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Old 04-30-2011, 10:49 AM
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Do you wear one when using your ATV for hunting or riding trails? Question does not pertain to hi-speed operating.
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yes, yes and yes. oh, and yes. If you wear one, you don't have to worry about the "what if's", "what if's" happen. I've seen some crazy accidents at low speeds on ATV's.

Now, I rode a Banshee, not a 4WD type... But I never got on any ATV without a helmet or goggles - it takes little force to crush your head, and it only takes a pebble coming off another ATV to take out an eye.
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I have ridden thousands of miles on ATV's. Never worn a helmet on one. Do not know anyone that does. Not saying it isn't a bad idea.
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I always wear a helmet and visor.

I'd kick myself if I got a brain injury due to lack of one.

(If I could still kick myself)
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No, I know I should but at our hunt club pretty much just cruise around and not much speed.

Guess it is ironic that I think that folks that ride motorcycles on the road without helmets are taking a big risk and when I am on my atv off road I do not think it is.

;?
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Guess it is ironic that I think that folks that ride motorcycles on the road without helmets are taking a big risk and when I am on my atv off road I do not think it is.

;?
Took the words right out of my mouth.
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I always wear a helmet on the motorsickle, even in states that don't require it, but never on the ATV. I guess it's because I just use it around the yard. My daughter was out the other day and took off flying. I jumped her chit and her reply was "But you don't wear a helmet". My comeback was "I don't wear a helmet because I don't get out of 2nd gear, you were freaking flying". This is a girl who dropped a HD Road King at about 60 mph a couple years ago. I guess they think they are invincible.
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Why wouldn't you wear one?

What is the upside?
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Originally Posted by gort View Post
Why wouldn't you wear one?

What is the upside?
Bad part is I also own a teenage driving school and I drill it in their heads to ALWAYS WEAR SEATBELTS.

Thanks, from now on I will take mine with me.


You kind of hit below the belt but I KNOW BETTER;?;? and even though we "putt around" most of the time we NONE of us like to finish last so you know how that ends
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Since I've finally grown up and realized I'm an asset to my family.... I wear one every time I ride... Gloves and goggles also
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Originally Posted by Weekend-Hooker View Post
Since I've finally grown up and realized I'm an asset to my family.... I wear one every time I ride... Gloves and goggles also
I never do. I should since I flipped the Blaster more than once. I make the kids wear one though. When I had a motorcycle I always used a helmet. Go figure.
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I don't,nor do I make my kids.but I only let them ride when I am with and watching them.when they start getting out of hand riding them I tell them if you keep riding like that your wearing a helmet.that puts the brakes on the bad riding.
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I always wear one on ATV's but never on UTV's. I guess I put a lot of faith in the seatbelt/rollcage of the UTV but I definitely wouldn't ever go near an ATV/motorcycle/dirtbike without a helmet.
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Darwinism....
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Originally Posted by Weekend-Hooker View Post
Since I've finally grown up and realized I'm an asset to my family.... I wear one every time I ride... Gloves and goggles also

Same here.

I've logged tens (maybe even hundreds) of thousands of hours on bikes, snowmobiles, and ATV's without a helmet but it's not a real good idea.

Brain buckets are life savers and yes I know it's not always easy or fun to put one on.

It's a good goal though. Work on it.
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I work in the local ER...wear your F'n helmet...some very sad (stupid) situations have come through our doors...
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If I am out in the woods or on a trail I wear one, I have either seen or have read about accidents that could have had a better outcome if they were wearing a helmet plus since my kids now ride it sets a good example. As far as my kids, they are not allowed to start their 4 wheelers without having their helmets on. Why risk it.
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I know my dumb ass should wear one..but I don't....I ride trails and sometimes at high speeds....its just one of thiose things that you don't do until something bad happens and by then...it may be too late...shame on me....LOL
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Originally Posted by MacCTD View Post
Darwinism....
Something tells me that people who don't wear a helmet do not belive in evolution. Just a hunch.
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Last week a kid at a near by school was involved in an ATV accident and he would probably still be alive had he worn his helmet. What cause him to flip was his hat flew off and while he was trying to reach back and grab it (at a high speed) and he jerked the wheel and flipped it.

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