How do you secure your helmet?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by BeerIsGood, Mar 2, 2012.

  1. BeerIsGood

    BeerIsGood Guest

    I find it a PITA to carry my helmet every were I go. Just curious about the different setups people use to secure their helmet to their bike.
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  2. Anticyclone

    Anticyclone Ride more worry less

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    If it's not looking like rain I lock it to my luggage rack with a regular master lock through the d rings. It goes with me if it's raining.

    Lots of folks on campus just leave it sitting on their mirror. They are obviously more trusting than I, both of the wind and of other folks.
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  3. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    I use a HelmetLok. It is a combo-locking carabiner.
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  4. SteelJM1

    SteelJM1 Undercover KTM rider

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    I learned my lesson on not leaving the helmet on the mirror/ handlebar when some drunk idiot decided to sit on my bike without permission and consequently dropped my helmet to the ground.

    Nowadays I take it with me whenever I have a reasonable expectation to be able to place it somewhere safe, otherwise I lock it to the rear seat helmet holder when not. Taking it with me gives the advantage of not sticking myhead into a 140 degree oven when the summer rolls around. I get a good 15 seconds of cool helmet before i start sweating :D


    Not to derail this thread but my first paragraph got me thinking... what is it with some people thinking that bikes are a public playground?
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  5. Grreatdog

    Grreatdog Long timer

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    I am generally a leave it on the mirror kind of guy. But then neither of my KTM's has a helmet lock. Same with my jacket and gloves. I used to use a helmet lock when I had one. But even then I still just stuffed my gloves in the helmet and threw my jacket over the bike.

    And I have never had anything stolen in over 30 years. Which is likely just pure dumb luck. But, as the saying goes, it is better to be lucky than good.
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  6. Conedodger

    Conedodger Wanna Ride

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    I typically carry my helmet with me. If I leave it behind, I use the factory helmet lock. I have a 6-foot cable lock that I run through the sleeve of my jacket and the bike if I leave it behind.
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  7. Barry

    Barry Just Beastly

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  8. #46

    #46 Been here awhile

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    When I'm alone, I put it in one of the side cases (ST1100). But when the wife's with me, we put our jackets in the cases, so the helmets are secured using a bicycle lock, through the opening (FF helmets) and then to a spot on the bike.

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    Easy to store when not in use.
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  9. tcourdin

    tcourdin Resident Spooner

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    Depending on where im at, sometimes I take it with me, sometimes I leave it on the mirror or lock it to the bike. The best lock I've found that's handy is a gun cable lock that comes with a gun when you buy it. They work great and are easy to keep in the tank bag.
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  10. Animo

    Animo Been n00b awhile

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  11. NJ-Brett

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    Stick it on the handlebar.
    Its cheap, if someone took it, not big deal.
    My bike DOES have a helmet lock, I never use it.
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  12. Conedodger

    Conedodger Wanna Ride

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    It would suck not to be able to ride it home because someone walked off with your helmet.
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  13. Thanantos

    Thanantos Ride hard.

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    Same here, but I like the cable lock idea.

    I do use the factory helmet lock occasionally, but I have an, admittedly, unreasonable fear of someone cutting the D ring off to steal the helmet. Why someone would do this I will never know, but I have heard of it happening.
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  14. MisterPX

    MisterPX Been here awhile

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    This.

    Also quite handy for your locker at the gym/ymca ;)
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  15. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Long timer

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    +1 - great for securing a FF helmet, jacket, pants, whatever.
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  16. Barry

    Barry Just Beastly

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    Yup - in summer if you are ATGATT and have "stuff" in the luggae, the cable is a GREAT way to keep helmet/jacket/pants secure.

    I got one.

    Barry
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  17. PhotoBiker

    PhotoBiker Please insert title here

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    Right Side Micatech.
    Top Case.
    Mirror.
    Carry with me.

    (In that order)
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  18. Ranger Ron

    Ranger Ron Been here awhile

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    Here:

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    Or here:

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    Ron :D
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  19. guns&coffee

    guns&coffee Gnarly!

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    I use one of those coated cable combination bicycle locks. The cable stays coiled when I'm not using it. I think any form of locking using your helmet D's is a waste of time. My had a Simpson helmet cut of his bike. The only thing remaining was the D's. I run my cable through the chin bar of the helmet and through the frame beside my passenger seat. I can lock 2 helmets with this set-up. It's also fairly inexpensive.
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  20. high dangler

    high dangler Been here awhile

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    if i dont feel like carrying it with me ,I hang it on the mirror . I also throw my gloves on the ignition and jacket on the seat .Nothing locked .
    Pretty trusting i guess but no body ever bothered anything in all these years..
    It must look to a theif like the owner of bike is nearby.
    I think some of you have a lock fetish.
    If you knew how easy it was to get though these little cables and locks you would not bother.
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