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post #1 of 50 Old 04-16-2010, 11:45 AM Thread Starter
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We had a run this morning on a leather fringed, doo ragged biker in the North bound lanes of I 65 this morning. Not quite sure how he lost it but he crashed hard on the pavement on a curve heading just north out of down town(Indianapolis). He was lying face down with minor road rash on his back but his face took the brunt of the impact. Broken jaw, lacerated lips, many teeth gone or stuck in in his nose, all kinds of rash, and streams of blood running down the slope of the road. Brother would have been fine if he were wearing a helmet. His girlfriend following behind in a car saw the whole thing unfold. I feel sorry for her but not so much for him. I wonder if he'll wear a helmet next time.

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Can't protect people from themselves. Too bad it ended up like that but it didn't have to. Shame on him.

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Broken jaw, lacerated lips, many teeth gone or stuck in in his nose, all kinds of rash, and streams of blood running down the slope of the road. Brother would have been fine if he were wearing a helmet.
Make that a full face helmet. The majority of helmet impacts take it on the chin.


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I've heard more than one bare-headed rider say something like, "why wear a helmet? If you crash, you're gonna die anyway."

This one is why... assuming the worst of his injuries are rash and smashed up face. Could've just screwed up a helmet - now he's got a long rode of pain in front of him, and probably a lifetime of disfigurement. Not worth it to feel the wind in what little hair I have left, IMO.
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That's a great graphic Greywolf. Never saw that before but I'll be showing it to a few friends still using half helmets.
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+1 on full face helmets. Way too much damage can, and does, happen with open face helmets. No helmet? What can one say...?

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The 0.4% region is primarily human cannonballs. :mrgreen:

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[QUOTE=steve68steve;544089]I've heard more than one bare-headed rider say something like, "why wear a helmet? If you crash, you're gonna die anyway."

I had a friend who's reply to that thinking was along the lines of "...you might find out you suck at being dead and end up paralyzed for the next 50 years..."
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Me and a guy was talking about riding gear the other day. I told him that I had a 2x olympia one piece that really did not fit me well b/c it keeps my torso hunched up and if he wanted to try it he could. Told him it was pretty good summer wear b/c its light grey and has a bunch of vents in it. He told me that he just wore jeans and a t-shirt during the summer. ME: Why? Him b/c I dont dress to crash. ME: Well my skin is too pretty to get all rashed up and that happened to me already when I was young and dumb riding a crotch rocket in shorts and flipflops. It only takes on time down to find some good gear. Him: I'll take my chances.
This is the way most of the crusier guys think, really like the dude wish I could change his mind but he is a grown man, but even he wears a full face helmet.

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I've heard more than one bare-headed rider say something like, "why wear a helmet? If you crash, you're gonna die anyway."
The worse result of a crash is if the rider doesn't quite die--just spends years drooling in a nursing home, wallowing around in a dirty DependŽ.

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ME: Why? Him b/c I dont dress to crash. ME: Well my skin is too pretty to get all rashed up and that happened to me already when I was young and dumb riding a crotch rocket in shorts and flipflops. It only takes on time down to find some good gear. Him: I'll take my chances.
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The first place I saw the chart of impact areas on the head was in one of David L. Hough's books. I believe the chart was the result of research done by a German hospital or medical university.

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