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View Results: Are you a helmet hanger or not?
Yes - I hang or perch my helmet on my bike. 463 88.36%
No - I put my helmet on the ground. 61 11.64%
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Old 12-05-2011, 06:27 AM   #46
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In central Texas you don't put helmets on the ground. Too many Fire Ants. I hang it on the bike if running errands. Bring it in at work or for long stops.

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Old 12-05-2011, 06:42 AM   #47
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hak up a loogie and spit in the chin bar, then hang it on whatever isn't caked in mud.
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Old 12-05-2011, 07:54 AM   #48
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Originally Posted by DAKEZ View Post
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Never, ever set it on the rock wall looking down from Tioga Pass...

Not guilty- but one year (2002?) I stopped at one of the pull-outs on the east side before it drops down the hillside, and there was a guy on an ST1100 looking forlornly over the edge. He'd put his helmet on the wall to take a photo and a little gust of wind came up, and.... it's a looooooooooong way down.

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Old 12-05-2011, 07:58 AM   #49
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Pissed in? Does that mean it was rained in, beer poured in it, or actually pissed in?
One year in the general parking area at Laguna Seca, someone had come back to his bike and found what looked and smelled like urine in his helmet.

I can't imagine doing it at random, but I don't get that drunk in public...

I leave my helmet tucked on the bars up by the instrument cluster. Sits there very secure and hides the GPS mostly.
Another good one, especially if the headset's plugged in, then I don't have to unplug it.
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Old 12-05-2011, 08:02 AM   #50
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I'd never leave my helmet on the ground. Like people said before, ants and bugs get in, but aside from that, I can see that asshole-shithead using it as a soccerball when he sees it on the ground. Nothing like finding your 500 dollar shoei kicked to shit.
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Old 12-05-2011, 08:04 AM   #51
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I perch mine on the mirror, and lock it through the bark buster. It is very difficult to piss in it (or rain in it) in the upright position.

I can also slip my wife's helmet over the end of the handlebar and barkbuster, locking both with one small cable.
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Old 12-05-2011, 08:08 AM   #52
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I assume you're talking about a quick stop and not leaving the bike for an extended period.
I'm a "on the ground" person. I know it offends a lot of people, but seeing a helmet get knocked from a mirror or seat is painful. Unless of course the ground is nasty, in which case, somewhere else.
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Old 12-05-2011, 08:25 AM   #53
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Quick stop / at home safe in my garage the right handlebar.

Sketchy part of town I make room in the trunk for it.
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Old 12-05-2011, 09:01 AM   #54
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Helmet lock on the side of the bike. That's what its there for, right?
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Old 12-05-2011, 09:36 AM   #55
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I actually saw a dog mark the helmet hanging on the foot peg ..

I was nice, I told the guy. All he could do is wash it out, Missouri is a helmet law state.

It was a puddingbowl any way. Not like it cost a lot to replace

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Old 12-05-2011, 10:00 AM   #56
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Originally Posted by B.Curvin View Post
If my bike will be out of eyesight at all, it goes with me. If I'm staying near, I hang it unless there is a clean picnic table or similar.
This. I remember reading a tale from someone who left his helmet hanging while he parked near a bar, only to return and discover it had been used as an impromptu urinal.
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Old 12-05-2011, 10:25 AM   #57
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My helmet goes with me if I leave the bike. If in sight I might put it on the mirror but that's rare, it's usually in my hand. I've seen a few helmets tumble when someone bumped into it when passing the bike so I'm pretty cautious if I do risk putting it on the mirror.

Pissing in the helmet is not unheard of around here. Theft is not unheard of either. Keep in mind that if you're locking the helmet using its strap that's a false sense of security. Slice the strap and it's gone and a needle and thread has it back in working order quickly.

That being said, most people around here will leave their helmet, gloves, jacket (and who knows what else) piled on the bike while they go do whatever they're gonna do. I don't get it but it is certainly more the norm. I'm the odd guy out carrying mine or having it strapped to my pack.
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Old 12-05-2011, 11:49 AM   #58
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Mostly I keep mine with me looped around my arm. Sometimes, if I absolutely must, I'll put it on the ground upside down. Once, after just such a must, I slipped it over my head then hit the highway..... got the nice proper ventilation circulating inside my helmet and..... sniff sniff..... uhck..... gaaaahhh..... stink bug!

I'd take 5 fire ants over 1 stink bug anydangday.
Y'all keep standing around bickering about which brand of bike is better. I'll be out riding my..... whatever.
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Old 12-05-2011, 11:53 AM   #59
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Hang it. If I am not near the bike though, like others, i will take it with me.
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Old 12-05-2011, 12:01 PM   #60
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^^^ That Bike doesn't look like any fun at all. ^^^
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