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Poll: Would you wear an open face lid?

We're interested in your opinion about helmet safety. If the weather and the bike was right, would you contemplatewearing an open face lid? Don't forget to add your comment below. pollcomment

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Aug 09

Posts: 2712

MarcusMarsh says:

Open Face Lid

Sure, I would wear an open face lid.  Nice in the summer :smile 

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Apr 07

Posts: 1554

shuggie1 says:

In town yeah

Wear a shark flip lid, and often open it up in the summer but only in town at low speeds.

Too many flys in the teeth if open at speed, plus dread to think what face would look like if came off when trying hard - much prefer to trash a lid than my pretty face:smile

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Aug 02

Posts: 69

slparry says:

Have an open face one for using in the summer, love it to bits. Hurts in the rain mind :)


All the safety nazis who scream about protecting the face in an accident, sure it could happen but I tend to bimble more when I have the open face on and in 37 years of motorcycling I've never scuffed a lid in an accident let alone scraped the front of one..... and yes when a youth whizzing around on RD250's I had the "occasional" tumble but am still here ugly and larger than life as proof :)

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Jun 10

Posts: 22

speedy231278 says:

You must be kidding!  Would anyone with any sense wear leather shorts or fingerless gloves? lol

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May 12

Posts: 2

mimi2010 says:

ive allways had a full face, but i think its personal choice each to their own


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May 12

Posts: 1

littlejohnb says:

Faceless helmets

I would never use a faceless helmet. About 8 years ago I was knocked my bike on the M4, I was was doing about 60 > 70 mph when a car just changed lanes while I was beside him. he took me out I slid down the tarmac on my front. After going to hospital I saw the after effects of the crash on my helmet, the front left hand side was so scratched it had looked like it had been sand blasted. So if there was no chin guard on my helmet I do believe half of my chin would have been left on the M4 tarmac. I was lucky enough to get away with 3 broken ribs. I always wear leathers and gloves as it dose not matter how safe a driver you are, there is always some idiot who is not looking where they are going. I'm sure you have all heard the statement SORRY MATE I DID NOT SEE YOU.

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Aug 11

Posts: 43

muddy686 says:

I have worn open face helmets.  In summer when its occasionally warm and sunny, wearing an open face with (proper EU approved eye protection) shades makes riding much nicer. 

If you own a Bonnie or similar it complements the retro look of the bike perfectly, and I occasionally wear one on my TDM.  However if you ride a Gixxer you'll look odd, rain does indeed hurt and bees/gravel from the car in front hurt even more.

I've found though you're less likely to speed wearing an open lid and are more aware of your surroundings.

Each to their own on the safety front.

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Sep 10

Posts: 120

daveire says:

I personally wouldn't because I am a hard rider. Flip front helmets aren't any better most open in a crash.

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Jun 12

Posts: 3

Tomzo47 says:

Id rather not have my face scraping along the tarmac at 40mph thanks.... I'll stick to my full face :)

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Dec 04

Posts: 70

Jackspratt says:


Daveire: go and check the SHARP web-site. SHARP specifically test this function - and a lot of them are very reliable. I have just bought my new helmet based upon SHARP tests.

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