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Old 03-30-2013, 03:32 PM   #1
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Exclamation so many riders, so few helmets..Lex and Hwy 6 SL

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So many riders out today and so few wearing helmets/gear!

http://trafficsafety.org/safety/shar...for-all-riders

My guess on todays ride: no more than 25-30% of riders wearing any safety equipment. Bike types were highly variable.

Yep, it is over 80F, so deal with it besides riding with a t-shirt, shorts and flip flops. Rant over. Given that--Hwy 6 and Lexington is a huge jam, and Hwy 6 due to a big accident at 3 pm (?) or so. Geez Hwy 6 is not my favorite stretch in the "bubble" itself.

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Old 03-30-2013, 09:49 PM   #2
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I think the HD dealer in Stafford may skew the helmet ratio in Sugar Land. I see a lot of Harley riders without helmets. They must think like I used to.... "I am just going a few blocks so is it really necessary?" That was how I thought until seeing in just the last 6 months two fully geared riders go down. Neither was going more than 30mph and both were within 3 blocks of starting the ride. Both slides were between 30 and 60 feet. Neither had time to brake either. One remarked "As I heard the helmet face grinding along the concrete I thought... Man am I glad I am wearing a full face helmet!!!"
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One more point... even at 30 mph both would have had serious road rash without gear. One further mentioned he would add knee armor to his kevlar lined jeans.
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It's America, ride how you want to ride. Gear or without. Why worry? They don't.

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The majority of accidents happen under 40 mph and within 10 miles of the house.

I watched a guy walk 5 feet, fall down, and go into a coma the next day. Helmets, event when walking from bar to bar.

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haha one yesterday, no gear, no shirt, flip flops, shorts
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Encountered a group this past saturday. 6 of them, all with 650+ while I'm just sitting on the turning lane on my little 250 (still a newbie), pulls up to the light, sarcastically tells me "hey, nice bike" and while the light was still red, all of them rev'd up n wheelie'd through the intersection simutaneously. All of them were wearing shorts, flip flops, and tshirts only. I guess those are the types that give us all a bad name?
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It's America, ride how you want to ride. Gear or without. Why worry? They don't.

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werd...... I still even wave to them.
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yeah. I thought it'd be like riding with a condescending rossi.
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, sarcastically tells me "hey, nice bike"
sorry you took it wrong, I meant it. the new cbr250 are dope I would be happy to have one.
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sorry you took it wrong, I meant it. the new cbr250 are dope I would be happy to have one.
ah, sorry. couldnt hear anything over yall's engines. i just get really intimidated by the much bigger bikes yall have. i rarely see any other 250s around.
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I was raised in a biker family...no one had a helmet...
I was the first one to get one and that was in 1967...
the first in my family to get killed on his bike was my cousin and he was wearing a helmet...
I have been riding since 1964 and i got my first helmet for riding a local dirt track in 1967, it was a track requirement, and the only requirement they had...
When i was in the service they required you to wear a helmet when you rode on base...then states started passing helmet laws, so i rode for a few years with a helmet... moved back to texas and dealt with it for awhile, then the law changed and i rode for years with no helmet... figured if i went down i wanted to die and not be a vegitable for someone to take care of...
on my harleys I kept a half lid in my saddle bags and wore it if it started raining or if i was in town in heavy traffic...
did not buy a quality helmet until august 2011 when i bought the cbr and started doing trackdays... i do not ride much street, but when i do now, i always wear a full face helmet, jacket, boots and gloves. I was not raised in a helmet wearing culture, so i was in my 60's before it became part of my way of doing things.
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