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post #11 of 23 (permalink) Old 11-16-2012, 12:06 PM
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While we don't have a helmet law in Illinois, years ago I did get hassled by a cop once while sitting in traffic for having my visor open (full-face helmet). We were in stopped traffic and I also had glasses on. He instructed me (over his PA speaker in his cop cage) to lower my visor. To this day I wish I had flipped him off instead of complying.
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Originally Posted by zelatore View Post
He's just commenting that each type of bike has it's own fashion do's and don'ts Step outside the 'officially approved apparel' for your chosen mount and risk being ostracized by your fellow riders.
Exactly, that's all I was getting at. There do seem to be fashion trends shared by certain segments of riders. The Adventure rider guys, the HD guys, the young crotch rocket guys, the racer guys, the cool guys (who, coincidentally, dress exactly like me).

The thing is, one of the commonalities about these groups fashion sense seems to be whether they wear a helmet or not. Really, it is so rare for me to see a male riding a cruiser type bike who is also wearing a helmet that I'll comment on it later to my wife. It is just a very rare thing. (Females will wear them though, especially when pillion). On the other hand, not sure anyone I know riding a Triumph doesn't wear a helmet of some sort.

Not sure that is fear of being ostracized so much as wanting to fit in.

Originally Posted by zelatore View Post
Let's see if I can identify these chaps by their plumage.

Aerostich and flip-up = BMW rider
Full leathers and full face = 'hard core' sport biker
Leather jacket and bare head = Cruiser/HD rider
t-shirt, shorts, sandals, bare head = squidly young kid on GSXR
Jeans, MC jacket and helmet = er, not sure? UJM rider?

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Almost perfect. The last one, "Jeans, MC jacket and helmet" refers to the laid back cool riders, often seen on Bonnevilles. As it happens, that's my clique

(I wear some kevlar under those jeans, for the record)
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I don't fit the stereotypes. I wear full leathers when out for a weekend ride on either my cruiser or my sport bike; but when commuting to work, I wear dress pants with Bohn under armor, boots, & leather jacket. Both my helmets are full face.

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I wear my Aerostich on my Scrambler but don't have a flip up and in the summer when I dress down to jeans and leather I have underarmor under mine instead of kevlar.

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2. Not the crowd I run with.
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1. If I recall, with a MSF certificate, you don't have to wear one.

2. Alienated by other riders because I wear one? God, I hope so.
And/Or I could care less.

3. Not much hassle around here as far as I know.

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Originally Posted by welshrob View Post
1. In your location, can you ride without a helmet?

2. If you are allowed to ride without a helmet in your state, do you feel like you are ever alienated by other bikers, if you CHOOSE to wear one?

3. If you have a helmet law, do the cops enforce it rigidly or can you ride around in a Davida pudding basin or SOA type skull cap,or some non approved novelty helmet, ie the Biltwell, as per my avatar?

4. If you live in a state where you don`t have to wear helmets, are there any encouragements or media campaigns, or pressure to wear one?
1. Yes.

2. Nope.

3. N/A

4. Not that I have seen.


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Originally Posted by BonnieBlack View Post
the young crotch rocket guys,

Not to disagree but more of an observation as I think I know where you're going with that one....full leathers and full-face helmet, right??

I was quite surprised when I started riding to discover it's mainly the older crotch rocket guys that wear all that gear...at least in my area...the majority of the younger crowd seem to go with jeans, an M/C jacket, helmet, & a pair of gloves (sometimes)....if they even wear that much.
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Common crotch rocket attire around here often consists of a helmet, sleeveless shirt, a back protector (why?), shorts and sneakers.

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3. Sh1t yes.....with a sledgehammer (pretty much only 1%ers ride without here so it would make you a serious target!!)
4. We have to wear them and we have campaigns too

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