Did you read it? I don't think so..Buz you saw my name on it and boom GPTB response. I think if you read it carefully you would agrre that it is probably the most balanced editorial written on this subject. In fact there are some points that your buddy longride has been making. No go back to Go and do no collect $200.
Restrict vision and hearing? After an hour without a helmet, your eyes are watering, you've been hit by a few bugs (dragonflies are a real melonfarmer) and your ears are ringing anyway, unless you're plodding along at about forty five, holding up all the RV's behind you. In that case, it's probably fine.
"Until they develop a prosthetic brain, a helmet is the best way to keep a dance with the pavement from being the Last Dance."
No, not riding a motorcycle is the best way.
The majority of people believe simply riding a motorcycle is dangerously stupid. Since I do not wish them to have the power to tell me I can't risk my life riding, I will not tell other riders they cannot risk their lives riding helmetless.
I always wear a helmet. That's my decision. Nobody else's.
personally, I'm against helmet laws. since it seems that only idiots (harley riders and sandal toting, shorts wearing busa rider/squids) refuse to wear them, it seems like helmet freedom does a pretty good job of weeding out the shallow end of the gene pool. I'm currently nursing a broken collarbone caused by wearing a helmet during a crash. after seeing the impact that my helmet took for me at 120 mph, I shudder to think of what other injuries I'd be nursing if the racing organizations & track-day providers didn't require helmets and I chose not to wear one.
Yes, why is it always 'Busa riders who are wearing shorts? The same phenomenon occurs here in Europe. It isn't the superfast-bike-no-protection paradox kick either, 'cos Blackbird riders are always leathered and armoured from head to toe...any ideas?
I got the distinct that this was a track accident, too. If we start in on the track folk, then you put a good portion of MO's articles under suspicion since that's where a lot of the bike analyses happen.