What to wear on a scooter?
A high number of tourists that rent motorbikes or scooters, wear a pair of flip-flops, and if a female a bikini or a male a pair of shorts. This is great, when for your holiday, but protection to your body is zero.
A good pair of shoes can be vital when on a bike! The first thing anyone does when losing balance or getting into a problem during riding a scooter is touch ground with their feet, that means your feet become the brakes, or the balancing, or even the escape route from an accident. Any open shoes like flip-flops or sandals fold on impact, or tear, leaving your feet very vulnerable. Imagine a scenario where you have lost control and need to use your feet to balance or at least keep upright, the ground is stones, hard tarmac or rocky, your feet are not going to be very good at helping you gain balance!! A pair of trainers or any shoes with a strong soul are going to help big time and give you more protection to your feet and even save the day of not hitting the tarmac.
So why do motorbike riders in most of Europe wear hard leathers! Leather works well as a protection for your skin and body. But here in Thailand the temperatures are lot higher and you don’t want to be winter styled clothes. Although alot of big bike riders do wear leathers even here in Thailand. Take that as road knowledge, or even common sense.
Its nice to see a girl in a bikini on a scooter, but when she has even the smallest accident, she will end up with some lovely tattoos across her body, has her skin grazes the ground. Covering up with at least a thick nylon t-shirt is going to give you some protection if you fall off. A strong pair of shorts, like jeans or cargo pants that have thicker material than your average pair of swim shorts could help a little depending on the impact to the ground.
But the important subject here is that a helmet is very important and your bones can break, skin can tear, and it will heal. But your brain can not repair its self 90% of the time. We all know the great Michael Schumacher 7 times world champion formula 1 driver had accident when skiing and was wearing a helmet, and we know his story, so hopefully this helps you decide on wearing a helmet.