Helmet

Wayne Broderick /

Has anyone used a bicycle helmet for safety on their ped? It's what I use, seems to be pretty good, it's got holes in it to channel the wind over your head---

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Jamie Leonard /

Personally I wouldn't use a bike helmet... they're designed for much lower speeds. On any kind of moped I'd advise at least a 3/4 helmet... a head is a bad thing to lose. Unless you plan to have a career sitting and drooling for a few years.

Jamie

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YEP, thats what we wear at my place, Doug D.

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Rich King /

Where I live in Northern VA, local ordinances (i.e., County govt.) dictates a helmet laws for mopeds, while the State Law doesn't, only for motorcycles. Bicycle helmets won't pass the muster as far as the local police are concerned here. Its a motorcycle type of helmet or a stiff fine. However, I think Jaime and Doug are on the right track and I agree with them. I always wear mine. It's basically "cheap insurance". Also, God forbid that you do get into an accident, the insurance laws here severely limit your recovery ($$) w/o a helmet, even if it is some other clowns fault.

About a month ago a Dude in my area tried for a Moped Darwin Award. Early in the evening he stole a Tomos and was cruising on it @ 5:00 AM when spotted by the local police. According the the newspapers accounts w/pic, the local police proceeded to stop him during a "low speed chase". The Dude had a helmet on, though unbuckled (I guess he thought is wasn't kool to buckle up). He failed to make a right turn onto a dual lane street, fell off the ped, losing his helmet on the initial impact, then fatally hitting his head on the opposite curb. End of story - - DOA. I've personally driven my ped & scooter, through the intersection. In my estimation, the Dude would have survivied easily w/a helmet, maybe a broken arm or leg but nothing in the fatal column. Rich

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It may not be the best safety devise, but I use a bike helmet on hot days. I used to use a full face in my Goldwing days, but the speed was a whole lot more. Even a 3/4 helmet can get pretty hot at moped speeds.

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gimmyjimmy /

I mentioned this a while back,

I use a shoebox with a duct tape chin strap, works great until it rains.

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GimmyJimmy! You DO WHAT? What do you use for padding? Your hair? Very funny,you rascal! Ouch! Must hurt when you remove that strap! OOOIIEEEE !!!!

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gimmyjimmy /

I never take it off, Don. I'm scared of meteors.

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Ron Brown /

Jimmy,

I hope you lined it with aluminum foil, you can never be too carefull.

Ron

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gimmyjimmy /

but of course, that's what reflects the radar gun waves.

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Shoot,GimmyJimmy,if I put THAT HELMET on I'd be more scared of flying bricks and rocks and such! Better BONDO that thing on the outside! Cripes!

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