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Well, I've Become One Of Those Guys

Recently turned 55 and thought it wouldn't be a bad time to think about wearing a helmet, so I went out and bought me a Shoei Neotech II and I love it. No glasses vibrating, no wind tearing up my eyes, my ears don't ring for 24 hours after I ride and so forth. I wish I'd have done this years ago but my ego and thought of what looked cool got in my way. Dumbass Plus the Pinlock visor kicks ass, rode home after work in a fog that was as thick as it gets, never fogged up my vision!
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Recently turned 55 and thought it wouldn't be a bad time to think about wearing a helmet, so I went out and bought me a Shoei Neotech II and I love it. No glasses vibrating, no wind tearing up my eyes, my ears don't ring for 24 hours after I ride and so forth. I wish I'd have done this years ago but my ego and thought of what looked cool got in my way. Dumbass Plus the Pinlock visor kicks ass, rode home after work in a fog that was as thick as it gets, never fogged up my vision!
You just touched the "third rail" on motorcycle riding. On other topics this means you touched the electrified center rail in subways, etc, which usually means "bad things". I have ridden with no helmet in the 70s and after many life events, I am a full-faced helmet "convert". You will hear the full spectrum of opinions including the "only difference is a closed casket funeral versus an open casket funeral" or "when it is time for you to die, you are dead". The various opinions do not matter to me, it is a matter of personal choice. I ride with my helmet because of the reasons you stated plus more. To each "their own". Plus, hopefully less skin cancer now on my face. That said, back in "the day", "chicks digged scars"...

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You just touched the "third rail" on motorcycle riding. On other topics this means you touched the electrified center rail in subways, etc, which usually means "bad things". I have ridden with no helmet in the 70s and after many life events, I am a full-faced helmet "convert". You will hear the full spectrum of opinions including the "only difference is a closed casket funeral versus an open casket funeral" or "when it is time for you to die, you are dead". The various opinions do not matter to me, it is a matter of personal choice. I ride with my helmet because of the reasons you stated plus more. To each "their own". Plus, hopefully less skin cancer now on my face. That said, back in "the day", "chicks digged scars"...
Along a similar line of thought, I used to think that windshields and fairings were only for "pussies". Oh how have times changed...
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I was a half-helmet guy for a few years, but now I wear the full-face and don't care if it looks weird, it's about comfort (and maybe a little about safety). I wear the Shoes GT-Air and it has great circulation and very little wind noise.
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I've crash-tested a $50 half-helmet, and it saved my life - albeit with a whole lotta stitches and scarring.

2 weeks ago I rode from Capital-area Maryland to Toledo. Weather was nice. Could've picked a half, a 3/4, or a full. I took the full. Why? 6-7 hour ride. No ringing ears. No windburn. No sunburn. I have a Schuberth C3Pro, so I can flip it up and drink at speed.

I have a narrow head. I look stupid AF in a DOT half. Pretty much all local riding I do is with a Bilt 3/4, and the Schuberth is a dream on long rides.

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Recently turned 55 and thought it wouldn't be a bad time to think about wearing a helmet, so I went out and bought me a Shoei Neotech II and I love it. No glasses vibrating, no wind tearing up my eyes, my ears don't ring for 24 hours after I ride and so forth. I wish I'd have done this years ago but my ego and thought of what looked cool got in my way. Dumbass Plus the Pinlock visor kicks ass, rode home after work in a fog that was as thick as it gets, never fogged up my vision!
Welcome to the club. Been sporting a Modular for about 4 or 5 years. Have the Shark Evoline 3. Its 3 years old. Next year I'll replace it. Looking at the Simpson Ghost Bandit modular. But hard not to get a new Shark.
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Love my Schuberth C3 Pro, had it for years. Really comfortable and quiet. But heavy! Did three 700 mile days in a row at the end of a trip, and my neck was suffering. So I bought an AGV full carbon fiber modular that's almost a pound lighter. Weight wise, it feels like a novelty helmet. It's not as plush as the Schuberth, but the light weight is terrific.

Never did care about the "old man modular" look. It's so calm inside that thing!
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Been wearing the 1st generation of the Neotech and I have to say that I prefer it over any other helmet on the longer rides. Super comfortable and functional. I've heard all the reasons for not wearing a helmet and I decided that I would rather have the protection and not need it rather than need it and not have it. You never know how you might go down even at speed and many times the helmet IS the deciding factor on whether or not you need a casket or just some recovery time. Just saw a prime example of that in Texas a couple of months ago.
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Been wearing the 1st generation of the Neotech and I have to say that I prefer it over any other helmet on the longer rides. Super comfortable and functional. I've heard all the reasons for not wearing a helmet and I decided that I would rather have the protection and not need it rather than need it and not have it. You never know how you might go down even at speed and many times the helmet IS the deciding factor on whether or not you need a casket or just some recovery time. Just saw a prime example of that in Texas a couple of months ago.
We just had 2 that the lack of a helmet was the deciding factor. That's not always the case. Buddy of mine was killed when his SG landed on his chest. No helmet helping that.
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