Why You Should Wear a Helmet

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It is only when you have been there that the importance of wearing safety gear becomes apparent. Besides it being the law our side when I look at these images I just cannot think of one reason why not wearing a helmet could be a good idea.


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Pretty chilling isn't it FACE
When I had my spill in Peru I ended up sliding on my face in the bottom of a drainage ditch. I dread to think what I would look like now if I wasn't wearing a helmet.
When you're as disgustingly good looking as I am, what a loss to the world :y34::CameraSmile: :y43: :y21:
 

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When you're as disgustingly good looking as I am, what a loss to the world :y34::CameraSmile::y43::y21:
ROTFL

I wont even take a short test ride without my helmet on and I mean short as in the length of a city block.
 

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Helmets are mandatory here so even a ride around the block could get you a fine if you're spotted.
Regardless, I never get on a bike without a helmet.
Back in the 50's we didn't wear helmets and there was no law. I had a couple of low speed crashes (twice in the wet) and was lucky I didn't hit my head.
Back then it was "cool" to just wear a cloth biker cap or none at all.
 

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I cannot ever remember being able to ride without a helmet our side but as you say even if it was not the law I would never do it.
 

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ATGATT....period.....anything else is asking for it....and as a youth I experienced a LOT OF the "IT" of which I speak -- which is why I WEAR ATGATT toold to go through those healing processes again......
 

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1994, result of messing up while jumping off a 20' cliff; a drop I had done 10's of times. Doc's figure I landed right side chin bar first then the bike landed on top of me. I coded twice, saw the light, 4 months legally blind due to the severity of concussion, lost about a year of memory and have limited movement of my right eye. 12 hours of surgery to put my skull back together. The injury to my jaw is where a piece of the helmet pierced through my cheek and right gum. My avatar is my dad and he used to say if you have a $10.00 head buy a $10.00 helmet. That was a brand new Bell Moto 5, as the neurologist told my family, don't know how much he paid for this but it saved his life. DSCF0004 (2).jpg
 

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When I came back to bikes in 1992 I didn't even think about not wearing a helmet - not even for a second - law or no law.
Much older and wiser by then BGRIN
 

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I began wearing a helmet in 1962; I had been riding for 4 years without one. There was no law; i just wanted to mitigate risk. My first two helmets were 3/4; then I went to full face. I have used modular or full face ever since.
 

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also large bugs and rocks to the face---- hurt........period
 

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And hamburgers, once had a guy throw a 1/2 eaten hamburger out his car window. Unfortunately my face shield was up and it hit me at the left corner of the open helmet. Needless to say it was a mess, burger, cheese, ketchup and mustard some how found its way all inside back of the helmet. Have also had a few bird strikes, nothing big but a sparrow at 70mph makes a terrific thunk.
 

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And hamburgers, once had a guy throw a 1/2 eaten hamburger out his car window. Unfortunately my face shield was up and it hit me at the left corner of the open helmet. Needless to say it was a mess, burger, cheese, ketchup and mustard some how found its way all inside back of the helmet. Have also had a few bird strikes, nothing big but a sparrow at 70mph makes a terrific thunk.
YUCK!! Just when you think you've seen and heard everything BGRIN
I've had a bird strike in the helmet too. It was a small bird, but the impact really wrenched my head back.
 

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And hamburgers, once had a guy throw a 1/2 eaten hamburger out his car window. Unfortunately my face shield was up and it hit me at the left corner of the open helmet. Needless to say it was a mess, burger, cheese, ketchup and mustard some how found its way all inside back of the helmet. Have also had a few bird strikes, nothing big but a sparrow at 70mph makes a terrific thunk.
Now the hamburger is a new one to me! Wow!
 

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The safety reasons for wearing a helmet are indisputable. But this time of the year another issue becomes relievent. Last summer it hit 119°f. here ! I have a summer helmet. It is white, full faced, has a mirrored face shield, great venting. With my high blood pressure I watch getting overheated very carefully. ...J.D.
 

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Helmets definitely get warm here in the summer, I try to be home and off the bike by 11AM.
 

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Helmets definitely get warm here in the summer, I try to be home and off the bike by 11AM.
Me too, or by noon at the latest.
We don't get the kind of heat you do (119F would just about kill me), but the heat and humidity is gradually increasing and we can really notice it.
There were several weeks last summer when (for us) it was record setting and many days I didn't even bother to ride at all.
 

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There are times here (Mohave Desert) when I have to put away the air cooled bike and ride a water pumper. What with so many traffic lights and stop signs, it is hard to keep engine temperatures within safe limits. ...J.D.
 

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I can easily understand that. I have seen HD's seize up in the heat and heavy stop and go traffic here in Florida.
 
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