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Re: Do you wear your " Helmet "

Post by Solina Dave » Fri Feb 05, 2016 11:12 am



GoldWRider wrote:I know I will catch some negativity about this but sometimes I do not wear a helmet. Most of the time I do but sometimes, on a long ride and when it is really hot I will remove it. I rarely do it though and understand that I am putting myself at risk when I do. Wearing a helmet is a choice where I live. I have a full-face helmet I wear when it is cold and an open-face helmet I wear when it’s warmer.
No negativity from me Rider, I understand where you're coming from. Just to be clear, where I live wearing helmets is mandatory. I wear an open-faced helmet exclusively, and would do so regardless of the legalities, but I wish I had the choice. Different people react to the heat in varying ways, often depending on age and physical condition. I feel the heat a lot! That should tell you something.
There's no question that wearing a full-face helmet offers the most protection. Places where helmet use is mandatory often have legal variations, such as, the mandatory helmet law not applying to someone over 18, with a full motorcycle licence. I guess their heads are harder, I don't know!
If helmet use is mandatory, should full-face helmet use be mandatory? Do you think that the motorcycle manufacturing industry influences lawmakers, when it comes to helmet laws, to protect their motorcycle sales levels? All these questions!

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Re: Do you wear your " Helmet "

Post by Jim1 » Fri Feb 05, 2016 11:31 am

Helmet use is part intellect, are you smart enough to ride tomorrow?
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Re: Do you wear your " Helmet "

Post by GoldWRider » Fri Feb 05, 2016 2:31 pm

Solina Dave wrote:
GoldWRider wrote:I know I will catch some negativity about this but sometimes I do not wear a helmet. Most of the time I do but sometimes, on a long ride and when it is really hot I will remove it. I rarely do it though and understand that I am putting myself at risk when I do. Wearing a helmet is a choice where I live. I have a full-face helmet I wear when it is cold and an open-face helmet I wear when it’s warmer.
No negativity from me Rider, I understand where you're coming from. Just to be clear, where I live wearing helmets is mandatory. I wear an open-faced helmet exclusively, and would do so regardless of the legalities, but I wish I had the choice. Different people react to the heat in varying ways, often depending on age and physical condition. I feel the heat a lot! That should tell you something.
There's no question that wearing a full-face helmet offers the most protection. Places where helmet use is mandatory often have legal variations, such as, the mandatory helmet law not applying to someone over 18, with a full motorcycle licence. I guess their heads are harder, I don't know!
If helmet use is mandatory, should full-face helmet use be mandatory? Do you think that the motorcycle manufacturing industry influences lawmakers, when it comes to helmet laws, to protect their motorcycle sales levels? All these questions!

Just stirring things up.......sorry........Dave
No question a full-face helmet is safer no question about that. Should a full-face be mandatory for states that require a helmet? As much as I hate to say it, yes in my opinion. However, that is like asking should a bright colored vest also be mandatory? It is one of those topics that could go on forever. :D

Not wearing a helmet sometimes (very rare) is risky for sure. Furthermore, as much as I like my open-face helmet I should be wearing a full-face. But to be honest, I just don’t like wearing it unless I have too because of the weather.
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Re: Do you wear your " Helmet "

Post by suvcw04 » Fri Feb 05, 2016 2:43 pm

Apparently, a lot of motorcycle riders are not aware of the thousands of people who live in fear that they will die before an organ donor is found. The next time you ride, consider their plight. STOP WEARING YOUR HELMET.

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Re: Do you wear your " Helmet "

Post by julimike54 » Fri Feb 05, 2016 4:34 pm

Short or long answer??????????? In between, younger not always, but always when dirt riding. Older wear it 99% of the time & it's a full face. When it gets to be 104F here I still ride with the helmet and find it actually is a shade tree for my head, same with the gear. Sun baking you is HOT! Sun baking your gear is hot, same with wind either HOT or hot :lol:
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Re: Do you wear your " Helmet "

Post by RFW&LMW » Fri Feb 05, 2016 6:19 pm

Helmets have been mandatory here in Ontario Canada for longer than I can remember. When I first began riding, 50 some odd years ago we could still go bare headed, now I feel uncomfortable without it on.

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Re: Do you wear your " Helmet "

Post by CaNorseman » Mon Feb 08, 2016 11:09 pm

To Oldzx. I I have an inexpensive Bilt Modular helmet. I ride with chin up or down depending on weather. it has a shield and a separate sun visor. Great in wind, and nice to have options of level of free air. Versatility of the modular is great.

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Re: Do you wear your " Helmet "

Post by bobbybiscuit » Sun Feb 14, 2016 3:54 pm

I always wear a helmet because its the law in the UK. But I would always wear one to keep my "noddle box" safe. Yes its great to have the wind blowing in your hair as i did before it came law to wear one but seen too many accidents where the head has been saved from severe damage.

I have 3 crash helmets to wear depending on the bike I am riding.

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Re: Do you wear your " Helmet "

Post by brettchallenger » Tue Feb 16, 2016 9:28 am

Yes its great to have the wind blowing in your hair
Wearing a helmet is one of the few times when I can pretend that I actually have hair!

You wouldn't catch these two without a helmet doing this:-

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Re: Do you wear your " Helmet "

Post by liflyboy » Thu Feb 18, 2016 3:29 pm

I always find these conversations interesting. I've been riding for 50 years, and have always worn a helmet.

But. . .
In everything we do, we manage risk. We all (on this forum) drive MOTORCYCLES! You've already decided it's worth the risk to shun 4 wheels, and roll around on 2, and there's no denying that biking IS more dangerous than Caging, so now you feel a need to marginally reduce that risk by putting on helmet, boots, gloves, armoured gear, etc.

I love motorcycling, and I am aware that it is MUCH more dangerous that driving my car. I have examined the risk, and decided that the fun outweighs the risk. I'm sure all of you agree, otherwise you just would not do it. Take up tennis!

Then I have decide that wearing a helmet is, for me, mandatory. BUT, when the weather gets crazy hot, I decide that the Jacket, gloves, chaps, etc are NOT mandatory. Again, it's safer with ATGATT, but, when the temp is 100 plus (southern California, here), I'll take the small additional risk to not end up a puddle in the saddle.

Sometimes, on group rides, I see guys wearing no jacket, but gloves. They look at me, wearing no jacket, no gloves, like I was riding naked!

I guess what I'm trying to say here, is, you weigh the risk, ride a motorcycle if you like, wear any and all gear you feel you want, but don't criticize someone who makes a slightly different assessment of the risk/reward equation.

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Re: Do you wear your " Helmet "

Post by cruiser1800 » Thu Feb 18, 2016 6:57 pm

The wife and I wear helmets, glove, chaps, jackets all the time, regardless of the heat. Most of the year everything is leathers, it is rare for me to see someone on a wing wearing chaps. But last May if we had not had full set of leathers on, helmets, the works, we would been dead. We had a cop broad side us, we were doing about 40, the report said we were laying on the pavement about 40 feet from where we were hit. My helmet and leathers were badly damaged from the
Asphalt and we are still recovering. We were on a Goldwing trike, if we would have been on a two wheeler, we wouldn't have survived.
I hate wearing them, but you have to do what you feel is best for you.

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Re: Do you wear your " Helmet "

Post by LloydB » Thu Feb 18, 2016 11:44 pm

I consider helmet use "survival of the fittest", but a lot of non riders think that about all of us who choose to ride motorcycles.
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Re: Do you wear your " Helmet "

Post by mightymousesr » Sun Feb 28, 2016 10:17 am

Here in Arizona wearing a helmet isn't required but if you're bike doesn't have a windshield you do need goggles or glasses. I believe When its my turn to go helmet or no I'm a gonner. My wife and I wear: summer, we wear shorts or levis with a T shirt. I'll wear mechanics type gloves because the heat will burn the end of your fingers when running along yet the they breath and allow the sweat to evaporate "kind of like having evap coolers on my hands". Winter we'll add leather chaps with our levis and a warm jacket with gloves and boots Shoei Neo-tech Modulars with Scala riderG9x intercoms when we ride our trike, sometimes I'll wear my Shoei Platinum open face W/intercom instead. Ocasionally I'll jump on one of my several bikes with a ball cap or my open face on and go get a burger or parts. I did this one time with my Triumph America, Tee shirt, shorts, and tennys no helmet or hat. Got rear ended at an intersection by a guy texting. Totaled my bike with 2009 miles on it I didn't get a scratch " knock on wood " I got lucky. One of my best friends and his wife just finished a west coast ride from Phoenix, L.A., up the coast to Seattle back down through Salt Lake City to home, They always wore riding clothing w/armor, boots, full face helmets, He went on a local ride with a buddy that had come down here from Illinois with his bike. A car pulled out to pass on a two lane and forced them off the road they both died in the accident. I wear tennys guys laugh at me and say I should wear boots. Look through different motorcycle accidents and look around almost every accident you'll see tennys or boots pull on and tie up laying around having come off in the impact. It just shows me " when its time to go its time to go". This is just my own opinion! No Lectures needed.

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Re: Do you wear your " Helmet "

Post by Jim1 » Sun Feb 28, 2016 11:17 am

Helmet laws don't work I wonder if instead insurance laws would work. The insurance company doesn't have to pay for injuries sustained by motorcyclist not wearing a helmet.
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Re: Do you wear your " Helmet "

Post by mightymousesr » Sun Feb 28, 2016 11:46 am

Then we don't have freedom of choice! Isn't that one of the things we love about America?

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Re: Do you wear your " Helmet "

Post by Jim1 » Sun Feb 28, 2016 11:56 am

mightymousesr wrote:Then we don't have freedom of choice! Isn't that one of the things we love about America?
All laws compromise freedom in one form or another. The most affective laws are the ones that also affect the wallet.
Obtaining the maximum enjoyment from operating a motorcycle is a mind game. Keep the mind on the ride from exiting the friction zone to kick stand down at the end of the ride.

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Re: Do you wear your " Helmet "

Post by Grindl » Mon Feb 29, 2016 8:39 pm

To Jim1 : You need to stop putting out false information about insurance payments regarding motorcycle helmet usage , and stop trying to scare people to your "WE THINK" mentality . Arizona does NOT have a mandatory helmet law , and those of us who buy our insurance in Arizona ARE fully covered whether we are wearing a skid-lid , or not . Really get a bit tired of all you people who think YOU know what's best for everyone else .
Frankly Sir ; When you start paying for my bike , my gas , oil , tires , batteries , and insurance ...You can then tell me what I have to wear when I'm riding . I've managed fifty-three years of riding without your counsel , or advice . Or your "snarky" little comments towards anyone who expresses a opinion contrary to your ideology regarding helmet usage .
I've survived 50-60,000 miles a year without a helmet for all those years , so either I'm the luckiest S.O.B. in the world , or I've learned something about riding a motorcycle . And I ride TWELVE months a year . Not three or four , when the weather is "Nice & Sunny". Save it for the pulpit !

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Re: Do you wear your " Helmet "

Post by mightymousesr » Mon Feb 29, 2016 9:17 pm

Grindl, I agree with everything you said! Especially about the "snarky" comments.

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Re: Do you wear your " Helmet "

Post by koyote » Mon Feb 29, 2016 11:44 pm

I have three. An LS2 3/4 that I really like for summer short trips. AN LS2 flip up full face that I think I am starting to like slightly better because of reduced noise, but which purely sucks for fogging.

And a skid lid pot. That's my "ride around the section" or run to harmon junction (the local store). Pretty much like wearing no helmet, I know.

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Re: Do you wear your " Helmet "

Post by Jim1 » Tue Mar 01, 2016 7:51 am

Jim1 wrote:
mightymousesr wrote:Then we don't have freedom of choice! Isn't that one of the things we love about America?
All laws compromise freedom in one form or another. The most affective laws are the ones that also affect the wallet.
Another thing we love about America, is riding without helmets in states that have laws against it were voted the right to fine and incarcerate repeat offenders.
Obtaining the maximum enjoyment from operating a motorcycle is a mind game. Keep the mind on the ride from exiting the friction zone to kick stand down at the end of the ride.

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Re: Do you wear your " Helmet "

Post by Grindl » Tue Mar 01, 2016 1:51 pm

I wear a helmet where I am "FORCED" to do so by the NANNY STATES and those who think as you do , jim1 ....that only you and people like you think you have the right to FORCE your views on others . Pathetic ....so pathetic .

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Re: Do you wear your " Helmet "

Post by Jim1 » Thu Mar 03, 2016 10:51 am

Perhaps a better solution is to change law makers.
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Re: Do you wear your " Helmet "

Post by Grindl » Thu Mar 03, 2016 11:59 am

Real , True American conservatives are working hard to accomplish that very thing . Clean out the cronyism , sellout politicians in the District of Corruption , and reduce the size of this bloated socialist , Nanny-state govt. is our main objective . Step two ; would be the total and complete end of Political Correctness , or rather "In-correctness", designed to silence anyone who supports the ideas of personal responsibility , mature behavior , and support of the individual independence this nation was founded on. Not the Marxist , Saul Olinsky model being followed by the Demon-crat party of today . I'm sure John Fitzgerald Kennedy is spinning in his grave , seeing what is happening in this anti-military , anti-police , anti-freedoms , anti-privacy nation today . All brought to you by the party of the KKK .The Demon-crats .
Step three ; and the most important is a return to actual Constitutional principles ! Not as re-defined by so-called "Liberal Scholars" within the cloistered walls of academia , but as they are written by the Founders ! Period .
Personal freedom to CHOOSE not to wear a helmet also carries personal responsibilities . I have and wear my DNR medallion & DNR card in my wallet . I have $10,000.00 personal life insurance , and a copy of my living will is in my bike . And I am NOT a organ donor . I have taken care of my health and my body for sixty-six years . Why should I give my organs to someone who has abused there body and health to maintain their lives , when they will only continue with that same negligent and abusive behavior ........SUBJECT COVERED ! I'm outta here .

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Re: Do you wear your " Helmet "

Post by suvcw04 » Thu Mar 03, 2016 12:32 pm

So, it's official. Grindl will be moving to Canada after November 1st.

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Re: Do you wear your " Helmet "

Post by greenbaypackfan » Thu Mar 03, 2016 2:44 pm

I don't always wear a helmet. I have noticed more and more wearing theirs. I had mine on one day heading to work and a turkey flew up and hit me in the head at 60mph. Without the helmet I would have been seriously hurt or worse. Now I wear it almost all the time.



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