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Old 6 Nov 2005
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What do you do with your helmet?

Try a carabiner. Hang a carabiner somewhere on the bike and, for instance, when it’s time to fuel up at a gas station, fasten the helmet strap latch up in the carabiner.

No more helmet falling off mirror or seat or luggage and gouging the visor. When you’re done fueling and want to move the bike 20 yards to the store, your helmet is secure.

No awkward slipping a hand into a full-face and riding the bike 20 yards. No risking your helmet tumbling off a mirror. No leaving it next to a gas pump, where it can be forgotten (temporarily) or stolen. Carabiners are good!
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I second that.
That's exactly what I use also.
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Locking ones helmet to the bike when unattended... can also be used for other luggage items...



Or a luggage/helmet net...

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Check out www.aerostitch.com they have bar end helmet locks. I have never used them, however I have two friends that have only good things to say about them. The other thing is you can bunch up the sleeve of your riding jacket, put it over the handle bar, then lock your helmet on the bar end.
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When I want to lock my helmet to my bike I use handcuffs. I've been using them for decades.

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There's a company called Pacsafe who make a helmet security bag that can be locked to the bike,a lamp post,anything.They have also just brought out a rather tasty looking soft luggage system for bikes,along the same lines.Basically there is a inner stainless steel mesh part to the bag that is impossible to cut with snippers,scissors,knife,etc...and a special lock arrangement that is adjustable to the length needed.I've got more info at home,but am away for a couple of months on a work contract.When i return i'll dig it out and post the website addy here.

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My helmet never leaves my presence. Even when locking it to the bike, there's still risk of having the helmet pissed in, or at the very least having the visor get scratches on it. I'm a bitch about having clear, clean optics.
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My technique is to have a crappy old helmet that when it drops off the bars I just say 'oops' and try to catch it on the first bounce!
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Originally posted by JonStobbs:
There's a company called Pacsafe who make a helmet security bag that can be locked to the bike,a lamp post,anything.They have also just brought out a rather tasty looking soft luggage system for bikes,along the same lines.Basically there is a inner stainless steel mesh part to the bag that is impossible to cut with snippers,scissors,knife,etc...and a special lock arrangement that is adjustable to the length needed.I've got more info at home,but am away for a couple of months on a work contract.When i return i'll dig it out and post the website addy here.

Great tip! i foud this link http://www.pac-safe.com/ I've actually been looking for something like this for my camera gear.
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Doesn't anyone use helmets with peaks anymore?I don't mean the old pisspot with a schoolboy cap-type peak,the new ones are amazing.Apart from the obvious fact that you're never sunblinded - there's also the fact that the visor doesn't get touched.Mine's 7 years old and still mint(yes I offroad as well so it does smell like a pisspot!)No problems with speed - 140 mph is fine anyway.Go on,get peaked!

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locking stuff on your bike

I commute on a BMW R1100RT and go to a gym at lunch. The area is generally safe but I don't like loosing stuff so I made a locking cable. I bought some cable at the hardware store (the stuff that was most difficult to cut off the spool) and a couple of crimp ferrels. One end of the cable is secured to the frame at the rear of the bike and the other end has a loop. While traveling I coil up the cable and stick it under an elastic net I keep over the rear of the saddle.

when I stop I feed the free end through my stuff (jacket, pants, helmet) and fit the loop over the right handlebar. Turn the handlebars and lock them and everything is secure. Not as secure as a locked box but it is quick and painless, perfect for safe places or short visits.
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I've got a new Kawasaki KLE500 and it's equipped with a helmet hook which locks the d hoop to the back of the bike and is operated by the main key. It's helpful when I'm just stopping for 30 minutes (petrol, fags, pasties), but as I live in London, I wouldn't leave it for too long. I'm sure the same feature will be available on other models soon and really solves a lot of problems. You do have to be careful when wheeling the bike around though as I did recently get a visor covered in tread marks.
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Every single of my bikes has had a helmet lock. Granted, the XL185S's doesn't work anymore after I fixbroke it, but both the XJ600 and the XT600 have great helmet locks that I use when leaving the bike for a short while.

Also, a top case can solve many, many problems
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What to do with your helmet

I use a bicycle locking cable, with padlock, about 3 ft long to tie the helmet, jacket, pants to the bike frame somewhere.
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My technique is to have a crappy old helmet that when it drops off the bars I just say 'oops' and try to catch it on the first bounce!
Hi Matt:

I like your attitude on life.

I hate it when I have a new helmet - there's all the stress that comes with trying to avoid that 'first scratch'.

A few months ago, I bought a new BMW System V helmet with a WCS-1 Bluetooth communications system in it - damn thing cost nearly $1,000 - and I managed to keep it pristine for about 8 weeks. Then, by accident, I picked it up by the strap when the strap was not fastened (clicked together), and it went for a good bounce or two on rough concrete. Scuffed up the paint and the visor.

Now, I don't have to worry about scratching it anymore, and life is so much simpler and stress-free. All the enjoyment has now returned to my motorcycle riding... and I just clip the helmet onto the back of the moto whenever I want to store it, instead of worrying about putting it into its special fabric bag, etc...

A PS to Tengai650 - most visors are replaceable, and cost about $50 or so - I usually budget for one new visor each year or two.
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