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here in Austin, TX i would guess that about 20% of the bikers here actually wear helmets (probably fewer). during the ROT rally a couple weeks ago, probably 5% of the bikers and passengers put together wore helmets.

i just hope all of you out there reading this are putting on your skull caps before hitting the roads. i don't wanna come off like a mother, but it just doesn't make sense to me why anyone would not wear one.
 

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i just hope all of you out there reading this are putting on your skull caps before hitting the roads. i don't wanna come off like a mother, but it just doesn't make sense to me why anyone would not wear one.
Nice one! Wearing helmets while riding is a must. I also wonder why people nowadays never wear helmets..
 

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Some will understand, some will not. We are just talkin here, but for me it has to do with individual freedom, it is a personal choice. I do not believe Big Brother needs to tell you that you are not capable of makin choices, the last time I checked this was still America. No soapbox here, just the way I feel about this subject, thanks.
 

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Some will understand, some will not. We are just talkin here, but for me it has to do with individual freedom, it is a personal choice. I do not believe Big Brother needs to tell you that you are not capable of makin choices, the last time I checked this was still America. No soapbox here, just the way I feel about this subject, thanks.
I understand your thoughts, but I prefer to have something between my mellon and and the road. I know the wife (a nurse) will never get on the bike without a helmet.

To each their own....
 

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I have to agree, Big Brother is in our "stuff" enough, BUT you wont see me riding without one. That is what makes our country what it is, for the most part, Freedom of Choice!!
 

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every state makes you wear a seat belt when in a car, so what's the difference with wearing a helmet on a bike? do you have the same view about wearing seat belts?

i don't get the whole 'freedom' talk that people use for not wanting to protect their head incase a car slams into you, or you hit a wet spot in the road, etc. you're on a bike cruising the open road, how much more free do you need to be? how does wearing a helmet not make you free? does it restrict you from operating the bike at all?
 

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every state makes you wear a seat belt when in a car, so what's the difference with wearing a helmet on a bike? do you have the same view about wearing seat belts?

i don't get the whole 'freedom' talk that people use for not wanting to protect their head incase a car slams into you, or you hit a wet spot in the road, etc. you're on a bike cruising the open road, how much more free do you need to be? how does wearing a helmet not make you free? does it restrict you from operating the bike at all?
OK, I will try to explain what I am saying. As I said in the post you are refering to, some will understand, some will not. I am NOT against helmets at all, I have three and wear a hemet often. I am saying it should be the riders choice, I bet you do not belong to ABATE. What if the gov says you cannot ride without a full Kelvar suit with shoulder pads, knee pads, ect. Max speed on a bike is 35,any faster you are not capable enough to handle it? Would not that make you safer? Would you still be free to do as you wish? Sugar Bear layed his life on the line for this country to have the freedom to live free and choose, that's part of what I was talking about. I have no problem with ANYONE who chooses to live the way they wish (to a point of course) that's what being an American is all about. Do you feel you need protected from yourself??? That's what I feel helmet laws and seat belt laws are all about. From the posts that came after mine on this subject, it is clear, Sugar Bear has no support on this but, that is ok,I know I am from a different generation than many riders on this forum, maybe that's where the gap comes. But, be that as it may, I am happy we all here are free to voice our views. Picture in your mind for a moment, an OSHA designed and regulated bike, as well the proper saftey equip (PER OSHA) that you MUST wear. Remember, it's for your own good to keep you safe. I am sorry I am not articulate enough. LIVE FREE-RIDE FREE.
 
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