You know, I don't think the guy drinking coffee, talking on the phone, picking his nose, driving the Suburban, running the red light, thats gonna smoke you in the intersection, or change lanes without looking out for you is going to care one bit what kind of bike you are riding, what kind of helmet you are wearing, or what you look like. Its your head on the line and what you do to preserve it is your decision. Me, I like to ride within my limits, and wear a full face SNELL approved helmet. But its not always the rider - you gotta look out for everyone around you because I swear they're all blind and/or out to get you. I'm working on getting a leather jacket, pants and boots for next summer.