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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-11-2015, 02:20 PM Thread Starter
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No Half Helmet For Me

I've been riding with a modular full face helmet for the last 18 months since I got back into riding. I rode all last summer with that black helmet. It was HOT even with the vents opened. It was great during cooler weather and I added a balaclava for cold weather rides.

So Friday I was at the motorcycle shop and started looking for something that would provide a little more air circulation and a cooler color than black. I looked hard at the half helmets but couldn't convince myself that was the way to go. I settled on a silver 3/4 helmet with a full face shield.

I rode to Mayberry (Mt Airy) by way of Mt. Pilot (Pilot Mountain) today it is about a 35 mile ride one way and wore my new helmet. On the way back, a vehicle in front of me lifted some small gravels my way on Interstate 74/US 52. We were running 65-70 mph. A couple gravels hit my feet, no big deal since I had my boots on. Two came above my windshield hit my face shield just above my eyes. I'm convinced I picked the right helmet. There are a couple of small dings in the face shield and not my forehead!

It is 93 degrees on my back porch this afternoon and I wasn't uncomfortable hot.

A half helmet likely wouldn't have protected me from these little gravels- from the sound I imagine they would have left a mark!

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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-11-2015, 04:57 PM
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IMO, if you are gonna wear a half-helmet, may as well not wear one at all. They offer such minimal protection.

I won't wear anything but a full face since I found out that shattered jawbones are one of the top injuries in motorcycle accident. Apparently, one's face likes to find hard things to hit on its way over the handlebars.

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post #3 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-11-2015, 05:33 PM
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Full face all the time - did you see the news/video coverage last week of the biker that got dragged under a pickup truck and he was face down. If he hadn't had a full face on, his face would have been hamburger.
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post #4 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-11-2015, 05:34 PM
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I liked the idea of a 1/2 helmet at one time, even bought an inexpensive one that I intended to use on short trips like my 4 mi trek to the gym. But after a few hits to the face by big bugs, gravel, etc., I put it up. Guess I'm soft, will stick with my FF and sweat some in the summer. I bought an Icon Airmada back in Jan that has really good air flow, should help some.
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post #5 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-11-2015, 05:36 PM
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I always wear my modular helmet when I ride. IMO the modular helmet is kinda like the best of both worlds. I have the protection of a full face and while stopped I can flip it up and talk to whomever I'm riding with.
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post #6 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-11-2015, 10:05 PM
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it's kind of alarming when i get a pebble to my forehead when i ride. still won't trade in my skid lid, though

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post #7 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-12-2015, 05:46 AM
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last yr i went down an was wearing my full shell. when i hit the shield was ripped off the helmet. had i had anything less on it would have ripped the side of my face off. i look at it this way, better be a slight bit uncomfortable then loose your face.

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post #8 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-12-2015, 07:17 AM
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I enjoy the ride in my 1/2 helmet. Thinking about buying a second one that includes a visor. What I enjoy more is the fact we live where we can each choose what helmet we want to wear. As long as your comfy with it, enjoy it.

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post #9 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-12-2015, 10:31 AM
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I don't wear a helmet unless I'm going on a long ride or to a state where i half to iv had big a$$ june buds dang near knock me out lol my wife prefers to wear one witch is ok with me to each there own
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post #10 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-12-2015, 10:40 AM
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You can put a face shield on half helmet.My wife and I wear half helmets she dos not like the wind in her face so I put shields on her
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