Motorcycle Safety Month – Motorcycle Gear

Mark Prociw
by Mark Prociw

Squids need to pay extra attention

*Article updated to fix the scary YouTube video!

It’s still Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and I’m still going to try and bring awareness to motorcycle safety to all of our readers!

The still lovely folks at have an article up on What to Wear When You Ride – and Why. The “and Why” is the interesting part.

“Do you know what 20 mph does to your skin,” Grindle asked, “Oh my God, it can take it to the bone.”

This may sound dramatic, but she’s not kidding.

The skin covering your joints – knuckles, elbows, hips, knees, ankles, and shoulders – is especially easy to damage, and a crash can remove it, and even flesh, and healing can take a year or longer.

Ack! I got all uncomfortable after reading that. WEAR YOUR GEAR!! Having a jacket and pants with built in armor around those points can literally save your skin!

To SCARE THE EVER-LIVING-BAJEEZUS out of you guys into wearing your helmet and other safety gear, I’ve found a shocking video of a crash test dummy hitting the side of a car. Note his head and what kind of trauma it goes through. Now think of what would happen without his helmet.

See the full post for the video and a link to help you understand what a “Squid” is. Head on over to to get the low-down on motorcycle gear and why you should wear it.

And if you are wondering what a “Squid” is, head over to the “Official Squid Pic/Vid Thread”.

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