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    Posted: 05 Dec 2017 at 15:45
There's a discussion going on at present on the Laverda forum about the virtues or otherwise of open face helmets and full face helmets.What do the Guzzi riders think ??

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Open for me, with full depth visor, used most, then an open with goggles, used when off road (gently) and a full face that rarely gets worn, problem is if i have a route map on the tank or route on a roller on the `bars i can`t see them when i look down as the chin piece gets in the way
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Always, Always full face, after seeing my buddy who is a very experienced rider, in a tumble where he slid down the road on the chin bar of his full face helmet.
If that had been an open face helmet the road would have ground his chin and lower jaw away!
The damage to his helmet was significant, right across the chin bar. Sorry a no brained for me, I can still see that helmet.
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Flip-up. The safety of a full-face, but much easier to put on, and still possible to converse. A little noisier usually, but that's what earplugs are for.
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Hot n sunny = open face
Cold and/or wet = full face
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Brian UK Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Dec 2017 at 19:22
Being  specs wearer, I could never get on with full face, too much bother taking them off and on. So now a flip type.  I do sometime hear people saying they are noisier, but usually I just don't hear (any more). LOL

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote cugsy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Dec 2017 at 19:37
I've got 5 lids..2 full face, 1 flip lid, 1 proper piss pot with goggles and a sort of open face flip lid thing..and 'cos I wear specs too I have a big tin of bob heath anti mist stuff.  It depends on weather, mood and how bad the knob head drivers on the A11 are.  Full face for winter 'oops..smidsy' drivers 
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I was knocked off at 50mph and landed on me fizzog. If I'd had an open face on I'd probably be dead. As it was I lost an eye and got some brain damage. Plod very kindly returned the lid to me after their investigation. It was nearly enough to put me back in hospital, urgh. I did wear an open face on the Distinguished Gent Ride and the buffetting off the Cali windscreen was blinding at anything over 35 so it's a no brainer for me as well

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Originally posted by Alan Sbj Alan Sbj wrote:

Always, Always full face, after seeing my buddy who is a very experienced rider, in a tumble where he slid down the road on the chin bar of his full face helmet.
If that had been an open face helmet the road would have ground his chin and lower jaw away!
The damage to his helmet was significant, right across the chin bar. Sorry a no brained for me, I can still see that helmet.


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Well,as I started this thread I suppose I'd better come clean.Davida open face for me.I feel that it affords me a better field of vision than a full face which I would find claustrophobic and isolating from my surroundings.I accept that a full face offers more protection in a spill but then maybe leg protectors would too,and an inflatable crash suit.Motorcycling is about freedom, but one day we may be compelled to wear whatever the government or the insurance companies insist upon.Untill then I'll continue as I am and accept the risks.

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I haven't worn an open face helmet since the mid 1970s when a friend broke his jaw hitting a stone bridge parapet. These days it's a flip front as it's easier with specs. When I had my crash in 2014 the chin piece of my helmet gained three cracks. Apparently (I don't remember anything about it) I banged my face on the A-pillar of the car I hit. Then landed head first on the tarmac. I had a small cut on my lip.
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I alternate between 3 types I have, A Schuberth flip front for Medium runs and around town, a Arai Tour X for long runs and rainy weather, and a Davida open face for short sunny runs out.

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