Kaptain K, why is it that you and those like you in the ATGATT crowd, feel they are owed an explanation from those who choose not to wear a helmet on any particular day? People I know, myself included, know not wearing a helmet has nothing to do with being macho, why can't you get that?
I never claimed to be owed an explanation from anyone, did I? A question was asked, and I answered it.
Also, I don't technically wear ATGATT, as defined by the Missouri Motorcycle Safety Course. I exclusively wear helmet, long pants, and boots. Usually some form of long sleeves ( because being gingered, I burn easily ), typically gloves ( full or half finger, depends on the weather, mostly ) often a vest ( because wind gets itchy on a hairy chest ). I only wear a full jacket when it's too cold not to, because otherwise it gets too hot, too easily, and mesh jackets are a bit pricy, for no more protection than they actually offer. And I wear my hair tied back, tucked into my shirt, and under a bandana, to prevent hair in my eyes, and tangles.
Everything I wear ( related to riding ) has a function, and everything I don't has a legitimate reason. But it's still not technically ATGATT.
But then again, I guess I don't owe you an explanation, right? You're not allowed to question my choices, after all.
Are you so hung up on your own view of being righteously right that your blinders don't allow for peripheral vision on this subject. You say you support every person to make their own choice on the matter and yet, you qualify it by asking these same people that you say you support, for a reason. Nothing more than words that you can use to belittle them and claim superiority by labeling them just a bunch of macho tough guys who love to bare their hairy chest, doo rags, no teeth and dirty jeans. That's really where you're coming from.
Please show me where I asked anyone anything ( besides in the response directly above this quote ).
You can church it up however you want, but at the end of the day, the only reason to go bare-headed, is to look and feel "cool", and "macho". It's the only effect that going bare gives, that at least a half-shell doesn't.
Maybe it's just sometimes we like the feel of wind in our hair, our faces. We like being able to really hear what is going on around us, to see without having our vision blocked by some man-made, good for us piece of plastic. There is not a damn one of us who does not realize and understand the risk involved. But risk taking has always been a part of enjoying our freedoms. Thank God we still have a few of them left.
And yet, of all of those things you listed, only 1 ( wind in your hair ) can not be equally achieved with a half-shell. And most of them can be achieved with an open face shell. My OF does not obstruct my view of anything, nor my ability to hear. Not in the slightest. If yours does, then you have the wrong size. And most half shells don't cover your ears ( so you have no excuse not to be able to hear ), or have any part of it ( besides the straps ) come below eye level ( so there's no excuse for not being able to see ).
I'm not interested in taking away your freedom. Just your excuses. That's MY freedom. Again, you can use whatever logic makes you feel better, but you're not fooling anyone who's ever actually ridden. Which should be most of the people in this forum.
Supporting someone's rights of choice, does not mean endorsing those choices, and ignoring the BS used to justify those choices. I've heard them all. Almost none of them hold any actual truth, compared to at least a half-shell.
Do whatever you want. It's your life, and your casket. I fully support that. Just don't act like it's anything more than vanity. That's all.