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Re: No helmet

Post by Saintjude33 » Tue Oct 02, 2018 6:46 am



I'm very glad this was put up- I'm actually a Fire/First Responder member in NWCT that gets a very high amount of traffic, and my wife works at one of the larger hospitals in the area. I see a lot of people on two wheels concerned about early riding season up here due to sanding of the roads, but a lot of the concern disappears by September and October with them becoming comfortable in the saddle. We are actually coming into a very dangerous time in New England- leaves on the ground and antlered friends can cause havoc. We have had two serious motorcycle accidents in the past 10 days, one HD taking out a 6-point buck, and a pair of riders colliding with each other. The first ended up in a passenger going over the driver and a compound fracture of the lower leg, luckily the HD rode away at the end of the day, but the back-seater is still in rehab for the leg. The second was a windy road on a beautiful Sunday late afternoon, and it appears that one rider had become complacent, and bang, collides with the other. Both bikes on a flatbed, and both riders to the ER with minor injuries. CT keeps trying to pass a helmet law, and we're pocketed by NY, MA, and RI, all of which have them. To me it's silly not to wear one.

I keep a pack on any bike I ride (one wing and a pair of Viragos,) and have basic EMR training- I think everyone should have it, and this just reinforces that fact. Red Cross classes are cheap, and if you have a friend with you who goes down, it's worth every penny.



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Re: No helmet

Post by dokrok5150 » Tue Oct 02, 2018 2:50 pm

I have always worn a helmet when I ride. Years ago I road with a group of friends in Green Bay, WI. Wisconsin is a helmet optional state. My friends were Harley guys and I was the GL1000 rider. None of my Harley buddies wore a helmet and always gave me crap for wearing my Bell full face. I tried to explain that as a former racer I knew that I could break many things on my body and walk away but if I broke my head it was over. They all laughed. One friend rode his girlfriends Harley as he was saving money for his own. He finally got his bike and we took a ride. One of the places we'd ride to was a little beach bar on the bay. Two lane, winding black top road with a final sharp left-hander before the bar. I was always careful on that turn because of sand being kicked up onto the roadway from passing cars. My friend washed out the front end and went down. He wasn't going more that 15 mph. Hit his head on the blacktop and was gone. Not another mark on him. A half helmet would have saved his life and let us all make fun of him for falling down on his new bike. Instead we were his pallbearers.

Such a waste. But... he looked cool.

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Re: No helmet

Post by dingdong » Wed Oct 03, 2018 7:16 am

This thread should be combined with "The idiots are out there" thread. Not meaning to be disrespectful to anyone. JMHO.
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Re: No helmet

Post by WingAdmin » Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:31 am

dingdong wrote:
Wed Oct 03, 2018 7:16 am
This thread should be combined with "The idiots are out there" thread. Not meaning to be disrespectful to anyone. JMHO.
This accident was not caused by an "idiot in a cage" - from what the witnesses said, it was entirely the motorcyclist's fault. Following too close, not paying attention, improper braking, locking up rear wheel, not wearing proper safety equipment. A huge accident chain, and he checked every box. Still feel bad for him, but he really did it to himself.

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Re: No helmet

Post by dingdong » Wed Oct 03, 2018 3:41 pm

Actually Scott, the "idiots in a cage" aren't the idiots I was referring to. Works both ways.
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Re: No helmet

Post by DarthJ » Thu Oct 04, 2018 12:07 am

Great idea on the quickclot, those products are an amazing way to stop bleeding. I have two kits on my bike, one, standard "boo-boo" kit, band aids, neosporin, advil, etc, in a nice red zippered bag (from Target, they have them occasionally, lots of pockets for items) and a second, "trauma" kit, military type dressings, a tourniquet, second set of nitrile gloves, etc in a MOLLE pouch. That one I call the "911 bag" cause if I have to use it, EMS is getting called. I do need to add the quikclot to that and to the other though.
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Re: No helmet

Post by tamathumper » Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:13 am

My trauma kit arrived today.
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Re: No helmet

Post by Vet82 » Thu Oct 04, 2018 11:22 am

Hi All, interesting comments so far.

I an located in the United Kingdom and teach Motorcycle First Aid courses locally and nationally. Take a look at the link below for further information.

http://www.kjtrainingsolutions.co.uk/mo ... t_aid.html

To help fellow Goldwing riders attached is a motorcycle bespoke kit.

Ride Safe all.
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Re: No helmet

Post by nwkwinger » Thu Oct 04, 2018 4:47 pm

Unless I'm going just one or two blocks, I always wear a helmet. It doesn't matter whether I'm on a street, dirt bike, or ATV. My saying is "Stupid can happen at any time!"

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Re: No helmet

Post by Mh434 » Thu Oct 04, 2018 6:24 pm

I won't even move my bike up the driveway without my helmet on...people have died simply by dropping their bike at a standstill & smacking their head on a rock. For the minuscule amount of time & effort required, it's not worth taking a chance, IMHO.

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Re: No helmet

Post by landisr » Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:23 am

Brettchallenger: Now that's using your head for something other than a helmet rack. :lol:

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Re: No helmet

Post by tamathumper » Sun Oct 07, 2018 11:06 am

I'm wearing my helmet right now.
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Re: No helmet

Post by RockportDave » Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:35 pm

I won’t get on the bike to move it or ride it without my helmet on although it is a half helmet (Daytona Skull Cap with a visor). It gets hot in South Texas and as the weather cools I will wear a 3/4 or full face.
I know what it is like flying 30 feet through the air saying “this is gonna hurt” quite a few times before I finally landed on the helmet sliding another 30 feet on the helmet. A $2 black and white ex cop helmet bought at Goodwill and it saved my life.
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Re: No helmet

Post by echinus1988 » Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:04 pm

I can relate to this. After many miles of riding I had my first accident. It was low speed and my fault. But I was wearing a helmet, jacket, gloves, and blue jeans (yes, I know).

I clipped the other bike, sent me down and over the fairing of the motorcycle and merrily rolling down the street.

I got up, lifted the bike with help and took off. I didn't remember a thing about the crash! I rode about 3/4 of a mile and told my son I didn't feel well and could we pull over. We did on a side street. After the third time of asking him where the trim had come from in my trunk he was concerned. I still had no recollection of crashing. Needless to say, even though I was pretty confused yet, I agreed to have an ambulance come out and pick me up.

Long story short, I had a mild concussion but the helmet took all the damage. Including the damage that would have been on the left side of my head and face had I not been wearing it. I know it would have been much more serious had I not been geared up.

So, it may be a choice and my choice is I will wear a helmet and other safety gear as I can afford.



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