Do you think neck protection for everyday streetbike riding is beneficial or necessary?
What makes streetbike riding so much safer than closed course racing such as MX, SSB Racing or the Isle of Mann TT, that would not make a protective neck device necessary?
It seems most riders have armour for their backs, knees, elbows and ankles, nice helmets for their heads and fancy jackets and gloves for their hands etc... but why no protection for the neck. Did you know that the average human head with a helmet can weigh up to a little under 15 lbs? That's a lot of weight to have bobbling all over the place, not to mention having to try to control it and protect it in an accident.
The potential for injuries resulting from axio-loading (compressed vertebra), hyper-flexion, and hyperextension, make quite compelling reasons to have and use some type of neck protection....no?
I believe the majority of sport bike riders wear a helmet for one reason or another. Many wear some type of helmet which covers the whole face/chin region, whether it be a full face or modular type helmet. Often times riders will state that they wear a full face helmet to protect their face just in case they have an accident in which they “face plant”.
Neck injuries are the second most common type of upper torso injury. 11% of serious motorcycle accidents have some form of neck injury. Although most face plants are not fatal they will result in some type of neck injury. For that fact, any time the head strikes an object with a degree of force, there is a potential for neck injury. So, why do most riders go without neck protection?
No doubt you've seen the neck braces worn by MX racers and even NASCAR Racers. What if the neck device was simple and helped support the weight ball on top of your shoulders, help prevent neck and back strain. Would your wear it ?
If you been riding for a while, you’ve probably have seen a whole bunch of videos of a number of riders being slammed and having their heads smack the pavement when they crash, some even running head first into guard rails, curbs, vehicles, or even run over by their own bikes. On that rare occasion, there’s that rear impact from a vehicle that is 5.5 times heavier than you and your bike combined. So just how much protection can a neck device give?
If you look at a lot of the cycle apparel /equipment stores, you'll notice what used to be seen as protective MX gear, being marketed and sold as protective street gear. So are neck braces becoming the future of streetbike and road racing. What are your thoughts?
has released a neck device specifically for road riding. This Revzilla review is quite interesting, it doesn't look restrictive and is designed specifically to be worn over a jacket.