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What kind of helmets does everyone ride with? I know open face or 3/4's are real popular with the cruiser crowd (sometimes), anyways heres a little graphic that may help you change your mind ;)



I think I'm going to pick up one of those new Bell Bullitts. Retroish with modern safety, although I heard the visor is not the best...
 

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Really seems like the most important part of the helmet is the bottom part then. The full face helmet just doesn't really look like it belongs on a cruiser, but that doesn't seem like a good enough reason to put yourself at risk of death or injury just to look cooler. Ultimately you have got to go with the safest choice IMO.
 

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I was reading on another forum about this guy who wears plain jeans while riding. He has fallen twice and was lucky enough to not get seriously injured. He took that luck as the go-ahead to continue wearing jeans while riding instead of scaring him into being more cautious in the future.

Tisk, tisk. But I think that this is more common then many people would like to think.

I guess this is what he looks like.

 

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I see a lot of guys riding around like this in NY, they'll regret it one day when they fall and their flesh leaves a trail on the concrete.
 

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Usually they aren't around to tell the tale afterwards. I can partly understand not wanting to wear absolutely every piece of protective gear that you could, but there needs to be a balance. You also need to take responsibility for the risk you are putting yourself in. If you wear no protective gear then you need to be prepared to have your skin scraped off when you skid down the street. I'd rather not be at that much risk personally.
 

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Exactly, they're actually luck to just leave flesh on the concrete and walk away from hooning around. At least there are those that are smart enough to still do stunts and hoon but wearing all approproaite gear
 

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Full Face, got rear ended in 2006 on my BMW R1150GS, sandwiched between 2 cars. I flipped up into the air and hit the car in front of me with the front of my full face helmet. If not for the full face helmet, I would have suffered massive facial injuries.
 

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Full Face, got rear ended in 2006 on my BMW R1150GS, sandwiched between 2 cars. I flipped up into the air and hit the car in front of me with the front of my full face helmet. If not for the full face helmet, I would have suffered massive facial injuries.
Absolutely, the chart says it all. There is a significant skew towards impact on the lower portion of a full face helmet on both sides of the face. How anyone can pass up that information is unfathomable.
 

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Helmets are optional in SC if you are over 21. I always wear a high quality full face helmet when I ride. You probably would not be reading this message from me if I had chosen not to. I went face first into a car's windshield but had zero head or face injuries. I've had friends ride without a helmet saying "I'm only going to be riding 35 mph or short distance. Well one guy was working on his bike and was just going to go down the street and back, nice and slow. He was turning around in the road and lost his balance. The bike fell over and he hit his head on the road. He was in a vegetative state after that. Dress for the Ride, not the Beach!
 

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I like the technology. Of course you can turn it off when you want to escape and enjoy the ride. I really like the rear view camera and head up display for speed/rpm. That's a good safety feature. But at $1,499.00, I can wait.

I'm just now installing the HBC 100 bluetooth head set in my helmet for voice navigation from my iphone and audio from my Passport 8500 radar detector. That's a big step for me. I may even listen to a little music from time to time but that can be a serious hazard. Better to hear cars, horns, tires squealing and sirens.
 

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I commute a lot and use the bike during work and have two kids in school that need to reach me all the time. So having Bluetooth for the iPhone and a GPS heads up screen for customer sites location is a great feature. Would like to see a price that reflects all that combined technology. Top of the line helmet $600+100 Bluetooth+GPS $250+electic face shield $200=$1150-$1200 Yah I guess $1400-$1500 is about right :)Forgot the rear camera.
 

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I have three full face a bell star which I love, a shoei and a aria. All are good helmets, the aria is a module the chin lifts. I use that in the summer a lot when it's really hot.
 

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I have over 15 helmets in my collection. I have mostly Arai helmets and wear the full face helmets the most. I do have a Scorpion half helmet and an Arai 3/4 helmet. But really, those two helmets have only been worn a hand full of time....the 3/4 helmet was only once actually. But that was due to it hurting my head in the temple area. The half helmet may come out on extremely hot days. But 95% of the time, its a full face for me.
 
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