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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 04-18-2012, 06:28 PM Thread Starter
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Michigan repeals helmet law

After many tries our new govenor Rick Snyder the old Gateway CEO signed into law, you don't have to wear a helmet in Michigan! Not since the early
70's has it been legal to not wear one while riding. His thinking is we will get more tourist traffic since quite a few midwest states already have the no helmet law.

The law allows people age 21 and older to ride without helmets if they have been licensed to operate a motorcycle for at least two years or have passed a safety course. Motorcyclists would be required to buy additional insurance at least $20,000 of first party medical benefits coverage in case they are involved in an accident.

My question is do you think it will bring more bikers in, and do you go helmetless if you have the option?

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I think it will attract more bikers. Here in NYS I have friends who drive to PA just to take their silly hats off. A few years ago while in Portland, ME I noticed people riding w/o helmets. There is a hotness factor when you see a gorgeous woman throw her leg over a bike and ride away, hair blowing in the wind. That was when I realized that a lot of women who are "afraid to ride" may actually be afraid to deal with helmet hair.

Once on a ride to PA I popped my lid and rode for about 2 hours. I didn't find it liberating, but I did notice that nearly all the PA bikers were wearing helmets. Nearly all the topless riders we saw were sporting NY plates.

If the law in NY changed I probably would occasionally ride w/o, but then I used to think I'd drive w/o a seat belt too. Now I'm uncomfortable driving in a parking lot with out the belt. I think I'd be the same way with a helmet.
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As with seat belts in a cage,every state should make it optional for riders 21 and up to wear a helmet or not while riding a bike,just my opinion. I don't think states should impose these restrictions on us....after all its the driver that suffers any consequences.
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I'm from Ohio were it's not required to wear one, but have lived in Ga. the past four years and have to wear a helmet. When ever I go back I stop at the rest area just over the Tenn. Ky. state line and replace my helmet with a doo rag. I avoid W.Va. when I'm there just so I dont have to put it back on. Have been to eastern Ga. cpl times and have detoured to S. Carolina just so could ride without it.
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I always wear a full face and always will. Non-helmet riders make fun of me in the summer and I laugh at them in hail storms.

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Here in Kansas, it's your choice. I usually do wear mine, but it's nice to have that choice. I have friends who won't ride to Missouri because you have to have a helmet. Too each their own.

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I always wear a full face and always will.
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I live in pa and wear mine 99 percent of the time, plus it keaps the wife quiet but those crazy hot summer days it's nice to ride without !!

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Of course it makes sense to wear a helmet. I religiously wear a half helmet so I get more air. Why have a motorcycle if you can't enjoy being outside the cage. My helmet has saved me twice from hitting my head while stopped.(loose gravel or oil) My wife nags me if I don't wear it!!!!! Love is a good thing......
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I've always worn a full face helmet, and always will.
I went down HARD on Oct.23,2011 and My helmet (Nolan Trilogy) was wrecked, but IT DID IT'S JOB. I can't say what would have happened to me If I wasn't wearing it, but I know It would have been much worse.
I have a wife, family and company that I feel an obligation to. For me it would be unacceptable to risk it all for something as silly as feeling the wind in my hair..

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