Carolina Thunder Motorcycle Drag Racing
Safety

When it comes to Racing Safety – Racers will do everything they can to make their motorcycle as safe as possible but yet they do everything they can to make them as fast as they can.   In all the racing classes we have rules or guidelines posted for the bikes to go by racing in that class.    We also have at the end of almost all racing classes safety info for the rider.

We wanted to give you some more info on rider safety and this is why we added this page to the website.

One of the most important (and easily overlooked) aspects of motorcycle drag racing is the Riders Safety.    Protective clothing may include certain types of jackets, gloves, boots, and pants.   Jackets, pants and gloves do help protect you if you have an accident.   Imagine sliding down the track at 30 mph wearing shorts and a t-shirt, and you’ll begin to understand why some people say you shouldn’t expose any part of your body on a bike that you wouldn’t want to be exposed to a belt sander.

Going from Head to Toe, Here’s a Recommendation for Safety Equipment

Helmets
An old saying goes something like this. If you’ve got a $20 head, buy yourself a $20 helmet.   ALL Riders should have a SNELL 95 or higher full face helmet.   That said, a proper, DOT-approved helmet can go a long way towards saving your skull in case of an accident.   Even if you’ve decided you don’t want to protect your brain, helmets also offer shelter from wind noise and turbulence.

Eye Protection
Eye protection not only keeps the wind from making tears streak down your face,   they also keep all manner of debris and bugs from flying into your eyes.    Visors in helmets offer built-in eye protection, but some riders prefer to wear separate eye protection so they can enjoy a tinted field of vision that’s removable

Ear Protection
Are earplugs safety equipment? Absolutely!   Wind noise on a motorcycle can become extreme at highway speeds, and your hearing can suffer damage after enough repeated exposure to loud sounds.

Jackets
Jackets meant for racing are typically made of leather or specialized man-made fabrics like Cordura or Kevlar. These jackets typically include heavy padding on the elbow, spine, and shoulder regions.   From armored race gear to ventilated summer wear, jackets can not only reduce or prevent abrasion injuries, they can also look cool in the process.

Gloves
It’s a basic human reflex to break your fall by with a cat-like extension of the arms, and hands can suffer considerable damage when a rider is thrown off his or her bike.   Protect your palms, knuckles, and fingers with sturdily constructed, well-padded gloves, preferable gauntlet-style ones that extend past the wrist.

Pants
Here’s one of the easiest places to get lazy when it comes to motorcycle gear.   But just because you’ve wearing your helmet, gloves, and jacket doesn’t mean you should skimp on lower body protection. Pants are usually made of Leather, Cordura or Kevlar.

Boots / Shoes
There are loads of ways to keep your feet protected on a motorcycle.   Also, don’t underestimate the importance of keeping your feet firmly planted on the pegs and shin protection from pebbles!

In Addition To Being SAFE Remember This!

Everybody is going in the same direction.   It’s really, really, hard to have a head-on collision on a Drag Strip.

There is nothing to stop you on a Drag Strip.   Good Breaks are A MUST!!!

ALL bikes and riders have passed a track safety inspection.

The track surface is predicable and clear of hazards.

The track is designed to minimize injury in the event of a crash.

There is no cross traffic, no one walking down a drag strip.

There is always only one entrance and past the 1/8th mark you can exit.   Everyone should know where to enter and where to exit.

Distracted drivers are pretty much non-existent.   No cell phones, no radios, no texting, no accessories on the bikes, etc.

Everyone should be wearing safety gear that is racing.

There is an ambulance and safety crew is at the track if an emergency arises and the medical personal or the  ambulance is needed.

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CTMDR
Sonny Productions LLC
280 Haynes Rd
Summerfield NC 27358
Sonny / Office 336-643-1367    Cell # 336-580-1638

Email –  sonny@ctmdr.com