It applies to “protective clothing for professional motorcycle riders: jackets, trousers and 1 or 2 pieces jumpsuits”. This standard therefore retains the notion of professional equipment, giving its “optional” nature with equipment manufacturers.
Garment must meet with global requirements: e.g. checking the absence of harmful chemicals. Ergonomics is also controlled, considering a material can be very resistant but useless with a bad cut: too wide legs or sleeves, in the event of a fall, would make limbs move and expose the pilot to injuries.
Tests laboratory process involve abrasion and tear resistance due to impact, as for burst resistance. The clothes are “cut” into several aeras: e.g. hips and joints should logically be more resistant than the inside of the calves.
There again, we will find 2 different levels of certification: the level 1 of requirement is defined as “clothes designed to provide some protection, whilst having as less weight as possible, and ergonomic penalties in concordance with its usage”, whereas level 2 applies to “clothes providing a moderate level of protection, higher than provided by level 1”.
To make it simple, Level 1 clothing should provide the proper protection in case of crashes at urban speeds around 50km/h. At level 2, clothing should offer a protection at higher speed, without being subsequently reusable or repairable.
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