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Good read for those here that choose to use helmets. Full report attached.

"Novelty helmets present motorcycle riders with a higher risk for skull fracture and brain injury when compared to certified helmets. A motorcycle rider who wears a novelty helmet during a motorcycle crash in which the rider falls to the ground and the rider’s head contacts a rigid body such as a paved road will likely sustain fatal head injuries. Motorcycle riders who wear novelty helmets and believe that “something is better than nothing” have a false sense of security regarding the protection afforded them by helmets not designed
or manufactured to comply with FMVSS No. 218.
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I thought they offered some protection. Seems I was wrong. Good info Bert.
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That's why they say not intended for street use. They look cool, but you might as well not wear anything imo! I have a Fulmer open face that sits a little higher, but I'd rather be protected than look cool.
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Reminds me of the study published a few years ago that found that men were different from women.......
A statement of the obvious. I call those novelty "helmets" tupperware bowls. Their only real usefulness is to provide a platform for those cute biker stickers.
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I always figured that people wore them in states that had helmet laws
just to squeek by. You can always get one of those DOT stickers to throw on the back
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I have both A DOT & novelty helmet. I wear the novelty around town & the DOT for when I traveling. It may not make the greatest sense in the world, but it's how I rationalize it.
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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.
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Im sure the extra 2-4 lbs provided by either type will do wonders for your neck too.

I am under the impression, that most novelty wearers are not trying to protect themselves from head injuries. They are wearing "something" because their state requires it. Novelty helmet wearers would be going helmetless if they lived in a "free" state. IN MY OPINION.

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I think the only novelty helmet I've seen with some protection is the one at ACC www.carbonfiberhelmets.com. I believe they use a dense foam padding they tested to distribute shock almost as well as the EPS but does not have the thickness so it is not DOT compliant for punctures.

I feel stupid just wearing a half-helment. Not because of the mushroom head, although that doesn't help, but for safety reasons. I love the wind in my face but would rather not have the street in it.
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I think the only novelty helmet I've seen with some protection is the one at ACC www.carbonfiberhelmets.com. I believe they use a dense foam padding they tested to distribute shock almost as well as the EPS but does not have the thickness so it is not DOT compliant for punctures.

I feel stupid just wearing a half-helment. Not because of the mushroom head, although that doesn't help, but for safety reasons. I love the wind in my face but would rather not have the street in it.
I wear an ACC dot, almost the size of a novelty, but no tickets and safer than a novelty.
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