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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 05-24-2006, 05:13 PM Thread Starter
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Written by Scott Sexton from journalnow.com

The bearded, slightly bedraggled, very sunburned biker pulling off onto the shoulder of U.S. 1 just north of Wallace, S.C., was a curious sight.

His Harley-Davidson appeared to be in good shape. Its tires were intact and the distinctive idling of the big engine sounded right. The last gas station was only a mile or two back, so fuel couldn't have been the problem.

When a trailing Jeep pulled over behind the bike, the mystery was solved.

A passenger handed a helmet to the biker and he proceeded to pull it on. The state line was only a couple of miles up the road and the laws on motorcycles change radically once you enter North Carolina.

All motorcycle riders in North Carolina are required to protect their brain pans. South Carolina requires only riders younger than 20 to do so.

The difference between the two states' approaches was apparent last weekend as the 10-day spring bike rally wound down in the Myrtle Beach area.

Remarkably, only seven out of an estimated 200,000 bikers died in wrecks. None were wearing helmets.

The real danger to motorcyclists

Riders will tell you that every day, motorists are far more hazardous to their health than whether they strap a helmet on. Rider inexperience and alcohol use (duh) also play a role in bike wrecks.

Set aside the obvious notion that a drunken rider is more likely to wreck. The same is true for automobile drivers.

The circumstances surrounding the fatalities during the spring bike rally support the notion that other motorists cause more problems for bikers than helmet use.

In four of the six fatal wrecks between May 12 and Sunday, other drivers were at fault. Inattentive motorists who were ignoring the right-of-way pulled out in front of bikers who were otherwise minding their own business.

(Two bikers were killed Thursday in one accident in Myrtle Beach when another biker pulled in front of their group.)

"Some wrecks are deemed unsurvivable," said Senior Trooper Sonny Collins of the S.C. Highway Patrol. "When you're traveling 55 mph on a motorcycle and somebody pulls out in front of you, there's not much to protect you."

Twenty states require all riders to wear helmets. Sixteen mandate helmets for riders younger than 17, seven have rules for riders less than 20, two for riders younger than 18 and one for riders under 14. Four have no limitations.

Some require helmetless riders to carry health insurance. Others will allow riders to jettison their helmets only if they have passed safety courses.

"I feel pretty confident in saying that if we had a helmet law down here, the number (of deaths) we had in the city would have been reduced," Capt. David Knipes of the Myrtle Beach Police Department said yesterday.

Don't look for N.C. to change

Since the federal government stopped threatening to withhold highway money from states that don't require headgear in 1995, a few states have repealed helmet laws. Don't look for North Carolina to join them.

The three legislators who have introduced bills to change the helmet law in the past 10 years have either left the General Assembly or will do so this year.

"I don't think it ever will pass here," said Rex Baker, a former state representative who sponsored at least three bills to repeal the mandatory helmet law for riders with six months of experience. "People just don't understand the issue."

Some bikers say that helmets can restrict their peripheral vision and hearing. Some also say that helmet laws infringe on their rights.

"We don't require medical insurance for people who ski or bungee jump," Baker said. "I just think it's unfair."

If you want to ride without a helmet, you should be able to do so. Government shouldn't dictate morality or common sense.

It's your brain. Use it or lose it.

Davo's comment: Anybody that suffers a brain injury as a result of riding a motorcycle without a helmet should pay their own medical costs, same goes for smokers having lung cancer treatment and ning nongs who jump out of aeroplanes on weekends :-D :-D :-D Geeesh, if I had any friends in the past I'm dam sure I've got none now :-D :-D

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As a friend of mine told me one day...One of two parts of your body is going to hit the ground first when you depart a motorcycle...your head or your feet! My helment saved my skull this last weekend as i came off head first during my off road adventure. You don't have to shell out $300 + for a lid, but be sure to buy quality. My $175.00 HJC did the job.

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post #3 of 36 (permalink) Old 05-24-2006, 05:41 PM Thread Starter
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I have just purchased a new Nolan N102 full face flip-up with N-Com compatability. This means built in intercom, bluetooth, I-pod etc etc. Looks great in black and also has an additional tinted strip that hinges down over the clear visor for bright sunlight riding and can be flipped up for night time riding. Nolan helmet details here

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No one said freedom would be free. I personally wear a helmet in a State that has no such law. I enjoy the freedom of choice.
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i can understand the no helmet mentality for cruisers etc.....your loping along on your big v twin....at 60 mph...not more speed.. due to the excess wind sock in face effect....you feel like the king of the road....opps here comes a corner....drop it back to 35 mph around the corner....almost scraped....etc....three R1s overtake you around the next corner....all wearing full leathers and back protectors....and back on the next straight you zip it up to 70 mph....woo....to much wind and drop it back to a compfy cruizing speed.....no way i am going to drop it....going this slow...who needs a helmet, i am indestructable...etc
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Davo's comment: Anybody that suffers a brain injury as a result of riding a motorcycle without a helmet should pay their own medical costs, same goes for smokers having lung cancer treatment and ning nongs who jump out of aeroplanes on weekends Geeesh, if I had any friends in the past I'm dam sure I've got none now


I agree with dave 100% i am from the old school from when you didnt have to wear a helmet in nsw and i never wore a helmet but since it was law to wear one.... plus some motor cycle racing...i decided it made sense to wear a bash hat ..Plus full face keeps the beetles and other flying debri away from face and in summer they keep you from getting burned in face ...and in rain keeps your face dry and in winter keep you a lil warmer round the ear oles ) our winter gear b4 used to be the old flying boots and army great coat... bought from a disposal store ....and leather jacket stuffed with newspapers .. F**K i sound like old fart NOW!!!

and.....If ya got a ten dolla head .... wear a ten dolla helmet ....



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It's not a big issue for me. I wouldn't feel right riding without my helmet, it is just so much more comfortable. I can't remember seeing anyone cruising at the speeds we do without a helmet, it would rip sunglasses right off of your face. I've never found a set of glasses that did jack over 75 mph anyway.

I know some people like to have a choice, but with choice comes responsibility, as Davo said. Its sad that we have to create laws to force people to accept responsibility for their actions. I just figure that people who don't wear helmets are going to get Darwin Awards...
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The was an interesting thread last year about a helmet study.

I believe it concluded that cheapo helmets worked as well as expensive high powered ones.

Also, that most people aren'tkilled by speed or smashing head first into a wall. What kills you is simply your head hitting the pavement in a vertical drop of about 6 feet. Your head isn't falling very fast, but from that height, apparently fast enough to kill you.
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On 2006-05-24 20:45, dougl wrote:
The was an interesting thread last year about a helmet study.

I believe it concluded that cheapo helmets worked as well as expensive high powered ones.
Who did that study? Sounds like a bunch of bull to me. All you have to do is look at the scraped up faces of those who crash wearing the beanies and half helmets to know that a full face provides better protection. And, the cheapo helmets commonly fall off the rider in a crash.

Why do racers all wear the best full face helmet they can get?

Such a study doesn't pass the common sense test.
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you have to remember the skull's pretty strong, when it hits the ground at say 80klm/h, there is probably a reasonable chance at surviving.....therefore not becoming a fataility and statistic.....only thing is you become a vegy....skull fracture with splinters embedded in the brain....

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