I got my first real motorcycle, a Honda 305 Super Hawk, in 1964. Silly me, I always wore a helmet while riding the bike. I raced off-road bikes for seven years. I wore a LOT of safety gear. Fact is, I felt very naked and exposed without leathers, helmet, those big boots, chest protectors, etc., etc.
One thing all real bike riders know is, you have either fallen down or you will fall down, its just a matter of time. Wearing all that protective gear doesn't give me a false sense of security. Hell no! It is a constant reminder that we are always exposed to the risk of something going wrong.
Its interesting how non-riders, and non-informed riders, come up with "solutions" to our problems. Riding a motorcycle is serious business and needs 100% of a person's constant attention. As I have heard fellow pilots say, the sky is not inherently dangerous but it is terribly unforgiving of those who chose to ignore the risks and fail to plan for them.
Motorcycles share that too.