I hate hearing about things like that.
And yea it's so much cooler to risk having your face scraped clean off, than to wear a helmet with some wicked designs on it.
me too, especially since 1) it is so close to home and 2) everyone I know clipped the article and gave it to me...even all of my bosses!!!
well, they wouldnt want to mess up the nice $500 helmet now would they??
On another personal note: someone I know wrecked this weekend, was wearing gear, hit a barbed wire fence. Had a few minor scratches, and major bruises but thats all, thank gawd for leather.
But, within an hour of that accident, while waiting for the trailer, this person was witness to a cruiser come around the same turn, and run off the road in the EXACT same tire tracks, and neither was wearing gear at all. The wife, in tank top, capris, and tennis shoes was thrown thru the barbed wire fence. Thankfully it had already been stretched a bit from the first accident and there was a hole for her to fly thru, but still, she was so ripped up and bleeding profusely the first accident victim took off their shirt and used it for a bandage, wrapped and tied it for her b/c out of all 4 harleys, no one had gear and all empty saddlebags, no med kits. Her other wrist was broken. He was pretty banged up, but HE didnt go thru the fence. They both rode to the hospital, probably only b/c they were so in shock it didnt occur to them to wait for an ambulance.
So, biker vs rusty barbed wire:
gear, scratches, nothing major...
No gear, trip to hospital for major stitches and scars for life.