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Mark in Houston
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I was just backing down the driveway on a steeper than typical slope and away we went. I tried to save it, but couldn't and went with it. My head whacked the concrete pretty hard, but thank goodness for the helmet. and here I thought scooting over to the corner store bare headed was OK.
 

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20 years ago i wore a helmet maybe 25% of the time. I got my 900 in june
and havent (and wont) ride w/o it, ever. a couple of my buddies asked me
why i wear a helmet, I tell them "I have a wife and kids, Im guessing they'd
like me around awhile longer"
 

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Yay Helmets! :D
 

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Hard lesson. Glad it was just the hard hat that was damaged.
 

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I was just backing down the driveway on a steeper than typical slope and away we went. I tried to save it, but couldn't and went with it. My head whacked the concrete pretty hard, but thank goodness for the helmet. and here I thought scooting over to the corner store bare headed was OK.
Cool beans! If you're not gonna buy lottery tickets, you should at least get in the Kawi Karma- it's your lucky day!
 

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As much as I would like the right to ride w/o one, after a couple years back in the saddle, I don't think I would go w/o now. Too much other stuff in my life I want to be around for, for a long long time. Thankful along with you that you're OK.
 

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I wear a helmet about 50% of the time. But then again, I've always said that when I die, I hope it's while I'm doing something I enjoy and I hope it's messy. LOL :p
 

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I have never understood the saying: "When I die, I hope its doing something I like?" How about: "When I die, I would like to have been doing the things I like in general, regardless of how I die." Personally, I'd like to LIVE so that I can CONTINUE doing the things that I like.

I understand (to a point) those who think that the discomfort of a helmet makes riding unenjoyable to the point that wearing one makes them enjoy life less. I don't agree with it, but I understand it. But to say that it's OK to be unsafe because dieing while riding is somehow a better death... just doesn't make sense to me.

Please, no offense is intended. This may not be what you are saying at all. It just sounds that way to me. If I've misinterpreted your meaning, I appologize. I teach logic and physics for a living and have been accused of parsing words a bit too much.
 

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I have never understood the saying: "When I die, I hope its doing something I like?" How about: "When I die, I would like to have been doing the things I like in general, regardless of how I die." Personally, I'd like to LIVE so that I can CONTINUE doing the things that I like.
Good point. Of course death isn't always the outcome. So, when one goes without a helmet, one should consider whether he or she would enjoy doing coloring books poorly, drooling, and wearing Depends for the rest of their natural lives - in an institution not of their choice.

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I'd say even if you paid hundreds of dollars for your helmet, its well worth the price even if you wiped out going backwards down a driveway.
I wore a helmet back when I had my first dirt bike in 1978 (250 CanAm) so I'm used to wearing one. I have two helmets I use, a Stance, full face by Z1R and a half helmet with faceshield by HJR. The half helmet is used when its blazingly hot out. My full face I use about 90 percent of the time.

Lucky...
 

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I was just backing down the driveway on a steeper than typical slope and away we went. I tried to save it, but couldn't and went with it. My head whacked the concrete pretty hard, but thank goodness for the helmet. and here I thought scooting over to the corner store bare headed was OK.
Hope you plan on replacing that helmet now. It did its job. Glad you wore it!!
 

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Mark in Houston
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yup, I guess I better replace it, even though I can't tell there was any damage other than scratches. It was a 3/4 HJC with clear face shield, that I used at night. I use a modular Nolan with extra pull down shade visor most of the time. I like that one, although it tends to fog and be hot in Houston summers. I'll probably get another HJC since I have tons of extra visors to fit it, but at least now I can match my red bike.
 

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20 years ago i wore a helmet maybe 25% of the time. I got my 900 in june
and havent (and wont) ride w/o it, ever. a couple of my buddies asked me
why i wear a helmet, I tell them "I have a wife and kids, Im guessing they'd
like me around awhile longer"

^ Ditto. Course, if I upped the life insurance a bit more, then it might become a toss-up...:lol:
 

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yup, I guess I better replace it, even though I can't tell there was any damage other than scratches. It was a 3/4 HJC with clear face shield, that I used at night. I use a modular Nolan with extra pull down shade visor most of the time. I like that one, although it tends to fog and be hot in Houston summers. I'll probably get another HJC since I have tons of extra visors to fit it, but at least now I can match my red bike.
A tad off subject but a reliable contributor to Motorcycle Consumer News raves about a product called "Cat Crap" (really) for anti fogging. Haven't tried it myself but I intend to. Dont try to save a buck by going to the litter box.;)

Cat Crap Products : Ek EKcessories

Sherm
 

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Organ donors

My wife call people on bikes that don't wear helmets "Organ Donors". She is a nurse and sees it first hand.

My life has been saved by a helmet. A friend of mine wasn't so lucky even though he wore his helmet when riding. One day he was riding in the driveway not paying attention, he fish-tailed in sand and got flipped off the bike. He hit his head and spent the next ten years in a slow recovery. He leads a fairly normal life now but what a shame. Riding slowly in town or traffic is when you are more likely to get clipped by another vehicle and flipped straight up. When you come down you will hit your head. unless you land on you butt. That can be just as bad for some people because that is where there head is.
 

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Several years ago a friend and I were out riding on a bright sunny day. He lost control of his CB 750 in a right hand corner and left the road on the left side. Took out about 75 feet of barbed wire fence and bounced off a telephone pole. Several broken bones, bruses you wouldn't ever want to look at, and totaled the Honda, his head however stayed intact because he was wearing a helmet. My friend recovered and that scuffed and scared helmet sat on a filing cabinet in the Safety Office of the Naval Air Station we were station at for several years. I don't get on my bike without one ever.
 

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I tell my hard-headed buddies that I wear a full face helmet because my parents spent a lot of money on my braces when I was a kid, and the least that I could do is keep my teeth in my mouth!

Miss America I am not, but I'd like to keep what I have scar free and intact.
 

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Good point. Of course death isn't always the outcome. So, when one goes without a helmet, one should consider whether he or she would enjoy doing coloring books poorly, drooling, and wearing Depends for the rest of their natural lives - in an institution not of their choice.

Sherm
That's the scary truth, not every head injured biker will die.

I'm surprised at how I have hurt myself in low speed or slow type accidents over the last 35 years of riding. No broken noggins yet, thanks to my helmet. But an arm or two, leg here, some scrapes and stitches, heck that's nothing compared to the head injury.
 
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