Don’t be One of Those Guys: Wear Proper Protection!

I moved to Wisconsin nearly 9-months ago, from a state that requires helmets when riding motorcycles. I can’t imagine not wearing one, though Wisconsin does not require them.

I met a man last Saturday at a Harley-Davidson dealership. He was in a tragic motorcycle accident three years ago, with no helmet. Several broken bones and traumatic brain injuries. He’s not the same.

I just read an article about a husband/wife team riding (two-up) in southern Kansas last Saturday. A vulture came up out of a ditch, struck the man in the head, causing them to lose control of the bike. Both husband and wife died at the scene. Again, no helmet worn by either.

I cannot understand why a motorcycle rider would not wear a helmet, or for that matter take riding classes to learn how to handle their nearly 900 pound machine. You can always tell who does not know how to control their bike; just watch their feet when they are moving at ultra-low speeds. They are usually doing the typical duck-walk (both feet on the ground, while the bike is moving at a slow speed).

People, ride safely. Before you drop a couple grand to increase performance, spend a few bucks on a decent helmet, and take a few safety classes. Many accidents can be avoided if we just know what to do; and many can survive to ride another day if they are wearing proper protection on their heads.

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