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I've always been a proponent of choice when it comes to helmets. That being said you will never see me ride without one...ever.

I used to ride with a 3/4 helmet until I went down on a dirt road when a car pulled out into me and ended up having the skin on my jaw sewn back on (1975). That made me rethink my choice in helmets. I started wearing full face helmets and lately modular ones. I had a rear tire blow out on my MotoGuzzi in 1977 and I was wearing a Shoei S20 full face helmet. I listened to the road tearing away at my helmet for several hundred feet before the bike and I came to a stop. The entire right side of my helmet was worn away so you could see inside and I walked away without a scratch. ATGATT saved my body and head. Had I not of had the helmet on I would not be here to tell you my story.

So you wear or don't wear what you want. I will always have mine on and fastened.

To whoever above said they had to ride for miles in the wind holding their helmet on with a hand, you have the wrong size helmet. It is way to big for you and could injure you in an accident. It should fit snug all around and you should not be able to lift it up off your head from behind.
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Was in Daytona this past weekend. My son-in-law was driving back to Tampa on Sunday, separate from me, and got whacked about 30 minutes out of Daytona....by a 4x8 sheet of plywood. That would be funny, if it were not. His helmet was carefully placed on the rear seat backrest, not his head. He just left the hospital in Sanford this evening, headed back to Tampa. Fractured clavicle, fractured and depressed orbit, multiple scrapes and abrasions on his face, and a scraped up left hand (he's left handed). A pretty damn good report, considering the possibilities. He had just bought some new glasses at the speedway, and showed them to me right before he left. I didn't put 1+1 together, to realize he was planning on not wearing his helmet. He virtually always wears it, just not on that particular fateful ride. The pickup in front of him was towing a trailer with plywood not secured well enough, and one sheet flew up 15-20 feet in the air (he says) and there were no better options left or right. Surgery has repaired the fractured orbit. A sling will be the treatment for the clavicle. The hand just needs to heal up. Anyway, as a shoutout for humanity, the truck driver stopped to render assistance, and provided insurance to the trooper. They just had a baby on February 3, and really didn't need this. The baby was in NICU for a couple of weeks, and still requires 6 hour catheters from my daughter, his wife, an RN. A helmet certainly would have helped him avoid all the facial damage. On the other hand, I have speculated that a helmet may have caused a neck injury, or spinal damage. So, I'm torn on this one. I wear my helmet 95% of the time, with an occasional ride to the store without. It's just one of those freak things that you cannot see coming, predict, or protect from on a bike. Overall, God was watching over him.

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All of the people who have experienced broken necks due to the increased weight of the helmet are not going to weigh in here and tell us about their experience. Some will tell you that the reason your helmet was skidding on the pavement had to do with extra weight the helmet put on your head which put your head against the pavement. There are quite a bit of arguments going both ways.

I say, I would like to have choice. In 45 years of riding, I have been down once. I probably only have 5 more years of riding. I would gladly take my chances that I will be ok for the remaining time on the bike. Besides, I do enjoy my Nolan, with the integrated headset along with the CB, Am-Fm Radio, the MP3 and the integrated GPS. I just don't want to fully suit up to ride to the post office. I wear it as often as the weather permits and the law demands, which for me, is most of the time.

I feel sorry for the pirates who have to don their whole uniform just to ride to the bar.
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A friend of mine was having a conversation with a retired LEO about carrying protection. The LEO asked why he didn't have protection all the time and was told, "I only carry protection when I think I will need it." The LEO responded saying that he didn't need to carry protection, all he had to do was just not go to the places when and where he would need it. Helmets are a lot like that, just don't ride when and where you will need one.

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Accidents happen most frequently in the 5-10 miles of home, where many of those `I was only running up to`...stories begin.
My brothers Bell Star sits on display with face shield worn thru (from his youth in the 70s) as a reminder to wear proper gear!
I admit to wearing a half helmet sometimes- it is less weight on the neck which helps me ride longer.
As long as nothing is ever on the road, or darts in front of me, or flies off a truck = Im fine!
The days I feel danger may be afoot, full face arai with the shield down.
Have a modular but its weight and balance dont compare to the Arai
Need to have an analysis of my brain done,,is it worth more than $100??

During a recent unplanned conversation with a Hiway Patrol, Harley buddy wearing half helmet and sweat-shirt got full speed ticket, and 2 fix-it tickets!
while I - wearing the Arai with Tourmaster jacket and pants got written for 5mph lower...coincidence or courtesy--as thanks for wearing the gear?!
and the brains to lift when you see a cop!!
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I might not wear a helmet all the time, but I do always use protection. Sun screen, sun glasses and a hat are important. Keeping hydrated is important.

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