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Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by jesusgatos, Jul 19, 2014.
...hang a helmet from a motorcycle peg? ugh.
Fuck that shit. There are too many mean assholes out there these days, carry my helmet with me when I dismount. The last thing I want in my helmet is spit, a loogie, puke, urine, shit, a birds nest, bugs, rain, hail.....you get the picture.
Last night I walk outside to see what the dog is barking at. Drunk guy is pissing on huge front window of a hair salon across the street and screaming at the glass.
I'd rather that not be my helmet he's pissing in.
What prompted the question? I see them on mirrors often, but not on a peg.
Because they are an idiot and looking to have their chin strap melted by the exhaust of their Hypermotard.
Ask me how I know.
I sometimes hang mine on the rear peg while we grab a quick lunch on the road. Especially if the parking lot is wet or nasty. Otherwise, if it isn't on my head it's in the top case.
Mine's always with me - even when I'm just popping into the shops or standing at the ATM - I could be naked on the bike but as long as I've got a helmet on, the police won't stop me. I can't, and won't, ride without it.
Don't leave anything you can't afford to lose on the bike...
Why not ? I do my best not to leave my kid in the car.. but I don't care that much about my helmet.
FWIW I have never had either my kid or my helmet stolen
I've had a helmet stolen. It sucks
So if its muddy,the helmet goes on the passenger peg.........
Care to elaborate?
If I leave a helmet on a street bike its sitting on the seat with a cable lock through it,no exceptions.
(I did once insert a large banana slug into a friends casually placed helmet,but he found it before he put the helmet on.)
Ever think about how long it would take to find a helmet to buy on a Sunday morning while out on a ride?
These threads always have someone to whom nothing bad has ever happened, or will ever happen, and hence nothing bad will ever happen to anyone else.
Haha! Reading it I was thinking about how I hang mine on the passenger peg on my Hyper since i can't hang it on the mirror. I do make damn sure to hang it on the left side after having melted a hole in my Roadcrafter from throwing it over the seat.
My general spares inventory includes a new helmet and a new sump pump. Some spares I will allow to go out of stock for a time, but never these two particular items.
I know you're referring to helmet damage or loss during a ride; keeping a new helmet on hand will likely allow the rider to reclaim the day. Even on Sunday.
Don't discount the assholes who just cut the straps and steal it, even though it is then useless to anyone
I have standard mirrors, so I stuff my gloves in the helmet (to protect the interior) and run a short cable lock through the chin bar and handlebar hand guard.
I never leave the helmet on the bike unless I'm with 15 feet and looking right at it. I got into the habit in high school. My particular circle friends specialized in practical jokes and nothing was off limits. Fortunately, as we were a rather dimwitted bunch, there was no elaborate scheming; our hijinks were primarily limited to targets of opportunity.
There was only one other guy at school that rode a bike, Tony. Tony, was the type that wanted to fight over any transgression and insult, real or imagined and he left his helmet hanging on the bars all the time. When I saw this, I immediately recognized the opportunity and resolved never to leave myself exposed.
During our senior year, while walking in to school one morning, one of my friends, Dan, jumped at the opportunity. Thinking the bike and helmet were mine, filled the helmet with wet, muddy turf. Needless to say, Tony wasn't happy. Discovering his faux pas, Dan actually fessed up and apologized.
Violent tendencies aside, Tony was neither very big nor very tough. Dan was both. Dan was able to evade the few punches that were thrown and, wrapping Tony up in a half nelson/choke hold until he tired/relented, avoided having to throw any of his own. After the cessation of hostilities, Dan even offered to clean out the helmet but Tony refused (in so many words) and marched off in righteous indignation.
Tony and I had a laugh about it at our 30 yr reunion (Dan was unable to attend).
One good reason to hang a helmet on a foot peg versus a mirror - if it falls off it is a far shorter drop!
I use the helmet lock or for long term will thread a cable through the face bar and lock it to the wheel. But most of the time I just carry it on short stops and errand running. Makes a great small grocery basket.
Putting it on the mirrors is just too unstable as is hanging it on the grip. Barely better than sitting it on the seat.