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What helmet do you wear? and why?

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Personally I prefer the full face, I believe it's the safest
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Yeah I do like the idea of the ECE. Maybe some day I'll get in a big enough town with a motorcycle place with plenty of helmets to try on and I'll find an ECE one that fits. I'm sure the helmet I have had the DOT sticker randomly stuck on by some Chinese guy in a back room some where and it was never actually tested or even looked at in any way.
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I'll always wear my full-face Shoei helmet, the protection and comfort from wearing a full face is irreplaceable for me. I have Sena Bluetooth setup for my girlfriend and I and it's so nice to be able to talk while we ride.
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Personally I prefer the full face, I believe it's the safest
I wear a half helmet with built in visor. I know that a full face is safer, but I live on the Gulf Coast and the heat was unbearable when I wore a full face.
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Some years ago I ( 1990 ) I returned to riding bikes. I needed a helmet. An NHRA TF tuner buddy suggested a Simpson. ( Bill Simpson was his friend & sponsored his team)
I said, " sure! ". I went to Simpson Racing ( Torrance, Ca) and got measured. A week later I got a helmet in the mail.
Then a couple weeks later I got another version ( Voyager w/ nomex ).... then another one. And an open face 'NASCAR' style. Finding out Bill Sinpson was sending me 'blem' versions. Each helmet had different uses.

The only time I wore an open face is when I rode around town. Full face everywhere else.

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Expose your face, lose your face. It reminds me of those "kiss your ass goodbye" designer leathers with the uncovered butts. Dress for the slide, not the ride.
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HJC full face. It was the most comfortable full face for me.
I was very glad I was wearing a full face Bell the one and only time I ever came off a bike.
Wouldn鈥檛 even contemplate riding on the road without a full face.

Without considering the possibility of a crash. It gets well covered in bugs and Ive had a few fairly hard hits on the highway which I think were a lot more solid than just bugs.
Each to your own I guess.
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I have a Fulmer open face helmet that I really like but it still feels a bit heavy on long, high speed rides. I'm thinking of going to a half helmet even though I know there are safer options such as full face helmets. I hate helmets but always wear something. Mainly to keep the wife happy. I ride with a lot of Harley pilots who never wear helmets. One clown who rides with us leaves the house with a helmet on and then straps it to the bike the first time he stops. This makes zero sense to me because imagine how stupid you would feel if you crashed with a helmet strapped to the bike.
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Won't matter much if the helmet is strapped to the bike, home on a shelf, still in the store or anywhere else when your head biffs the pavement. The goo on the pavement will not care a whit about your reasoning for not separating your head from tarmac. Not what thinking men do.
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I'm a firm believer in your head, your choice.
My choice is a full face helmet, all the time.
I had a half helmet or two, then a 3/4, then I decided I liked the safety of the full face, not to mention the silence and wind protection it provides. I had a few from HJC and Bilt that were OK but then I found an Arai that fit me like it was made for me, light as a feather and so comfortable I can literally wear it for days without even realizing it's on my head. It was definitely NOT cheap but it's proven worth every penny.
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I wear a half helmet with built in visor. I know that a full face is safer, but I live on the Gulf Coast and the heat was unbearable when I wore a full face.
I live in Arizona. We know heat. I wear a full face helmet 95% of the time. I tell people "I'd rather sweat than bleed"

Bell helmets fit me. But I'm saving up for an Arai. Used to have one, and it was the best helmet I ever had.
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I wear an HJC full face helmet which is Snell rated. I need the Snell rating because I also use thr helmet for sanctioned motorsports (autocross and car track days). However, it is probably a good thing to have that rating. Virtually any helmet can get the silly DOT sticker, and half the DOT stickers on helmets are fake stickers. DOT sticker does not mean anything. You need Snell rating if you want a proven safe helmet. As it happens, very few manufacturers are having their helmets Snell rated anymore. I think the HJC i10 is the only affordable one currently on the market.

I've worn a full face every time I've gotten on a motorcycle because its common sense. I dont want to die or cave in my face. Furthermore, I have caved in a full face helmet in a 40mph high side accident, hit nothing but the pavement. Crushed both eye sockets and my nose. The jaw piece on a full face is flimsy and will collapse in an impact. No helmet is perfect, but it is without a doubt the only thing standing between a rider and death.

Also, wearing a full face makes riding pleasurable. It is no fun having an 80+mph wind in your face.
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I'm a firm believer in your head, your choice.
My choice is a full face helmet, all the time.
I had a half helmet or two, then a 3/4, then I decided I liked the safety of the full face, not to mention the silence and wind protection it provides. I had a few from HJC and Bilt that were OK but then I found an Arai that fit me like it was made for me, light as a feather and so comfortable I can literally wear it for days without even realizing it's on my head. It was definitely NOT cheap but it's proven worth every penny.
I'm fine with people choosing to not wear a helmet, but then why do I have to pay for their hospital bills when they become a vegetable? A person with a debilitating head injury that needs round the clock care runs up about $1m a year in medical expenses and the tax payer has to pick that up, or its paid for by raising other people's insurance premiums.

I'm fine with people doing whatever they want with their life, but if they want me to bail bail them out when the inevitable happens, that's where I take issue.

Same reason we have seatbelt laws. Putting seatbelt laws on the books cut down on automobiles injuries exponentially.

If not a mandatory law, we should find a way to opt those people out of free medical care and also charge them an insurance premium that is in line with their lifestyle and choices.
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I don't know about other tracks, but at Road America your helmet must be either Snell or ECE rated to participate in a track day. DOT won't cut the mustard.
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"Same reason we have seatbelt laws. Putting seatbelt laws on the books cut down on automobiles injuries exponentially."

I absolutely agree with everything you state, EXCEPT, I really think we have too many laws already. The contrarian in me wants to ignore any law that feels unconstitutional. (cough, cough, gun laws, cough cough)

Now, I'd be on board with a law that states tax payers are not responsible for injuries due to not wearing a helmet, or some variation of that verbiage.
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My mind wandered astray and came up with a wild approximation that 70-80 mph is roughly like a dive off a 20-story building. Of course aerodynamics and other factors change everything. Nevertheless, it can work as a visual aid. I do not think there is anything you can wear to survive an impact from that height to a hard, flat surface. You have a chance if the flat surface wears AMA wall pads, but those are not always where you want them. Flip-flopping around while your body gradually skids to a stop, on the other hand, can be dressed for as motorcycle racers prove quite regularly.

How we choose to dress depends mostly on how you answer Dirty Harry's famous question, "Do you feel lucky, punk?"

Who pays for your bad luck is another question altogether that our socialist society answers one way while Libertarians answer another.
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I have read somewhere, that in most accidents, the initial impact is not the worst of it. Its the sliding your head on the pavement for 100 yards that really hurts. Or so they say.
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I have read somewhere, that in most accidents, the initial impact is not the worst of it. Its the sliding your head on the pavement for 100 yards that really hurts. Or so they say.
I have heard all the excuses for not wearing a helmet. "I cant see anything in this thing." "I cant hear in this thing." Its BS and anybody who actually wears a helmet knows this.

But my favorite excuse, and I heard it on here so no offense to whoever it was, "I dont ride over 45mph so I dont need a helmet." Well, I used to work in a hospital and virtually every weekend we had a bunch of people in the ER who were severely injured when standing stationary and fell down and hit their head, and some of them absolutely did die from hitting their head on the ground at 0mph, so 45mph you can definitely buy the farm.

However, I've been in two accidents, both at like 40mph, and the slide damage to me and my clothes was totally nonexistent. Both times I was wearing only a cotton button down shirt and jeans. The only road rash I got was the second accident I must have put both hands out to break my fall because I skinned the bottom of both palms pretty deep (and broke my left wrist). That road rash on my palms was absolutely miserable to deal with and I ALWAYS wear gloves now. But I still feel pretty strongly that road rash or sustained friction injuries are not a big issue at sub-highway speeds, just based on my experience.
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I remember back when the helmet law came into effect in Kalifornia....... The Harley riders claimed the injuries to a body was worse because of a helmet. They claim a head / neck injury was the cause.....
I REMINDED them then reason is because you are STILL ALIVE.
( On hot days I opened up my visor a bit to get some wind in the face..... it seemed to work. ..It just sucked when you had to stop.,...
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Another thing I've been thinking about is that helmetless motorcycle riders are tantamount to landmines for other motorists. Accidents are a fact of life and when you get into a fender bender with a car its no big deal because a few thousand later the cars are fixed and everyone is happy again. But tap a helmetless motorcycle rider and odds are good that it will turn into a multimillion dollar lawsuit.

I compare it to football. Imagine if Tom Brady declared that he would play on Sunday, but he was not going to wear a helmet. And that everyone better be perfect because anyone that injures him is financially liable for his injuries or death. It wouldn't be fair to the other players.

Again, I'm fine with people doing whatever they want with their life, but I don't see why everyone else has to pay for it.

I was thinking about this because we just had a young guy get left turned and killed in my town. The guy that turned in front of him fled and was arrested. But it happened in a 30mph zone. Gotta either be no helmet or reckless speed on the part of the rider to get killed in a 30mph zone. And it just makes me think about mistakes do happen, and often a lot of the responsibility falls on the actions of the rider even though authorities seem to try to spin it another way sometimes.


Edit: I read another article about this and the rider was wearing a helmet, so my uneducated guess is speeding was one of the contributing factors.
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In 1972 I had a Honda CB 350. It had those crash bars. I made a slow left-hand turn.... In a flash I was on the side, scraping along the asphalt, and fascinated as I watched my left turn signal grinding away as I SLID FOR 25 FEET......
( Crash bars allow you to slide further !! ) :unsure:
I don't even remember my helmet barely touching the road.
I bought a new turn signal, and was pissed my muffler had scratches.
No injury....... A different story if I wasn't wearing a helmet.
So,..... besides vehicles..... Oil & Coolant in an intersection will get ya !! And FAST....
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