Do you wear your " Helmet "


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Re: Do you wear your " Helmet "

Post by echinus1988 » Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:13 am



I know what you're saying. I have no desire to load up on stuff to wear but I am considering it because I think it might be a valuable piece of safety equipment. Maybe I'll decide it isn't but I'm going to look into it either way.

The one I am most interested in isn't the most expensive or the cheapest but when inflated it adds protection to the neck and tailbone areas. I think that is worthwhile and would provide additional protection. Again, I am just starting my investigation into whether it is worth it or not.

I do say I am happy that you recovered from your accident. I went through a very minor one, lower speed but I still came away with a mild concussion and no memory of the crash. In fact, got up, lifted my GL1100 and rode for almost a mile before telling my son I need to pull over because I didn't feel good. Asked him three times where the trim work in my trunk came from before he really got worried. I honestly had no recollection of clipping my soon and crashing. Mine was nothing compared to yours!

I do wear protective gear except for pants but I do have helmet, jacket, gloves, boots and will continue. If I find the vest too much then I guess it will get stored.



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Re: Do you wear your " Helmet "

Post by echinus1988 » Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:16 am

Forgot to mention, I am looking at the high vis.

The Hit Air Motorcycle air bag vest. I'd post a picture but don't have any idea how to do that. The link is:

https://www.amazon.com/Motorcycle-MLV-Y ... B01N4N8O41

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Re: Do you wear your " Helmet "

Post by WingAdmin » Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:41 am

That's a tether type vest - so you have a tether to the bike, and when you come off the bike, the tether yanks on the actuator, which inflates the vest.

My problem with it is that I would go through more CO2 cartridges than gasoline, because I would NEVER remember to unclip that damn tether before I got off the bike!!

If I were to buy one of these, it would be one with an electronic sensor - they can detect when you have come off the bike and inflate automatically, no tether required. Unfortunately, they are much more expensive.

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Re: Do you wear your " Helmet "

Post by Fiberthree » Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:02 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:41 am
My problem with it is that I would go through more CO2 cartridges than gasoline, because I would NEVER remember to unclip that damn tether before I got off the bike!!
:lol: :lol:
I stopped counting how many times I've done that with the helmet headset cord!
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Re: Do you wear your " Helmet "

Post by AZgl1800 » Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:40 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:41 am
That's a tether type vest - so you have a tether to the bike, and when you come off the bike, the tether yanks on the actuator, which inflates the vest.

My problem with it is that I would go through more CO2 cartridges than gasoline, because I would NEVER remember to unclip that damn tether before I got off the bike!!
My helmet comm set is corded also.
Likewise, it reminds me very often "hey dude, take off the helmet" :mrgreen:
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Re: Do you wear your " Helmet "

Post by echinus1988 » Sun Jan 21, 2018 1:23 am

I haven't really seen the no tether type vest or jacket. I'll have to look more into that and see if I have just been unobservant. I wouldn't mind the no tether but I will experiment and see if I can handle the extra gear in hot weather before I go further into it.

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Re: Do you wear your " Helmet "

Post by chrisz » Sun Jan 21, 2018 7:48 am

WingAdmin wrote:
Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:41 am
My problem with it is that I would go through more CO2 cartridges than gasoline, because I would NEVER remember to unclip that damn tether before I got off the bike!!
I wear the Helite air bag vest when touring. I do on occasion forget to tether the vest, so I have attached a 'buckle-up' sticker inside the windshield as a reminder. However, I have never triggered the air bag by forgetting to unclip it from the bike. It takes quite a strong amount of pull to trigger it and you will surely notice the tug of the vest if you forget.

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Re: Do you wear your " Helmet "

Post by WingAdmin » Tue Mar 06, 2018 1:49 pm

I just heard from family that my cousin Randy has been declared brain dead. He was hit while riding yesterday, at low speed. He hit the pavement head first, and suffered no other injuries. Had he been wearing a helmet instead of a baseball cap, he would likely be home with his wife and kids today. Instead he is becoming an organ donor.

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Re: Do you wear your " Helmet "

Post by Stew » Tue Mar 06, 2018 3:14 pm

I'm sorry to hear that. It's especially unfortunate because it sounds like it could've been easily prevented.
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Re: Do you wear your " Helmet "

Post by AZgl1800 » Tue Mar 06, 2018 6:51 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
Tue Mar 06, 2018 1:49 pm
I just heard from family that my cousin Randy has been declared brain dead. He was hit while riding yesterday, at low speed. He hit the pavement head first, and suffered no other injuries. Had he been wearing a helmet instead of a baseball cap, he would likely be home with his wife and kids today. Instead he is becoming an organ donor.

so very sad, prayers for you and the rest of the family to somehow, come to accept this.

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Re: Do you wear your " Helmet "

Post by Rednaxs60 » Tue Mar 06, 2018 7:59 pm

Sorry for your loss. Reinforces how fragile we really are. Our thoughts are with you.
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Re: Do you wear your " Helmet "

Post by gipsy42 » Tue Mar 06, 2018 8:15 pm

Sorry to hear that; sending my condolences; prayers on the way...
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Re: Do you wear your " Helmet "

Post by HALBUDD » Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:36 pm

So sorry to hear this Scott hope his family will be ok. My condolences to you and yours____________Hal
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Re: Do you wear your " Helmet "

Post by garwil » Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:42 pm

My prayers will be lifted up for you and your family.

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Re: Do you wear your " Helmet "

Post by dingdong » Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:37 am

That's too bad Scott. Condolences and prayers sent. Tom
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Re: Do you wear your " Helmet "

Post by minimac » Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:57 am

That's sad, especially for the survivors. That is one of the reasons I always wear my helmet-the other is to protect against abrasions, should I have an off. At highway speeds it probably isn't going to help against impacts that much, but after seeing a guy with his ear, nose, and the side of his face ground off, I'll put up with the "inconvenience" .

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Re: Do you wear your " Helmet "

Post by bluthundr31 » Wed Mar 07, 2018 1:23 pm

Deepest condolences for the loss of a family member and brother-rider.

Our hearts and prayers go out to you and the "family" during this time of grief.

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Re: Do you wear your " Helmet "

Post by Fiberthree » Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:21 pm

So sorry to hear.
My condolences to you and your family for the loss.
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Re: Do you wear your " Helmet "

Post by echinus1988 » Fri Mar 09, 2018 6:12 am

I am so sorry to hear about your loss.

You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

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Re: Do you wear your " Helmet "

Post by Uncle Fester » Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:12 am

So sorry to hear about this loss, prayers lifted up for all you family and friends in this sad time.
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Re: Do you wear your " Helmet "

Post by brian.peters » Sat Mar 10, 2018 11:28 am

This debate is like any other controversial "freedom" topic. Folks will pull any example to justify their position.

Can I see why folks would not want to wear a helmet, yes I can, am I one of them, no I'm not. Will I ever be able to convince someone to wear one, I doubt it.

I guess the bottom line is its a choice. It does affect others, me when you are disabled on on the government dole but there are lots of folks out there that fall into that category. However it affects those that know and love you the most. Are you more likely to live if you wear a helmet, there is no doubt about that. Yes I'm sure a helmet or a seat belt has caused someones death but anything that can happen will eventually so that is not really justification. By not wearing a helmet you are greatly increasing your chance of death. If you are a hermit and have no one in your life I guess it just affects you but if you are reading this I'm don't think that is the case so you are affecting everyone that knows you.

We all do things that are bad for us but this one is very preventable.

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Re: Do you wear your " Helmet "

Post by DarthJ » Sat Mar 10, 2018 1:05 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
Tue Mar 06, 2018 1:49 pm
I just heard from family that my cousin Randy has been declared brain dead. He was hit while riding yesterday, at low speed. He hit the pavement head first, and suffered no other injuries. Had he been wearing a helmet instead of a baseball cap, he would likely be home with his wife and kids today. Instead he is becoming an organ donor.
Sorry to hear that. When i see posts like this, it reminds me why I always put my helmet on. You might think "oh, I'm not leaving the parking lot, I'll be ok" I may leave my jacket off, but helmet and gloves always on.
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Re: Do you wear your " Helmet "

Post by roadlost57 » Sat Mar 10, 2018 6:36 pm

yes always i used to work in a ER i have seen what can happen
had a 76 gl1000 it got ran over,had another 76 wing i road it all over rip with 172050 on it

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Re: Do you wear your " Helmet "

Post by redial » Wed Mar 21, 2018 2:16 am

Since I have been riding, only once did I not wear a helmet (all helmets have to be approved to Australian standards). That was back some years ago, and I had 98cc DKW 2-stroke. Well, I got pulled up at a police road block, and asked to produce my licence. I just got the thing, and had no licence. I bluffed my way through the licence bit, and promised to show a licence at the local police station. The constable on duty knew less than I, so I told Him that the date was the date of renewal and he believed me. In the meantime I have a licence, and a proper helmet, and all the necessary gear that I no longer am fearful of road blocks. I still wear a helmet whenever I am riding - without fail.
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Re: Do you wear your " Helmet "

Post by harveysmedlap » Wed Mar 21, 2018 7:14 am

In fifty years of riding I will admit that on a hot summer day to not wearing a helmit. As I've gotten older and hit twice, I realize how precious life is and always wear a helmit. Of course a helmit does not guarantee you won't be hurt or worse in an accident, but at least I will still have a pretty face! :D



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