I wear a helmet, and I would still wear one even if it weren’t a law here in MI.
My friend lost it on the I-94 in WI one day and got a leg caught up under his cycle. It dragged him quite a ways before finally sliding off the road. He sprained an ankle, suffered some road rash on the forearms, . . . and lost half his face in spite of wearing a police-style half-helment. He lasted three days in the hospital before the head trauma finally got him.
Up until his wreck, I was of the opinion that motorcycle wrecks came in two flavors: too minor to need a helmet, and too major for a helmet to save you. But here’s a wreck which wasn’t spectacular (compared to some), and the injuries–save head injuries–weren’t that major. No neck trauma, no back trauma. The obvious point is this: with a full-face helmet, he lives; without one, he died.
In any case, I wear a full-faced Shoei whenever I ride. Some think the full-face looks pretty dorky on a Harley, but that’s just the way it is.
Right about now, some readers will anticipate that I will start trying to convince everybody to wear helmets. This is where I differ from the lawmakers. I don’t make it my business to demand that others don lids. If you’re riding on my back seat, you’re in my space and become my responsibility; you’d better bring a helmet. If your riding next to me, do whatever you want. I think the country/states should take a similar position. Use their influence to add safety features to automobiles/cycles. They can even make laws that require us to use those safety features (personally, the MI seat belt law doesn’t bother me). But a helmet isn’t built into the bike. Leave that decision to the rider.
For those of you who don’t wear lids, I don’t think less of you (in fact, I envy you a little). In my case, I feel better wearing one.
This was originally posted to rec.motorcycles.harley.