Originally posted by rockstar84
Most of the cruiser guys in NH and VA were't wearing helmets when I've been there. In some states it's not a law. I say your better off riding harder on a sportbike and dressing for the crash, then you are putsing around on a cruiser in shorts and sunglasses. It's his choice, if it were legal, who cares whether or not he wears a helmet.quote]
I hope you didnt see riders without helmets in VA, helmets are MANDATORY in VA! Not only were they riding like idiots but they were illegal also!!
I think I understand your feeling on how wearing a helmet can increase your chance of neck injury. I think you're implying that the added weight of a helmet will add leverage to whatever force is sending your head jerking in whatever direction, and multiplies the injury because of the total resulting weight of your head with helmet on it.Originally posted by killer2600
Yea that guy is pretty out of it, doesn't even have long pants on. But I will say I see part of his view, if throughout his whole riding lifetime he never goes down in the end he can say he rode just the way he wanted to aside from having to wear his helmet. And about helmets everyone has their view, as for me personally I wear a helmet for two reasons to prevent the cracking open of my skull and to provide wind and airborne crap protection but I still feel that even having the helmet is dangerous. Sure it protects my skull but at the same time it exposes my neck to greater potential injury. I'll still wear my helmet because of the law and the double benefit but everytime I hear about a rider who went down and their helmet caught something and prevented head damage (i.e. chin bar stops car's tow bar from going though riders jaw) I always get concerned about neck injury.
Oh and that cruiser dumb doesn't represent stereotypical harley riders, at least not the ones I know and see. It's true harley riders are opposed to mandatory helmets (mostly because of my previously mentioned head neck thing) but most all of them believe in wearing their leathers, even on the warm days.