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Helmet law

When we ride the goldwing we wear helmets most of the time.
Yesterday we spent the day here in Eurika and decided to make it helmet free . Its very pleasant .
We understand the danger of it so no lecturing needed.
I checked what Missouri's law is and to my surprise they need a helmet to ride.
In my opinion it should be left up to the adult rider to decide

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I agree, it should be up to the individual, same for seat belt laws and I do always wear a helmet and use seat belts in cars.

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Oklahoma requires helmets below the age of 21.

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I agree!! Coming from a State (Illinois) that had no helmet law, to a State that has a helmet law (Tennessee) I feel it should be left up to the rider to make the decision...

That said, I think your a fool not to wear a a helmet ALL THE TIME!!!

Speaking from experience, having a VERY bad accident back in the 70's where I came down on my head and left shoulder at 50MPH, I can assure you I would have been a carrot today (if I survived at all!!) if I had not been wearing my helmet that day!!!

Made a believer out of me... Only time I do not wear a helmet is if I am checking for noises on the bike and even then I am only riding around the block in the neighborhood...

Just my opinion, and we all know what those are worth, eh???

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If you don't wear a seat belt or a helmet and you don't have proper insurance to cover your medical expense in case of an accident who do you think will pay the bill? Us, the tax payers. So I think if you have enough insurance to cover your injuries in any accident than you should be able to ride like you want,
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Even if you have adequate insurance it still doesn't protest the rest of us - when insurance companies have to pay out large claims they simply raise everyone's rates to cover their loss. The only way for helmetless riders to insulate other riders is to have a big enough bank account to cover the injuries without having to rely on insurance, or gevernment handouts.

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Well, you can decide to not wear a helmet here too.




One warm moist August day in 2004, wife and I on the 1200 getting ready to pull out onto Blue Ridge Parkway @ Orchard Gap, look up the road and here come a group of bikes (GLs, HDs, etc) coming over slight crest south bound, and as we watch, see a north bound US Park Ranger pass by us & meeting them, and we saw one guy try to put his helmet on while meeting the ranger, and noticed several others not wearing any. Ranger turned around, stopped the group in front of us, across the BRP (there was a paved area there between the BRP & a local road). We watched as he checked each helmet, saw that he even took a couple and placed them in his trunk (I guessed he siezed them as evidence of failing to wear an approved helmet), and he wrote a few tickets, and then he left them there. They came across the BRP to Orchard Gap Deli afterwards, were grousing or b**ching a lot too. I think maybe two of them had good helmets. I told my wife that the guy trying to put a helmet on while meeting the ranger on two lane BRP was probably their downfall, bad move that was. No one ever checked our helmets as we "left" headed on south.


One day while heading north from the office to town for lunch, I met a group of helmetless riders a few miles south of town, and being in uniform in a marked car, I stopped them. They were a group of fellows who had all left their helmets at a motel they were using. Motel was near where I was going to meet the crew for lunch, so I gave them a choice "A" tickets and I leave them .. or "B" one goes with me and gets helmets out of their rooms. They chose "B" and so off he and I go, me to lunch and him to motel. I dropped him off at the motel and I went on to lunch. 45 or so minutes later, there he was in front of the motel standing with like 7 or 8 helmets laying on the ground. I stopped, we put helmets in rear seat, and I took him back to his buddies as I headed back to the office to finish my paperwork. I thought that probably did the most good?
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I asked for no lecturing and here we go.
To you two that mentions others paying for your recovery if you become a vegetable, Id say quit riding a motorcycle. It is inherently dangerous
Because youre wearing a helmet does not mean youre as safe as in a car with the seat belt on. Get a car and dont waste taxpayer dollars in recovering bills.
How you like that?
Are you fat?Do you smoke or drink? Do you eat junk food?
Same applies.Get a life.

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Easy Peter, easy!!! We're just talking here... No need to get upset...
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