Motorcyclist Displays the Necessity of Leathers in Accident

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A motorcyclist, from Menai Bridge, believes it was his leather trousers that saved his life in his recent accident in Bangor.

Dewi Roberts, aged 27, has been left with burns the size of a rugby ball on his back, after a car collided with his bike on Caernarfon Road, Bangor.

The car collided with his motorbike from behind on the A4087 and there was an explosion within seconds. Both the car and the motorcycle were destroyed in the blaze and Mr Roberts was engulfed by a fireball. The nylon jacket he was wearing melted completely and he believes the only thing that protected the rest of his body from the flames were his leather trousers.

After the accident, Mr Roberts was taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd in a stable condition and has since been released. The road was closed for two hours while the debris was removed and fire crews tackled the blaze. A spokesperson for the Welsh Ambulance Service said:

“We were called at 12.10pm to a two-vehicle road traffic collision.

We responded with a crew in an emergency ambulance, and a man in his 20s was taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd in a stable condition.”

Since the accident, Roberts has been raising awareness about the importance of wearing the correct protective clothing. The AA have supported his safety message, with a spokesperson saying:

“We would always urge motorcyclists to look at the options for using protective clothes. The more you spend the more protection you have.

When you start out, getting kitted up can be expensive but you can come unstuck if you cut corners on safety and are involved in a situation like him.”

Another supporter of Roberts’ safety call is chairman of the British Bikers Association, Colin Mahoney:

“Going out without leathers is akin to going out without a helmet…

You can ride an 1100cc sports bike in a T shirt and jeans and as long as you wear a helmet, it’s legal. That’s wrong. We think it should be mandatory.”

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