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Mar 28 09 9:19 AM
As a guy who has ridden dirt, trail, cross country, bar to bar, light to light, helmeted and bare headed I will admit to certain safety values in helmets,
as a guy who loves the wind I want the choice to go lidless on those days when nothing clears the head like face full wind and some bugs on the side. The
inherent risk in choosing to ride has to be accepted as no matter how skillful you may be you will never out skill the stupid four wheel operator who is just
too stupid and too busy to pay attention to the road. And yes I realize that a good an careful rider will avoid accidents more careless riders end up in, that
still does not balance out to a risk free hobby or mode of transportation.
As for cruisers whatever brand they maybe, there is something comforting about the thump of a big V-twin. My love for a cruiser did not come from the
purchase of one off a show room floor, it came from building it from a basket case to a fully functioning customized cruiser. I have never had any illusions as
to Harley's preformance value however Buell is doing a fine job in that department. Still, as an older guy who is not going to ride in manner fitting for a
Darwin award (any more and hell of alot less) I find my choice in sleds to be dictated by the type of country I want to ride in, hence my new interest in dual
Mar 31 09 4:06 PM
As for cruisers whatever brand they maybe, there is something comforting about the thump of a big V-twin.
Apr 2 09 2:28 AM
The question of the helmet laws does not affect those riders who choose to wear helmets anyway (unless this new philosophy of law that reduces citizens to
children who are incapable of making their own choices, but are to be coddled and protected by the Nanny State, and the threatening legal precedent that this
sets is a concern to you...and I think it should be).
No state that I know of forces anyone who wants to wear a helmet to ride without a helmet. And I don't think that anyone who
opposes helmet laws wants to confiscate the helmets of those who choose to wear them. I choose to wear one too, but the law enforcing it is bullshit, and it
makes me want to pull the thing off and spike it at a patrol car.
The question of cruisers vs. sport bikes is similar in many ways. Everyone knows what kind of bike they like to ride, and why. If someone wants to ride a
different kind of bike it's not a personal attack on anyone else. Just like the helmet issue: if you want to wear one, wear it. What's all the
But there are bike snobs out there. We've all met them, and you all know who you are. "I'm
better than you because I ride a performance bike", or "because I ride Harley", or whatever...fill in the blank.
"I'm smarter because I wear a helmet...those who don't are dumb and should be severely beaten by the police in front of
When I was 19 I rode a Honda Rebel 250 across the United States, from Georgia to California. I was at a little get-together and I met this guy named
"Monkey Man" and his old lady. Monkey Man was real cool to me until he found out that I rode a rice bike. He actually insulted me and my bike. I
asked him "what makes a biker a biker?" He refused to even acknowledge my existence. So his wife responded "it's the
lifestyle". I said, "wrong, it's riding a fu*%ing bike, and I've ridden farther around
the world on my Rebel than you've probably gone around a tea-cup on your Harley, so who's the real biker here?"
I ride a Harley Davidson Softail because that's what I like. Monkey Man and everyone who thinks like him can still kiss my ass, though...whether they ride
performance bikes, Harleys, or whatever they ride that fools them into thinking that they are better than me, or
cooler than me, or smarter than me. Bike snobs: get some real self esteem, you can't buy it.
Apr 2 09 4:43 AM
I feel ya Wulf. I started out on Japanese dirt bikes although my last dirt bike was a Bultaco with a 360 astro flat tracker in it. I also rode a Suzuki
GS750 and an RD 400 Yamaha both were preformance bikes in their day. I rode from Denver to LA on my hard tail chopped pan/shovel and decided no amount of style
replaces a decent shock or set of shocks when riding distance. I would have gladly traded that Harley for my old RD round about El Paso Texas and it was not a
very comfortable ride at all. Not that I would have ever mentioned such a heresy among the scooter crowd at the time.
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Everything here just reminds me how crazy you bikers are.
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Approximately 50% of the motorcycle riders in traffic were using safety helmets but only 40% of the accident-involved motorcycle riders were wearing helmets
at the time of the accident
The most deadly injuries to the accident victims were injuries to the chest and head.
The use of the safety helmet is the single critical factor in the prevention of reduction of head injury; the safety helmet which complies with FMVSS 218 is
a significantly effective injury countermeasure.
Safety helmet use caused no attenuation of critical traffic sounds, no limitation of precrash visual field, and no fatigue or loss of attention; no element
of accident causation was related to helmet use.
Helmeted riders and passengers showed significantly lower head and neck injury for all types of injury, at all levels of injury severity
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