Join Date: Aug 2011
Year/Make/Model: 2014 Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero ABS SE
Color: Orange SE
The only helmets I've ever owned are/were full face helmets. I've gotten comments, sure. I've also gotten comments because my bike is the wrong brand, the wrong color, the wrong size. When I was a kid I wore glasses and some punk kid called me "four eyes". Some people never grow up. It's really not a big deal. Ride what you want and how you want.
I'm not a safety nazi, I don't scoff at people in half helmets or no helmets. As long as they are enjoying the ride, that's what counts. But full-face helmets definitely offer the best protection; both in a crash and from the elements. (It's nice when hitting debris, dust, smoke, etc., to just be able to close the visor). I HAVE ridden with 3/4 helmets and 1/2 helmets. Personally, I found them to be less comfortable. The half helmet pulled and tugged in the wind, and the 3/4 helmet actually feels goofier than a full face to me; and didn't really feel any different than my full face. The half shell was definitely an uncomfortable lid; and I can see why so many like non-lined 'fake' half helmets; because they don't mushroom out and catch the wind. But, a full face also doesn't catch the wind. The air just moves around it!
A lot of people ask me if I get "hot" and personally I don't. I ride with my vents open and the visor open (with safety glasses underneath). Plenty of airflow.
There's a lot of good reasons to choose a lot of different helmets. Just pick what works for you. Personally, wearing a helmet different than the one you want to wear simply because someone else doesn't like it seems like mismatched priorities! Don't let folks you don't know have that much authority over your life and decision making.
"8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
Romans 5:8 (NIV)
2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS SE
iPod Connector Kit, Kuryakyn Highway Pegs, Mustang Touring Seat, Marvella's Hitch, Kuryakyn Trailer Wiring Kit, Haul-Master Tag-a-Long Cargo Trailer
2011 Honda Shadow Aero 750 (Wife's)
Memphis shades quick-release windshield, OEM Solo Seat, Mustang Fender Bib, Chrome Solo Luggage Rack
Past: 2006 Vulcan 900 Classic LT