Helmet has a bad name

Discussion in 'General Harley Davidson Topic' started by walleye, Feb 6, 2010.

  1. walleye

    walleye Junior Member Contributor

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    Just curious about what is the main reason some don't like wearing a helmet. Is it because of the way they make you look? Is it because they are hot or otherwise uncomfortable. I have to think it has to be one or the other as I can think of no other reasons, but I am curious as if there are other reasons. I do not wear one, although I know I should. Since there is no helmet law where I live, I don't. As far as why, I would say for me it is about 50-50 about looks and comfort. Not advocating if you should or you should not wear one, not wanting a debate and not asking why I should ( I know that answer) just want to know everybodys opinion about what they do not like about wearing one. Ride safe.
     
  2. Skratch

    Skratch Active Member

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    I'm a mix of comfort and feel. Meaning, if I had a helmet (I currently have a Bell Shorty) that was comfortable I would probably wear it more. I'm in the market for a new one presently but that doesn't mean I'll necessarily wear it.

    I like the feel of riding without it. I don't ride in traffic much and my riding style is pretty subdued. But with a wife and young kids, I know I should wear one more.
     
  3. Animal

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    It's all about comfort for me. I rode for years before helmet laws were brought in and I finally found a helmet that's not too bad to wear (Carbon Fiber). The heat, weight, and wind noise were all reasons to hate the flipping things. Sure there is the possiblity of being in a bike crash and being saved by my helmet but I feel the odds are pretty slim for either happening. I'm one of those biker's who don't think a crash is going to happen, it's all a matter of time. I think it's very possible for me to finish my life without a crash. I also think that the guys and girls riding the rice rockets with the full face helmet's on have a false sense of security, but of anyone they really do need a helmet on.
     
  4. JDPEagle

    JDPEagle Active Member

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    I will not give my opinion due to probably offending those who choose not to. :54:

    But please be safe: other's are depending on you.
     
  5. walleye

    walleye Junior Member Contributor

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    Thank you for that. If we let this get into a debate, the mods will dump us! :D
     
  6. Breeze3at

    Breeze3at Well-Known Member

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    Most of the reason I didn't like wearing a helmet was the law was enacted while I was a young man, and I didn't like being told. When the law was repealed in my (former) state, I continued to wear one (1/2 or bucket). I tell myself and others, it's because I like the glare reducing visor. Maybe it's because I'm older and more cautious?
     
  7. walleye

    walleye Junior Member Contributor

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    Steve07,
    I don't consider myself vain, if you seen me you would understand! :D
    But I have to say when I look in the mirror with my helmet on, I have to admit it does enter my mind that my head is super enlarged. Maybe it is just my helmet, it is old and large. I do not ever think anything negative about helmets or people wearing them. Maybe my post that states 50-50 looks and comfort really should be 90-10. I mostly like the feel of the open wind. Thats the biggest reason I don't wear one. :s
     
  8. RetiredJake

    RetiredJake Junior Member

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    That must be why I wear one, to keep my head from looking like a red rubber ball :newsmile011:
     
  9. walleye

    walleye Junior Member Contributor

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    That's right! Worked so far hasn't it? But remember, they only decrease the odds, not eliminate them. Always ride safe! :bigsmiley12:
     
  10. Safehaven

    Safehaven Active Member

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    Would like it if I could go for a ride without a helmet, but on one side there is the law, on the other, there is my wife :D

    I Like to say out of an argument with both of them :D

    That said, no matter how safe I drive, if I ever encounter a blowout I will be thankfull for the bit of extra protection they make me wear. And every now and then on a ralley or so I will go without for a day.

    Take care,