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!
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
- 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.
- 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
- yes - ever since I saw a helmet that had met up with a garbage can in a laydown -
- —Guest ezrider
- excellent comment sport, Mr Conner I hope that you or any of your family don't smoke , drink alcohol, eat chips, macdonalds, KFC etc. otherwise your insurance should be waved also... (don't like that? too bad)
- —Guest daveriddell
- In England, where I live, we don't have the freedom of choise that American citizens have. If you find your job too stressful whereby you feel that you cannot cope, find a new one, or bang your drum to oppose flying, mountain climbing, swimming in shark infested water, roughnecking and any other job or pastime that your guardians or loved ones may be distraught if you befall an injury. Effectively the choise has to be with the individual to weigh the pro's & con's rather than be "Hitler" dictated by the spuriously elected nanny state" Thank you for reading
- —Guest dave riddell
No helmet? A dumb choice
- For those that say "I ride carefully, I take my time and I watch out for other drivers" so I don't need a helmet. I suppose where you live you're the ONLY person on the road. No cross traffic, no blue-haired old women pulling out in front of you, changing lanes into yours for no reason, no dogs, cats, deer or any other animal that can run in front of you, no one that wanders out of the oncoming lanes, no oil, sand or gravel on the road, no 16 year old kid in daddy's car that thinks he can beat the red light, ... all you have to do is be careful and nothing will happen to you? I know exactly where you live: in Dreamworld. Riding carefully isn't enough because many accidents aren't caused by the rider. Many are completely unavoidable no matter how careful you are.
- —Guest Guest DH
It's not about the law - it's just smart
- Absolutely!!! I always wear a helmet - I wouldn't be caught on a bike without one even though here, in Michigan, they recently repealed the helmet law. Many years ago, someone asked "How much should I spend on a helmet?" and was told "If you have a $10 head get a $10 helmet. If your head is worth more to you, buy a better helmet". So for those that don't want wear one, what does that say about what you think YOUR head is worth?
- —Guest Willie Lumplump
Go for it ....
- We have pills for just about everything - except stupidity. Combine that with ignorance and arrogance and 'freedom of choice' makes so much sense.
- —Guest Murphy
I wear a helmet
- I wear one because it is the law here. However with my sensitivity to the sun I need a helmet and face shield for skin damage anyway. Since I need that and the fact I don't care for windshields, I have opted for a full face helmet. It would be nice though for local, jump on and go, errands to have the option. This is what I did years ago when helmets were optional.
- Yes, I always wear a helmet. I made a deal with my daughter who skis. I promised to wear a helmet when I ride and she promised to always wear a helmet when she skis. I heard from a friend that she fell in Europe and banged her head pretty hard while skiing. It was an easy deal to make for a father of two beautiful daughters who love them very much.
- —Guest Rick
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