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Good morning, everyone! I would like to discuss helmets, and not just because of my recent accident, but because I am a bit torn on the subject. As you may know from my post about laying my bike down, I was not wearing my helmet, obviously a big mistake, fortunately I did not suffer any head injury other than some abrasions on my face. I do own a helmet, not a fancy or expensive helmet but it is what I believe they call the 3/4 helmet. Every ride I took previous to the unfortunate one if I was going anywhere but in town 25 mph speed limit, I always had it on. So, my first question is what type of helmet do you guys wear? I am thinking about getting a different one and would like some real-world feedback. One major thing I do not like about my helmet is on warm days it is quite hot! Another thing is the buckle always seemed to catch on my jacket when I would turn my head, also very annoying. And finally and this may be a fitment issue but getting up to highway speeds you could feel it getting lifted by the wind which also gives some extra unwanted pressure on the underside of the chin and neck area. In all honesty I do not like the thought of riding with a helmet because I like the wind in my face and the feeling of the sun on my skin. With that being said I am no fool, I bought and wore my helmet because I am a new inexperienced rider, I know the current times we live in there are people out there paying less attention to the road and driving than they should be and some seem to almost act like they are paying no attention to the what they are doing because whatever their phone is doing is the most important thing in the world. Then there is my wife and kids, I want to be there for them for as long as possible, so safety has to be first. After my recent incident my wife is extra on edge about me riding and will absolutely be on me about my helmet, which I already assured her will never be an issue. So I ask all of you out there for your opinions, experiences, and anything else you would like to throw out there about your helmet of choice and any advice for selecting a great helmet. I thank you all in advance this is truly a great community or really great people and I am proud and honored to be a part of it! Enjoy your rides everyone and ride safe!
 

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Hellhound - Good post topic!

Until recently, would always wear a full-face helmet except perhaps a test ride in the neighborhood. That said, back in Spring was doing a post-wash ride up/down the street on my dirt bike, sans a helmet or gloves and really hurt myself when the front wheel unexpectedly lost grip turning into the driveway. Hit the ground hard with my right leg pinned between the bike and the asphalt. Fortunately didn't hit my head, but had a very badly bruised kneecap, sprained left wrist/right big toe, and badly scraped hands. All at about 2MPH!
Ever since, even on a short test ride, I always wear helmet and gloves as a minimum.

More to your point, recently got an inexpensive (SkidLid) shorty helmet specifically for test rides on the dirt bikes, or a quick trip around the block on the Shadow. Much cooler option and definitely get a more open feel/breeze when riding, yet decent head protection for lower speed rides.
For any road with a 45MPH or greater speed limit, its always the full face helmet, complete with gloves and riding boots. As with the helmet, also got myself a lower cut set of riding boots for more casual riding and short hops. Amazing how vulnerable your feet are too, so do get some boots if you don't already have some. Got mine at Big5 Sporting Goods, for under $50, very affordable! Kevin 馃尩
Thank you I thought it might be a solid topic. Definitely appreciate your insight and info. I'm definitely thinking full helmet for sure!
 

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Hellhound - Good post topic!

Until recently, would always wear a full-face helmet except perhaps a test ride in the neighborhood. That said, back in Spring was doing a post-wash ride up/down the street on my dirt bike, sans a helmet or gloves and really hurt myself when the front wheel unexpectedly lost grip turning into the driveway. Hit the ground hard with my right leg pinned between the bike and the asphalt. Fortunately didn't hit my head, but had a very badly bruised kneecap, sprained left wrist/right big toe, and badly scraped hands. All at about 2MPH!
Ever since, even on a short test ride, I always wear helmet and gloves as a minimum.

More to your point, recently got an inexpensive (SkidLid) shorty helmet specifically for test rides on the dirt bikes, or a quick trip around the block on the Shadow. Much cooler option and definitely get a more open feel/breeze when riding, yet decent head protection for lower speed rides.
For any road with a 45MPH or greater speed limit, its always the full face helmet, complete with gloves and riding boots. As with the helmet, also got myself a lower cut set of riding boots for more casual riding and short hops. Amazing how vulnerable your feet are too, so do get some boots if you don't already have some.Got mine at Big5 for under $40, very affordable. Kevin 馃尩

www.big5sportinggoods.com/store/details/response-gear-6-delivery-ii-mens-service-boots/5385104970013/_/A-4335618

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Great advice Kevin and very much appreciated! I knew this group of riders would provide great advice and tips. I thank you all and I hope many people are getting good info from this topic.
 

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Discussion Starter · #49 ·
Everyone can have a reason NOT to wear a good quality full face helmet until you eat a face full of gravel. If your full face helmet is too warm lift the visor, many also have very wide fields of vision if you shop around. Don't cheap out on your head, face, and brain protection. Modulars are great.
Absolutely great point! I did get a face full of gravel and it looks as though I may have a few small scars to show for it. Either way I could not agree more. Thank you for your insight and words of wisdom and advice I appreciate it!
 

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Discussion Starter · #50 ·
Firm believer in ATGATT. I don't go out of the driveway without full gear, including a full-face helmet.

People complain about the strap on their helmet, lack of airflow, reduced peripheral vision. They also complain about fit, comfort, even style.

Some of these complainers are now dealing with eating through a straw for several weeks because of a broken jaw, reduced vision because of damage to their optic nerve, headaches because of some of their skull is missing or replaced with a plate. And some are stuck in a different kind of 4-wheel vehicle, like a wheel chair.

I work in a hospital emergency room and I've seen all of these. I can't get preachy with these guys, they knew the risks. It was their choice.

Just sayin'.
Direct and to the point, I like that and you did not pull punches I also like that. To me that is what I wanted this topic to be all about. I thank you for your "gut punch" response! I heard many stories from the people in the ER and the hospital about what they have seen from accidents on bikes especially without helmets. I know I was being watched over from above, I cannot even say I was lucky because that seems to be far too much luck for any one person in such a situation.
 

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I wear a HJC.
It saved my life and my face.
I had a wiped out at 70 MPH I had no idea that my head hit and was scraping the ground big time. I only ride with a full-facer similar to the link I included. I crack my shield for air and I generally do not ride in hot weather. I usally ride early or at night. I only ride in good weather because on the day in question I left my leathers, jacket,pants, shoes and gloves in my driveway, I lwound up getting surgery on both kness lost some skin and hurt my shoulder. HJC helmets cut through the wind nicely and are very comfortable. I will never ride with a helmet.

WOW I appreciate the input! Also happy to hear you came out on the right side of that situation 70 mph holy crap that's intense!
 
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