World-first ratings system for motorcycle clothing launched
Today we're launching a world-first ratings system for motorcycle clothing known as MotoCAP.
“The Motorcycle Clothing Assessment Programme (MotoCAP) is the first of its kind, and will give the motorcycle community more information when they are making choices about the clothing they wear when riding,” says Motorcycle Programme Manager David Keilty.
MotoCAP will give clothing two separate star ratings – one for protection and one for comfort.
The system has involved stakeholders from across Australia and New Zealand working together to develop it, the first in the world of its kind.
Reducing the impact of motorcycle accidents
Mr Keilty said the protection star rating considers performance in abrasion resistance, seam strength and impact protection, while the comfort rating is based on how comfortable the clothing is in New Zealand and Australian climatic conditions.
Last year in New Zealand 45 motorcyclists lost their lives on the road and 7,372 motorcyclists received treatment and support from ACC. The total cost of motorcycle-related claims was more than $94 million.
Read the full article on the Ride Forever website
The MotoCAP website has more information around ratings and the scheme