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Old 12-19-2012, 08:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Why do bikers love Nazi helmets?

Followed a HD into a gas station and we ended up sharing a kiosk. He was a little younger, late 50s and already gray. We didn't say much til his helmet fell off the seat and rolled toward me in that loop, loop way uneven things roll.

I picked it up and noticed it was a leather covered, HD Nazi war helmet replica. An exact copy and of course No DOT stamp. Not one of those shorty replicas or wanna be helmets that at least had a touch of lining. Just a helmet with a hard hat web in side.

It was obvious this helmet wasn't bought for safety but for fashion and simply because it made the poser think he was cool.

Why is it that some are drawn to a helmet design that is so tied to the death and destruction in the last century? And why wear a hard hat type helmet any way whilst riding your scoot?
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Old 12-19-2012, 08:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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What is really puzzling to me is the current trend around here for black riders to wear the Nazi style helmets, especially younger black riders on high performance sport bikes.
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Old 12-19-2012, 08:55 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Funny. I've noticed those helmets too, and I especially enjoy the chrome ones.
Maybe it helps give them the sense that they're warriors, soldiers at war with their enemies on the road, their chosen battlefield. And, lets face it, out here on the streets of metro Detroit, that's exactly what it is.
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Old 12-19-2012, 08:57 AM   #4 (permalink)
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It's a "rebel" thing. You wouldn't understand.
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Old 12-19-2012, 09:03 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Assuming you mean Nazi helmets and not old school ww1 german ones perhaps it's because they were the best helmet in ww2 and what the US and several other armies modeled their helmets on for quite some time (and I think they still do but I'm sure we've got some military personel on here who could say better than me).
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Did his bike have tassels, a gremlin bell, and a big American flag flying off the back?
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Yes, I have read that the German WWII helmet was the model of future helmet design because it protected the head better.
But a superior war helmet does not equal an adequate riding helmet.

It's a "rebel" thing.

In the 60's my old man wore a WWII German helmet with a pickelhaube attached.
EDIT: He rode a Triumph.
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Being the best helmet from WWII, which was 70 years ago has absolutely nothing to do with why they are now worn today by "rebel" motorcycle riders.

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Seriously, what is up with TASSELS? Are they daring someone to grab them and cause a wreck?
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I can't even begin to fathom why those guys wear crap like that.
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