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I'm just curious to know if anyone else here wears a half helmet? I prefer the looks of a half helmet, but I find that if I hit about 45+ mph it feels like the damn thing is going to rip my head off. I've switched to a smaller size to make sure I had one that did fit properly, and also tried a different style of half helmet. Anyone else have this problem and if so how do you deal with it? It sure makes the ride uncomfortable.
 

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I get kind of a kick out of your post. I personally have always worn helmets when I have ridden other bikes but they have always been full face. My vegas is the first cruiser that I've owned so I had to switch over to the half helmets. Something about wearing a full face on a cruiser just doesn't look right to me! I'm on my second half helmet and really dislike both of them. The first one I thought I would spend all the money on it and felt the same way you do. I felt like it was going to fly off my head. I thought it was just the helmet so I bought a cheap one the second time around. Same results. I actually "like" the cheaper of the two but don't really "like" either. With the half helmet I find that I have to wear ear plug too. I think it is just the nature of the beast because of the design. I did find that a smaller size helped a little bit. If you figure out the secret let me know!!
 

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Man i'm glad to hear i'm at least not the only one with this problem. I just cannot bring myself to buy a full faced helmet on this bike. I'm not one to be really concerned with looks, but come on, I bought the Vegas for many reasons, and one of them is how good it looks. I don't feel the full face helmet compliments the bike in any way. I've got to figure out a solution here.
 

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My secret is two helmets. I wear a full face on longer rides and a peanut shell on short (slow) rides around town. I had a wreck (my fault) while fooling around on a rocket a few years ago and ended up sliding on the face shield of my full face. At the time I swore I'd never ride without a full face. But when I got the vegas and got a bit more comfortable again I started to wear the beanie. I will say it is more fun riding with the beanie but I should be wearing the full face or at least a legal half helmet.
 

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I can't say I disagree with that comment about the full face being safer. I question how much protection the half helmets really provides in an accident??!! I guess it's better than nothing but probably not much. Hopefully I never have to find out.
 

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Any of your guys wrestle with siblings or friends and get rug burn on your arms or face from too much rough housing? Imagine eating **** on pavement....at ANY speed. That is why I wear a full face helmet at all times. I don't really give a damn what it looks like to other people. I can survive a low speed crash and not get any road rash on my face or broken jaw. It's the low speed cruising around town where you are most at risk to other drivers taking you out.
 

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I never have had an accident on a bike. Not that I have a whole ton of riding experience, but so far i've been safe. I've ridden around a few times with no helmet at all and I just don't feel right. Not safe. I'm really going to have to keep exploring this and maybe buy a second helmet. I just want to be comfortable when I ride, and with the half helmet I am not at all. Honestly feels like my head is about to tear off when I hit certain speeds.
 

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Good idea, comfortability is key. If you're not comforatable riding then you are distracted and distracted riders take longer to react to situations.

I really don't unerstand how people can ride anywhere without any head protection. Even if your state law says you don't need one it's just plain idiotic in my opinion. Drop a water melon from shoulder height and it'll turn to mush...just like a human skull will, at any vehicle speed.
 

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Maybe try a compromise with a 3/4 helmet? I recently picked up a Scorpion 3/4 and you get plenty of air without any of the lift.

Before that I just wore a full face without the visor in when it was hot and it also had a lot of lift.
 

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Get a windshield

I hate this too. After adding a windshield (quick disconnect), it almost went completely away. Otherwise, you'll either have to live with it, go to a full face, or dump the helmet. Me...I'll take the windshield.
 

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I'm just curious to know if anyone else here wears a half helmet? I prefer the looks of a half helmet, but I find that if I hit about 45+ mph it feels like the damn thing is going to rip my head off. I've switched to a smaller size to make sure I had one that did fit properly, and also tried a different style of half helmet. Anyone else have this problem and if so how do you deal with it? It sure makes the ride uncomfortable.
I have had the same experience with the half helmet and for that reason prefer my Nolan flipup, which does not pull up even at speeds of 80mph w/o a windshield. For me, a windshield is just more comfortabe ridning at higher speeds and I do a lot of rural highway riding. Around town or on hot days I still wear the half helmet, because with the windshield it doesn't try to rip my head off. But as others have pointed out, the Full face and flipups provied more protection and are better on cold days.
 
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