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From the 1st of July people taking their test (mod 1 & 2) will be required to wear. boots, no trainers motorcycle trousesrs, heavy denim, no ripped jeans, tracksuit bottoms or lightweight trousers. motorcycle jacket or heavy duty jacket motorcycle gloves, no ski gloves, woolly gloves or any lightweight gloves. If the candidate does not meet the clothing requirements will not be allowed to take their tests and will lose their money. So anyone about to take their test, don't let them get your money for nothing.

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Ragnar @ 22/06/2011 20:49  

about time

Strange they insist on it for the test ... but not for after

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Deleted User @ 22/06/2011 20:56  

I would think their devious plan is to have it for the test and then your likely to continue wearing it afterwards.

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wheelbarrow @ 22/06/2011 22:06  

Shell and WB....totally agree with you. I read somewhere that at 30mph it only takes 10 feet to get the skin off to your bone if you fall off and put your hands down.

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gixergal @ 22/06/2011 22:24  

I totally agree with above posts.
Look on my profile at the pictures of my partners leg after a 20 mph accident with full leathers and sidi boots on (graphic pictures).
She is now registered disabled.

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MG Bandit @ 22/06/2011 23:00  

MG.... that's shocking at 20mph?? Poor lass. I think it's a good idea to make them wear the proper gear on the test, hopefully if they've had to go out and buy it (and not borrowed it) then at least they will have to gear, and might actually choose to wear it. It makes my blood boil to see people on sports bikes with shorts and tshirts on.. let alone the kiddiwinks on scooters with their tracky bottoms and hoodies.. trying to do wheelies down the high street!!

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Karey @ 22/06/2011 23:17  

At my bike school the instructor insists everyone wears all the correct gear or you don't have a lesson, let alone take part in the test

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Minnie the Minx @ 22/06/2011 23:21  

how things change my mate passed his bike test with his right arm in plaster kept his coat and glove on so they didnt see it but I cant see how they can insist on these things if its not a legal requirement it makes perfect sence we all know that but its a personal choice !!!

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WheelyNealy @ 22/06/2011 23:29  

I remember coming across a bike accident where this young lad had lost control on a roundabout, come off and landed on his hands and knees.

He was wearing jeans. Apart from his knees "feeling really sore" he was luckily ok. When I looked at his knees the reason for the "soreness" was obvious. Not only were his knee caps both visible to the tune of the size of a ten pence piece, but both areas of nice white bone were actually scored!

He said he was doing less than 30mph.

Vicious photos MGB, can't help thinking that leathers should have protected her more at that speed. If you don't mind me asking, what make were they?

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geoffb2005 @ 22/06/2011 23:38  

They can insist on these things WN because when the examiner takes you out, he or she legally accepts some responsibility for your safety.

When I was instructing we wouldn't take a student out unless they were dressed sensibly. Yes, it's personal choice and if a student turned up without gloves, strong jacket, heavy jeans or leathers and sturdy boots, then I'd make the choice to refuse to teach them!

I think it's a good thing.

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geoffb2005 @ 22/06/2011 23:47  

The leathers were Frank Thomas,but she took my foot peg off with her leg,as she hit me,and thats what did the damage,it would have probaly took her leg off otherwize

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MG Bandit @ 23/06/2011 10:39  

MG, scarey, so many memories from those pics of Drob's accident

The only thing that worries me is the number of schools that will lend people safety gear, although I had my own things the school I did my lessons with had helmets, gloves, jackets & boots you could borrow if you did not have them.

I hope this does not make more schools have 'loan equipment' to keep up the number of people having lessons because their pupils 'cannot afford' good clothing

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Deleted User @ 23/06/2011 11:27  

Geoff so if as you say thay take some responsibly towards the candidates why can't you claim against them ?
This is a genuine question ?

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JP @ 23/06/2011 11:47  

I'd guess that the legal small print says somewhere that the instructor has an absolute discretion over the suitability of the trainee for going out on the road, but no liability is accepted for injuries caused or exacerbated by inadequate clothing blah blah blah.

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Wills @ 23/06/2011 16:28  

I agree that the chances are if they have to wear it for their test, and have had to spend out to get it rather than borrow it, they are more likely to wear it on a daily basis. I have had the accidents (see other thread lol) and know the consequences can be severe, but I must admit I do not always go out fully kitted out. I have leather jeans but don't like riding in them. Saving up for some draggin jeans instead which at least afford some protection. I do always wear gloves!

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Deleted Member @ 23/06/2011 16:32  

Is this just legislation by the back door?

Softening us all up before making it compulsory for everyone.

I'd be worried.

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vinnie @ 24/06/2011 19:33  

As Wills says lol! It's not so much a case of accepting responsibility for a candidate's actions JP, more of a case that if something happens, the instructor has to be able to demonstrate that he ensured the candidates under his supervision were satisfactorily protected.

"The leathers were Frank Thomas,but she took my foot peg off with her leg,as she hit me,and thats what did the damage,"

Jesus! She was extremely unlucky mate to catch the peg and indeed lucky to keep the leg. As you say, a pair of jeans or similar and she would have been in a wheelchair.

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geoffb2005 @ 25/06/2011 00:58  

Got a question here
how come all the racers wear leather, when nylon is lighter

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marsey @ 25/06/2011 01:14  

Cos it holds their farts in Marsey!

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geoffb2005 @ 25/06/2011 10:12  

I'm a believer in personal choice. Educate and inform riders but at the end of the day it is personal choice in exactly the same way as a free rock climber is aware of the accepted safety measures for a 100 foot rock climb but chooses to accept the risks and before anyone thinks I'm unaware of exactly what the consequences of throwing a bike down the road are or the extent of the injuries that can be sustained are let me state that I am and I still support personal choice unless it is a legal requirement and I don't believe that the laws should be changed to protect me from myself. Setting requirements above that mandated in law in order to take a bike test is IMHO wrong.

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Gloom @ 25/06/2011 20:10  

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