We can argue the helmet debate until the cows come home, but if nothing else, just be careful out there please.
We lost a good friend, and fellow rider, yesterday.
New reports are conflicting -- some say he wasn't wearing his helmet, others say he was (and those he was riding with earlier in the day say he was as well).
What we know (from people who were with him shortly before the crash) is that he was on the normal Sunday afternoon ride with 4 others. They reached a gas station, and from there, the other 4 riders went one direction to head home, and he another. When they left him, he had his helmet on..... but a short time later, when the crash occured, he allegedly did not.
Another guy we know reported that he drove by shortly after the accident (not realizing at that time that he knew the rider), and it appeared CD's helmet was strapped to the back of the bike.
None of it makes any sense.... he was a VERY skilled rider -- probably one of the best we knew. And he was VERY adamant about safety... this was a man who would come out for the Saturday afternoon rides in full race leathers, and literally in 3 years, I've never once seen him ride without a helmet. Just recently he trailered a (mangled and bloddied) bike out to Bike Night to show the hazards of riding without gear.
Word is he doesn't really have any family......
But he leaves behind twin babies.
Just be careful out there everyone....