Wear Gloves

Once upon a time I rode a motorbike (a Honda CBR600) all the way from Southampton to Portsmouth without any gloves on. It was a nice summer day in 1993, and I only had winter gloves then, and all that happened was my hands got a little sunburnt.

I have, since then, realised what a very stupid thing that was to do.

As far as I can see, when I fall over, the first thing I do to save myself is to put my hands out to reduce the impact of the fall. I’m not sure if this would be the first thing I did if I fell off a motorbike, but I’m pretty sure it would be one of the first things! I dread to think what would happen to my hands if I did that at a reasonable speed; I’m pretty sure they’d be torn to shreds!

So what’s the big deal?

Well, as you know, I’m a software engineer. That means that I do lots of typing with these things on the ends of my hands called fingers. If I were to lose the use of those because of accident damage, I wouldn’t be able to do my job. Worse than that, what job would I be able to do?

Whatever it was, it would have to be one that didn’t involve the use of my hands, but I can’t really think of many jobs where that’s the case.

Not only that, but my favourite sport to play is volleyball which, as you’ve guessed, involves a lot of use of hands so, if I lost the use of them, not only would I not be able to work, I wouldn’t be able to play the sport I most enjoy.

All in all, it would cause me all sorts of problems if my fingers and hands didn’t work, so I always wear gloves when riding now. They might not provide absolute protection, but they will certainly go a long way (if I were to fall off which, touch wood, I won’t!) to protecting my career and my future.

So the moral of the story is, if you ride a motorbike (or any powered two wheeler) wear gloves!

1 thought on “Wear Gloves

  1. FYI, as a former cyclist myself, I can say, yes you should wear gloves. And other protective gear for that matter. Do you know what the technical term for ripping of skin off of the body is? Degloving!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Degloving

    Now that being said, if you take a spill on your bike, your hands might be the LAST thing you have to worry about. Those damn head injuries are a mess. So even if you have gloves on, you might not be able to use your hands if you take a spill and live.

    Anyway, I would still climb on to a bike, knowing the things that I know, but yes, I always wore gloves and other protective gear. Oh, don’t forget your helmet.

    Just so you know. 🙂

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