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Offline paul in rochester

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Why I wear a full face helmet.
« on: August 02, 2021, 08:54:42 PM »




Out on a stunningly gorgeous day today, and got caught with a rock or bolt or somesuch off a farm truck alongside Lake Ontario. Kinda beat up the chin air inlet and made a helluva noise, but better than my chin. Years ago, a buddy smacked a bat (!) with his nose while in a 3/4 helmet at speed; I decided then and there that my helmet choice was decided.

Others will think otherwise, that's cool.

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Re: Why I wear a full face helmet.
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2021, 08:57:11 PM »
I've had similar experiences and came away with the same thoughts.

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Re: Why I wear a full face helmet.
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2021, 09:25:09 PM »
These kind of collisions with foreign objects is the reason our motor cop bikes were always equipped with windshields we looked through and not over, which protected the riders full head and body from debris kicked up off the road or unsecured stuff from another vehicle.

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Re: Why I wear a full face helmet.
« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2021, 09:32:34 PM »
These kind of collisions with foreign objects is the reason our motor cop bikes were always equipped with windshields we looked through and not over, which protected the riders full head and body from debris kicked up off the road or unsecured stuff from another vehicle.

I never thought of that.  Makes sense.
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Re: Why I wear a full face helmet.
« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2021, 09:32:34 PM »

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Re: Why I wear a full face helmet.
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2021, 10:03:37 PM »
To me it would be insane to be without one.Iíve been hit with bugs that felt like someone threw a rock at me.Eyes are too valuable.

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Re: Why I wear a full face helmet.
« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2021, 10:15:30 PM »




Out on a stunningly gorgeous day today, and got caught with a rock or bolt or somesuch off a farm truck alongside Lake Ontario. Kinda beat up the chin air inlet and made a helluva noise, but better than my chin. Years ago, a buddy smacked a bat (!) with his nose while in a 3/4 helmet at speed; I decided then and there that my helmet choice was decided.

Others will think otherwise, that's cool.

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Re: Why I wear a full face helmet.
« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2021, 10:22:36 PM »
  Maybe not the first thought , but a few weeks ago I rode into the area of Lytton B.C to see what
all the news about the insane heat was  ( it burnt to the ground 2 days later ) , let me say that
without the face shield down I'd of had to turn around . It was literally starting to blister my face .
47 degrees celcius , who knows how hot in the sun and on the highway !  Peter

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Re: Why I wear a full face helmet.
« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2021, 06:21:18 AM »
I recently took a cross country trip on my '08 Wing, which I haven't really used for several years.  I always wore a half helmet when riding that bike probably because of the Wing's superior wind protection, ease of listening to radio/music and other Wing riders wear half helmets.  I wear a full face helmet when riding my other bikes because of a lack of wind protection to the face & for wind noise reduction.  Anyway, shortly after departing on my trip I quickly realized that I no longer enjoyed wearing the half helmet because of wind noise and realization of the lack overall facial protection.  I'm glad I took my custom molded ear plugs but I think I'm done with half helmets.  Another reason for me going to 100% full face was the torrential down pour with hail I got caught in on the trip, I would have really appreciated the benefits of my full face helmet that day.  And, then there are the accident protection bennies of a FF.  So, that's why I wear a FF.


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Re: Why I wear a full face helmet.
« Reply #8 on: August 03, 2021, 07:13:33 AM »
I used to ride with a 3/4 helmet and sun glasses figuring the windshield would block the nasty bugs and such. Despite the windshield, something hard and heavy hit me in the face and broke my cheekbone. Been using a full-face helmet ever since.
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Re: Why I wear a full face helmet.
« Reply #9 on: August 03, 2021, 08:38:36 AM »
Hi All,                                                                                    8-3-21
Modular is a great choice...full face protection, flip up convenience.

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Re: Why I wear a full face helmet.
« Reply #10 on: August 03, 2021, 09:19:24 AM »
I never thought of that.  Makes sense.
If I may add, the new Technology in materials in windshields today make them non distorted just like looking through a car windshield and are no longer Plexiglas but a poly carbon composite which is almost indestructible.
Also I canít tolerate being confined in a full face covering.
« Last Edit: August 03, 2021, 09:38:57 AM by Ncdan »

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Re: Why I wear a full face helmet.
« Reply #11 on: August 03, 2021, 09:25:33 AM »
Never had a modular or 3/4 helmet that fit me, but full-face is the way to go unless you're really hungry on the go:

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Re: Why I wear a full face helmet.
« Reply #12 on: August 03, 2021, 09:51:45 AM »
Just the opposite for me. I had to get a full face helmet just to breath on my Norge. I finally put a lip or extended screen on the bike and am back to my open face helmet. 10 days out west and no bug or debris issues. No claustrophobic sensation and it is good to feel and smell the world as I ride again. 

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Re: Why I wear a full face helmet.
« Reply #13 on: August 03, 2021, 10:03:14 AM »
Rode for years with a "shorty" While leaving a parking lot one day I was approached by another rider who simply said "What part of your face don't you like?."  Full face modular ever since!

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Re: Why I wear a full face helmet.
« Reply #14 on: August 03, 2021, 11:57:39 AM »
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Re: Why I wear a full face helmet.
« Reply #15 on: August 03, 2021, 12:09:38 PM »
Just keep the the visor down on your full face. A friend was on a ride with a guy who had a full face helmet, visor up, when a buzzard hit him in the face. Filled the helmet with buzzard guts. Canít imagine what that experience was like.

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Re: Why I wear a full face helmet.
« Reply #16 on: August 03, 2021, 12:19:42 PM »
I am using an open face helmet for my Honda ride, but simply because I deem the risk reward ratio to be acceptable on this ride only.
Itís a calculated risk I choose to take, but a risk none the less. If I pay the price for my choice, I will regret it and would not try to mount a case to justify my actions.
Iíve never put a mark on a helmet while wearing it, but I think the case for using full face ones is statistically overwhelming.

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Re: Why I wear a full face helmet.
« Reply #17 on: August 03, 2021, 12:52:58 PM »
I discovered this past weekend that full face helmet visors don't clear of rain when you are also behind a windshield.  I had to open the visor and let the rain pelt my cheeks until I rode out of it. 

When I ride my other bikes I can just turn my head sideways for a second the the rain clears off. 
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Re: Why I wear a full face helmet.
« Reply #18 on: August 03, 2021, 01:07:54 PM »
I can't remember where I saw this (It was only a few weeks ago) but there was an analysis done of where the impacts occur on the head as a result of a motorbike accident. The highest percentage location? The lower face/jawbone area, which (if I remembered correctly) gets smacked about 25% of the time. That put an end to my shopping for an oh-so-cool open face/goggles combo.

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Re: Why I wear a full face helmet.
« Reply #19 on: August 03, 2021, 02:10:28 PM »
I've tried to ride with a open face a few times. I don't see how anyone does it.
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Re: Why I wear a full face helmet.
« Reply #20 on: August 03, 2021, 04:33:11 PM »
I have been wearing a full face helmet for decades. Also I have had modular helmets for many years as well.
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Re: Why I wear a full face helmet.
« Reply #21 on: August 03, 2021, 04:43:08 PM »
I have been wearing a full face helmet for decades. Also I have had modular helmets for many years as well.
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Full-Fairing?  You can get away with an open faced helmet, but should wear a full faced helmet anyway... :wink:
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Re: Why I wear a full face helmet.
« Reply #22 on: August 03, 2021, 06:29:38 PM »
I can't remember where I saw this (It was only a few weeks ago) but there was an analysis done of where the impacts occur on the head as a result of a motorbike accident. The highest percentage location? The lower face/jawbone area, which (if I remembered correctly) gets smacked about 25% of the time. That put an end to my shopping for an oh-so-cool open face/goggles combo.

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Re: Why I wear a full face helmet.
« Reply #23 on: August 04, 2021, 07:24:22 AM »
I've always ridden full-face, simply because I hate the wind in my eyes, very sensitive.

Since I got the Ambo finished, I have been wearing a 3/4 quite a bit- I bought a pair of script Stoggles (fully shielded saftey glasses type for hospital work in the pandemic) and discovered that if I wear those pushed tight to my face they keep out the wind/dust/etc.  It kinda helps that top speed on the Ambo is sub 70mph and I never ride on an interstate anyway.

I'm still FF 80% of the time, but for some reason the loop life has relaxed my former ATGATT standards, can't exactly explain why-- other than most of the time I'm just chuffing around on back roads and I can leave my garage to instantly hit great rural riding without any city streets/highwats/traffic
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Re: Why I wear a full face helmet.
« Reply #24 on: August 04, 2021, 01:34:36 PM »
Letís see , the reasons I wear a modular helmet . The morons throwing packs of salutes out the car window on 4th of July , or was it the motorhome with the swill tank dripping , so they donít have to pay at dump station. Maybe it was the time junior stuck his head out the side window of the mini van to eject a happy meal ! Or perhaps when the vehicle ahead of me ha a major cooling system issue , lots of steam &hot coolant if I remember right . I stopped counting the small birds & large bugs . Lots of reasons accumulated in 300k Mi.

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Re: Why I wear a full face helmet.
« Reply #25 on: August 04, 2021, 02:18:13 PM »
Full face for me.
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Re: Why I wear a full face helmet.
« Reply #26 on: August 04, 2021, 03:34:54 PM »
Full face for me all the time.  There have been many times when I have been "hit" by a huge flying bug when riding out in the valley.  Not only did they leave a huge "splat" on the visor, but if it hit my face that would have really hurt!  And then there are the "splats" on the helmet itself which are sometimes huge!
I had a riding instructor say this about open face helmets: "Open face helmet, closed coffin...". 
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Re: Why I wear a full face helmet.
« Reply #27 on: August 04, 2021, 09:31:13 PM »
It's ridiculously easy to be killed by a slight upward blow to the chin.  Ask Dale Earnhardt.  It's also very hard to kiss the bride with a reconstructed chin.  Carry on................. ......
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Re: Why I wear a full face helmet.
« Reply #28 on: August 04, 2021, 09:47:10 PM »
Iíve always worn a full face helmet too, but for a different reason.  Iím trying to protect other motorists. 

You see, when you are as gosh darn handsome as I am, women can get distracted and then have accidents. 
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Re: Why I wear a full face helmet.
« Reply #29 on: August 04, 2021, 10:02:21 PM »
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Iíve always worn a full face helmet too, but for a different reason.  Iím trying to protect other motorists. 

You see, when you are as gosh darn handsome as I am, women can get distracted and then have accidents.
Dang it SmithSwede I had a response to that and then lost it due to my advanced age but it had something to do with that supposed handsome face of yours, then remembered why you wear a full face helmet.   :grin:
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