I agree with all the above, in addition as Nathan has pointed out, wear other protective clothing. A rider or his passenger make look "cool" wearing shorts/ T shirt/ bikini, but they won't look quite as cool cut to ribbons with scars that don't fade! I speak from experience, having a scar on one leg just from the exhaust pipe of a motor bike. The large burn, around 2 inches in diameter took around 2 mths to heal, no joke when I consider my legs to be one of my most attractive features!
Message posted by seaangler (Chat Room Administrator) on 26 January 2005 at 4:37pm - IP Logged
.....Take heed of the advice you have been given to the above post,because if they do it does not mean they you have to it, it seems to be the in thing when arriving on Holiday to get about more quickly is to hire a bike..I have and no dout others have seen it(I have heard it called Honda burn in some hospitals)..and like Nathan has said it (is) not a pretty site,and to top it all your holiday is ruing until you get back on your feet if that is the case!!!!!
a good holiday is a safe holiday take care and enjoy your self and ware a crash helmet.....chris
Message posted by jedi (Avatar Admin) on 26 January 2005 at 7:38pm - IP Logged
Why not take a walk down the centre lane of a Motorway - that's also against the law and all common sense.
The outcome will probably be similar - but hey what the heck - its cool.
Use your head to think with - that's what its for stupid
Message posted by birmingham on 26 January 2005 at 9:23pm - IP Logged
nough said bout waring helmets, spoke to cousin who lives in sfakera next to roda and she said that the best thing was to wear one, i was only wondering how leanent the law was, i first hired a moped at 15yrs old and not offered a helmet, wont name any company involved but relise now how dangerous it could be and will be wearing a helmet this year, cheers,
Message posted by MartynG on 27 January 2005 at 10:24am - IP Logged
The wearing of helmets has long been a legal requirement in Greece, but the law has not always been enforced. However, due to the ever increasing number of accidents, the authorities instigated a clamp down a couple of years ago. I certainly saw police on the main roads around Corfu town stopping anyone not wearing one.
At the same time, there was a clamp down on licencing - in other words, it was necessary to hold the appropriate motorcycle licence before you could hire a bike. When the police stopped riders all documentation was checked.
Whether or not this enforcement action continues, I don't know, but it's always wise to be properly dressed on a bike.
Message posted by Sofri - Agni Tr on 27 January 2005 at 11:28am - IP Logged
Sofri - Agni Tr
We shouldn't abandon the thought all together.
I have a motorbike and take all the necessary safety measures before riding it (helmet, gloves, proper clothing and morning pray ).
In order to get the bike, I had all the proper lessons (about 1 month) and acquired a driver's license.
Riding in Corfiot roads requires some extra skill, as the roads can be slippery due to the olives falling from the olive trees.
Especially of it hadn't rained for a while (over 2 weeks), all the dust and the oil makes turnings impossible to take .
I would advise, if you consider hiring a scooter (for which a driver's license is usually not required), make sure that you follow these simple rules.
- A helmet and long trousers as necessary (It will not feal that hot on the bike...)
- Do not accelerate, you maybe careful, but you do not know the road well.
- Always take a turn with as less use of brakes as possible (none of applicable). Very prompt hand braking can cause an instant accident on a slippery road (believe me I know ) and you would be wondering how it happened. Especially the front brakes can fold the bike instantly.
- Even in the summer, if you are taking a turn and you feel some chill air, slow down, there are some turnings that are wet with moisture, even in the midst of the summer. Locals give names to those turnings to emphasize their 'respect' .
- Do not put more people on the bike then allowed. If there are two on the bike, the one on the back must also have some experience in riding a bike (not necessaraly how to drive it).
Hope this helps.
Message posted by jedi (Avatar Admin) on 27 January 2005 at 12:03pm - IP Logged
Another point to consider is insurance.
If you have an accident and are injured, I'm 999.99% sure the insurers will opt out of covering you as they will say that not wearing a helmet was a contributary factor to the injuries sustained. This is okay for minor cuts and bruises but what if you are seriously injured or worse? How would your relatives re-patriate you to the UK? Can they afford the many thousands of pounds this would cost?
Going back to not wearing helmets - which you are clearly inclined to do, let me pose a little scenario to you.
Would you deliberately get out of a moving car at 30?, 40? or 50 miles per hour? - I think not.
Now assume we provide you with top quality motorcycle leathers, boots, gloves and a helmet, would you now get out of that moving car? - again, I still think not.
WHY? well your brain kicks in and tells you that your chances of surviving without serious injury are slim to none existant.
If you can see that you're not prepared to do it with all the motorcycle protective gear on, why oh why can you not see that riding a moped or motorcycle without a helmet, in trainers, T shirt and jeans has potentially the same outcome.
Your head has a very thin, none pliable covering (the skull) and is filled with a sloppy mixture of mucus and tissue - a bit like an egg. Take an egg (hardboiled if you wish) and just drop it gently from your car window at 30mph to see exactly what happens to skulls hitting the road at that speed. Then do it at 40mph but this time throw it - it usually makes a massive mess.
We all want you to have a great holiday and be in a position to tell us about it afterwards. Please take the sensible option and wear a helmet - Remember:-
'Nobody looks cool in a body bag.'
LOL..........Jedi (Lifelong motorcyclist)
Message posted by superman (The Beach - Moderator) on 27 January 2005 at 12:07pm - IP Logged
Another good reason to wear a helmet is because someone may throw an egg at you from a moving car ! lol
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