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Fact or Fiction: Motorcycle Body Armor
by Staff
It's new, it's high-tech and it's generally not cheap. But motorcycle body armor just might save your life. How much do you know about staying safe when riding? Take this quiz, and you may be surprised by what you learn!

Shelling out for hard-shell armor almost always buys more protection than memory foam or other soft armor.

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Experts credit motorcycle helmets with reducing the chance of death in a crash by 37 percent.

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Body armor can greatly reduce the chance of fatality in crashes at speeds greater than 60 miles per hour (96.5 kilometers per hour).

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Forty percent of all motorcycle crashes result in skidding without hitting anything.

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With the exceptions of Alaska, Texas and Vermont, all states require motorcycle riders to wear helmets.

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There's no standardized test or certification for the effectiveness of motorcycle body armor in the United States.

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The most commonly broken bones in motorcycle accidents are forearms and lower legs.

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To be considered "protective," leather should be at least 2 centimeters thick.

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The median crash speed for motorcycle accidents is 53 miles per hour (85 kilometers per hour).

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While helmets are protective in the case of a crash, they also increase the likelihood of a crash by increasing driver fatigue, decreasing field of vision and dangerously weighing down the head, which can contribute to neck injuries.

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