Helmet mohawk mayhem

So I bought this velcro helmet mohawk to slap on my helmet when I ride my yellow '78 Hobbit. It helps make my helmet look more like it goes with my Hobbit, but I also feel I'm more visible to others on the road with a yellow mohawk on my helmet. I posted this pic on my Facebook wall and was soon told by the leader of a local moped gang I love riding with that helmet mohawks are not allowed on the monthly gang rides, so I better leave it at home. This launched a 60-plus-comment debate between some gang members who think individual expression, including my helmet mohawk, should be allowed, and others saying no way, never. I was told there is near-unanimous hatred of helmet mohawks in the national moped scene, that they are only worn by obnoxious crotch-rocket riders who listen to bad music and do stupid tricks on their bikes, and that I need to respect the gang rules and never wear a helmet mohawk on our monthly rides. I think that restrictive attitude SUCKS and goes against what the uniqueness of mopeds is all about in the first place. Just had to get that off my chest.

And I'm curious; are these things really almost universally hated in the "scene" (not that I'd care) ... and, more importantly, how common or correct is it for a gang to ban their use by members?

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Rusty P Shackelford /

Do what makes you happy..Riding a ped should never involve any type of serious thought.

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I personally think they are dumb and ugly, but to each their own man. Its too bad that they are that full of themselves to have a dumb rule like that.

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Sounds like your local gang is taking mopeds way too seriously.

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Who makes your helmet? I like it.

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I say keep it! These 'gang' members are just salty u thought of it first. You should just build your hobbit up to be faster than everybody else's. Then you can stay in front and everybody will think you're leading! Next thing you know everybody's wearing them! Or at least they will respect ur decision to look cooler because you humbled their sorry asses!

San Diego---> stop h8n. U kno u jealous.

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Gromosaurus Rex - Brad Pitt /

Personally, i dont think they compliment the aesthetic of moped culture.

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Steve Perkio /

My opinion, they should get over it..... Let's ride.

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moped culture is anything and everything you want it to be.

Do you want to ride with a leather aviation cap and googles? COOL

Do you want to ride with a motocross helmet? COOL

Half helmet like a harley dudes? COOL

Mohawk? COOL

leather jackets and bedazzles? AWESOME

Mask and snorkel? COOL

Why try and define a moped "culture"? Do what you want, mopeds to me are about individuality in the first place.

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Also, I see a little humor in it as well. Its like making fun of the people who actually wear mohawks to be cool. Obviously you arent pulling 4th gear power wheelies on your 70cc maxi like a GSXR. So it'd be kinda funny to see a guy on a moped with a mohawk.

Kinda like wearing the skeleton face masks on a moped. because mopeds are just THAT intimidating..

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Thompsons Mack /

you should start your own gang, and the only rule is that you have to wear a mohawk.

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Sounds like kind of a snobby club to me. There shouldnt be rules in the club.

This culture is all about expression and that free feeling that moped riding gives you.

I would just wear it and tell them to suck it.

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lol tyson... i recognized you by your driveway. that weird?

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Seriously. Who makes that helmet?

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Aaron, it's an Airoh J-105 modular helmet from Italy. Not the cheapest thing, but the only full-face I've found that doesn't block my field of vision. Here's a link:

http://www.airoh.com/helmets/modular/j-105/bicolor#more-1

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I've always wanted to get one of those Mohawks and put it on the jaw protector on my full face. Like a neon beard of awesome. Or do it sideways on the back like male pattern baldness.

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I have a euro helmet now. They feel safer than DOT lids.

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I think they're silly as hell, but do what you like and fuck the haters.

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†▲m †▲m /

LOL

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ɯɐpɐ ʞunʞs /

Dude, seriously? You have to portray this like that?

Local dude (OP) is invited on a ride with us every month. He's not part of our gang, though he talks like he is. We invite him along because he's generally nice and friendly, very enthusiastic. A few times he has asked if he could come on his electric bicycle or motorcycle, when his moped was working just fine. We asked that if he comes, he come on his moped, since it's a moped ride.

He bought a bright yellow helmet mohawk "to match his yellow moped". We're not down with those. It's not like we're trying to tell people how to express themselves or how not to, we're simply saying "not on our ride". It would simply lead to people mocking him behind his back (it's a helmet mohawk, hard to resist) and other types of negativity. Not cool. Things that would be nice to avoid.

The only dudes in San Diego who have helmet mohawks are douchey crotch rocket riders who have no friends (probably because they don't want to ride with the dude wearing a helmet mohawk) who show off to try to impress everybody else. We'd rather steer away from that.

He has the option to ride with us, he has the option to not ride with us. It's super simple.

Again, never once did we tell him that he can't express himself. If anybody is going to express themselves, Steven is that guy. But if we're hosting the ride, and we ask that you not wear a helmet mohawk on our ride, it's not time to go try to get the internet behind you on a crusade to "prove us wrong". It's our ride, man. We reserve the right to ask that you don't bring that.

Aside from that, go rock the shit out of the thing. Let us know how it goes when you pull up next to one of those crotch rocket douchenozzles.

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I retract my previous statements about punching you in the nutsack sir.

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Grow a Real Mohawk, dye it yellow & when they say remove it... say ya cant!

-Honest™

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I say make some foam viking horns for your helmet too and look more retarded.

those things r dum.

If someone came to a ride wearing one, I'd laugh pretty hard because they'd be doing it as a joke. If someone came to our ride wearing one for serious, they probably wouldn't be the kind of person i'd want to ride with. i'd still let em ride whatever, but probably wouldn't be hanging out.

yep, sure may seem exclusive or judgemental. it is. if you seriously believe helmethawks are cool i don't want to be your friend.

the fact that you're too proud to take off a helmet mohawk and worse that you're fussing about it on the internet is pretty dumb too.

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Can't let all of this fly. My responses below.

Skunk Adam Wrote:

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> Dude, seriously? You have to portray this like

> that?

>

> Local dude (OP) is invited on a ride with us every

> month. He's not part of our gang, though he talks

> like he is.

Nobody's ever told me how one becomes an official "member"; has seemed casual enough that if you show up on rides, get along with everyone and hang out, then you're part of the gang. How does one became an "official member"? Actually, maybe I don't care any more.

> We invite him along because he's

> generally nice and friendly, very enthusiastic. A

> few times he has asked if he could come on his

> electric bicycle or motorcycle, when his moped was

> working just fine. We asked that if he comes, he

> come on his moped, since it's a moped ride.

The few times I asked about bringing my electric bike or motorcycle were ONLY times when either I did not own a moped yet or my moped was NOT working right. The "motorcycle" I asked about bringing a couple times is a 1975 Honda CT90, and I let that be known. I've seen other CT90's on at least 2-3 group rides, and they seem to fit right in.

> He bought a bright yellow helmet mohawk "to match

> his yellow moped". We're not down with those. It's

> not like we're trying to tell people how to

> express themselves or how not to, we're simply

> saying "not on our ride". It would simply lead to

> people mocking him behind his back (it's a helmet

> mohawk, hard to resist) and other types of

> negativity. Not cool. Things that would be nice to

> avoid.

Isn't the problem more with the people mocking someone wearing a harmless helmet mohawk, rather than with the person wearing the helmet mohawk?

> The only dudes in San Diego who have helmet

> mohawks are douchey crotch rocket riders who have

> no friends (probably because they don't want to

> ride with the dude wearing a helmet mohawk) who

> show off to try to impress everybody else. We'd

> rather steer away from that.

I saw several dudes on awesome tricked out, lowered, stretched Honda Ruckuses with helmet mohawks at the annual Scooter Toy Run in December at Motorsports Scooters. They had friends. And lots of admirers. Their bikes were awesome and so were their mohawks.

> He has the option to ride with us, he has the

> option to not ride with us. It's super simple.

> Again, never once did we tell him that he can't

> express himself. If anybody is going to express

> themselves, Steven is that guy. But if we're

> hosting the ride, and we ask that you not wear a

> helmet mohawk on our ride, it's not time to go try

> to get the internet behind you on a crusade to

> "prove us wrong". It's our ride, man. We reserve

> the right to ask that you don't bring that.

>

> Aside from that, go rock the shit out of the

> thing. Let us know how it goes when you pull up

> next to one of those crotch rocket douchenozzles.

To each his own I guess, but I'm with Pepe le Pew, the original skunk with a mohawk: http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/lists/2010/05/11/pepe_le_pew.jpg

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I am getting one. There is a certain type of girl I want to attract with it. The babes know how cool these things are.

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WillD SWOOP Wrote:

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> the fact that you're too proud to take off a

> helmet mohawk and worse that you're fussing about

> it on the internet is pretty dumb too.

The fact that some people are too proud to allow a fellow rider the self-expression and added safety of a helmet mohawk and worse that they're limiting the spirit of individual expression so central to many who ride mopeds is pretty dumb too.

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Beard Road Bruiser (SoB) /

It's a fake fucking helmet Mohawk. You are riding mopeds. Who cares!?

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Look, a skunk with a mohawk:

And the original skunk with a mohawk, Pepe Le Pew:

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Emil Kniemel /

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ɯɐpɐ ʞunʞs /

Steven,

The facts of the matter:

1) After all the drama you're causing about this, why are you still concerned about being a member?

2) You did in fact ask to bring your CT90 when your moped was working. You said it was faster and you were tired of how slow your moped was. Ross is a local guy who doesn't have a moped, but he's a really solid guy who likes our scene and has the right attitude. He rides his old custom Honda Trail. Brandy's moped was stolen, fucked up, recovered, and she's still fixing it. That's why she came on hers.

3) The problem exists with the helmet mohawk introduced. If it doesn't come, the problem doesn't exist. Again, just don't bring it. Why is that so hard?

Please stop yanking this all out of proportion, spilling drama all over where it doesn't belong, and trying to rally other people behind your pointless cause in order to try to get your way. This drama is exactly what we don't want or need, and you can stop any time. Preferably now. We are going to go ride our mopeds and have fun. You're welcome to join us again once you're done exaggerating all of this. You're not a bad guy, I think you are just picking the wrong fight.

To everybody else: Sorry.

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