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post #1 of 98 (permalink) Old 06-03-2010, 02:40 AM Thread Starter
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Full Face Helmets?

How many of you guys ride your cruisers with full face helmets?

I know all about the "Image" cruisers have, but I can't bring myself to riding an open face helmet, just from the safety standpoint. Check this link:

It shows the percentage of impacts from post crash studies (I have no clue where from), and I think the numbers make sense. But enough about that. I ride with an Icon Alliance SSR "Bonecrusher" Full face helmet and love it to death and will never ride open face. What about you guys?

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post #2 of 98 (permalink) Old 06-03-2010, 03:27 AM
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I use an high visibility yellow HJC full face. most the time thats what i use. sometimes when im feeling frisky or Memorial day or 4th of July...i wear my easy rider helmet. It does take away from that "in your face feeling" but then again ...im trying to stay safe. I would like to save up and get a SHOEI modular high visibilty one...that would be cool.

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Definitely a full face helmet. I've had enough bumble bees and beetles and things smack me in the face. I don't feel right with my old open face one.
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I used to wear a FFH but it was so uncomfortable in the hot and humid Florida summer. Now I ride without a helmet and I've loved it that way for a few years now. But recently I took care of this guy in ICU who cut across 5 lanes of interstate traffic and crashed into a corvette. Broke the entire right side of his body and his FFH took a beating, but his head was untouched! His head and jaw would certainly have been mush if he wasn't wearing a FFH. Now I may start wearing mine again.


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I used to wear a FFH year round, but like Rick, it get really hot and humid here in GA during the spring and summer months. I used to say I would never wear an open faced helmet, but after roasting in my FFH last summer, I now wear a DOT approved half shell on hot days because it's so much cooler while sitting traffic on the way home from work. I know the risk I'm taking and I accept that. On rainy or cold days though, I still definately wear the FF.
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Surely not the smartest thing I do but I generally wear a half shell to and from work for the extra air at a stand still in the warm months and save my modular for rainy/cold days and long trips

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For excellent air flow in FL humidity, look at the Bell Star helmet - they're deeply discounted here and there on-line. It's a lot of coin to drop on a helmet, but your head will thank you. I ride with one and the difference between that and my old GMAX 38 (which I also selected for it's high air flow) is like night and day in favor of the Bell.

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I wear a FFH HJC pretty much 98% of the time I'm riding. I admit on 95F days with high humidity, it can kind of suck sitting in traffic, but I was in a high side accident on a V-Max and was tossed and rolled 30 or so yards. Fortunately only came away with some road rash and a broken ankle, but my FFH helmet had a huge 5 inch gash right across the visor that the pavement had etched into it from the initial impact. Wearing a half shell would have seen me missing a good chunk of noise and cheek. That day sold me on two things: FFH and fully padded riding jackets. Occasionally on a close jaunt where I won't exceed 30 mph I'll go without a helmet, but otherwise I've been up and close and personal with what can happen and I'll stick with the FFH.

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Every rider takes their chances and has to calculate the risks involved. I've been wearing a full face helmet for about 3 years now. I'm long past the age where I'm trying to impress someone by looking 'cool'. I've watched some friends fall while riding at slow speeds (less than 20mph) they tried to brace for impact with their arms but as their head came to the ground, it was chin-first.

I'm pretty lucky that here in southern Ohio we only have a short period of time where it's 90+ degrees. The humidity always seems to be pretty high. When I'm moving the full face helmet never seems too warm. I do ride with the tinted visor up most of the time so that may help. I wear perscription eyeglasses that help protect my eyes. In August when I'm stopped at a long traffic light, yep, it gets warm inside my gray bucket but I've decided that it's worth it.

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I wear half helmets pretty much all the time, with a modular full face as back-up if I'm expecting weather.

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