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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 05-21-2009, 01:16 PM Thread Starter
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Why a full face helmet?

I always wear one, but I won't be judgmental to those who don't. I think we ALL should, but that's the great thing about freedom. A buddy sent this to me cause we were talking about 1/2 helmets - I was looking at a POW/MIA one (just to have not to wear!).

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The girl we ride with went down on some gravel piled up in an intersection on one of our rides. She only slid about 10 feet face down but her full face helmet was deeply scraped up from the chin up to about halfway up her shield. She had just changed into her leathers about 5 miles back after we went through some rain and she got cold. She had a few bruises but that was it. She might have been going 25 mph when she went down...but that's probably on the high side. I wear one too. It's all I have.

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I used to be pro 3/4 helmet until my wife talked me into a full. Now I am very glad she did. I feel that much safer now when I ride, especially when I think about running my face along some asphalt in the 3/4 helmet.

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FF saved my melon. One solid face plant on pavement is all it takes....however, I don't try to sell others on it either.

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I agree with AJC. I wear a FF and I wish everyone would, but to each their own. Being in a no helmet law state (KY) there are many out there who don't wear one at all. I just wouldn't feel comfortable without having my lid on. Besides, with my full-face helmet and smoked lens on, I still look cool and nobody can tell how freaked out this newbie is!

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That 3-D picture of the guy's skull is enough to make a FF believer out of anyone with a basic knowledge of the human skeleton. There are three major fractures of the lower jaw alone. His upper teeth are gone and there are so many fractures of the smaller facial bones I quit counting after 10. He doesn't feel good, and he's not gonna look good for quite a while; maybe never. FF probably would have prevented most, if not all the damage he's got.

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The shots of that skull, among other things I've seen and read about, remind me that my decision to go FF was the correct one. I hope I never have a chance to test it out.

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I actually have both a 1/2 and FF. I have tried riding with my FF on during 80 degree days and it is too hot. I usually wear it if 1. I am going on the highway or 2. after 5 PM as it starts to cool down. I'd say I wear the FF about 78% of the time. I've actually seen a few pictures of riders that have gone down without or with less than FF on rotten.com and I hope to god it never happens to me.

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all i know is face vs. pavement????? im pretty sure that the face wont win that one....
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I actually have both a 1/2 and FF. I have tried riding with my FF on during 80 degree days and it is too hot. I usually wear it if 1. I am going on the highway or 2. after 5 PM as it starts to cool down. I'd say I wear the FF about 78% of the time. I've actually seen a few pictures of riders that have gone down without or with less than FF on rotten.com and I hope to god it never happens to me.
That depends on the ff helmet. My SHoei RF-1000 breathes very well but is an expensive helmet. It's one of the things you pay for in that model.

Here in Florida, 80+ is 8 - 9 months a year.

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