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Longshot92 02-15-2006 09:08 AM

Re: MA Lawmakers Consider Change to Helmet Law.
first post!

Longshot92 02-15-2006 09:20 AM

Re: MA Lawmakers Consider Change to Helmet Law.
...and just in case anyone cares what i think, it seems to me that removing helmet laws is a bad idea. i'm all about freedom- i do believe that if you want to ride without a helmet, you should be able to- but there's no denying that fatalities go up without helmet laws, and that's bad for our image as motorcyclists. every single one of us. i've heard all the arguments from both sides, and in a perfect world we could all do whatever the hell we wanted, but from a purely pragmatic standpoint we motorcyclists have to be very image-conscious right now. society still views motorcycling as a pointlessly risky pursuit, and that's why idiots like janklow get off easy. until we can convince people that those who ride motorcycles deserve the same respect as those riding cars, we're going to continue to get screwed by the legal system. we're not there yet.

Whatmough 02-15-2006 09:28 AM

Re: MA Lawmakers Consider Change to Helmet Law.
It's got nothing to do with image. Idiots like Janklow get off for the same reason people like OJ, Michael and Blake get off, Do, Re Mi.....

Longshot92 02-15-2006 09:48 AM

Re: MA Lawmakers Consider Change to Helmet Law.
you think IMAGE has nothing to do with why CELEBRITIES get away with things?

Tigercub 02-15-2006 10:00 AM

Re: MA Lawmakers Consider Change to Helmet Law.
I like the proposed amendment that would stiffen penalties to auto drivers who cause an accident to a motorcyclist. If that rider is attached it will fail for sure.

den111 02-15-2006 10:10 AM

Re: MA Lawmakers Consider Change to Helmet Law.
I live in Boston.

MA just passed stricter seatbelt laws last week.

You will never see an anti-helmet law in this commie state with ever more laws are created every day.

monsters4 02-15-2006 10:37 AM

Re: MA Lawmakers Consider Change to Helmet Law.
Do not see the "We know whatÂ’s best for you" state passing this law.

Not sure where it stands but Mass is also looking to allow Motorcycles to operate in the breakdown lane at speeds of 10 miles per hour if traffic is at a stand still.

sarnali 02-15-2006 10:44 AM

the usual missinformation and B.S. from "sarge" and Mr. Cote

My basic argument with this (re-current) issue is why do you want to prevent someone from failing to protect a brain that's too stupid to want to protect itself?

I think helmets and seatbelts should be optional, that way Darwinian theory proves itself by allowing the lesser intellegent to remove themselves from the gene pool, thus ensuring those with higher level of intellegence and superior survival instincts will prosper.

bmwdude 02-15-2006 11:10 AM

Re: MA Lawmakers Consider Change to Helmet Law.
In 1983 I completely destroyed a helmet after wading up my kz750 in a corner on Rt 112 in New Hampshire. I was awakened during the ambulance ride to the sensation of the EMT trying to get the thing the rest of the way off. Without it, I doubt I would writing this. Other than a really sore back, I was 100% with in two weeks.

I was traveling several miles faster(say 40 or so) than the 14 MPH mentioned as the design limit in this news story.

I have never since then put butt to seat without first strapping my lid in place. Prior to that I often world ride without it.

But hey, to each their own. If ya want to ride san skid lid, go for it.

Perhaps some extra/special insurance is the answer to all of the arguments over this issue.

So long as it doesn't cost me anything I'm all for this freedom. Mostly I'm sick and tired of trying to convince the hopelessly stupid that helmets are truly a good idea.

Hey, if your widow is hot, I'll fix her up with one of my Bros.

longride 02-15-2006 11:24 AM

Re: MA Lawmakers Consider Change to Helmet Law.
I think they should just ban motorcyles altogether. Why just take a bite when you can have the whole apple? If safety is really the goal, then just ban em. There is no reason to have them on the roads anyway. Motorcycles are dangerous, and will never be as safe as cars no matter what you put on. After all, it will save us a couple bucks, right? I'm sure everyone is with me on this one. We can all write the legislature there and get this thing rolling. Everyone ready?

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