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nomad dan
Advanced Member
1276 Posts


Denver, Colorado
USA

Kawasaki

06 Vulcan Nomad 1600
Peer Review: Blocked

Posted - 04/26/2007 :  6:24 PM   DetailDetail                        Like
Poll Question:
How often do you wear your helmet when you ride? The Truth

Let’s make this for the last year in case your habits have changed.


Results:
100% of the time. I never ride with out it, not even once.   [74%] 69 votes 
90. I almost always do.   [19%] 18 votes 
70%. Most of the time I do.   [1%] 1 votes 
50% It just depends on the day or the ride.   [1%] 1 votes 
30% Sometimes I do, but not usually.   [2%] 2 votes 
10% or less. It's just not my thing.   [1%] 1 votes 
100% But it is because I live in a helmet law state and I have to, otherwise it would be less.   [1%] 1 votes 
= Guests (31 votes)


Poll Status: Closed  »»   Total Votes: 93 counted  »»   Last Vote: 05/26/2007 6:38 PM 

Jerry Godell
Male Senior Member
441 Posts


Kansas City, kansas
USA

Harley-Davidson

FXD SuperGlide

Posted - 04/26/2007 :  7:31 PM
My vote was 100%.
I live in an helmet optional state.
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Thom Thumb
Advanced Member
1594 Posts
[Mentor]


Jordan, MN
USA

Harley-Davidson

Sportster XL883

Posted - 04/26/2007 :  8:22 PM
On one occasion about 5 years ago I tried riding without my helmet. I was on a dirt road in the middle of an Iowa corn field, with absolutely no traffic around. But the wind on my eyes was so uncomfortable that I put the helmet back on after perhaps 10 minutes.

TT
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seattlenighthawkrider
Male Junior Member
59 Posts


seattle, wa
USA

Honda

86 VF500 Interceptor

Posted - 04/26/2007 :  11:27 PM
I wear mine even testing my bike down the block and back after adjustments...it's those moments where we say we're just gonna go around the block, no need for a helmet....that could preclude the violent trauma of a head injury.

100% for me

ATGATT, a block...one house down...down the hill to the mailbox....just to the corner store...across town on a slow sunday...doesn't matter when, where, or how far. Stupid people are everwhere, obstacles and dangers are everywhere,they REALLY don't see you, and yes they ALL ARE out to get you!!!
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warhog78
Male Junior Member
78 Posts


Kenosha, Wisconsin
USA

Harley-Davidson

2006 XL1200C

Posted - 04/27/2007 :  12:24 AM
Even if I'm only going 5 blocks down the road for gas; helmet, jacket, gloves, kevlar jeans, and boots... NO EXCEPTIONS, EVER.
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SteveS
Male Advanced Member
1208 Posts
[Mentor]


Toronto, Ontario
Canada

Harley-Davidson

2018 Tri-Gliide

Posted - 04/27/2007 :  8:31 AM
It's the law here in Ontario. And like some others even just down the driveway or when I travel in a "helmet's optional" state I wear mine 100% of the time.

Not always true of chaps or leather pants, but always leather jacket, helmet, gloves, boots, jeans.
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jollyroger
Advanced Member
2157 Posts
[Mentor]


St. Charles, MO
USA

Harley-Davidson

Springer Classic

Posted - 04/27/2007 :  8:46 AM
quote:
Originally posted by fxstSteve

Not always true of chaps or leather pants, but always leather jacket, helmet, gloves, boots, jeans.


Me, too.
I started a habit when I first started riding, to hang my helmet over the brake pedal when it's parked. It's never gone anywhere else--not on a shelf, the seat, anywhere--just seems odd if it weren't there, so it'd be tough to use the brake with my helmet hanging over it..
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Baggsy
Male Advanced Member
721 Posts
[Mentor]


Ottawa, Ontario
Canada

Suzuki

09 Wee

Posted - 04/27/2007 :  11:05 AM
100%.

I've had three concussions while playing sports (rugby, football, hockey).

I was wearing a helmet for the football and hockey.

I don't need my brain shaken up any more.


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bchecket
Male Junior Member
63 Posts


Stallings, NC
USA

Triumph

Bonneville T100

Posted - 04/27/2007 :  4:16 PM
ATGATT...no exceptions for this newbie. And that even includes boots instead of sneakers for the odd trip to the gas station (1/3 mi.) and grocery store (1/4 mi.)
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WarHawk
Male Advanced Member
1796 Posts


Baytown, Texas
USA

Yamaha

'07 V-Star Custom

Posted - 04/27/2007 :  5:11 PM
99.98%

There was that one time I rode from the gas pump to the staging area at the gas station..it was like 30 feet away

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nomad dan
Advanced Member
1276 Posts


Denver, Colorado
USA

Kawasaki

06 Vulcan Nomad 1600

Posted - 04/27/2007 :  8:31 PM
So far I'm surprised, like most people I over estimate how many people are like me. Humans generally tend to think that they are in the majority, even when they are not.

I had assumed that by putting in the 100% that you had to do it every time, not miss even once in the past year, would wash a lot of people out who almost always ride with one, but still call it all of the time.

If people are being honest with their replies, and I have no reason to doubt it, then there are a lot more people who ride with one 100% of the time than I would have guessed.

Like most things, being 95% is sooo much easier than 100%.
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twc
Male Advanced Member
836 Posts
[Mentor]


Fort Collins, CO
USA

Harley-Davidson

Electra Glide Ultra

Posted - 04/27/2007 :  8:44 PM
quote:
Originally posted by nomad dan

...there are a lot more people who ride with one 100% of the time than I would have guessed.


It's heartening, but the mathematician in me just pointed out that this is a self-selected population that's not necessarily representative of the general motorcycling population.
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River
Male Advanced Member
506 Posts
[Mentor]


Chippewa Falls, WI
USA

Kawasaki

Concours

Posted - 04/27/2007 :  9:55 PM
I think that with a motorcycle it is easier to get into a habit that includes the safety gear- especially if you do your once-over check (tire pressure & so on). I check my tires, lights and put on my gear, even if I don't do anything else- so for me, at least, its just part of the routine.

I'd feel nekked (not the good way) w/o a helmet, and after getting pummeled by bugs & pebbles at highway speeds I don't even WANT to ride w/o one.
^o^
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nomad dan
Advanced Member
1276 Posts


Denver, Colorado
USA

Kawasaki

06 Vulcan Nomad 1600

Posted - 04/27/2007 :  11:36 PM
quote:
Originally posted by twc

quote:
Originally posted by nomad dan

...there are a lot more people who ride with one 100% of the time than I would have guessed.


It's heartening, but the mathematician in me just pointed out that this is a self-selected population that's not necessarily representative of the general motorcycling population.




Yup, I realize that this group is more safety conscious than a cross section of the motorcycling public would be. Otherwise we would be watching clips of stoppies etc on the net, not reading this

But even for our self-selected group, I thought that 90-99% would be a larger group than would be the I don’t go without it even once in the past year group.

There are only four others like me at this point in the voting. I thought that even in this group there would be many more.
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shadowrider
Male Advanced Member
602 Posts
[Mentor]


Phoenix, Arizona
USA

Harley-Davidson

FLT Tour Glide

Posted - 05/03/2007 :  8:44 AM
Even though it's not a requirement in AZ, traffic is crazy around Phoenix...I'd be crazy not to wear it.
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guywheatley
Male Junior Member
37 Posts


Texarkana, Texas
USA

Victory

2002 TC Deluxe

Posted - 05/03/2007 :  5:09 PM
Any time I'm on the road, I have the helmet on. The first weekend with the Magna, the wife and I were going for a ride. She was already on and I was backing out of the driveway. I just took a funny step and fell over. Speed 0. Still, when Sharon hit the pavement, we both heard the "crack." It left a heck of a mark on the helmet. Without it, she'd have been in the hosptial ... or worse.
I didn't say 100% because I frequently switch the bikes. One is on the back yard behind a fence, the other under cover in the drive way. When I swap them out, I don't always put on the helmet. I should though, and maybe having to "fess up," here will get me doing it.
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Texmjr
Starting Member
1 Posts


Plano, TX
USA

Honda

Posted - 05/06/2007 :  11:33 AM
I wear my helmet 100 percent of the time. I've seen too many pictures of what "could" happen without it.
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EZ-Rider
Male Starting Member
6 Posts


Erie, PA
USA

Yamaha

94 Virago 750

Posted - 05/21/2007 :  1:07 AM
although im still very much a newbie, i dont wear a helmet against concerns from friends and family, i just like the wind blowing thruogh my hair, makes me feel free like a bird, although i do have exceptions, i wont hit the highway without one.
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trafficdan
Junior Member
40 Posts


Pottstown, PA
USA

Harley-Davidson

2006 Sportster XL883

Posted - 05/21/2007 :  4:13 AM

How do people without helmets avoid wearing this?
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bridwell52
Male Senior Member
377 Posts


Pensacola, FL
USA

BMW

KGT

Posted - 05/21/2007 :  6:10 AM
100%
From Gas pump to staging area, 25ft I will put it on but wont buckle it.
Im like the picture above in that I dont understand how people ride without face sheilds. I have a full faring with tall sheild, face sheild on my helmet and wear glasses. I still get things in my eye every now and then.
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ColoRexer
Male Advanced Member
616 Posts
[Mentor]


Castle Rock, CO
USA

Kawasaki

ZX14

Posted - 05/21/2007 :  7:35 AM
quote:
Originally posted by nomad dan



If people are being honest with their replies, and I have no reason to doubt it, then there are a lot more people who ride with one 100% of the time than I would have guessed.




From my observations in the Denver area, I would guess about 20% helmet use, which is sad. This is definitely a biased group for such a survey.
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