How to keep a cool head this summer

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How to keep a cool head this summer

Unread post by noobie » Tue Mar 01, 2011 5:33 pm

So I wear a full face helmet because I like my face…

BUT, summer is coming and I'd love to wear a skull cap like my friends do. They look so cool (not sweaty) and cool (not ugly). Yep, with the breeze in your face - wearing your ultra cool shades - I wanna do it!

BUT, I had a friend crash and he slid for quite a ways - the side of his 'full face' helmet looked like it was melted - that could have been his face!
That's what keeps me wearing a full face helmet.

How to stay 'cool' in the summer… Any thoughts???

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Re: How to keep a cool head this summer

Unread post by Wrider » Tue Mar 01, 2011 7:44 pm

Soak a bandana in water and put that on under your helmet. Then open your vents. Your head will be cooler than your friends' with the skull cap. :)
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Re: How to keep a cool head this summer

Unread post by noobie » Wed Mar 02, 2011 8:42 pm

Hiya Wrider,
Thanks for the reply - I'm getting chilly just thinkin' about it - hehehe but seriously... I have long hair and I'm sure that'll be the worst case of helmet head I've ever had :P
Of course I might do the Sinead O'connor thing and shave my head :0

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Re: How to keep a cool head this summer

Unread post by Grey Thumper » Wed Mar 02, 2011 10:00 pm

You willing to buy a new helmet? I got pretty tired of how hot my helmet got (and it was about 5 years old anyway), so i searched specifically for a helmet with good venting. Got a Nolan N43 Air, and I'm pretty happy with it so far (disappointingly noisy though, but I wear earplugs).

Anyway, +1 to the bandanna soaked in water, or you might want to soak a thin scarf or buff with water and have it exposed beneath the helmet. Air chills the water around your neck, and your carotid artery gets chilled, cooling off the blood that flows into your head.

And +1000 to sticking with a full face. Aside from the superior safety, with summer comes bugs. Big ones. That you don't want smacking into your face (especially your teeth).
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Re: How to keep a cool head this summer

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Mon Mar 07, 2011 8:22 am

I also recommend a full face helmet in a crash. It saved my jaw in fact in 2000. This was my bike after the crash off the highway...I don't normally share the images as even looking back at them it looks pretty bad.

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Thus, I sweat in my full face in the summer and in my full gear but I'd rather sweat than bleed; thus better safe than sorry.
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Re: How to keep a cool head this summer

Unread post by sunshine229 » Mon Mar 07, 2011 4:14 pm

For me, definitely full face all the way! If you saw Mike's helmet after his crash (which he noted above my post here) the jaw of the helmet was toast but his jaw... perfect. That's enough pursuasion for me!
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Re: How to keep a cool head this summer

Unread post by noobie » Mon Mar 07, 2011 6:22 pm

Thanks all, I'm definitely sticking with full face.
I love the "rather sweat than bleed" comment.
Also, the bandanna around the neck... I think that'll do the trick - and it'll look cool too :)

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Re: How to keep a cool head this summer

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Tue Mar 08, 2011 4:18 am

noobie wrote:Thanks all, I'm definitely sticking with full face.
I love the "rather sweat than bleed" comment.
Also, the bandanna around the neck... I think that'll do the trick - and it'll look cool too :)

Peace Out,
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Glad to help out with the rest. As Andrea said above, yes, you should have seen my helmet. It was quite gashed up on the front and sides and unluckly I did a superman off the front of the bike going 70km/h. But none of this is to scare anyone, just relaying past experience. That's why it's important to wear safety gear so you can get up again, get back on the bike and ride for another 50 years.

There are a few other benefits in wearing a full face helmet as well other than just crash protection like:

1. Protection from bugs, rocks and pollution material on the road. I can't tell you how many countless times I've been hit by bees, rocks and garbage and it all is deflected off a full face helmet/visor.

2. Wind noise.

3. It's warmer in the cooler times of the day/year

4. ...
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Re: How to keep a cool head this summer

Unread post by noobie » Tue Mar 08, 2011 7:47 pm

totalmotorcycle wrote:It was quite gashed up on the front and sides and unluckly I did a superman off the front of the bike going 70km/h
Whoa... did you get up and walk away?

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Re: How to keep a cool head this summer

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Wed Mar 09, 2011 10:51 am

noobie wrote:
totalmotorcycle wrote:It was quite gashed up on the front and sides and unluckly I did a superman off the front of the bike going 70km/h
Whoa... did you get up and walk away?

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I "flew" about 75 metres and the bike landed 25 metres in the other direction.

Thanks to the gear I was wearing all I ended up with was a sprained wrist. Goes to show you what proper motorcycle safety gear can do for you.

(I was wearing a full face helmet, Joe Rocket ballistic jacket, leather riding gloves and full ankle support steel toe boots)

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Re: How to keep a cool head this summer

Unread post by Wrider » Wed Mar 09, 2011 4:24 pm

totalmotorcycle wrote:I "flew" about 75 metres
Like I tell my friends, I can fly any time I want, it's the darned landing that gets me every time...
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