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Survey reveals motorcycle safety practices

Consumer Report’s latest survey revealed safety habits of more than 1,300 motorcycle and scooter owners.

  • A little more than half of respondents said they had taken a formal riding instruction course, and nearly 1 in 4 said they don't always wear a helmet when they ride.
  • Half of the respondents reported regularly wearing protective boots, and less than half said they regularly wear gloves.
  • About 25 percent said they always wear a leather or other protective jacket when riding.
  • Fewer than 10 percent always wear protective pants or clothing in high-visibility colors.
  • Three out of five riders admitted to riding in a short-sleeved shirt, and about a quarter said they rode in shorts.
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