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View Poll Results: Helmets? Full Face, ½, or Skull Cap?
Full Face 620 49.84%
½ 371 29.82%
Skull cap 176 14.15%
¾ 77 6.19%
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yeah around here in Tenn there's a certain window from spring to fall at around dusk or dawn, mainly dusk, where bugs are horrible if you're riding at that time. me and my riding buddies call it bug thirty. a short 30 mile trip and my face shield is covered. it's really not even that bad at night but it's horrible if you just happen to be caught at those times. and it's not that bad when you're riding in town either. but out in the country on these back roads will leave a fuzzy layer of wings and body parts on your face shield.



probably not as thick as love bugs but it's damn near all riding season (if you don't ride in the winter) if you're out at that certain time of dusk and dawn.
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During love bug season in Florida you have to clean the shield every time you stop for gas. Sometimes you have to make a special stop to clean them off. They get so thick you can't see. There are no hot, wet towels around when they need cleaning. Wet towel might work for a few bugs, but love bugs don't come in fews.

that's new to me
it's a part of Florida that know only people who live there...

anyway... solution could be a FF with a visor with many strips... like on tracks...
it sucks though riding in such a condition...

i remember when kid... my father's car (a big BMW) went through a massive cloud of bees on highway... at full speed... very scaring...
figure out if you were on a bike

several weeks later... and several wash later... you could find here and there still some bees under the hood
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that's new to me
it's a part of Florida that know only people who live there...

anyway... solution could be a FF with a visor with many strips... like on tracks...
it sucks though riding in such a condition...

i remember when kid... my father's car (a big BMW) went through a massive cloud of bees on highway... at full speed... very scaring...
figure out if you were on a bike

several weeks later... and several wash later... you could find here and there still some bees under the hood
Love bugs don't bite or sting. They are fairly harmless. They just swarm 2 or 3 time a year, usually in late spring and early fall. They get splattered on the front of any vehicles moving along. They will be dried on the vehicle before you can get them off. You have to soak them to get them to come off. They seem to be attracted to gasoline or diesel fumes. They swarm all along the highways. They will swarm all over a stationary engine and are really bad around gas stations. They are not dangerous or anything, just really annoying. You get used to them.

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When I'm in a gas station, I take some of their paper towels and soak them in that blue stuff (or water) they use in the squeegee bucket and lay the wet paper towels on my windshield or faceshield for a few minutes. After that they wipe off pretty easily. I do "tigger's" hot towel thing at home. Been doing it for 30+ years now. {{ Caution:: Never use the scrubby side of a gas station squeegee on a motorcycle windshield or FF shield, You will Not like the results..The Voice Of Experience has Spoken!! }}
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btw i just found these videos of the history of helmet design on youtube. while one focuses mainly on f1 most of it also applies to motorcycle helmets as well. i think both videos are done pretty well, one ais a little cheekier than the other but still good.

HISTORY OF MOTORBIKE HELMETS FOR DUMMIES

The history of helmets in Formula 1 - Chainbear explains
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Some very unseasonal weather in Lancashire, dry, sunny & double figures! Got my first bug splat of the year yesterday!
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Double figures here too. 10. No sign of any bugs here! On,y thing that bites here is frost.
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Which do you use?

I use full face for 1 reason and thats because I watched a friend dump a bike at 30 mph avoiding a dog. I saw the helmet afterwards and it had a huge chuck torn out of the front and rear in places that wouldve been his chin and back of head had he not been wearing it. Chin wouldve been wrecked wearing a skull cap.

He walked away from the wreck - bike was totaled.

I wore a skull cap once and did enjoy it, but I wont switch from my full face for protection reasons.
I think the Poll should be multi-choice. I use three helmets;

- Full Face for long rides, usually on H/Ways.

- Half for short rides withing a 50 Km radius where I will not go onto any
H/Ways and the speed will always be Moderate/Low.

- Skull on the hot summer days when just cruising at low speeds on the
waterfronts/towns. withing 10-15 Km radius of my house.

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