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No, any motorcycle I ride must be properly helmeted.
hah great one ceal! :)
No I would not ride my motorcycle or bicycle w/o a helmet. I wear seatbelts in the car too. Not only because all those things are safer but my kids are watching what I do. Lately though, I think they should replace the steering wheel's airbag with a 6" pointy spike. That might make drivers a little more careful and put down the cell phone.
Yes and No. Around this town H*&& yes, elsewhere not necessarily.
lol-ok caryaudreyfred. i am begging you to please not paint all of use 'cyclists with the same brush! i too see fellow bikers doing stupid manuevers on their scoots; probably more of the "crotch rocket" riders than anything, but yes even some of us harley folks. that just is not me. i do not weave in&out of traffic, i wouldn't dream of riding along the shoulder or going against any traffic or driving law!i suppose your post was good in that i realize that not all drivers are cellphone usin' mickied eatin' child smackin' conversation havin' makup puttin' on negligent drivers! i stand corrected. in fact you made me remember a conversation i had with a co worker just last week; she was telling me that she gives motorcycles the same following distance (car length) as she does a car or truck; i totally appreciate drivers such as those.
Indy, very funny story. Yes, the irony was spewing. Perhaps she prefers long-term suffering to almost instant death? :)
I won't ride my motorcycle 20 feet without a helmet. That being said, I firmly believe you can't protect people from their own stupidity. Perhaps as part of the motorcycle test, everyone should be required to drop a ripe watermelon from a height of no less than 3 feet onto a concrete curb. If they can't figure it out from that, they never will. I have been astonished the last few weeks at the number of absolutely HORRIBLE drivers I've witnessed. I think it's time to sell my beloved Ducati.
nice try davidsmom-but way off.hasn't this question been bandied about quite enough yet? so many accidents and near misses could be avoided if people would hang up their damn cell phones and watch what the H they are doing while driving their "cages". and that is even beyond the pull your head out of your arse folks who drive paying little/no attention to what they're doing. acknowledge motorcycles and don't think that you're a superior being in your car or truck! and also-realize that many bad injury and fatality accidents still happen even with the rider having a helmet on.
I haven't ridden a motorcycle in decades.( The perils of riding can quickly cure one of that joy. )But, I was riding a motorcycle at about the time that the helmet law was repealed in Kansas. It was summer, and I was spending twenty minutes every day in ICU visiting the bedside of a friend who had come under the care of KU Med neurosurgeons. The nurses would see me enter, carrying my helmet, and smile, and then they'd admonish me NOT to quit wearing my helmet now that the law had changed.Their beds were filling up with tragic victims: "In many cases, all we can do is pick pieces of skull out of what's left of the brain and hope they survive."
Marion-Indian Larry died doing a stunt (standing up on his motorcycle) when he died. That's hardly a plausable argument for mandatory use of helmets...perhaps for not doing idiotic stunts on your motorcycle though.Anyway, a personal anecdote... A few years ago I went out on a first date with this woman. The subject of motorcycles came up and informed her that I had a bike and loved to ride. She inquired if I rode with a helmet or not. I responded that I chose not to. While lighting a cigarette (I am a non-smoker mind you) she commented how stupid she thought people were for not wearing helmets when they ride. I was overrun by a truckload of irony....
Sure, just like I'd jump out of a plane w/o a parachute. NOT!!!
People talk about "being aware of motorcycles" all day long but what these motorcyclists are failing to acknowledge is how they themselves are driving. Weaving in and out between cars, riding on the shoulders, etc. It's hard to see you when you don't obey the laws of driving. I don't care if you choose to ride a motorcycle but if you do don't put the burden of your safety on everyone around you. You're the one riding it.
I wear a helmet and a condom, every time.
I used to not wear them, but in today's world with all the extra traffic. I just wouldn't ride off my street with out one.
Helmets are a good thing but in Kansas it is still a choice. And I choose to wear one. What else gets me is when I see sombody riding a motorcycle in a t-shirt, shorts and flip flops, wait till you wipe out wearing that it is going to hurt.
I don't think the founding fathers would ever ride a motorcycle nor know what one looked like. Let's say they did. Would George Washington ride through the Virginia countryside with Martha in the side car? I am wondering if they would wear helmets. They could protect their hair from getting messed up. I don't know if they would have driven 65+ mph through the countryside. Would riding a motorcycle with or without a helmet be a pursuit of happiness for them? Kind of a minor issue to them. The founding fathers would probably fight against more important breaches of freedom that are slowly being taken away today.
The way things have been going lately, I wouldn't ride anything with less than four wheels period.
I just moved here from Massachusetts. It is the law that everyone must wear helmets. Even on bikes. I think it is just a smart thing for everyone to do if you want to live. Everyday I am so surprised to see people not wearing them here..It is just common sense.
People who ride without helmets obviously don't have any brains to protect.
no helmet law in KS so it's personal choice, but kids under 18 are required to wear themkeep your opinions off my body!
I love it when I see a person on a bike with their helmet strapped to the back of the bike.Intelligence.
No matter if you ride or drive there are bad people guiding either type of vehicle. It is up to you to drive the best you can. Do the speed limit, drive defensively, hang up the cell phone, stop eating, stop doing your makeup, stop reading I've seen it, just drive. Bikers, cyclists, whatever you want to be called, you aren't innocent. Don't cut along the shoulder, don't weave in and out of traffic. Everyone is quick to point out the faults of the other side but not willing to acknowledge they are probably guilty themselves. I know I am, but I am improving myself so I don't kill someone.
Wouldn't ride one with or without, actually. I'm just too scared to do it.
I think it's past time for the gov't to stop trying to be my mom. Hell, it'll be illegal soon to run with a stick in your hand because you might put someone's eye out.And, we need more organ donors.Life's not safe and life's not fair. Suck it up.
otherhand- yes...that is exactly what i was thinking.informed- let's just say it didn't last very long...maybe one or two more. i was giving her the benefit of my doubt.
I've done it many times. I'll do it again. If you don't like the way I'm livin, just leave this long haired country boy alone.
I wear a helmet when I ride my motorcycle but I not going to sit here and tell someone else that they need to wear one this is a CHOICE and we don't get very many CHOICES these days and times, so you and big brother needs to butt out!
What is IN your head is a lot more protection than what is ON your head. I ride all the time...seldom wear a helmet. A helmet DEFINITELY cuts down on hearing and peripheral vision.
Doesnt matter what YOU do, matters what that OTHER person driving that semi does.
I often think of all the deaths and head injuries that could be prevented if everyone wore a helmet while driving their automobiles.
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