I agree that more sportbike types wear gear than cruiser types, but here in Houston, it has become a fashion for squids riding literbikes to ride helmetless - they have a helmet, but they like to hang it from the helmet lock. Don't know why, but the Suzuki crowd seems to do this more. These guys invariably have 2" of chicken strip on their tires. On a tight road, I could leave their asses even if I was riding a skateboard. They have as much business on literbikes as I do flying the fookin' space shuttle.