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View Poll Results: Helmet usage in "no helmet" states
Yes...always wear one...I have a brain. 62 98.41%
Sometimes I take it off if it's hot. 1 1.59%
I wear a pudding bowl helmet like the cruiser guys wear...I look tough. 0 0%
No, I like the breeze in my hair...and bugs in my teeth. 0 0%
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I made a quick trip to Cedar Pointe yesterday.http://www.cedarpoint.com/public/par...ters/index.cfm Check out the Vids for the Maverick. OMG If you love roller coasters...this is the place to go!
That being said, it shocks me when traveling in OH to see grown adults riding with no helmet, long pants, jacket, etc... My question for the folks on this site is, if you live in a "no-helmet" state. Do you still wear your helmet? Blows me away to see No Gear All The Time.

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If I'm on a bike I have a helmet on. Pavement hurts.

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I live close to Idaho, a no helmet state. I have seen people there riding in as little as a tiny pair of short pants and sunglasses. No shoes, no gear of any kind. And not just one person, one time. Rather frequent occurrence, actually.

I've also seen guys with really nice tats across their backs...except where part has been erased by road rash.
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I've also seen guys with really nice tats across their backs...except where part has been erased by road rash.
Wow. The worst part of that is that you're seeing it because they're still riding without a shirt even after losing a lot of skin.
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I live in ohio, and just the other day i saw some fool on his "hog" with no shirt. Smart folks in Ohio.
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it's almost 90 degrees outside, and as hot as it is , I will have all my gear on, period! I know it's uncomfortable, but it only takes lowsiding once......


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I live in Ohio as well. From what I see I am in the clear minority by wearing a helmet all the time. My favorites are the many sportbike riders who ride with their helmets hanging off the side of the bike secured to the helmet hooks. See it all the time.
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Just came back from about a 20 mile ride out for dinner and back. In that time I saw 1. a guy on a Harley with no shirt, or pants (he had on shorts) no helmet and sandals on his feet. 2. 4 Harleys with guys wearing the bowls on their heads, jeans and tee shirts, 3. A BMW - he had on a jacket and helmet - Yay! but jeans and sneakers. 4. a couple in shorts and tank tops - girl had a helmet, guy was brainless. I guess. 5. Me - Hi viz jacket, gloves, helmet, pants and boots - hot at stop signs but figure I would rather not lose a lot of skin if anything happens. by the way - in PA.
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Maryland has a helmet law but I see everything else (sandals, t-shirts, shorts, etc.) I remember riding as a teenager without any gear at all and it is a very free feeling. That being said, I'm also very happy that I didn't ever get hurt because I'm no beauty queen, but I do like the way I look.

Worked with a guy who rode Harleys and looked just like ZZ Top because he unfortunately scrapped off his chin in an accident.

I'm older now, a little more cautious, and prefer to sweat and be safe. I equate riding without gear to swimming in your birthday suit. A very "free" feeling, but you just don't do it.
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I wear ATGATT about 99.9% when on my bike but may take a short mile long ride to my mailbox and back or to cool off after mowing the grass. I do feel weird and almost naked without my gear though and would never leave my neighborhood without it.

My friends just bought their new cruisers a few weeks after I bought my new bike in April. Apparently, they are too cool for gear.
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Like in Ohio...................I can never figure out a state that has a seatbelt law, but no helmet law ??????

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Yeah, riding through PA a few weeks ago I got to see plenty of guys with no gear/no helmets. Like many above have said, I've done the mile trip to the convenience store with just helmet,jeans and a t-shirt, it's unsettling, borderline frightening. Knowing that if anything happens, denim and cotton are all that's between you and pavement, not cool. I don't have links but there are plenty of videos on youtube under "helmet law". Listening to people talk about helmets only help up to 13 mph and that they're a myth...The idea that somebody would choose direct skull impact to pavement over a helmet is
beyond ludicrous to me.

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I guess that's natures way of weeding out the idiots. As sad as that is.

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We can each be responsible for our own actions, respect others to do the same. We don't need a government to take care of us - in fact the government's attempts to take care of us typically makes things worse.
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When I go out riding I always have my helmet, jacket, boots, gloves and jeans. I have a leather jacket and armored pants on order.

That being said I do not believe there should be any helmet, or seat belt laws. If I want to ride without one I will.

When I go down to the beach home I ride my moped without any gear. The speed limit is 25, but never get above 20 tops. I know that will still hurt, but I'm willing to risk it. I like the choice.

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I equate riding without gear to swimming in your birthday suit. A very "free" feeling, but you just don't do it.
I ALMOST always go ATGATT on the bike, but frequently "wear" my birthday suit while swimming and doing yardwork. I did move my wife's Harley in the yard once sans gear of any sort. Shifting up to neutral and finding the kickstand was a bit uncomfortable to my tenderfoot.

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I always wear my lid, (full-face, not skid lid), but must join in giving the helmet/seatbelt laws the thumbs down. Let people disregard their own personal well-being. I'll buckle up, thanks.

Wife-to-be has seen, more than once, a girl zipping around on a supersport, Hayabusa perhaps, sporting a bikini and flip-flops. Once in bare feet. Apparently the daredevil gene is not exclusive to males.

But yeah, the number of riders in shorts and sandals astounds me. I simply cannot wrap my brain around it.

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,but to others its their funeral. Nothing can be done anyway. You make a law and there people to break it and there are people who will blame Obama for it.

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Its law in NZ to wear a helmet and wear a seat belt and I think its nuts not to wear a helmet and correct safety gear as even a slow spill down the road will tear your flesh up
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