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 What type of helmet do you wear, if any?
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James R. Davis
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GoldWing 1500

Posted - 08/06/2005 :  6:48 PM Follow poster on Twitter  Join poster on Facebook as Friend    DetailDetail                        Like
Poll Question:
Regardless of whether or not there is a helmet law where you live, what kind of helmet do you usually wear?

Results:
No hemet   [2%] 3 votes 
Shorty or Beanie   [12%] 22 votes 
3/4   [24%] 44 votes 
Full-face   [63%] 117 votes 
= Guests (91 votes)


Poll Status: Closed  »»   Total Votes: 186 counted  »»   Last Vote: 11/04/2005 2:23 PM 

kiddal
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SE, Indiana
USA

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KLR650

Posted - 08/12/2005 :  8:45 PM
This board is obviously more well protected than the average motorcyclist. Does anyone know what helmet use statistics are for the USA as a whole?

The logical follow ups would be a poll for states with mandatory helmet laws and one for states without.

Edited by - kiddal on 08/12/2005 8:46 PM
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kiddal
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SE, Indiana
USA

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KLR650

Posted - 08/15/2005 :  7:40 PM
This poll is pretty incredible to me. I would have to estimate helmet usage to be no more than 10% in my area.

I assume people who find this site are already fairly concerned with safety. Although I wonder how many non-helmet wearers find a site like this and quickly tune it out because it contains subjects they "don't want to think about". Or maybe some people find this site and "get religion" about wearing a helmet. That might make for an interesting poll.
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kiddal
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KLR650

Posted - 08/15/2005 :  8:50 PM
From http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/pdf/nr...5/809867.pdf

In the USA as a whole 58% wear a DOT compliant helmet, 11% wear a non-DOT helmet. It's 48%/6% on average in states that do not require a helmet.
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jollyroger
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St. Charles, MO
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Springer Classic

Posted - 08/16/2005 :  7:10 AM
quote:
Originally posted by kiddal

From http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/pdf/nr...5/809867.pdf

In the USA as a whole 58% wear a DOT compliant helmet, 11% wear a non-DOT helmet. It's 48%/6% on average in states that do not require a helmet.


100% of me wears a helmet...that's the only stat I'm concerned with...
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kiddal
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Posted - 08/16/2005 :  1:18 PM
quote:
Originally posted by jollyroger

100% of me wears a helmet...that's the only stat I'm concerned with...

That's too bad. You could have a positive influence on others.
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James R. Davis
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Posted - 08/16/2005 :  1:34 PM Follow poster on Twitter  Join poster on Facebook as Friend  
Time to start using Private Messages, no?
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Rune Divander
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UPPSALA, UPPSALA
Sweden

Yamaha

XJ900 1991

Posted - 09/06/2005 :  6:22 AM
In Sweden there is a law! You very seldom see any bikers without helmet.

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Sunny Girl
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9 Posts


Palestine, Texas
USA

Yamaha

650

Posted - 09/06/2005 :  8:51 AM
We have the Shoei helmets...are those considered the 3/4ths coverage? That's how I voted in poll. Wouldn't dream of riding without it![
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don_hud
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Houston, Texas
USA

Yamaha

1997 Virago XV1100

Posted - 09/06/2005 :  9:06 AM
You can't tell what type of helmet it is from the brand, but I think that most Shoei helmets are full faced helmets. I have two Shoei helmets and they are considered one of the best. Both of mine are full faced helmets.
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scottrnelson
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Pleasanton, CA
USA

KTM

990 Adv, XR650L

Posted - 09/06/2005 :  11:30 AM
The Shoei web site says that they make full-face, open-face, and off-road helmets.

If there is a part of the helmet in front of your mouth, it's a full-face helmet (or maybe off-road). If not, it's an open-face helmet.
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kiddal
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SE, Indiana
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Kawasaki

KLR650

Posted - 09/06/2005 :  2:43 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Sunny Girl

We have the Shoei helmets...are those considered the 3/4ths coverage?
If, after the crash, you are missing all your teeth, have a broken nose and road rash on your face, you are wearing a 3/4.
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jimvw57
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21 Posts


Red Wing, MN
USA

Posted - 09/10/2005 :  5:50 PM
Roughly 3 weeks since m crash and the Helmet did it's job. I still got my share but I am not re-learning how to walk. Still got a broken collarbone and 3 broken ribs. I felt/heard my head bounce 3 times. sounded like a bowling ball. New helmet is on order.
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travismhood
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63 Posts


american canyon, ca
USA

Yamaha

xs750 sf

Posted - 09/10/2005 :  9:26 PM
that made me like my helmet a little more. still kinda a libertarian though.
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marsam
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Birkirkara
Malta

Yamaha

Dragstar & Vmax

Posted - 10/11/2005 :  10:33 AM   Join poster on Facebook as Friend  
While on the subject of helmets, I'd like to recall a statistic quoted in David L. Hough's book Proficient Motorcycling, that states that the majority of helmet strikes in accidents are to the left and right chin areas. to be more specific 19.4% on the right chin area and 15.2% on the left.

It is clear that a full face helmet is better than all the other types at providing the protection where it is really required.
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Indiana Randy
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Fort Wayne, Indiana
USA

Honda

2000 Magna V4 750

Posted - 10/11/2005 :  10:51 AM
Right you are, Mario. I would include the 'flip front' helmet in the full face protection category. They're closer to a solid full face than they are a 3/4 IMHO.
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The Postman
Junior Member
62 Posts


Baltimore, MD
USA

Suzuki

Power Cruiser

Posted - 06/22/2010 :  7:27 AM
I am kind of sad to say I just ordered a DOT half helmet with patriotic colors. I have two full face helmets and a 3/4 face [which I almost never wear]. Since I joined this site before buying a bike, I definitely am a full face supporter.

However I'm getting these to wear mainly for Memorial Day and July 4 rides.

Edited by - The Postman on 07/02/2010 9:19 AM
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