ATGATT............never heard of it til I hit this site. The first time I donned leathers, I felt more confident. I ride harder when wearing leathers or the FXRG suit. No doubt.
Crashed hard over 20 years ago with no helmet. Lost a little hair there, where my noggin was scrapin the pavement. 75' skid marks, 5 sheriff cars, 5 ambulances. I rode home. Insurance expired the week before so I declined when asked if I wanted to go to the hospital. Can't use the crash as an example of surviving an accident without a helmet, but I can use the crash as an example of surviving an accident due to drunkeness.
If no helmet law and a familiar or stress free area, I ride without, but if I don't know the area the skid lid stays on.
Hmmm......most accidents happen at 20 mph or less- helmets are designed for up to a 14 mph impact.
Sneakers are ok, but if it is not blisteringly hot out, I wear engineer boots.