Seriously though, I think certain minimal safety standards for motorcycling gear should be federal law. (As with car seatbelts, airbags, etc.) To whit: boots covering ankle, eye protection, gloves, full pants (no shorts or dresses), perhaps long sleeves, etc.) A helmet is not enough.
(Unlike in the US, we all help to pay for the avoidable emergency healthcare costs of the unwise via our taxes.)
I get really miffed when I see a sportbike rider with his matching one-piece leathers, and his girlfriend on back in short shorts and a tank top. Yeah, you really care about her, don't you pal? She's pretty, but how will she look with her breast ground off? A car only needs to cut you off once. Ever grind to a stop on pavement from even 20 -30 MPH on your bare hands & knees? I don't recommend you try!
I believe that if you ride a bike (especially in traffic) long enough, sooner or later you're going to have an "unplanned dismount" -- and it likely won't even be your fault. You should prepare for that. It's too hot, you say? Then DON"T RIDE.
As far as trail riding goes, there are so many variables and things that can hurt us -- even a decent-sized stick can break or penetrate your leg, if you hit it at speed,and it flips up. (Still, in my experience it's the street ride to the trail that's most dangerous, because of inattentive drivers & pedestrians.)
I'm going to get proper dirt boots (mine are currently street, but with shin armor) ASAP, and I need the armored pants, too. Don't just protect the bike, folks; machinery can be replaced -- bodies can't.
BTW, I'm pleased to observe that as a whole, our group obviously "gets" the safety-first concept. My street-oriented boots are the exception on our group rides, and (unlike the typical local cruiser rider) everyone seems to wear gloves + full-face or MX helmets, etc.
It should be common sense. We are not made of steel. When I see bikers in shorts, sneakers, muscle shirts &/or no gloves, they don't look "cool" at all, to me -- just the opposite. Much like a 12 year-old with a cigarette, I assume that they are: A) inexperienced; B)all about image, and (sorry) C) just plain dumb.
I print pictures like that and show it to the clowns at work here who wear sandals on their harleys. They always chuckle when I ride to work in full gear, and I always tell them their time will come, well if their bike actually leaves the driveway.
nice pic...bad break and a footpeg lodged in the bone ...nice....i bought MX boots before I even bought a MX helmet....not only does good riding gear keep you safe it allows you to ride offroad with more confidence and more aggressively and the pants are superrrrr comfortable....i got shift combat boots which are stiff and hard to get used to but worth it and shift pants...cant complain about either...dirt cheap and well built next on my list is knee pads/braces and a chest/back protector with shoulder pads...all hardcore mx gear but i fell that the more protected I am the harder i will drive because i feel safe and it will make me a better rider and i wont come home to my kids with pieces broken off