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Readers Respond: Do You Wear a Helmet When You Ride?

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From the article: Motorcycling Safety Gear
Some people choose to wear a helmet for safety, but many people don a lid simply because it's the law. Do you have a helmet law where you live, and if so, is that the reason you wear a helmet? And if you don't have a helmet law, do you choose to wear one anyway-- or do you ride without a helmet? Let us know! Share your reason!

You have the right to choose not to

and paramedics and EMTs should have the right to leave you on the side of the road if you have a head injury from being stupid.
—Guest adam

helmet for sure

I think we should wear a helmet. Understand as bike riders we have to protect ourselves as much as possible. We wear leathers to help protect our bodies why not our heads. Where even a marginal bump can logically kill us. Th couisin of my niece was recently killed on her bike when a truck pulled out in front of her. She was wasnt wearing a helmet. She died of a cracked skull. Ironically, and sadly she had just left the hospital where her husband is in bad shape from a bike accident the week before. We always scream and holler about drivers of other vehicles not looking out for us but ultimately it is our responsibility to look out for ourselves.
—Guest pfreeman


A broken arm, leg or road rash can heal. A broken head and brain damage; not so much. Given that I've spent the past 25 years working with people who have brain damage including head injury; I would have to be truly clueless to risk riding without the best possible head protection.
—Guest Phipsd

no helmet

I wear a helmet and don't blame anyone who does, thank God for those who have a rite who can make their own dishision
—Guest bill groh


In 1982, I had a glancing head-on with a 1957 Ford pick-up (back when things were made of thick steel) because he pulled in front of me. My FF helmet was ground down all the way to the styrofoam. The damage was about 5 inches above my right eye so without the helmet, I would be a vegetable from my brains leaking onto the street. Should there be helmet laws? Of course not, people should be allowed to ride the way they want and not what the government thinks is best for them. But I ALWAYS wear mine because for the obvious reasons, but also for the comfort of having a faceshield to protect me from dust, rocks and bugs. I'll leave the "being cool" aspect of wearing only a do-rag (sp?) and Ray Bans to somebody else.

no helmet

I think we should't wear a helmet because it can cause heat exhaustion. As well for people who have breathing problems they have a hard time breathing
—Guest dude


I have a wife and kids who love me and whom I love, consequently I have a responsibility to survive every ride intact. You folks who think you're just to cool to wear a helmet are really just to selfish and immature.
—Guest Jeff Ervin

I want a choice

Wearing a helmet should be an adults choice... I live in Vancouver BC Canada, and there are helmet laws here, BUT Sihk's are allowed to ride without a helmet because of their turbans. I think this is unfair. I was wondering if anyone knew of any religions that aren't allowed to cover their heads?
—Guest TaT

I always wear my helmet

I never rode a motorcycle but I'm scared for my life in my car. I always ride in my car with a helmet on! full face protection! Most drivers laugh at me!
—Guest mmmmCandy

Helmet Choice

I wear a helmet in California, because it's the law ! However, while riding across country, I don't wear a helmet in states that don't require it. I rode for 20 years before helmet laws, and went down a couple times and took care of my head, Been down once since the law, and also took care of my head and didn't even scratch my helmet ! I don't wear a full helmet because I went on a trip once and the whole way, it sounded like parts were falling off my bike and the engine sound was not normal !
—Guest Leanin' Al


We all know the risks and safety factors every time we get on our motorcycles. I disagree with the notion that not wearing a helmet is for vanity reasons. Being a woman with long hair, and living in New Hampshire, speaking for myself, it is NOT vanity. If I go on a day long ride in the heat of the summer, choose not to wear a helmet this time, and let my hair "go", it is a 2+ hr. ordeal, some tears, and a 1/2 bottle of conditioner to comb it out. Is it worth it? Absolutely. The Freedom of the experience is incomparable. I know the accident Stats., I work in the Medical Field. I've read the posts from many of you. None of us like to endure the loss of a Biker Brother or Sister. My friends and family respect MY choice. Wether I go with or without a helmet. They don't have to like it... but they DO respect it. Life is short. LIVE, LOVE, RESPECT your life. Bottom line is this... Freedom. It should be MY Choice.

Natural Selection

I always wear one. It'll be that one day that I go without that some teen on their cell phone will pull out in front of me and airborne I go. I don't like soup enough to want a life-long feeding tube. If you don't want to wear a helmet, then don't, your family's loss, not mine.
—Guest I love my Murica


sometimes i wear sometimes i don't, we have an invention that will firmly wearing helmet will be needed to cut the long story short lets put it this way. The motorcycle will not start if the driver doesn't wear his/her helmet.
—Guest jake

lidful or lidless

an ideal helmet should make you feel safe without making you aware of the weight, limited visibility wind noise and general cumbersomness of a helmet , esp if you are doing errands , waliking around with a helmet is impractical , and leaving it on the bike invites vandalism . So I only end up wearing it for " Rides" with my group and not on short trips and errands.
—Guest El Massri


absolutely, it's my head and I want to protect it and also so no one else will be blamed for my irresponsibility
—Guest Don Branch

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