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billbob
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helmet

Postby billbob » Mon Aug 25, 2014 7:46 pm



What type of helmet do you ride with? Shorty ,3/4 open face or full face and why? :?:



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HawkeyeGL1200
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Re: helmet

Postby HawkeyeGL1200 » Mon Aug 25, 2014 8:06 pm

I've always worn a full-face helmet. Over the years, I've actually purchased two half-helmets and one modular full-face helmet, but have always felt "naked" with anything except a full faced helmet on my head when riding.

A good friend of mine was in a wreck while wearing a full faced helmet. If it weren't for the chin protection the helmet provided, he may be drinking his food through a straw.

That's why I wear what I wear.

I lost a friend many years ago to a motorcycle wreck. He wasn't wearing a helmet. He is one of the lives that probably would have been spared had he worn even a half helmet. An inexperienced rider, he hit a patch of sand that had washed on an interstate on-ramp after a rain. He low-sided it and the back of his head hit the road, causing enough brain trauma that he died before he made it to the hospital.

I know some folks won't wear a helmet because they feel it is some kind of statement about individual freedom or rights. I'm not sure exactly why it is so important to them to ride without, but I don't feel it is my mission in life to try to change how they feel. I know a lot of people believe a helmet is useless above a certain speed, and that all it provides is a pretty corpse. The problem I have with that line of reasoning is, we ride at various speeds under all manner of conditions. I feel like my life is far more in danger at an intersection in town than it is at 70 MPH on the interstate...

You didn't ask for all this LOL.. so I'll shut up now. Full face is always my choice.
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robb
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Re: helmet

Postby robb » Mon Aug 25, 2014 9:04 pm

Half helmet when required. When not required by law, I don't wear one.

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Re: helmet

Postby brettchallenger » Mon Aug 25, 2014 9:10 pm

When you are as ugly as I am, a full face helmet is a must.
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Re: helmet

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Aug 25, 2014 9:16 pm

I've only ever worn a full-face helmet, and feel naked on my bike without it. My first helmet saved my life 28 years ago when I got hit by a pickup truck, so I'll never go without.

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Mag
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Re: helmet

Postby Mag » Mon Aug 25, 2014 10:08 pm

Full Face most of time (when cold out, etc., etc.), 1/2 when it is warm. I have enough room on the bike to carry both so no problem switching back and forth. Still getting used to the 1/2 helmet, it is definitely a different feeling (I hear more, feel the wind more, more connected with the elements).

Both are Scorpions with the slide down tinted visor due to wearing glasses.

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Re: helmet

Postby Fiberthree » Mon Aug 25, 2014 10:26 pm

Full face for both my wife and myself. Hers is a flip up and mine a Simpson motorcycle Bandit. I enjoy the mental security of not financing a dentists trip to Tahiti if I should ever fall off face first.
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Re: helmet

Postby cbx4evr » Mon Aug 25, 2014 11:02 pm

Full face. Always have, always will.
"It´s a friggen motorcycle, it´s not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you s**t your pants every now and then. "

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Re: helmet

Postby Overdog » Tue Aug 26, 2014 4:32 am

Half helmet on short rides in very hot weather, otherwise full face.

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Re: helmet

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Aug 26, 2014 2:08 pm

Fiberthree wrote:Full face for both my wife and myself. Hers is a flip up and mine a Simpson motorcycle Bandit. I enjoy the mental security of not financing a dentists trip to Tahiti if I should ever fall off face first.


We've got a member here who crashed while wearing a flip-up. The chin bar pivot broke on impact, flipped up, and put her face (mouth, nose and chin) into the pavement. I'll stay with my full-face.

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moneypit
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Re: helmet

Postby moneypit » Tue Aug 26, 2014 3:41 pm

Bell mag 9, awesome helmet !!!!!

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redial
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Re: helmet

Postby redial » Tue Aug 26, 2014 6:50 pm

I wear a three quarter helmet (jet style), with sunglasses and a clear perspex (?) visor. I always wear sunglasses, and that is why I found the articles on sunglasses informative.[/color]
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BigBro
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Re: helmet

Postby BigBro » Tue Aug 26, 2014 7:28 pm

Modular at the moment.
My next one will most likely be a traditional full face. Feel somewhat safer out there with the cage commuters.

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Re: helmet

Postby cbx4evr » Tue Aug 26, 2014 9:43 pm

This is the one I want.



"It´s a friggen motorcycle, it´s not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you s**t your pants every now and then. "

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Re: helmet

Postby Mag » Tue Aug 26, 2014 9:56 pm

Ya, but you have to "mortgage the house" for that one.

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themainviking
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Re: helmet

Postby themainviking » Wed Aug 27, 2014 4:14 pm

Three quarter in cold weather, half in warm weather. Way back when I was young and dumb and riding Harleys, if the law said I did not need one, I did not wear one. Had two cars rear end me in those days, and I did not hurt my head or neck, just my arms and legs, and I was wearing leather. Further on in life, a car hit me and I was wearing a helmet. My head did hit the ground, as my neck was not strong enough to hold up the head and the helmet, so I got bounced. Now that I am older, wiser and more frightened, I wear a helmet every time I get on the bike. I still feel it is a personal choice where legalities permit, and I make no judgements on anyone but myself. So, I wear a helmet. I suppose if I wore a full face for a long enough period of time, I would feel I could see again, but those things just feel like they close me in and limit my visibility. Just me.
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Re: helmet

Postby bigbird1 » Mon Sep 01, 2014 7:24 am

I use all three; 1/2, 3/4 and modular (I wear glasses, so no full face).
My favourite is the 1/2, for comfort alone. As the weather gets colder, I will go to the helmets with more coverage and less air leakage. My F6B has an 11"/19" windscreen. With the screen in the 19" position, the 1/2 helmet is fine for noise. In the 11" position, I have no buffeting but lots of wind noise. Then the modular works best.




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