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Having seen what crashes at those speeds can do to people on motorcycles; I think we’re likely just a bit more aware of the dangers. ‘Just road rash’ can go down to the bone and seriously mess up your joints/etc if you get unlucky. I also suspect, given the sport – that we’re likely a little older and thus more cautious with our bodies. They don’t heal as well as they used to 🙂
The points they make are valid, despite not being involved in your sport directly.
The cost of a single skin graft – which a 50mph encounter with tarmac can easily do, would be vastly more expensive than protective gear. That aside – good protective gear such as kevlar lined jeans/cargos can still offer very good freedom of movement for far less than leathers. I used to do aggressive inline so I know that even good pads can set you back a hundred quid or more. This is the same kind of price range.
In the end its your skin – but it doesn’t invalidate the arguments. I acknowledge the risk every time I go out on my bike in my jeans. If I go down – which can happen through no fault of my own – I’m going to end up with a nasty time with tarmac. That is why for the most part, I wear appropriate protective gear. You just have to be realistic about the risks.