I love some of the comments I've read so far on this subject. I have tried to understand why people don't want wind noise and bug protection, not to mention brain protection! I personally have ridden without a helmet a few times in the past, but i'll never do it again. The damage to the ears from noise is bad enough plus my eyes water. It also seems the day I road without a lid the prehistoric size bumble bees come out to play HA HA HA!! SPLAT!!!!! I think helmets offer more protection then most people are willing to admit. Not wearing a helmet I personally feel can let other factors hinder a riders progress. For example: bugs at highways speeds, blurred vision from tearing of the eyes and rocks spit up from other vehicles tires. I think helmets should be as common law as a wind shield in an automobile don't you? In conclusion if you want to be a rebel and not wear a helmet just remember if you go down and hit your head you might not live through it to know if a helmet had helped or not.