Protective gear and MotoCAP Ratings
The Serious Sale
If you’re a motorcyclist, no amount of crazy technology will keep you safe from a crash – simple, common sense advice however can go a long way to keep you safe.
So, we created a line of fake, ridiculous motorcycle safety products – set them up in a Perth motorcycle shop and brought in some unsuspecting motorcyclists to gauge their reactions of our silly products. Real motorcyclists, not actors.
Yes, the video is hilarious. But it is serious in showing that by choosing jacket, pants and gloves with a high MotoCAP safety rating, you increase your protection on the road.You don't need:
Carbon-fibre EXO suit (400% stronger than human skin) Instead:
Motorcycle Clothing Assessment Program (MotoCAP)
The Road Safety Commission has contributed to the development and testing regime for a world first rating system for motorcycle protective gear and clothing, MotoCAP.
Choose a jacket, pants and gloves with a high MotoCAP safety rating to increase your protection on the roads.Jackets:
- Choose a jacket with built-in shoulder, elbow and back protection that is abrasion and tear-resistant.
- Jackets should fit comfortably when sitting on your motorcycle and completely cover your arms.
- Jackets are available in either leather or non-leather materials.
- Use the visor on your helmet to protect your eyes from debris when riding.
- If you have chosen to use an open-faced helmet, ensure you wear quality glasses or goggles that are compliant with Australian and New Zealand Standard (AS/NZS) 1698 or United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Regulation No 22 (UNECE22.05) as amended.
- Keep your helmet visor or glasses/goggles clean and free of scratches.
- Use clear lenses for night time riding.
- Choose a pair of gloves that fit securely around the wrist but are comfortable.
- Gloves should be reinforced, padded and offer protection for fingers and knuckles.
- Make sure your gloves allow you to improve your grip on the handle bars.
- Your boots should offer protection to your feet, ankle and lower legs.
- Use boots that are light but also secure and reinforced for the best protection.
- Ensure the boots can fasten around the leg to prevent the boot from slipping off.
- Riding pants should completely cover your legs.
- Choose pants that have built-in reinforcement that is abrasion and tear resistant to protect your hips and knees.
- Pants should be comfortable when you are in the riding position.
- Improve your safety by ensuring you can be seen by other road users.
- Riders should use the low-beam front headlight while riding during the day.
- Choose a light coloured helmet that can be easily seen.
- Wear hi-vis, fluorescent and/or reflective protective clothing.