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Old 11-24-2008, 09:51 AM   #1
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I've always noticed that people who own cruisers generally buy half shell or open face helmets. What do ya'll have?
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Old 11-24-2008, 09:57 AM   #2
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Some of the people here can show you picks of why neither one are safe. I ride a sportbike right now, but I've never ridden (even when I had cruisers) with anything other than full-face helmets. Neither one of the ones that you listed provide any protection for your face. I've seen pics in these forums of a helmet after a get-off where the front of the helmet is all chewed up. Imagine that being on open face or brain bucket and that would be your chin, nose etc getting all of that damage, not your helmet.
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Old 11-24-2008, 10:25 AM   #3
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when i ride cruisers at work i gear up the same as when i ride my bike. i get some funny looks from the bike owners and have had some comments about "all the safety gear" as they are smirking at me. i just don't get why so many people don't wear the gear. i rode over the blood splats and accident markings on 105 for a month after the group of cruisers were life flighted after a car brake checked them.
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Old 11-24-2008, 10:57 AM   #4
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when I bought my bike I bought a half lid to go with and NEVER wore it......I either wore nothing, or a backwards Astros hat or sometimes the ever so popular MAGIC BANDANA!!!!! However, I have started wearing a full lid now and I wear it every time I ride........took some getting used to, but it does make all the difference in the world. A lost of cruiser riders do a double take when they see me wearing it, but I dont care........
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Old 11-24-2008, 02:49 PM   #5
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always wear a full face... wouldn't feel comfortable with anything else...
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Old 11-24-2008, 04:21 PM   #6
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i wear a shoei x-11, a tz-r, or an rx7-rr3 depending on my mood.
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Old 11-24-2008, 04:30 PM   #7
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BTW........ I wear a Shoei X-11 and will still wear it when I buy a cruiser this next summer. Screw the people that think you have to wear a beanie to look cool. When their face is missing from a minor get-off, they won't look too cool... and that look will stay with them the rest of their life. Why is it that us "dangerous sportbike riders" are usually the only ones with any common sense?
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Old 11-24-2008, 06:06 PM   #8
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Even a 1/2 will save your dome. Most folks just ride with what they feel comfortable with. I have a "combo" that I use most of the time (cause of the headset), but I also have a 1/2 for when I do the parades with the '69. I prefer the full on because it's quieter, but it's a personal choice.
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full face all the time is the way to go
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Old 11-28-2008, 08:28 PM   #10
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I wear a flip front full face and I think it saved my head and face when I went down on the forest ride in august. I have several deep scratches on the front and side of the KBC that I had on that day. The important thing is to wear a lid of some kind. The full face will offer more protection but a half lid is better than nothing.
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Old 11-29-2008, 09:44 AM   #11
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I have a full flip lid and 3/4 hjc that I wear most of the time.
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Old 11-29-2008, 09:50 AM   #12
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I've always ridden with a full face lid. I found out one night that was a great choice. Went over the bars of the bike and ended up hitting chin first on the helmet. If I didn't have that full face on, I would have destroyed my good looking face!!


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Old 11-29-2008, 09:57 AM   #13
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I've seen an accident where a brain bucket did a great job of protecting the back and top of the head. The guys lower left cheek, half his teeth and part of his jaw bone were gone, but his hair was probably perfect under there.

Road rash sucks but there's just something about the sensation of my teeth scraping the pavement that I've always imagined would be particularly unpleasant.
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I've seen an accident where a brain bucket did a great job of protecting the back and top of the head. The guys lower left cheek, half his teeth and part of his jaw bone were gone, but his hair was probably perfect under there.

Road rash sucks but there's just something about the sensation of my teeth scraping the pavement that I've always imagined would be particularly unpleasant.
i cant bite into ice cream without cringing a little bit but for my teeth to scrape on concrete? holy fawkin t that would do more than just tickle...

i dont even have my bike yet and i have all the safty equipment im gonna need.. i may get some riding boots with the renforcements for the shifter but work boots will serve the same purpose. i got a SYKO SPORT full face helm and its really comfortable but it needs a tinted visor...
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Old 12-02-2008, 12:08 PM   #16
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I've always worn full-face helmets on any bike, and I always will. I'm a safety .
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Old 12-05-2008, 12:23 AM   #17
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I own both full face & half shell helmets.
Half shells I wear when I'm putting on the streets, for longer rides on the highway, it is definitely the full face for protection & less noise.
I also like the half shells for summer riding on the street.
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Old 12-05-2008, 01:00 AM   #18
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I always wear full face and only buy "DOT+SNELL" lids
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Old 12-05-2008, 08:05 AM   #19
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ride w a full face agv (rossi 49?), after a couple of meetings with concrete i agree whole heartedly and will never wear anything less. trust me seeing concrete 3inchs from your face is scary but imagine tasting it!
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i cant bite into ice cream without cringing a little bit but for my teeth to scrape on concrete? holy fawkin t that would do more than just tickle...

i dont even have my bike yet and i have all the safty equipment im gonna need.. i may get some riding boots with the renforcements for the shifter but work boots will serve the same purpose. i got a SYKO SPORT full face helm and its really comfortable but it needs a tinted visor...
You don't buy riding boots for the shifter reinforcement. You buy them for the ankle reinforcement.


And WTF brand of helmet is that?
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