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Ok, so the NHTSA ran a study that concluded novelty helmets aren't as good as DOT helmets?

WOW!

Did my tax dollars pay for that?
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Novelty helmets just make it easier for the rescue guys to find, and carry, your head.
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Never understood why people buy novelty helmets.
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I love my novelty helmet. Extremely comfortable and doesnt buffet in the wind. I also think it would crack like an egg on impact and I've started wearing it less and less. I hate the feeling of being smooshed inside a 3/4 or FF but I figure I will get used to it.
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Davida helmet all the way very light - 1,2kg, leather finished - quiet and windproof. Cool looking - anti-astronaut look. Davida compared to other helmets is like a harley compared to other bikes. Maybe expensive, not the fastest, but it has soul. Just putting it on makes you feel good. Im not shy anymore while wearing a helmet.
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I guess that's why most bikers try to stay 2 wheels down.................?

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the law says i wear a helmet, it's gonna be a novelty. i know it's not as safe, or safe at all, but really....the idea that something is better than nothing is definately true. haven't you ever heard of condoms? see. my point exactly.
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Never understood why people buy novelty helmets.
To comply with the Feds telling what I have to do.
I choose not to wear a helmet and it IS MY RIGHT.
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Is the use of a novelty helmet better than no helmet? I like my non complient dot helmet because it's lite and I'm sure it offers more protection than no helmet, the same as a pair of jeans offer more protection than shorts, Not as good as leathers but still better.
Not really. The DOT test is essentially to see if a straight drop from 55 inches to a hard surface results in a fatal level of g-force to the noggin (400g total, 200g for 2msec, I think). That makes sense, since the straight-down vector causes all the head injury as long as you don't slide into something immovable.

None of the novelty helmets came close to meeting the 400g limit, so whatever protection they provide isn't enough to keep you alive if you fell over sideways with the bike stopped, let alone if you're launched or impacted into a relatively stationary object.

Maybe a better analogy is that a novelty helmet provides more protection from head injury than nothing, but about the same as a baseball cap.
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