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Old 10-14-2012, 09:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Should complete riding gear be mandated

Interesting article/poll in the Oct. 8th, 2012 UK MCN regarding the need to mandate by law, wearing full gear. Comments are all over the road which surprised me.The EU and other European countries have a penchant for creating new laws of all types for bike riders but some are being questioned by citizens on the streets.

Whilst we here in the states argue whether the government should mandate helmet use the Europeans and UK seem to be
already onto discussing the next step of requiring full gear. (Motorcycle personal protective equipment: wikipedia)

Unlike America's need for justification of needless bills/laws, no politically driven statistics were given nor one sided insurance studies quoted. Just talking about it seems the logical next step after all the little countries over there mandate helmet use. I found it very interesting. More mothering by the elitists amongst us all.
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Here we go again...
Lefty. It was just a comment. Not meant to start up any fist fights or arguments. In fact folks shouldn't even read it.
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Come on, HAP. You know the same old arguments are going to be brought up.
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Everybody should know my politics on this, by now. With my experience falling of a 30 mph bicycle, wearing only a helmet, I will tell you you're crazy if you don't dress up like the Michelon man. Two offs from my Bonneville at speed will full gear confirm my wisdom. Should the behavior be regulated? No. There are just too many times when a rider may want or need to cut corners on gear. Helmets, well that's another story. I feel more strongly about helmet laws but that's probably because I lost a friend who bounced his head of a curb at low speed.
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Come on, HAP. You know the same old arguments are going to be brought up.

Lefty. It is happening in the EU and UK. Not here. Could never happen here.
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It's happening here too - slowly.
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I should be safe here in Pennsylvania, then. It takes decades and decades for stuff to reach us. By the time mandatory gear makes it's way to our Commonwealth, I'll be too old to ride.
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Nope.
Only a moron would ride without ATGATT. But we don't need the government to regulate it.
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