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post #1 of 37 Old 09-16-2013, 07:21 AM Thread Starter
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Just read on a street forum where the full coverage upon impact has a greater chance of breaking the neck ,jaw while the open face you may get scratched or chewed up but neck safety is better ,so I,m looking for opinions and reasons why
As a new one is on my have to do list ,I presently use a flip up full face which I do like and it would it probably give upon impact ! Opinions please !
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post #2 of 37 Old 09-16-2013, 07:55 AM
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Don't know the scholarship behind the "street forum" comment you read, drsprocket, but . . . the conclusion (i.e., full-face helmets pose additional injury hazards) is contradicted in the Hurt Report, the first large-scale scientific analysis of motorcycle injuries.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurt_Report

From a summary of findings from about one thousand (IIRC) motorcycle accident investigations:
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52. There is no liability for neck injury by wearing a safety helmet; helmeted riders had less neck injuries than unhelmeted riders. Only four minor injuries were attributable to helmet use, and in each case the helmet prevented possible critical or fatal head injury.
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48. Safety helmet use caused no attenuation of critical traffic sounds, no limitation of precrash visual field, and no fatigue or loss of attention; no element of accident causation was related to helmet use.
The research was published by Hugh Harrison Hurt, a professor at the University of Southern California, who later founded the "Head Protection Research Laboratory." The design and manufacture of the energy-absorbing helmet you wear today sprang from the research of Hurt and others.

Hurt was inducted into the American Motorcyclist Association Hall of Fame, years shortly before his death.

Again, I don't know the scholarship behind the street forum, but--I am personally familiar with Professor Hurt's technical competence and diligence, profoundly trusted by me.

YMMV!
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I tend to not get too hung up on reports and comments regarding safety gear. Everyone has their opinions, likes and dislikes. I use what I feel comfortable and safe with. I'm sure if you ask enough Harley riders you can get the opinion that those pee pot helmets they wear are actually safe.

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Just read on a street forum where the full coverage upon impact has a greater chance of breaking the neck ,jaw while the open face you may get scratched or chewed up but neck safety is better ,so I,m looking for opinions and reasons why
As a new one is on my have to do list ,I presently use a flip up full face which I do like and it would it probably give upon impact ! Opinions please !

We just had a thread about open vs. fullface helmets:

http://www.klrforum.com/showthread.php?t=22730

My .02: I wear a fullface helmet always. I see people riding with their modular helmet flipped up, defeats the fullface concept.

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When was the last time you saw any of these guys wearing an open-face helmet?









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A mighty fine point message received thanks
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For the record, most of the time I wear a flip-up modular helmet.



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post #8 of 37 Old 09-16-2013, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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Yes I do like the versatility of the modular flip style and I suppose were not getting out of this world alive anyhow thanks again .
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Yes I do like the versatility of the modular flip style and I suppose were not getting out of this world alive anyhow thanks again .
They're definitely a lot easier to deal with when you wear glasses.



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Planalp funny whenI see guys with these beany helmits ears exposed I cringe back in the early sixties I split a Bell they were top of the line then and I,d come off badly ,and thanks to the Bell ,I,m typing this ! Have a safe ride bud !
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