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post #1 of 7 Old 05-09-2010, 08:57 PM Thread Starter
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I lived in Melboure Fl. for 15 years, during that time about 5% of the riders I saw wore helmets.
I visited the beach area last week and about 80% of the riders wore helmets. what has changed, laws?, insurance?
Just curious, what say you? Thanks in advance, Mike D.

It just figures, now that I am old and wise enough to stop and smell the roses, I would lose my sense of smell.
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post #2 of 7 Old 05-09-2010, 09:51 PM
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Ratios will vary, probably a lot.

Hi, Mike.

I think that helmets became optional in Florida on July 1, 2000, for those
over 21 with sufficient medical insurance (I do not know the criterion).

I have not been studying the use of helmets, but I imagine that many of those who have foot controls well forward of their butts go without helmets, while most riders whose feet are basically under their butts wear helmets.

There are exceptions. My neighbor has a CBR-1000 and wears no helmet.

I visit Sarasota's Fuel Cafe, a genteel hangout for bikers, mainly riders of sporty machines, and probably 80% or more of the visitors to that place wear helmets.

I have ridden with Stromtroopers in several provinces and states, but Florida is the only one of those places where helmets are not compulsory for all. Nevertheless, I very very seldom see anyone lidless on a Strom, and I surely have seen a lot of Wee-Stroms.

I am glad that helmets are optional, because every safety device includes a hazard, and I consider it fair to let those who ride decide what safety devices to adopt, along with their accompanying hazards.

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Thanks for the reply Keith.

My stepson who does not ride and still lives in Florida was not sure why

there were so many wearing helmets.

Helmets are not required by SC however some towns in SC do require them, I

believe Myrtle Beach is one of them.

Be safe Mike D.

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Myrtle Beach nonsense.

http://www.wmbfnews.com/Global/story.asp?S=12420396

Apparently this is a big issue at Myrtle Beach right now,
and the message is very clear to me:

The city of Myrtle Beach hates bikers and always will.
Tourists should spend time and money elsewhere.

Believe me, I have received that message;
I will heed it and continue to pass it along.

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http://www.wmbfnews.com/Global/story.asp?S=12420396

Apparently this is a big issue at Myrtle Beach right now,
and the message is very clear to me:

The city of Myrtle Beach hates bikers and always will.
Tourists should spend time and money elsewhere.

Believe me, I have received that message;
I will heed it and continue to pass it along.

Keith
Unfortunately we have all experienced this somewhere. I feel that people hate criminals, whether they are riding motorcycles or not.

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Thanks for the reply Keith.

My stepson who does not ride and still lives in Florida was not sure why

there were so many wearing helmets.

Helmets are not required by SC however some towns in SC do require them, I

believe Myrtle Beach is one of them.

Be safe Mike D.
The ones who wear helmets are the ones who survived long enough for your son to notice them. Mr. Darwin has a theory about the others.

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Unfortunately we have all experienced this somewhere. I feel that people hate criminals, whether they are riding motorcycles or not.
If Myrtle Beach wants to outlaw loud pipes, it will have my full support. I wish more state and local governments would do the same. I have been trying without success to get Sarasota to enforce existing laws.

While I do wear a helmet and think everyone should, I do not support laws requiring them. There is a great deal of misinformation and media ignorance about the helmet issue. Much of it has been generated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It is in this group's financial interest to have as few motorcycles on the road as possible since riders usually have the worst injuries and companies that insure the motorists have to pay. It doesn't help when virtually every news story about a motorcycle crash contains a helmet reference, even if the rider suffered no head or neck injuries.
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