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Motorcycle helmets can keep the brain safe, but Johns Hopkins researchers now say they also protect the spine too.

There has been a myth persisting for 25 years that wearing a helmet while riding causes spine injuries, said the study leader, Dr. Adil H. Haider, an assistant professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. It was based on a faulty study, he said, and helmets have only gotten lighter and sturdier since then.

And lobby groups have used it to help undo helmet laws. Just about every state used to require helmets forty years ago, but now only about 20 do.

But this new research "debunks" the myth, Haider says.

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I like riding with my helmet on my tail section. Think of it as an extended frame slider.
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helmets only make me top heavy when i am pinning the front brake doing my endos...

i also ride butt naked to reduce drag.
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NGNOTT for the WIN in Illinois.

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NGNOTT for the WIN in Illinois.

Riders need the right to CHOOSE!
They need the right to choose based on correct information.

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Many folks prefer to keep facts from influencing decisions

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I like riding with my helmet on my tail section. Think of it as an extended frame slider.
I like riding two up with a helmet hanging off each side.

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I don't need no helmet. I drink my one glass of wine a day which will prolong my life.
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Re: Helmets save brains and spines

How are you going to show off you cool designer shades, $100 haircut and hair care products with a helmet on. Be sure to wear a wife beater and icon armor vest to show off any cool arm tattoo's. Extra points for cool trendy footwear. Lids and boots are for beginners who expect to fall and those who start on 600's and can't handle a 1000.
Wonder if bike insurance is cheaper in states with helmet laws? Life long brain injuries are expensive to treat for insurers. Bet they would much rather just replace a dinged up $400 lid. would be cool if insurers gave a discount or $ voucher for those who wear lids.

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My new exo 1000 was feeling kinda heavy. So I've been using this lately and it's night and day difference

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Re: Helmets save brains and spines

Holy shit, those pop bottles are classic. Ultimate win.

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My new exo 1000 was feeling kinda heavy. So I've been using this lately and it's night and day difference

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awesome. I think the pot-helmet is pretty awesome.

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How are you going to show off you cool designer shades, $100 haircut and hair care products with a helmet on. Be sure to wear a wife beater and icon armor vest to show off any cool arm tattoo's. Extra points for cool trendy footwear. Lids and boots are for beginners who expect to fall and those who start on 600's and can't handle a 1000.
Wonder if bike insurance is cheaper in states with helmet laws? Life long brain injuries are expensive to treat for insurers. Bet they would much rather just replace a dinged up $400 lid. would be cool if insurers gave a discount or $ voucher for those who wear lids.
Most bike insurance has a fairly low medical limit - $5-20K. So I don't think a lid law will change much in the way of rates we pay. Most of it is for collision coverage anyway, which is mostly for single bike crashes - i.e. stellar moves by riders.

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These threads amuse me, they needed a study to prove this Talk to anyone who has played with motorcycles all their lives, talk to anyone rides the track.

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I remember my helmets when I was a kid, they were just hard plastic with some padding. I'm glad I never took a hard hit. Todays helmets are just so much safer today. The better shells and crumple zones.

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These threads amuse me, they needed a study to prove this Talk to anyone who has played with motorcycles all their lives, talk to anyone rides the track.
61 years of GP crash stats will tell you a lot, but you have no data for those not wearing helmets.

But what it will tell you (and all the anti-helemt/law groups) is that the fulcrum effect is pure bs.

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awesome. I think the pot-helmet is pretty awesome.
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Being anti helmet is different than being anti helmet law. Just sayin'.

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Being anti helmet is different than being anti helmet law. Just sayin'.
Can you please help me understand the difference?

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Can you please help me understand the difference?
Probably not. But, I'll say that I'm not for a law that bans helmets either.

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Got me fairly confused now.

So I am guessing you are for choice.

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Can you please help me understand the difference?
I don't wanna be ticketed for not wearing a helmet when making a quick run to the local walgreens.
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I don't wanna be ticketed for not wearing a helmet when making a quick run to the local walgreens.
Ahh, that makes sense from a choice perspective. BUT ----


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I know you too well Brian; was expecting that response.

If safety is that high of a concern, then one should not be on a motorcycle in the first place.

I'm all about wearing proper gear, but there are moments when I wanna enjoy the wind in my hair.
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True enough, I am very predictable.

Even in a convertible, the law is you wear your seat belt in every state in the nation. I'll stick with supporting a law requiring helmets, just as I support seatbelt laws.

That said, I have driven my car without a seat belt, and I have exceeded the speed limit. Either way, the law was there to protect me from my own foolish choices, and I either ignored it out of laziness, or by choice. Of course, the greatest punishment for me would not be a ticket, but rather the consequences of a crash above the speed limit and without a seatbelt.

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Re: Helmets save brains and spines

I'm actually a bit surprised that you're taking this stance as you're someone who supports individual liberty.

Safety first, above all else. But then again, you're riding a missile to begin with.

You better be nice to America or we will bring democracy to your country.
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