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I'm sure this has been talked about before, but this has been bugging me. Why do some people ride around on a sportbike with their helmet attached to the helmet lock, and not on their head? Where is the logic in this?

Is there some type of law that says you need a helmet with you and not on you?

It looks very dumb. :rolleyes
 

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Some states don't have helmet laws, maybe they want them on the lock for show? or a passenger? I don't see why it matters if someone has a helmet on or not, or there reason for it.

i agree it's dumb and not a good idea, but it doesn't hurt me any so let them do what they want and not second guess it
 

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I agree they can do what ever they want, but I'll be the first one grinning when their brains slip out of their skull. Darwin at work.

It's that spend the money on a helmet and have it on their bike, yet don't wear it. Just makes no sense. I don't think it would be for a passenger. Since not to many people out there are going to buy someone a helmet. As you should know helmets come in different sizes and don't fit everyone.
 

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Yea that is a point, well maybe they had planned on just cruising and used the helmet when they go to canyons?
 

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Depends on the state i guess. In NH you don't need a helmet, but in VT you do, so maybe they have it if they're in a state that doesn't require them to wear it, but from one that does.
Either way...pretty dumb but like you guys said....as long as it doesn't hurt me.
 

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didn't even think about that one. When I ride with my dad, once we cross the border into SC, he puts his helmet in his saddle bags due to their no helmet law. I feel to vulnerable without mine so it stays on.
 

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Me and my boyz don't wear helmetz cuz it messes up our boy-band hairdos and the chicks can't see how cool we look riding down to Starbucks to hang out in the parking lot. We just bring the helmetz so we can give rides to hot chicks.
 

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Agree that not wearing a helmet isn't the brightest thing to do. CA passed a helmet law only about 12 or 15 years ago. It was hard fought mainly by Harley groups.

Actually, other riders not wearing helmets HAVE an impact on those of us who do wear one. Increased injuries lead to increased medical costs and increased insurance for all riders.
 

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It does hurt you, insurance costs, people associating YOU (the responsible rider) for not wearing a helmet and acting like a squid, healthcare costs, etc.

It does hurt you. Just indirectly. Sure it's their head that turns into mashed potatos when they put their bike into a semi coming around the corner, but YOUR insurance rate will go up, the sport that YOU enjoy gets a bad rap, YOUR healthcare costs will go up (e.g. premiums and copays, etc.).

I realized though in my short 25 years here on planet Earth that some people are either too ignorant or dumb for common sense, so get used to it.
 

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Saw some of that today here in SC, and I saw so much down in the Florida panhandle on Memorial Day weekend that it made me sick, dudes doing 100 passing cars with the helmet on the side..
 

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Maybe its not their helmet? Maybe its for a female? Maybe it holds the bike balanced while in turns, maybe the lock is broken and he could never take it off, maybe he doesn't want to wear it.
 

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Im sure he had it on there for the ladies, but this post reminded me of my girlfriends dad telling me how when they first introduced the helmet laws here in Michigan they did is gradually. First they only required you to have a helmet located somewhere on the bike. You didn't have to wear it. Then the following year they required the riders to wear helmets at all times. Im not trying to jack your thread, but consider it a tid bit of information :)
 

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who knows but I see people around town here all time time in shorts, t-shirt and no helmet, I don't even care anymore.
 

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Here in KS, we have a seatbelt law (which states that EVERYONE must wear a seatbelt or a ticket can be issued), but, yet, no helmet law. It's very odd. On the other hand, I do believe in freedom of choice, albeit, dumb choices in many cases. I'm not sure insurance companies would drop premium much, if at all, if we all had helmet laws.
 

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I'm not sure insurance companies would drop premium much, if at all, if we all had helmet laws.
There are other benefits that would be had if everybody acted responsibily by wearing gear at all times. It would drastically cut down the number of injuries and deaths reported in motorcycle related "accidents".

Think about it: Motorcycling as a safe sport. Such a novel idea, right? I hate when people tell me how dangerous the sport is. Its knuckleheads like those that bring down the sport for everybody.
 

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Don't misunderstand what I said, not that you did. I am totally for wearing helmets, but making a law to do so doesn't directly affect me as I wear on anyway. I can handle people telling me how dangerous it is. In fact, my mom told me recently how someone from her home town died. My response 'was he wearing a helmet'. Hers: "no". That tells a lot in most cases. Everyone knows the risk when they saddle up, even those in full out gear, but it's their choice to make. I can appreciate the feel of having the wind in your hair, it's just a choice I no longer make, and wonder how I ever did.

Back on topic, I've seen people with the helmets strapped on, and I surely don't understand either.
 

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Don't misunderstand what I said, not that you did. I am totally for wearing helmets, but making a law to do so doesn't directly affect me as I wear on anyway. I can handle people telling me how dangerous it is. In fact, my mom told me recently how someone from her home town died. My response 'was he wearing a helmet'. Hers: "no". That tells a lot in most cases. Everyone knows the risk when they saddle up, even those in full out gear, but it's there choice to make. I can appreciate the feel of having the wind in your hair, it's just a choice I no longer make, and wonder how I ever did.

Back on topic, I've seen people with the helmets strapped on, and I surely don't understand either.
Yah, it should be the riders choice, however I would have no problem if they passed laws across the country. Although I don't have a bike yet, I always plan on wearing one, I don't want to be a vegetable one day. :)
 

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I can handle people telling me how dangerous it is. In fact, my mom told me recently how someone from her home town died. My response 'was he wearing a helmet'. Hers: "no". That tells a lot in most cases.

Back on topic, I've seen people with the helmets strapped on, and I surely don't understand either.
That's the story! Everybody here's about this accident, and it was so-and-so, etc. and at this intersection, at this time of day, etc. but it would never make print if that person was wearing a helmet! Maybe in the police log for a fender-bender, but that's it. Not a fatality!

Maybe its because in MA its mandatory... we don't have the choice. And I'm glad that some states make it mandatory. Some people just can't protect themselves from themselves. However, I frequent NH and RI where the helmet laws are lax (or non-existent) and it seems more and more riders have something on their heads at least comparatively to years prior. :cheers
 

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"It raises insurance costs... they cost society..." Etc...

The best arguments I've heard yet for opposing national health care. I love how people want to be there for each other with socialised medicine, but then use it as it excuse to regulate what I do with my life.

Keep your money and socialist programs to yourself if you intend on telling me to wear a hat and gloves everytime the weather dips below freezing.

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It does hurt you, insurance costs, people associating YOU (the responsible rider) for not wearing a helmet and acting like a squid, healthcare costs, etc.

It does hurt you. Just indirectly. Sure it's their head that turns into mashed potatos when they put their bike into a semi coming around the corner, but YOUR insurance rate will go up, the sport that YOU enjoy gets a bad rap, YOUR healthcare costs will go up (e.g. premiums and copays, etc.).

I realized though in my short 25 years here on planet Earth that some people are either too ignorant or dumb for common sense, so get used to it.
 

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I keep mine on the lock if I'm just going down the road a bit. I live work and play in different cities, they're about 15-20 miles from one another in a triangle form. Going from one to another, I wear the helmet. Once I'm there and say I want to go to the post office, or McDonald's, I'll leave it on the lock.
 
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