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I am wanting a new helmet looking real close at the half helmets, i have never had one on my head but they look like it would be cooler in ths Texas heat. I now wear a full or 3/4 with a face shield.
If anyone wears one would you give me you thoughs? :71baldboy:
 

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I'm seriously considering one also. But only for the escorts I do. I think I'll stick to my regular helmet for at speed highway stuff. Unless this thread somehow changes my mind. I know motor cops wear them all the time so not sure.
 

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I wear half-helmets in nicer weather and leave the full face or 3/4 for cool weather riding, but then I am definitely NOT an ATGATT guy.

I have two, one with a flip up/down visor and the other simply open and wear sunglasses with both. Both are DOT approved and satisfy helmet laws. They are way more comfortable IMO but then so are my jeans, t-shirts, regular leather gloves, leather work boots and denim jacket. ;)

Yeah, I'm just a country boy... :p
 

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I wear half-helmets in nicer weather and leave the full face or 3/4 for cool weather riding, but then I am definitely NOT an ATGATT guy.

I have two, one with a flip up/down visor and the other simply open and wear sunglasses with both. Both are DOT approved and satisfy helmet laws. They are way more comfortable IMO but then so are my jeans, t-shirts, regular leather gloves, leather work boots and denim jacket. ;)

Yeah, I'm just a country boy... :p
Yep country boy here too, 68 still wearing jeans T-shirts and boots do't look to good in them but ain't looking for a sweety,
I like the idea of the flip up viser got one on my 3/4.:71baldboy:
 

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Both my bride and I wear half helmets. She's been wearing hers for about 12 years, and I've been wearing this one for about 6 years. (I had another one before that I wore for many, many years, but it finally got too funky and used-up to wear.)

Both of us like the feel of the wind on our faces and enjoy the sound and rush and the feeling. I've thought about getting a 3/4 helmet with a bubble face shield, but after this last ride I don't think I'll ever be interested in that again.
 

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What defined your reasoning on the helmet Eye?

I have a full, a modular, a 3/4 and a half. I usually wear the 3/4 when it is hot and muggy without the shield. That helmet is well ventilated.
 

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They passed a law years ago where I was living making novelty helmets illegal, so I had to get something. A half helmet was the least legal helmet I could find.
 

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I've been wearing half helmets for years.
I have a brand new Outlaw T-68 sitting on the table, ready for a test ride later today.
http://www.leatherup.com/p/Outlaw-T...k-Motorcycle-Skull-Cap-Half-Helmet/97776.html

I had a old T-68 years ago, which did it's job when I hit a turkey in 08. It's hanging in my garage to remind me to keep a lid on.;)

I've had a HCI half helmet for about 5 years and just decided to replace it as the lining was beginning to get hard and tattered.

I had a few concerns about the half helmets with the short pull down visors. I've seen enough other hockey players with cuts on the bridge of the nose from the short visors on hockey helmets to make me think twice about having one on a motorcycle lid. Granted, it's not really the same, but it makes me leery.
I've also found that some 1/2 lids without padded ear straps tend to dig into my jaw when fastened. I prefer the padded straps.
 

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What defined your reasoning on the helmet Eye?

I have a full, a modular, a 3/4 and a half. I usually wear the 3/4 when it is hot and muggy without the shield. That helmet is well ventilated.
I also have the full modular and a 3/4. I quit wearing the modular the thing is so heavy it hurt my neck.

Eye, a lot of guys ride with out a helmet around here, i have an old friend that retired from the hospital as a ER nurse she has got some horror story about people riding with out head gear of any type.:71baldboy:
 

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Both my bride and I wear half helmets. She's been wearing hers for about 12 years, and I've been wearing this one for about 6 years. (I had another one before that I wore for many, many years, but it finally got too funky and used-up to wear.)

Both of us like the feel of the wind on our faces and enjoy the sound and rush and the feeling. I've thought about getting a 3/4 helmet with a bubble face shield, but after this last ride I don't think I'll ever be interested in that again.[/QUOTE]

Sorry, I should have been more specific. My question is what made you decide not to go to a 3/4 ever?
 

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Both my bride and I wear half helmets. She's been wearing hers for about 12 years, and I've been wearing this one for about 6 years. (I had another one before that I wore for many, many years, but it finally got too funky and used-up to wear.)

Both of us like the feel of the wind on our faces and enjoy the sound and rush and the feeling. I've thought about getting a 3/4 helmet with a bubble face shield, but after this last ride I don't think I'll ever be interested in that again.[/QUOTE]

Sorry, I should have been more specific. My question is what made you decide not to go to a 3/4 ever?
Oh. I see. Well...

A 3/4 with a bubble shield would have so many advantages: It would be safer then a half helmet; It would keep the bugs and grit from hitting most of my face; It would provide more facial protection in the event of a crash; I wouldn't have to wear a bandana or schampa to protect my nose and cheeks from sunburn and windburn; I wouldn't have to slather on SPF every hundred miles, and there's likely many more advantages.

But I think I realized that it would also isolate me a little bit more from what I truly love. I love the wind rushing past my ears and on my face. I like the sound, and the feel and the sensations of riding. I like the roar and vibration, and the bugs and the sweat, and the leg cramps and the smells, and everything else that comes with rolling over the miles on a motorcycle.
 

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Eye, a lot of guys ride with out a helmet around here, i have an old friend that retired from the hospital as a ER nurse she has got some horror story about people riding with out head gear of any type.:71baldboy:
I bet she does have more then a few horrible stories! (I've got a few of my own, unfortunately.) She's also likely seen many, many more deaths caused by smoking and eating too much fat, but those don't cause quite the horrific reaction that motorcycle accidents do.:)
 

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The main reason we have face shields on our 1/2 helmets, which are our preferred helmets, is they help keep the rain out of our eyes. We both wear glasses and if they get too wet they blur and fog. The shields reduce that.

Eye, if you and Ms Eye ever come north outa Florida anytime other than summer you might rethink that 3/4 helmet. They help keep your ears warmer and the "cold" rain from running down your neck. ;)
 

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I bet she does have more then a few horrible stories! (I've got a few of my own, unfortunately.) She's also likely seen many, many more deaths caused by smoking and eating too much fat, but those don't cause quite the horrific reaction that motorcycle accidents do.:)
Eye you are so right she does especially the smoking. :71baldboy:
 

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The best helmet I have yet found for hot weather is the Bell Mag 9 and bought two, for my wife and myself from Revzilla for about $175. It is a 3/4 helmet so it gives fairly good crash protection, but what it makes it really nice is that it has both a face shield and a sun visor that both retract almost fully into the helmet. This way you have one or both of these only when needed and when not needed they are out of the way, not blocking your vision or air flow and not just pushed up and getting caught in the wind rush. As an added bonus they are specifically made to accommodate the Sena 10 headset/intercom set up. I bought the helmets to have a good open helmet with a snap down sun visor, and having a full clear visor was just a bonus which comes in very handy when caught in the rain. We added the Sena headsets and while two way communication is not great due to the wind noise picked up by the microphones, having the speakers in the helmet is really nice for a Bluetooth connection to my Garmin GPS (which I could barely hear when moving at speed before I added the headset/speakers). I have been really pleased overall with this Bell helmet and it is just as comfortable as the much more expensive Shoei 3/4 helmet that I previously used.
 

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Most of the riding I have done in my life, was done north of Florida and often in the Winter, Moni. I have no plans to ever do that again. :biggrin:

LOL!!! I pretty much knew that answer was coming Eye. Can't say as I blame you much. There are too many roads and places to explore down there so there's not much reason to come north when it's cold.
 

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I ordered and recieved my new Bell pit boss half helmet took a short ride this morning and there is a big defferance from my 3/4 HJC. The helmet adjust to fit your head and does not move around the integrated deep smoked sun shield is great also a side benefit I can for the first time ever wear my very large behind the ear hearing aids. There are a lot of sounds I was missing also my aids are bluetooth so I can hear on the phone so i lesson to pandora and other internet radio stations. As of right now i am very pleased wit the helmet.
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I bet I'd wear my aid more if it were Bluetooth. But they cost too much to jump at new technology. That sure sounds like a winner there though.
 

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I used to never wear a helmet but it saved my life riding through a state that required it and now I always wear it,mine is a half helmet and I like it because I don't feel smothered in it.
 
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