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View Poll Results: Helmets? Full Face, ½, or Skull Cap?
Full Face 613 49.72%
½ 370 30.01%
Skull cap 176 14.27%
¾ 74 6.00%
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None. I enjoy the freedom of letting my hair blow in the wind and being in tune with my surroundings.
Helmets make me feel like I'm in a bubble. Cutoff from my surroundings. Dulls my senses.
No thanks.
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None. I enjoy the freedom of letting my hair blow in the wind and being in tune with my surroundings.
Helmets make me feel like I'm in a bubble. Cutoff from my surroundings. Dulls my senses.
No thanks.
FYI......Local young Man died yesterday..not wearing one. Riding down a 4 lane road........pedestrian ran across the road....truck slammed on his brakes.....Boy on his Harley swerved, clipped the rear of the truck and went down......massive head injuries.
Your Choice. BTW, when I ride the Sportie here in town (2300 folks)..I usually don't wear mine..but I am ULTRA vigilant at all intersections, rarely deal with traffic and rarely exceed 30 mph. Leaving town.....Full Face is Always on!
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Helmets make me feel like I'm in a bubble. Dulls my senses.
Not nearly as much as 'living' with a head injury. So what is worse a few minutes, or possibly hours, of senses being dulled or possibly a lifetime at less then full capability?


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Have you ever noticed that when a rider gets killed the media reports that he/she wasn't wearing a helmet? And if they got killed while wearing a helmet the media doesn't mention helmets? Whether I think a person should wear a helmet while riding or not doesn't really matter because it should be the rider's preference and personal choice. When I decided to start wearing a helmet, I picked a modular design because it works well for me, wearing glasses, convenience when fueling, etc. The next thing I saw was articles of them not being safe, where the chin bar could get shoved into your brain and on and on. I've heard the " is your head worth $100 or is it worth $900 " I don't care how much they cost if it's not comfortable and convenient it'll only work on a shelf. I rely on my riding skills and like to ride with a little faith in other peoples' driving skills. You can't ride in fear, takes the fun out of it.
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Have you ever noticed that when a rider gets killed the media reports that he/she wasn't wearing a helmet? And if they got killed while wearing a helmet the media doesn't mention helmets?
The media has their own agenda and why I never put much stock in their information. On LE accident reports there are check boxes for all passive safety devices and that gets tabulated by the NHTSA every year. That is where you will find reliable information that is used in safety research.

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The next thing I saw was articles of (modular) not being safe, where the chin bar could get shoved into your brain and on and on.
The safest helmets are full-face, The data is not conclusive on the modular, but they can't be any worse than 3/4 (which is what I wear) and definitely better than 1/2. If you hit hard enough to collapse the chin piece on the modular you would have had significantly more energy transferred directly to your face without it. If the force is enough to cause it to penetrate the skull it is probably going to be enough for severe enclosed brain trauma anyway.

But you have to consider that wearing any helmet is way better than none if you look at the research. You need to wear what is comfortable and what you can tolerate. I tried both full face and modular for a month and it drove me nuts, so went back to 3/4. In the end it is all a personal choice.
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Now... i wear tech and expensive full face helmets even in summer... imho much better than a 3/4...

with a ff i'm much more confident at speed... and it firmly suit my face without any slight move or rotation

Arais have an excellent ventilation system... good in summer...
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I agree with Nibelungen, if it's Comfortable and fits well it is a definite confidence booster.
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Full face is far better for long rides, less fatigue, better protection.
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Really? I wave (well, nod, anyway) at everyone; whatever they're wearing and whatever they're riding.
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