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Old 07-20-2014, 11:52 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by Foot dragger View Post
Ever think about how long it would take to find a helmet to buy on a Sunday morning while out on a ride?
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.
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Old 07-20-2014, 12:16 PM   #17
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Don't discount the assholes who just cut the straps and steal it, even though it is then useless to anyone
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Old 07-20-2014, 12:50 PM   #18
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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.
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Old 07-20-2014, 06:18 PM   #19
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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).
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Old 07-21-2014, 05:08 AM   #20
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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.
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Old 07-21-2014, 05:13 AM   #21
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I sometimes put it on the mirror, or seat, if I have a passenger. I have a lock near the rear peg that I also use. If the trunk is empty it goes in their.

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Old 07-21-2014, 05:39 AM   #22
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Figured out not to put a helmet on the foot peg anymore when I melted the strap on the exhaust.

Anyways, I will never leave my helmet unattended anymore. 3 years ago when I was living in Phoenix I came out to a wet helmet. I didn't know it was wet until I put it on. After a few minutes on my head, I figured out what it was. Piss!

Last year I locked my fiance's helmet on my bike for about an hour. Came out and the straps had been cut and the helmet stolen. That proved to be a challenge to get her back home that night.
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Old 07-21-2014, 05:49 AM   #23
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I hang my helmet on the peg quite often on the Trophy. It's a sport tourer and there is no place to store it securely when I stop. The Gold Wing has an nice flat seat so I use that when I stop on it and the other bikes have mirrors which work well.
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Old 07-21-2014, 05:51 AM   #24
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I'll leave it on the foot peg if I'm stopping for a photo at an overlook or strapped to the helmet lock if I'm going hiking; the helmet comes with me the rest of the time.
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Old 07-21-2014, 06:21 AM   #25
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I wear a Nolan so regular helmet locks don't work. I usually clip it to the crash bar on the V-Strom or to a cable mounted to the helmet lock on the Royal Star. At work no one is likely to mess with my helmet.
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Old 07-21-2014, 06:23 AM   #26
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I nearly allways have the big wolfman tankbag on my KLR. When parked I set the helmet with gloves inside between the tankbag and windscreen over the ignition switch[with the keys in it] , uh-oh ! My bike is in peril now !
But, so far no one has noticed , cared or felt tempted to risk their health to bother my most un -shiney bike or helmet.
Maybe that will change , now that is hailed as an icon.

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Old 07-21-2014, 06:33 AM   #27
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Depends on the bike. Some bikes have a good passenger peg location and the helmet hangs there just fine.

Most times, I just set it on the pavement. I do this because I've never found a motorcycle seat that could contain the suicidal tendencies of my helmets - they always jump off at the most inopportune moment.

Never hang your helmet on a passenger peg while at a bar - with the opening "up". There's always that one guy........
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Old 07-21-2014, 08:25 AM   #28
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I've been leaving mine hanging from a passenger peg. It's older, and I'm in the market for a replacement so I won't be too upset if it disappeared. But I wonder what I'll do once I get something more valuable. It doesn't seem like a common theft item unless maybe it has some flashy graphics that attract the squid crowd?

I didn't realize messing with it was so common.
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Old 07-21-2014, 09:13 AM   #29
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I've left my jacket, backpack, helmet, and gloves on the bike all over the US. Maybe it's the beat up helmet that no one wants, maybe it's the fact that I have no friends to play pranks.
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Old 07-21-2014, 09:16 AM   #30
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Originally Posted by jesusgatos View Post
...hang a helmet from a motorcycle peg? ugh.
If they're staying within sight of the bike, why not?

If they're not, I don't even trust the helmet locks, and I usually remove them from my bikes. That's what a topcase, PacSafe bag, a backpack, or your carrying hand are for.
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