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I saw this and wondered if carbon fiber is conductive and if the helmet was made of this type of material.
Doesn't matter what material the helmet is. If not the helmet, next closest thing it will strike is the metal stuff, handlebars etc...You will be electrocuted no matter what. Lightning can only be diverted to (the) ground. Look at lightning rods on buildings. It's not by absorbing, but by diverting the electricity to copper cabling to the ground. And even then it will cause an electric explosion.

Sometimes the current is 200,000 amperes, and the voltage is millions of volts. If lightning strikes somewhere, up to 10 gigajoules jump from cloud to earth; enough to keep 10 60-watt lamps on for six months. Stay away from it.
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Actually automobiles are protected (sort of) by the metal roof, those in convertibles are just as exposed as a biker. In the 12 bikers killed by lightning, very few seem to have actually been going down the road, most are standing next to the bike stopped on the side of the road (an absolute no-no). You need to be inside a building with a roof and walls to protect you or non-convertible auto. You also do not need to be in the actual storm as lightning can strike up to 15 miles from the storm front.

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"Myth #4: Rubber tires protect you from lightning in a car by insulating you from the ground.

Fact: Most cars are reasonably safe from lightning, but it’s the metal roof and metal sides that protect you, not the rubber tires. Thus convertibles, motorcycles, bikes, open shelled outdoor recreation vehicles, and cars with plastic or fiberglass shells offer no lightning protection."
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I had this happen to me and fellow rider back in '88. We felt the hairs on our arms, neck etc. stand up and I lead us onto the first approach we came upon, and rode up into a shelter belt. Just got off the bikes when lightning struck the shoulder of the road off to our left. Big blue dots for a while and we couldn't hear anything for about 3-4 hours. You were very lucky, sportsterpaul!
I had ridden about an hour north of home when some “popcorn” storms appeared across the horizon below me. I hung out for an hour thinking they would subside, not, just filled the entire sky and intensified. Had to work in the morning so took the plunge and headed south down M-19. Ended up following a Ford Tempo, doing 35 m.p.h. In a 55 m.p.h. Zone, torrential downpour, I’m 20 feet off the rear bumper cause I can’t see the road, then the heavens opened up and the bolt struck the shoulder maybe two feet away, blinded me for a couple seconds, strong sulphur smell, hair standing up on neck and arms, scared me sh*tless. Right then and there promised myself never to do lightening again.
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I was playing golf when a storm rolled in so I left, two men were struck by lightning a little later, One guys gets his haircut where I go and he said they heard thunder and say lightning way off in the distance. He woke up in the hospital, his partner was in intensive care for three weeks. He said they were not worried about it because it seemed so far away.

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What’s the cardinal rule,”don’t mess with Mother Nature”!
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