I had an argument with my friend because he just got a 2001 sportbike and refuses to wear the proper gear. I have been trying to convince him that the proper gear could save his life and save himself from serious injury and painful suffering from road rash.
here is the clothes he normally wears to ride (shorts/runners/tshirt and chinese made gloves that are like paper and a half helmet with a visor) sometimes he even wears a skullcap helmet that is DOT approved, so he says this should be good enough since it is DOT approved skullcap helmet.
his arguments are as follow.......
1. He thinks that riding in the city at city speeds he does not need gear, I know he is going to speed though in the city anyway so his argument does not make sense. He also says that he would wear the proper gear if he went on the highway, I told him that highway driving is actually safer then city driving so it is ridiculous to say that.
2. He feels that if you are going to get hit at 60KM, and hit your head your are going to die anyway. He thinks it does not matter what helmet you are wearing. (full face or half face) He said when it is your time to die, it is your time to go.
3. He thinks that his riding ability is all that matters, I tried to explain to him it is the cagers you have to worry about...... not your driving ability. He thinks being to cautious can be dangerous as well, I think that cautioness is what keeps us alive. I think when your in a car you can be too cautious which can lead you to being a bad driver, but on a bike I think that does not apply because you have little margin for error.... one mistake and your dead.
I told him that wearing the proper gear would increase and if not prevent you from dying in the event you got in an accident. (especially helmet)
I need your help people, I need some good points from you guys that show him that gear will make a big difference in the event of an accident with examples.
He is 22 years old and has been riding a scooter for the past 2 years, so he is carrying his bad scooter habits over to sportbike riding.
thanks everyone, I appreciate your help.