I can't ride anymore but when I still could it was 100% with, at least, a helmet. Never ridden with flip flops or shorts either.
What if you "only" snag your feet ??Flip flops guy, most of the time . I will die with a smile on my face in FL
And one foot?Flip flops guy, most of the time . I will die with a smile on my face in FL
We know a helmet increases your survival chance but: lets say the guy without helmet would die and the one with helmet will end up in nursing home costing $6000.00 a month. A guy not riding a bike would say we have to ban all bikes not to end up paying $6000 per month. And ban a bunch of sports, and drinking and smoking and....Its a country where one can make a choice (still). Lets respect that.what kind of helmet? 1/2, 3/4, FULL? TOP OF THE LINE $$$$ or E bay special? just out of idle curiosity. I wear the half helmet, I putter around town mostly, it is HOT here most of the time. I shd wear more of a helmet, I have full helmet, motocross and street, it would help keep the wind out of my ears and maybe my ears wouldn't ring .... quite so much after I ride around town for a bit? but I couldn't hear the stereo or cars, but I can do w/o the stereo and mirrors adj properly I can see the cars... if I am paying attn.
When I was younger, I wanted a bike, the folks said,"NO!!!! when u get out on ur own u can do whatever u want" in the meanwhile, the ppl that I knew that had bikes .... had ... "problems." woman driving into the sun turned LEFT in front of my guy, he caught his leg between the bike and the bumper of the car... they shortened is leg ~1.5" as the bone was shattered... so they had to go into the other leg and shorten it the same amt so he wouldn't walk in circles. his gf, riding on the back was thrown clear. I don't remember if they had their helmets on, probably not, this is not a "helmet" state
Other guy had a mini bike, 3/4 helmet, dumped the bike going down a hill; he said his sister, who was riding on the back of the bike rode his head down the hill. he had gravel in his cheek ... the rest of his days. yes, it is a person's choice (except in helmet law states), BUT if a person has a traumatic brain injury and is disabled the rest of their days in a nursing home costing the taxpayers ~ $6000 A MONTH for the rest of the person life because they didn't wear a $50-$100 helmet? I can see how the states/gov is mandating helmet laws. $10,000 insurance in FL instead of a helmet? $10,000 can be used up in ONE DAY in an "incident" in ER. $100,000+ would be more appropriate... and even that might not be enough.
I read in Money magazine, how ppl have MINIMUM liability insurance of $50,000 per person on their vehicles. depending on their financial "exposure" (how much they have to lose in court in an accident) the MINIMUM that a person should carry for LIABILITY PER PERSON in the other vehicle is $100,000 PER PERSON. Yes, it costs a little more, but... $50,000 is not very much $$$$ with increasing hospital bills and "other" liabilities. took defensive driving class here, the instructor stated that ~33% of the ppl in this state do NOT have liability insurance? Uninsured/UNDERINSURED MOTORIST coverage went from being part of liability insurance... to $5 for 6 months... to a LOT MORE NOW... well, not a LOT more, just More... like... $55 for 6 months?
I read MC books and it has stats in there abt helmets... and how MC accidents really started to GO UP ... about the time that cell phones REALLY became common...and the price of gas went UP. I wear white shirt when I ride, extra lights gives most ppl pause when they see the bike as ppl notice things that stand out from the everyday. expect ppl to run stop signs, turn LEFT in front of us, dogs to run in front of us, gravel/leaves/diesel/oil/antifreeze/potholes....
people WILL walk out in front of your vehicle and do not even bother to look before walking out into the street???? (HINT: if people are by the side of the road/vehicle SOUND THE HORN AND WAVE SO THEY NOTICE YOU as they WILL WALK RIGHT OUT IN FRONT OF YOU and act like, "wow, I didn't THINK there were are cars on the road today?" people that don't have any lights on their bicycles, walk at night with BLACK CLOTHES ON and NO lights?
Just think, this is only the first discussion of many for the year on the subject. Each one is sure to have its share of derogatory comments (idiots, fools, stupid, dumb, etc...) about members that choose to ride without a helmet. But not once is a similar comment made towards those that choose to wear a helmet. :?So, after this thoughtful discussion, I wonder how many people have changed their view or their behavior?
It is like a good political debate, which changes people's thinking!
Maybe it's because none of those comments apply to those who choose to wear a helmet. I don't play Russian roulette either.Just think, this is only the first discussion of many for the year on the subject. Each one is sure to have its share of derogatory comments (idiots, fools, stupid, dumb, etc...) about members that choose to ride without a helmet. But not once is a similar comment made towards those that choose to wear a helmet. :?
Yep a real "family atmosphere"...
Please don't get me wrong..... I'm not trying to force anyone to wear a helmet.... I know I can't do that, and I wouldn't want to impose my will on anybody when it comes to this sport.....or lifestyle, if you wish. What I'm trying to do is impress upon everyone the fact that both my wife and I should have died in 2007; the doctors, the Michigan Police Officer, the nurse in the car behind us.... all have said we would have died had we not been wearing full face helmets. In the nine years since the accident, we've been to Europe twice (riding the Dolomites in the Italian Alps, the Norwegian fjords!), we've been to Hawaii and rode the Hana Highway and the Haleakala road in the dark (28 miles, 10,000 elevation gain!), we've done the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton, we saw our son graduate with an Architecture degree, we saw the same son married on a beach in Hawaii, I earned my National number from the National Ski Patrol (one of the highest honors the patrol can bestow!), I've slept beside my lovely wife in a tent under starry skies for literally hundreds of nights.....I've climbed some mountains, vanquished some enemies, and bounced lovely babies on my knees.... We've done all that in the nine years since our one and only accident in 350,000 touring miles... all that..... And we would have missed all that if we hadn't been wearing our full-face helmets that one afternoon in Michigan..... No, I'm not trying to make anyone wear a helmet, but I'll beg you to.... I will do that.You are courageous sir, if I(we) were to encounter such an experience and live thru it my riding career would be over. But since I dont wear a helmet my visibility is not impeded by it and the deer alert I have on the bike keeps the deer away.
The last sentence was for entertaining value only. Did I mention that drunk driving also confuses the deer as they dont know where you are exactly headed.