Since March 1973, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) has set internationally recognized standards of excellence in motorcycle rider education and training.
The MSF works with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), state governments, the military and other organizations to improve motorcyclist education, training and operator licensing. The MSF is a national, not-for-profit organization sponsored by the U.S. manufacturers and distributors of BMW, BRP, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Piaggio/Vespa, Suzuki, Triumph, Victory and Yamaha motorcycles.
To enhance the enjoyment of motorcycling, MSF recommends that riders:
- Get trained and licensed.
- Wear protective gear.
- Ride unimpaired.
- Ride within your limits.
- Be a lifelong learner.
Motorists’ failure to detect and recognize motorcycles in traffic is the predominant cause of accidents. A critical factor in avoiding these accidents is conspicuity. Motorcycle headlamps should be on at all times, even in the daytime.
Times were when motorcyclists wore all black; however, studies have shown that by wearing reflective or fluorescent clothing, risk of a crash was reduced by 37%, by using headlamps all the time, the risk was reduced by 27%, and by wearing white helmets compared to black, the chance of collision was reduced by 24%. Jackets come in a variety of high visibility colors: yellow, orange, and bright red. Vests that are high visibility may be worn over jackets to increase being seen.
Other Personal Protective Equipment that should be used are:
- Gloves – Designed specifically for riders, some have curved fingers, and seams on outer surface to help maintain grip and control.
- Helmet – Full face are recommended.
- Pants – Made of cordura, Kevlar, or ballistic nylon, add protection and are cheaper than leather, easier to maintain, waterproof, and cooler in hot weather.
- Quality jackets – Designed of same fibers, and contain foam padding. May have special padding for elbows, spine, and shoulders.
- Boots – Very lightweight, though tough. Should have rubber soles. Include reinforced and plastic caps on ankles and toe area.
- Goggles/Helmet Visor: – Protects eyes.
- Earplugs – Protect from wind noise.o Airbag System technology is now available in fitted jackets and vests.
Source: MSF, Wikipedia