when I had a honda CL175 in florida for 18 months back in the '70s. I had a 3/4 helmet from Kmart or Sears (metal flake blue, $25 !!)
when I rode my '78 Yamaha IT175 over a period of 30 years, I only had an old old bell white 3/4 helmet, and never wore anything but goggles with it. I never dropped that bike, never even came close.
It wasnt till I took the MSF course, they would not even let you SIT on a their bikes unless you put your gear on, cannot sit on the bike and then put your helmet on. Partly because they did not want anyone passing by to ever say "I saw people on motorcycles there and they were not wearing their helmet/ jacket/ gloves / boots..."
Thats when I really understood that we dont have control over whether we will get hit or knocked off our bikes, we can limit the risk in many ways, but the only thing we do have 100% control over is what we will be wearing if it happens.
I would hate myself if I could not ride for even a weekend if I got hurt because I was not wearing the gear that I have, and I would feel even worse if I got hurt and someone else felt responsible, because they caused the accident, but I was not wearing all my gear.
Dont want to make anyone feel guilty or pressured or shamed, this is just how I feel. Everyone has to do what they think is best for them.
Last edited by KCW; 03-16-2019 at 02:41 PM.