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helmets for yelling at things would be a non-full face type, like the half I wear on summer days. Good for scaring deer and dumber things like the lady that pulled out in front of me today.
I was doing 45 or so, a narrow forrest road curving to the right and I see a hood come out of the bush from a dirt road on the right side, so like most riders ( I guess) I assume its going pull out in front of me and ready my hand on the front brake and off the throttle, this time the car does not stop.
I see this could be the end of me and there is no way I can stop before I hit the door as she comes out into the lane and then freezes, just staring at me waiting for the collision. I use as much brake I can without locking anything up and steer to go around her backside, but I have to YELL at her, GO!! Did the half helmet save me once again? She heard me and stepped on it and I was able to miss things and didnt lock up on the gravel either, oh happy day, love to ride!
I had a practice avoiding yesterday at the gas station when this guy in what appeared to be a limo crown v. started backing up from a distance and I had to lay on the horn for five long seconds while I did a Harley reverse. He only stopped as he touched my front wheel. Oh such fun !
I later realized I was using cage reflex's (again) by using the horn at all, and should have gassed around him, this thinking may have helped me avoid the wreck today, along with all the crashing I did as a kid lol.
I was lucky today. But I cant tell my non riding friends they will think riding is to dangerous.
 

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People can hear you even when you have a full face helmet on - its your ears that are muffled by the padding. I got cut off by a lady once and pulled up into the turn lane next to her at the light. I muttered to myself, "Stupid 8itch" and the next thing I know she's rolling down the window and begins to defend to me why she isn't a 8itch... unfortunately the light changed and I had to go ahead and turn before I could tell her how wrong she was... :D
 

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I'm not sure if you are trying to justify the use of a half helmet, but if you would have impacted the side of her car you would have been better off if you would have been wearing a full face helmet.

I know this takes away from the fun of motorcycling, but if you ride within your sight distance you will not have those type of encounters as often.

I guess it all comes down to how much risk are you willing to incur.
 

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People can hear you even when you have a full face helmet on - its your ears that are muffled by the padding. I got cut off by a lady once and pulled up into the turn lane next to her at the light. I muttered to myself, "Stupid 8itch" and the next thing I know she's rolling down the window and begins to defend to me why she isn't a 8itch... unfortunately the light changed and I had to go ahead and turn before I could tell her how wrong she was... :D
You're right. Same thing happened to me but I was heard by a pedestrian on the sidewalk. The lady just laughed at my comment and nodded her head (she saw the person cut me off).
 

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whats this - 'ride within your sight distance'
No, not selling the use of the half helmet, just taling about how she stopped right where we would collide and froze right in front of me.
From experience-If I had hit the side of her car I would have gone over the top, and full face is always better in the crash, but avoiding is best. Actually that day I put ojn my 3/4 flip face, but went back home to get the half, because it was to dm hot. And isnt there something about the weight of a helmet doing nasty things to ones neck?
 

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whats this - 'ride within your sight distance'
No, not selling the use of the half helmet, just taling about how she stopped right where we would collide and froze right in front of me.
From experience-If I had hit the side of her car I would have gone over the top, and full face is always better in the crash, but avoiding is best. Actually that day I put ojn my 3/4 flip face, but went back home to get the half, because it was to dm hot. And isnt there something about the weight of a helmet doing nasty things to ones neck?
Ride within your sight distance means you should be able to stop within the distance you can see so you have to adjust your speed accordingly. Most people ride and/or drive with a lot of faith that there won't be a stopped vehicle around a blind curve and the odds are generally in your favor, or that the road won't turn to gravel over that rise or cut to the left or right.

I don't think 3 lbs is going to do anything to the neck unless you have no muscle tone to hold things in place. But then nothing is going to help your neck short of a neck collar used in racing if you have no muscle strength.
 
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