Readers of this blog know that I am a vocal advocate for wearing proper gear, including sturdy motorcycle boots and long pants, while operating a motorcycle. It’s just common sense. (And a DOT-approved helmet, too, even in states where helmets are not required by law.)
Following are two images that two readers have shared with me about the latest Darwin Award Contenders.
What’s a “Darwin Award?”
This award recognizes individuals who contribute to human evolution by self-selecting themselves out of the gene pool through putting themselves (unnecessarily) in life-threatening situations.
First contender: the kid on the sport bike who rides in a “mankini” on U.S. Interstate 70 in the St. Louis area. He says he rides in that manner of “undress” because it is very hot. Tough — too hot to ride? Get in a cage with air conditioning (or a bus.)
Honestly, I have no words for this silliness, which gets much too much attention and attaboys from people who should not be giving approval of such reckless, thoughtless, stupid behavior.
Life is short: wear a helmet, long pants, and motorcycle boots when operating a motorcycle.