This sort of stems from the full face helmet thread, and I have seen many threads like it on this board. So, please nobody take this as an insult or whatever. Its just my curiousity getting the better of me.
Why is it that the vocal majority of this board is so hugely safety oriented?
Don't get me wrong, I work in a dangerous industry where one wrong move could wipe out southern NJ and Philadelphia, literally killing millions of people. So I certainly understand safety, not just for myself, but moreso for the people around me.
I do understand certain safety procedures should always be explained to new people, and then they must make their own choices from there. I agree wholeheartedly.
But every time someone mentions helmets here, there is a torrent of responses saying "Only a full face is any good and I don't see why anybody would wear anything else" etc. Of course, you always hear "the full face saved my life" and "so-and-so wouldn't be here today without his helmet".
Of course, I respect anyone's opinion and the right to express it. I guess I just don't see things from the same angle.
I ride my motorcycle both for basic transportation to and from work (1/2 hour drive each way), and for recreation. Before buying my Meanie (which is my first road bike), I road for about 10-12 years off road, both motorcycles and ATV's. I have been on the road for 2 years, about 9000 miles on my MS. Yes, I am relatively new to some of you, and maybe not so much to others.
Straight to my point: I can't see a good reason to be in total discomfort during an activity that I consider recreation. In 90 degree heat, I refuse to wear anything more than a t-shirt and half helmet. I sweat through that in 5 minutes!!
I tried using full face helmets, and to me, they suck. As most of you know, I'm a very large person, 6'3", 400 pounds. Nobody makes a full face helmet that will fit me. The closest thing I have found is an HJC that I did buy. It is so constricting, hot, and overall uncomfortable that I would rather not ride than wear that damn thing. My nose hits the chin guard, and my cheeks are pressed by the cheek pads so I can even close my mouth. And trust me folks, nobody makes a bigger helmet. I spent 6 months ordering and trying on the biggest helmets from every manufacturer. My size 8-1/4 head just doesn't fit.
Same thing with riding jackets, chaps, etc. I wear my leathers when it gets cold outside. That is what I bought them for. I am not wearing a jacket in the heat of summer. Yes, some of the fancy, very expensive jackets have vents and whatnot. But I overheat in a t-shirt, let alone body armor!! Plus, go try to find a 5XL-Tall. Nobody makes one.
So, both by default and by choice, I ride in jeans, boots, t-shirt, and half helmet or none at all where allowed. When it gets colder I wear my leather jacket, and if its very cold my chaps.
It also seems that most of the people I see on the road do the same as I do. So it makes me wonder why most of the people on this board hold the opinions you do have about safety, and why you are so forcefully vocal about it.