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I have found Nirvana in the 90 degree heat

I ditched my full face for a half helmet and ear plugs, I love it!

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Glad you like it.


Here is why I will always wear full face helmets:

Germany tracks where first impact or most of the damage was on the helmet in a motorcycle crash.
As you can see in this picture, 45% of all first impacts are in the area not covered by a 3/4 or half helmet:




Helmet post-crash of a fellow forum member (other forum):




And another member (same other forum):




Sorry to be such a buzz-kill, but I felt compelled to bring this to people's attention.
We all make our choices and take our chances.
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GREAT SHARE PRETBEK!!!!!

In all the years of riding, I have never seen those stats before. Very good to know. Personally, I HATE half helmets and would never be caught without full face. This is a personal decision and not directed against Canyonwlf7
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+1 on wearing a Full Face Helmet
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Wow, Pretbek. That's a picture.

This is nothing against Canyonwlf7.

I would like relate an accident that happened to my brother 10 years ago.
My bro always wore his Shoei X8 but on that day he decided to wear a half helmet on his Kawasaki Zephyr.
A car turn in front of him and he braked hard. He flew above the handlebars and landed on his chin on the road. Luckily it was just a hard knock and not scrapping on the road.

He broke a couple of teeth and got a scar on his top lip.
After years of attention, I see his back to his handsome self.
What he told me on the hospital bed was, "What a fcuk up, should have worn my full face".
I fcuked him more because I bought him the X8.

A full face also keeps the bugs from splatting on my face in the mornings and nights.

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I see guys riding full blown litre bikes wearing shorts and flip flops too. And like your new open faced helmet, the I'm sure it feels great as long as nothing bad happens, but boy oh boy...

"When It Rains, Get Wet"
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I always wear full face helmet with mesh jacket and I commute everyday in hot humid houston.
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I wore a shorty on my previous bike but I found it to be uncomfortable because it was always trying to lift off my damn head if I went anywhere faster than 35mph. In the Memphis heat some days I miss it.

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I have found Nirvana in the 90 degree heat .

No Sir, Nirvana is not about taking risk and best to get full face protection. Here, we sort of ride in an oven with full gear all the time.

Of course, if your found Nirvana in Half helmet and ear plug, then thats you'r choice and wish you

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I fully understand all the above comments, I have always worn an Arai full face, but love the feel of the half helmet with ear plugs, everything in life is a calculated risk
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I fully understand all the above comments, I have always worn an Arai full face, but love the feel of the half helmet with ear plugs, everything in life is a calculated risk

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As the old adage goes:

"It is better to sweat, than Bleed"

+1 on always wearing a Full Face helmet.

In fact a buddy just went down this past weekend, he was wearing his full face Arai. Before we even had the bike loaded, he said how do people not wear helmets, and handed me his. The Left side was all scraped up and where his left eye was, would probably be missing.

Would rather be a buzz kill, than posting you are not with us anymore.

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Coming from a dirt bike background, racing MX and Harescramble, I always use a FF helmet. I can't tell you how many times the chin bar saved my face in a crash. I have to agree, it seems to hit first more often than not.

That being said, my wife rides alot with her half helmet and I always tell her if she goes down I doubt her pretty face will ever be the same. New riders don't seem to care as much as those that have crashed or have been close to someone that has crashed. I have crashed too many times to understand and appreciate gear, on the road and in the dirt.

It is a personal risk we all must make our own choices about. But sadly alot of time our choices and the consequenses affect those close to us.

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Coming from a dirt bike background, racing MX and Harescramble, I always use a FF helmet. I can't tell you how many times the chin bar saved my face in a crash. I have to agree, it seems to hit first more often than not.

That being said, my wife rides alot with her half helmet and I always tell her if she goes down I doubt her pretty face will ever be the same. New riders don't seem to care as much as those that have crashed or have been close to someone that has crashed. I have crashed too many times to understand and appreciate gear, on the road and in the dirt.

It is a personal risk we all must make our own choices about. But sadly alot of time our choices and the consequenses affect those close to us.

Mike
I high sided one time and my face (ff helmet ) hit so hard it blew the face shield right off the helmet also broke some ribs .I found the shield about 10-15 feet away from me. I would hate to think what might of been without a ff helmet . But I also believe in freedom of choice wear what you want .
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I think I'm going back to the full face!

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Big fan of the modular(flip) helmets.Best of both worlds.

I can put my helmet on over my sunglasses,drink,smoke and spit with it on.

Freedom,Baby!
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Which Modular would you recommend?

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Both HJC and KBC have similar helmets w/ push-button tinted half visor w/face shield.

Check out the locking mechanism as some are not metal and a bit cheesy.
That said,they do not get the Snell certification,only DOT. I guess because they are not as impact hardy as a conventional full-face.

I believe the best and probably most expensive modular is the German helmet Schuberth.
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I would not ride around the block without a full face helmet, this is my helmet after a dear strike in Nova Scotia.

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Big fan of the modular(flip) helmets.Best of both worlds.

I can put my helmet on over my sunglasses,drink,smoke and spit with it on.

Freedom,Baby!
Modular all the way



Only problem is noise so ear plus is a must.
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