There are HUNDREDS of reasons (excuses) NOT to wear a helmet.
There is only ONE reason to wear one.
And that reason should be because the rider CHOOSES to wear one, not forced to wear 4 lbs of plastic that could cause one's neck to break in an accident.
Those who have had broken necks due to helmets are no longer advocating for the use of helmets. They are the dead, silent motorcyclists that can not speak up about it.
The body can take a hit and keep on ticking, but the neck is kinda important and vulnerable. Since there is no evidence to confirm or deny the advantage of the helmet, except over all motorcycle accident statistics as in plural, not each and every accident fully reported, I shouldn't have to wear any potential harm, unless I make the choice to wear one.
If I report that wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle is uncomfortable, it is increases my fatigue factor by 25% and compromises my vision and hearing, why can't my voice as a motorcyclist be heard? Because it is shouted down by the pro helmet people and that I am "crazy and I put this whole nation at risk by the increased costs of me becoming a complete basket case."
But let us clap and applaud those who do this risky motorcycling riding for the sake of riding endurance rides. Let's applaud those who can ride a 1,000 miles in a 24 hour period. Or say 10,000 miles in 10 days. Throw in the 4 corners in that too. Might as well. Gas, go, gas go, gas go. Atgatt, gas go, gas go, Atgatt, gas go. Look what I did, I got a certificate. I can put it in my signature that I am a LD rider. Horay for me. "Make sure you wear a helmet to be safe out there."
5 years later, these riders have sold their bike and are no longer riding. Why, cuz they see how compulsive it has become and they listened to their loved ones about the dangers of just riding around the country, burning up miles just for the hell of it. BUT we did it with the best helmet we could find, so we were safe.
Oh come on now, we all know riders who are no longer riding. Did you ask them why they quit? Be honest with that answer. I have. The reasons are: it is a solo, expensive activity that is not the safest way to spend all of the time doing. They have since developed other hobbies with friends where they can talk and involve the families. They golf, fish, take the grand kids to the zoo and then a picnic. They don't have time to ride much any more.
I am not saying that you shouldn't wear a helmet. I am saying you should have the choice to do so.
Trust me, I will respect you regardless of your views on long distance riding, Atgatt or whatever you choose to make you feel comfortable riding your motorcycle. As long as you don't beat your kids, respect your neighbors and are responsible in of your decisions and that you respect my decisions.
It is called: Mutual respect and admiration.
If my post pissed you off, then you should probably examine your thinking. I didn't attack anyone. I merely pointed at some activities that are not in my favor and my opinion about the crazy way the USA deals with helmet laws. Equal rights under the law?