those parts of your body by way of individual motorcycle pieces of riding apparel. Your jacket may already have some armor. Of course, armor can also be included in gloves, pants and boots; there’s even armored shorts that are worn under pants that offer lower back and hip protection.

Motocross riders have enjoyed the benefits of protective armor vests for many years, and nowadays you can buy similar motorcycle gear for street riding, which would be worn under a jacket.

You can also get body armor, which encompasses the torso (like a vest) as well as the arms. This is getting closer to the Ironman look, but once again, don’t be fooled. The stuff offers much better protection than not having armor, but you will definitely NOT be invincible in the event of a motorbike mishap.

MOTORCYCLE ARMOR CONCLUSION

In conclusion, wearing motorcycle protective armor is a good idea. You can get it built right into other gear, such as jackets and pants, or separate armor can be worn under your jacket or pants. Also, typically, better armor is removable, for washing and/or for replacement. After it does its job protecting you, it needs to be swapped out for some new armor, like a motorcycle helmet: it’s a one-shot deal.

Whether for on- or off-road riding, there is plenty of armored gear to choose from to boost your rider protection. Click on the following link to see what’s available for you.

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