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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old 04-19-2011, 07:51 AM Thread Starter
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MSNBC article: "Motorcycle deaths drop, but overall trend is worrisome "

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very interesting. I just don't understand novelty helmet, why not just buy a dot approved helmet since you have to wear a helmet anyways.

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I don't understand...what is a "novelty" helmet?

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thank god i live in Wisconsin!!! No Helmet required!!!

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I don't understand...what is a "novelty" helmet?
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I don't understand...what is a "novelty" helmet?
They're like plastic skull caps, no real padding so no real impact absorption. Google "novelty helmet."

I'd be interested to see how many of these fatalities were crotch rockets and how many were cruisers...
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Why the quick plug for BMW at the end?





Oh yeah by the way, BMW is doing X...

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Why the quick plug for BMW at the end?





Oh yeah by the way, BMW is doing X...

Because as the article states, BMW is using anti-lock braking systems which is linked to safety. However, I bet there are other manufacturers doing this too.

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All of the people I know who wear the novilty helmets also ride Harleys.....
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thank god i live in Wisconsin!!! No Helmet required!!!
Don't know if I'd be proud of that.....did'nt Wisconson lead the country a year or two back with the most motorcycle fatalities ?

I should also point out I have NEVER seen a sport bike rider wearing a "novelty" helmet....and to be more accurate I don't think I have ever seen one wearing anything but a full face helmet, and usually a high end model.

Unless the trend has changed ... The group with the highest incidence of fatal or serious accidents is those in the 40 year old and up range riding large heavy cruisers. Even though "kids on sport bikes" seem to get more attention when they crash....they are still lower stat wise to get killed than many who are reading this now.

Those of you that traded your 750 in for a VTX, 1500, or Meanie...are almost twice az likely to get seriously hurt on it than a kid on a Ninja.

BMW was the first to put anti lock brakes on a bike.... but yes the way they worded it makes it sound like BMW is the only company (now) that offers it. Many bikes from just about every maker... including Harley, offer ABS bikes. My FJR has them, and they rock.

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