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Any change, for me, would probably be an improvement. Never-the-less I wear full face helmets.

My wife says I'm good looking and that's even when she's looking at our bank account . . . . . . and not at my noggin!.
 

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I'm guessing a lot of Goldwing riders use a 3/4 helmet because of the outstanding wind protection provided by our bikes. 3/4 helmet helps to keep you cooler.
I wore an Arai 3/4 helmet for 6 years on my first Goldwing and I loved it. I live in the high desert and it gets very hot in the summer. The helmet had great ventilation and good protection. I now use a flip face helmet but have a Bell 1/2 helmet for short rides in the heat. It depends on my riding conditions as to which helmet I wear.
 

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I tried a FF last year.... for the first time............. I had claustrophobia, so bad that I ended up pulling that helmet off my face (brand new) I now wear a 3/4 100% of the time... I also am a very slow, careful rider, and never ride beyond my limit...

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I don't get into telling others what safety equipment to wear...but I could post a picture of my FF helmet after my accident, with 2 severe contacts to the chin bar - 1 to the forehead- 1 to the upper rear. My experience has taught me a good lesson on what needs to be covered and where the armor should be located. You can dress for the crash....and still enjoy the ride!! To each his own...everyone has an amount of risk they're willing to accept. B.

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Full face....
If I wanted to ride inside, looking out the window, breathing my own breath, I'd drive my pickup truck.
 

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When I started riding 35 years ago I wore no helmet at all. Then I was hit in the face by a June bug at 60 mph, and thought I had been shot. I bought my first helmet the very next day. Most of my riding is in the warmer to hot weather, and on the Goldwing, even with Baker wings deflecting air on to me, it tends to get just too hot to be fun. While I own a full face helmet I don't think I've actually worn it in over four years. Most of the time I wear a Bell 3/4 face helmet that has a pull down clear shield and a pull down sun shade piece. In the cooler weather, such as it is right now here in northern Illinois, I wear my modular Shoei NeoTec, with the chin section down and the clear shield in the raised position. But as soon as we get back into the 80 degree or warmer part of the season, this modular helmet will only be worn when going for a longish ride where I am not sure if I will encounter rain or cooler weather. For the typical hour or two ride I will stay with the 3/4 helmet. I know that 3/4 does not provide the protection of a full face, but I have to balance that against the reality that if I feel just too damn hot I might end up not riding at all.

FWIW, last year I bought the best hot weather riding jacket that I have ever owned. It is amazing in striking the best balance of providing true crash protection while allowing massive airflow. I find I only leave it home and ride in just a t-shirt when it is really, really hot, like over 90 degrees. The jacket is the Klim Induction jacket. I've had other mesh jackets but none that are as comfortable and allow as much air flow as this one. At $350 it is not cheap, but really worth it. Now I just need to find something that I have been seeking forever: truly cool but protective summer gloves. I'm open to suggestions.
 

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If you and your wife have never smacked your 3/4 helmet on the pavement and slid down the road shredding your Levis, the choices are endless. My experience, but I will never tell anyone - except my kids - what to wear, and I will never refuse to ride with you based on your choice.

Our choice is modular Nolans with J&M hard-wired comm. I never ride with the helmet flipped up, only the face shield. My wife is still gorgeous at 64 so she keeps hers down.... :D

As a side note, my mic quit working so I rode down to J&M in Tucson a couple of days ago and Pete got everything fixed in no time at no charge. Spent more time just chatting with him than it took to make the repairs. Great people there and a great excuse for a ride - even if it was all interstate... (y)
 

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Were it not for the protection of a full faced helmet, I would be sucking dinners through a straw for a very long time. Not sure that my smile would be all that either.
 

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I too have had the privilege of being saved by my full face helmet during my younger years however, now I use a 3/4 Arai for the comfort while riding. Yes, the full face is without a doubt better protection but, we ride and that is one of the decisions we make for the privilege to ride.
 

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I wear a Shoei RF1200 full face helmet. I bought a 3/4 helmet but resold it right away after one ride after feelings of fear. Wear what you want or wear nothing. Another member above posted his accident and the damage to his full faced helmet. He might not have survived with any less of a helmet?
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I come the world of V-Twin cruisers and started off mostly wearing a half helmet but as the years went by I started second guessing that choice and am more of a "all the gear all of the time" kinda guy I guess. Yeah, a half or three quarter helmet is pretty darn nice when it's hot but I just feel so much more safe in a full face helmet.

I'm from Canada and we are required by law to wear a helmet while on a motorcycle and I remember the first time that I went down to Maine seeing piles of people riding around without a helmet, I thought what?! Aren't they afraid of being pulled over and given a ticket? Then it dawned on me that it's legal down there but I certainly did a few double takes until I figured it out. LOL

The closest that I would get to a 3//4 helmet is a flip-up but the apparently the manufacturers of those helmets don't guarantee that the helmet will remained closed in the event of a collision, correct me if I'm wrong here. One downside to a flip up is that they tend to be heavier than a full face helmet but that might not be the case in the more expensive flip-ups.

I'll probably look into getting a flip-up in the future if I find a deal. I did get my Arai full face at a bargain price a few years ago, they were blowing them out so my wife and I both got one and we love them! Quite lightweight and comfortable to wear and really quiet too, they also have a pretty good venting system, so for a full face helmet they are hard to beat. But the price of these helmets up here in Canada when they aren't on sale is pretty staggering.

I just cringe when I see people flying down the highway 2-up in t-shirts, cut-off jeans and wearing sandals and flip-flops!
I pray that they never go down!

As an older guy pushing 60 now I find that I'm sticking with ATGATT.

But I certainly don't have any negative views of others who chose to go with something else. It's a free country. One thing too is that most of my riding is in Atlantic Canada and we generally don't get the heat that some other places do so wearing a full face helmet and proper gear isn't usually uncomfortable, especially once you get moving out on the open road.

Be safe out there guys and all the best to all of you in the upcoming riding season.
 

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I recently came from sport touring and “adventure” riding. Those groups have a lot of ATGATT zealots who insist every rider should have “Proper” gear: $1,500 riding suits, $500 boots and $800 helmets—and scoffing at anyone who doesnt dress to their level of protection.

I wear a FF helmet, because that’s what I prefer. I’m not going to judge the helmet choices of others.
 

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I recently came from sport touring and “adventure” riding. Those groups have a lot of ATGATT zealots who insist every rider should have “Proper” gear: $1,500 riding suits, $500 boots and $800 helmets—and scoffing at anyone who doesnt dress to their level of protection.

I wear a FF helmet, because that’s what I prefer. I’m not going to judge the helmet choices of others.
LOL, that's just the ST rider version of the Harley pirate outfit.

(I'm gonna get hit from both sides for that one.)😋
 

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Full face helmet for me....back when I was younger and rode sportbikes, I went down at 100mph and slid and rolled down the middle of the road. I was lucky...I had the gear on. I got up right up, had some road rash, but most of the first impact with the pavement was to my face... I couldn't see out of the face shield because it was so deeply scratched. Did the full face save me...most likely, but their is no doubt it saved me from disfiqurement.
I wear a full face on my Gold Wing not only for the crash protection, but you also need UV protection for your face and nose....and because for me the full face is the most comfortable helmet in any weather.
 

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My wife and I both wear Shoei Neotec and Schuberth C3 Pro modular full face modular helmets. For spirited riding, I rock a Shoei RF1200 full face helmet.

Never expose your jaw (as you can see below):

 

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Nolan 104 modular for us. Chin bar always down... though at times my wife will raise it riding in hot weather and the traffic is slow. I admonish her about that.... I only raise mine if I have to sneeze!... sometimes I don't make it.

A few conversations I've had: One guy who told me about his experience sliding his face across the ground... and also recommending not to carry anything in your pockets you're not willing to fall on....

And an ER colleague telling me about an accident that came in one day... I asked, "How bad was it?" She said, "Well, have you heard that Billy Idol song "Eyes without a face..."

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FWIW - I never feel the weight of a modular helmet, whether chin bar is up or down. I ride chin bar up, up to about 50 mph (because it is so hot and humid in FL). When chin bar is down I have the face shield open (but ANSI Z-87.1 rated eyewear) unless it rains. When transitioning it is best to drop the face shield before raising the chin bar (otherwise things get real loud and your head will get tossed around a bit).
 

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I still question the 4 out of 5 number because as we all know statistics are made up on the spot 67.43% of the time.
 

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FWIW - I never feel the weight of a modular helmet, whether chin bar is up or down. I ride chin bar up, up to about 50 mph (because it is so hot and humid in FL). When chin bar is down I have the face shield open (but Z-85 rated eyewear) unless it rains. When transitioning it is best to drop the face shield before raising the chin bar (otherwise things get real loud and your head will get tossed around a bit).
Funny thing is(well not so funny) the only blood loss in my accident was the bridge of my nose, due to wearing safety glasses inside the helmet. Ofcourse that's something I can live with... it was an odd feeling be held on the ground with blood running down my face. It's unbelievable the way a small laceration in the nose can bleed..

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