This kind of thread usually brings out the best in everyone. I have always worn a helmet for the most part, usually a 3/4 but some kind. There was a time when I might make a quick trip to the store w/o one but I haven't done that in a long time. I also don't allow anyone to climb on the back of my bike w/o a helmet. I Have lost several friends over the years, and have the wife of a close friend in the neighborhood that suffered a devastating brain injury about 5 years ago that has wrecked their lives - a helmet would have prevented all of the above. Then I also lost a friend in a bike crash that did have a helmet on it didn't save him. Clearly, wearing a helmet is not going to save or prevent serious injury to every motorcycle accident victim, but it will save some of them and prevent many serious injuries. Here in NM, you don't have to wear a helmet if you are at-least 18 and I agree with this. I strongly believe in helmet use on a motorcycle and will recommend helmet use to any motorcyclist seeking advice. With that said, I also strongly believe that it is a personal choice that each of us adult motorcycle drivers should make ourselves without the interference of legislation or harassment from do-gooders. What is the helmet law in your area and What's your take on this ?