You see it all the time. Riders in shorts and flip-flops, no eye protection, you know the drill. Now the Motorcycle Safety Foundation is taking steps to make sure you never see those riders looking like that out on the road again.
“Fool’s Gear, Cool Gear,” is a short video that aims to change the way you think about what you wear when you ride. Though it takes a lighthearted approach, the topic is deadly serious.
Fun, informative and visually striking, the video takes viewers on a guided tour from head to toe, contrasting the benefits of wearing a helmet and a full complement of safety gear to the risks of riding with inadequate protection, and demonstrating that you can be safe as well as stylish when you ride.
“We set out to make a unique video that motorcyclists would remember long after they watch it,” said Ken Glaser, MSF’s director of special projects. “The eye protection scene alone is so simple, yet so very effective in demonstrating the benefits of wearing eye protection.”
When it comes to proper gear and motorcycle operating safety, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation offers a few simple rules for motorcyclists:
- Get properly trained and licensed – Take an MSF RiderCourseSM and obtain the appropriate motorcycle license endorsement from your state.
- Wear all the gear, all the time – Always wear a DOT-compliant helmet and eye protection, as well as over-the-ankle boots, gloves, riding jacket and pants.
- Ride unimpaired by alcohol or other drugs – Riding under the influence dramatically decreases a rider’s necessary skills, especially vision and judgment.
- Ride within your own skill limits and obey traffic laws – Every rider should know their personal limits, and never ride faster or farther than their abilities can handle.
- Be a lifelong learner by taking refresher RiderCourses – Riding skills are perishable, so take an occasional refresher course. No matter how often or how long you’ve been riding, there is always room to learn something new.
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation promotes safety through rider training and education, operator licensing tests and public information programs. The MSF works with the federal government, state agencies, the military and others to offer training for all skill levels so riders can enjoy a lifetime of safe, responsible motorcycling.
For safety information or to enroll in the RiderCourse nearest you, visit www.msf-usa.org or call (800) 446-9227.
You can find this video on MSF’s website at http://www.msf-usa.org and their YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/MotorcycleFoundation.