For once a safety announcement from the police & beauracrats I agree with. http://www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,18318775-29277,00.html MOTORCYCLISTS risk ending up a "sticky boneless mess" if they crash while not wearing proper safety gear, a senior Victoria Police traffic officer says. Assistant Commissioner for Traffic Noel Ashby issued the warning today ahead of this weekend's Superbikes grand prix at Phillip Island, southeast of Melbourne. Police are preparing for hundreds of motorcyclists from across the state, NSW, the ACT and Queensland to travel through Victoria to the event. Mr Ashby said motorcyclists should wear a proper helmet and leathers. He said police had spotted motorcycle riders over the summer wearing little more than shorts and t-shirts, which left them vulnerable to serious injury if they came off their bike. "The Motorcyclist Association has a word for riders that come off their bikes without leathers on," Mr Ashby said. "They call these riders 'squids', because they are often left in a sticky, boneless mess. "When a rider comes off a bike, a helmet and leather apparel is the only thing between them and the road and can save their life by dramatically reducing the severity of injuries." While choosing not to wear leather clothing was not against the law, Mr Ashby said the warm weather was no excuse to be complacent. "There are suitable leather clothing options that are ventilated to keep the rider cool throughout a journey on a hot day," he said. "Riders can find leather jackets with reinforcements inside the material to protect shoulders, elbows and backs from injuries, and some even have reflective piping along the seams to increase visibility at night. "Leathers can make the difference between a fatal injury and a serious injury."