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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 01-03-2016, 10:56 AM Thread Starter
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Treat your helmet with respect.

If you don't wear a helmet your an idiot. The statistics speak for themselves. https://www.motorcycleaccident.org/m...ssible-causes/

Even if you are a super careful rider you cannot always avoid a crash. Just look at motorcycle crashes on YouTube. 80%+ are avoidable, however the rest are just unfortunate circumstances for the rider.

Helmet abuse. Even very modest impacts can damage a helmet. Check this out. http://youtu.be/veWpp6euOKM
If your helmet has suffered an impact it should be repalced.

Helmet replacement. It is recommended to replace your helmet very 5 years or sooner. The protective materials start to break down over time and reduce the helmets protection.

The MSF recommends never buying a used helmet as it may have been dropped repeatedly or otherwise compromised without any outward visible damage.

Cleaning and customizing. Check before doing anything with your helmet. Certain cleaning products can destroy your helmets structural strength. Likewise paint or even the glue on stickers can damage your helmet. Most manufacturers provide specific instructions on helmet care.

Get a helmet that fits correctly and use the chin strap. Protection is greatly reduced if your helmet does not fit properly. Actual sizes vary for mfg to mfg I.e all large helmets are not the same size. It is best to try it one before you buy it. If you don't use the chin strap it won't do you much good in a crash when it goes flying off!

Mirrors and backrest are not a good place to sit your helmet on, they can dent the foam and reduce your helmets protective qualities. Try to always have your helmet suspended by the chin strap when stored on your bike.

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Another factor for consideration - in about 60% of fatal motorcycle crashes in Oregon the rider had been consuming alcohol, and in many of those they were over the legal alcohol limit.
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Another factor for consideration - in about 60% of fatal motorcycle crashes in Oregon the rider had been consuming alcohol, and in many of those they were over the legal alcohol limit.
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well, a lot of people don't understand either is that a helmet is only tested at 15 mph impact rating. almost every accident is at a higher rate of speed. I know from personal experience that if ur a beginner, use a full helmet to begin with because for me I learned faster and I had to look farther around to see when passing and turning. now I have converted to a 1/2 helmet. down here in florida it gets hot and a full helmet is not exactly practical, but each his own. I now here everything and can see a lot better also. but down here in the sunshine state there is a helmet law, if you don't ride with one, you must have insurance, and if you have insurance you can ride without or its a hefty fine.

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i rode with a beanie helmet for many years, now that i have 2 young kids and actually give a shit about my well being ill wear a full face.
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but down here in the sunshine state there is a helmet law, if you don't ride with one, you must have insurance, and if you have insurance you can ride without or its a hefty fine.
You are not required to have insurance?
Where I live if you don't have insurance you can't ride period

For me I wear a 3/4 or Full face depending, and 95% of the time wear a riding jacket

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Here in Washington St. you do not need insurance to operate a motorcycle, but a helmet is required.
For myself I wear a helmet, but for those that do not, more power to them.

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You are not required to have insurance?
Where I live if you don't have insurance you can't ride period

For me I wear a 3/4 or Full face depending, and 95% of the time wear a riding jacket
I think they are talking about health insurance.

In TX you are required to wear a helmet unless you have proof of health insurance.
I guess it's supposed to reduce costs to the taxpayer if you get injured and cannot pay.

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