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post #1 of 51 (permalink) Old 10-15-2013, 11:03 AM Thread Starter
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Helmet's/yes or no.

This could be a sore subject........what do you members think about having to wear a helmet while riding your UTV at a riding facility like Hatfield's,Brimstone,national forest's,The Dunes,ECT.I'm not talking about a 4-wheeler.I myself think it should be up to the rider and passenger,were all adults.I know all 3 times it sucked for the wife's ride at Hatfield's she just couldn't deal with it.I can see if you are doing technical riding like hill climb's or rock crawling.just my thought's I'm sure I will hear it.........

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post #2 of 51 (permalink) Old 10-15-2013, 02:59 PM
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My Prowler has primarily been used for hunting so far. Nothing too technical. Just backwoods two-track roads. I don't wear a helmet. Don't wear one on my Polaris atv during hunting either. The only one I wore a helmet on was when I had my Yamaha Raptor 660 atv. I did a lot more crazy riding when I was on it. I think it should be up to the riders. I know here it is required for kids, but adults have the choice. I like it this way.

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Can't say I wear one either, it's not required for side x sides around here only atv's. If they did my wife would drive it as often, I did buy a couple half helmets that I think she would wear if she had to but she would never use a full one. If they did start requiring it I don't think it would bother me much, hell the helmet might muffle the engine noise.

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...if I am just putting around, no, but if I am going to run it, more than likely I should/would. Banging the head against the roll bar, steering wheel, and other items would definitely get your attention.
I can see both sides to this and if you are going to err, maybe it should be on the side of safety.
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We've been sightseeing and low speed cruising, and we have not worn our helmets. Not much (none) traffic on the trails, and we justify our behavior, but we should be wearing them! I think TBird say's it all!

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Can't say I wear one either, it's not required for side x sides around here only atv's. If they did my wife would drive it as often, I did buy a couple half helmets that I think she would wear if she had to but she would never use a full one. If they did start requiring it I don't think it would bother me much, hell the helmet might muffle the engine noise.
It does muffle the sound................

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It does muffle the sound................
And a full face helmet to muffle the wife.. Ssshhh don't tell her about that

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I might have to get a full face helmet for my wife when she starts riding. That way it blocks the dust and muffles the engine noise. Because I'm sure the biatching about how loud it is is coming....

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I believe that the laws for utv and motorcycles should be about the same. As long as you've got eye protection, who cares. And if you have a wind shield well you don't even need the glasses or goggles. Plus I have a seat belt for when shit gets rough. And being that arctic cat is one of the only companies that has cages certified for roll over protectection (so I'm told). Just leave me be...

As for anyone that is sitting in my rumble seat if it gets tricky. Hey get out go jump in the crew till we get through.

Dirt bikes and four wheelers I could also see being enforced. I've always wore one on dirt bike rarely wore one on utility quad.

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Sport squads and dirt bikes - probably should be in forced
Utility quads - nah driver discretion
Sxs - dont tell me I need a helmet.

I also understand that it's easier to enforce one law though to its max than itis to allow leanancy to some. Such as at hatfield. If everyone expected to dress the same way the rules are clear. No if it differs from one ride to the next you've opened a whole new can of worms.

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I believe that the laws for utv and motorcycles should be about the same. As long as you've got eye protection, who cares. And if you have a wind shield well you don't even need the glasses or goggles. Plus I have a seat belt for when shit gets rough. And being that arctic cat is one of the only companies that has cages certified for roll over protectection (so I'm told). Just leave me be...

As for anyone that is sitting in my rumble seat if it gets tricky. Hey get out go jump in the crew till we get through.

Dirt bikes and four wheelers I could also see being enforced. I've always wore one on dirt bike rarely wore one on utility quad.

Bottom line

Sport squads and dirt bikes - probably should be in forced
Utility quads - nah driver discretion
Sxs - dont tell me I need a helmet.

I also understand that it's easier to enforce one law though to its max than itis to allow leanancy to some. Such as at hatfield. If everyone expected to dress the same way the rules are clear. No if it differs from one ride to the next you've opened a whole new can of worms.
I agree.........100% I do wear one on my utility Quad If I'm out after dark,I might have a couple in me.I know that's not the thing to do...........

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