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Helmets or no helmet

A friend of mine has a Kawasaki ZX14r and does not ride with a helmet. In Wisconsin not required to wear one. Majority of Harley riders do not wear one but I see more wearing one now. My question is do you wear one or go without?
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Always.... CA's helmet law was enacted in Jan. of '91... but I always wore one and continue to do so.. really can't imagine not wearing one.
Heard this saying one time: "if you don't think you need a helmet, you might be right!"... something like that. I'm a firm believer in them but if not required by law, go for it if that's what makes you happy. My in-laws live in Iowa and one summer we were there and a MC rider went by on the freeway, no helmet, no gear, t-shirt flapping in the wind... my boys yelled "Hey, Dad! That guy's not wearing a helmet"! They'd never seen that before having only lived in CA so I explained to them that in Iowa there was no helmet law and riders could decide whether or not they wore one.
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Helmet ! I'm an ATGATT person, but I'll try to not be preachy. If you have something worth protecting, protect it. Each of us gets to decide if our head is worth protecting.

When in those "no helmet required" places, we get to choose. At least make a thoughtful, informed choice. None of us is in absolute control of our riding environment - bad drivers, wildlife, road hazards, etc., etc. are all beyond our control - it's risk management.

Beyond that, I think I have a responsibility to those who care about me, to be as safe as I can when I'm riding. Rider courses are one aspect of meeting that responsibility, ATGATT is another. But that's just me.
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First- please exercise some self control. Stating what you do and the reasons for what you do is great. But once this thread turns ugly, or the first time anyone calls someone stupid or the like, this thread will disappear.
I grew up riding in the dirt with a helmet. My state requires a helmet. Even when I was in the military & stationed in a helmet optional state the chief-of-das-boot frowned upon going helmetless- back then the rules were way more relaxed than now. And honestly, it just felt weird. But that was 35 yrs ago and I often go back to that state's coast (South Carolina) to visit friends and eat and relax. Normally I wear my helmet, getting sandblasted ain't for me. But if we get up early and decide to go out for breakfast and no one is out yet, I'll go helmetless. I find it quite refreshing putzing along at 35 mph for a few miles. It's like...... when you're in shorts and a T and just washed the bike, you hope on and jet down & back to blow the water off. Go someplace like Key West where motor cars are a nuisance. Rent a scooter, leave the ATTGAT behind, put on your shorts & T & sneakers, turn your ball cap around & go explore the island. Great fun!!

All that said, in some circumstances I choose to go helmetless. On the highway? Normal riding even through congested metro areas? Certainly not. But I understand those that choose to do so and choose to be open-minded about their decision to do so.


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My .02,

I will defend your “right” to go helmetless no matter what, it is your Mellon ! I do think it is foolish to do so but it is your right! Too many people try to force their opinions on others these days. But my opinion is that your “rights” stop at my toes! Enough preaching !

Me, I usually always wear a helmet unless I go w/o after washing the bike to blow the water out like Russ. But quite frankly between the watery eye’s and roaring in my ears it’s really not a pleasent experience, add-in bugs, birds (yes i’ve taken one in the face) sand & rain it’s way more comfy with the helmet on.

Add in that my brother died as a result of a bike accident where he did have a clam shell 1/2 helmet on which he hit a rock with and saved his noggin only to be killed in the hospital by a negligent nurse, I wear my full face modular helmet. Period ! My right !
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