Motorcycle gear is too often chosen for its style, rather than safety. MotoCAP testing shows why looks often aren’t what they seem.
Good-looking and good-quality are different things when it comes to motorcycle gear.
Safety should be the defining factor when it comes to wrapping your body in protective clothing when for riders of any kind. However, for a lot of people, style is known to takes precedence over safety.
It is possible to do both, but knowing what gear is appropriate for you is typically a subjective factor. For instance, new motorbike riders want to show off their machinery and their modern gear.
That’s where MotoCAP comes in. The independent body scientifically tests motorbike gear, from gloves to jackets, pants and helmets, for a variety of behaviours in the event of a crash.
The results to date indicate riders can buy gear with great protection without spending a fortune. In short: there is no correlation between price and brand on protection.
Many brands claim high protection; MotoCAP’s remit is to assess whether those claims stack up when riders have an accident.
MotoCAP is funded by a variety of government bodies and safety organisations, including the RACV. Riding gear chosen for testing is randomly bought from a retail outlet, though manufacturers can choose to submit apparel for assessment.
The crash-test body has spent the past years building up a database of tested gear. It has now assessed around 25 per cent of the products on sale and is actively looking to promote the safety ratings with things like “swing tags” on clothing instore and displays at motorcycle events highlighting the benefits of choosing safe kit.
The aim is to put riders on the road in apparel that will protect them in the event of a crash.
Unlike the five-star rating ANCAP endorses for cars, utes and SUVs, the MotoCAP approach is tailored to the conditions you ride in.