So to try and split some of the helmet talk out of the RIP rider down #1 thread, I thought I'd try opening a new thread. Does anyone have any studies/published articles they can link regarding how poor the protection beanies offer is? I was at a family get-together last night and a family friend/former harley rider (ahem) was trying to to convince me that a full-face helmet is "WAY more likely" to break your neck compared to wearing a beanie, therefore a beanie is "safer". I was so dumbfounded I didn't even know what to say.
I don't believe for a second his argument had any merits, but next time I'd like to have some solid educated ammo to fire back as opposed to being completely stunned.
How do ideas like these even perpetuate? Why are there such huge contingents of people who genuinely believe "helmets are bad!" or "beanies are awesome". Hell, why do riders get away with wearing unapproved helmet/beanies (or even DOT-approved, since BCCOM claims they exist).