There’s nothing cooler than riding a motorcycle down a hot desert highway, your shirt off so everyone can see your tattoos, your motorcycle helmet left at home so everyone can gaze at your flowing locks of hair. Did I say cool? Oh, what I meant was stupid.
Not wearing protective gear, to me, is a lot like smoking cigarettes in the 5th grade. You know that it’s bad for you. You know that if you smoke you could get cancer. But you also know that all the cool kids do it. So you pick up a cigarette and start smoking, hoping that you can sneak into that cool group.
Riding without the proper gear is the same sort of thing. No one is going to look at you and say that your the biggest bad ass to ever sit on a motorcycle because you don’t wear a helmet. More than likely, they’ll say that you have a death wish.
If you ride a motorcycle, you don’t need to worry about proving how cool you are or how dangerous you are. Your driving an open air two wheel machine at highway speeds surrounded by vehicles ten times your size. It’s dangerous enough just to ride a bike, you don’t have to make it any easier for the road to take your life.
If, for some reason, you just can’t get passed how dorky your helmet looks, then you probably own the wrong helmet. There is a lot of great protective gear out there. Helmets, motorcycle jackets, gloves, boots, etc… all come in different styles so that you can get the look that you want.
So don’t omit protective gear simply because it isn’t cool. There’s no reason to take a trip to the hospital just to learn that lesson.
Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com