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Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Endicott, New York
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Personally, my I can't see beyond or into the limits of my full face helmet so I doubt my peripheral vision would be better with a 1/2 or 3/4 helmet. I do know I'm more comfortable in a full face regardless of the climate. It's a no brainer for me, full face all the time. Open face means dehydration in warm weather, cold in cold weather. Exhaustion plays havoc on the mind and my full face helps protect from that. I don't think we need to mention road debris, etc. I think the only reason to wear less is for style.
I am not pushing my point because I want ANYONE to change their ways, but here are a few point to consider.
1. You are correct that helmet does NOT block your peripheral vision IF you are looking dead ahead. But when you are changing lanes, hopefully you are looking over your shoulder and your eyes are turned to the direction you want to move. Would you dare suggest that with your eyes turned to one side you cannot see the padding of the inside of your full face helmet? I can - lots of it. And the bit that I can see is blocking exactly where I want to look. This is not the case in my open face lid.
2. Where lanes come together, merge, whatever and traffic is crawling along, I often have cars "push the issue", see if they can muscle me out. They approach most commonly from the side to the rear. With an open face helmet you can see precisely where they are in relation to your bike if you look down and under your arm. Can't do that with a full face either.
3. If you ride with clip-ons, to turn your head to any great extent you have to lift the chin of your full face helmet over your shoulder to look behind you. Once you have extended your neck (tilted your head back) you cannot rotate as far BUT in a full face you need to rotate FURTHER because the padding obscures your view again because your eyes are turned to the side.
I am not here to fight about the issue as to which helmet you want to wear or how protected by it you feel. But I will contest the idea that you can see just as much from a full face as you can from an open face.
I think that if you can't look over your shoulder it might be time to reconsider riding regardless of the bike you're on.
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