"Kristy O'Leary, of St. Louisville, has buried friends whose lives were lost in motorcycle crashes and has spent the past 12 years working to advocate motorcycle safety.
Yet, when she sets out for a ride, she does not put on a helmet."
A strange dichotomy that the article never really explains.
Granted, helmets can be hot and confining in warmer weather and the temptation to leave it at home or even strapped to one's sissy bar is strong. Ohio law states that only "novice" riders - endorsed riders with less than 1 years experience - non-endorsed riders with a learners permit, or riders under the age of 18 (I think) are required to wear a helmet.
In fact, the entire front page of the Newark Advocate was devoted to reports on motorcycle safety and an analysis of data compiled over the past several years by the Gannet News Service, the owner of several local papers in the state. (See the Motorcycle Crash Database)
After September, my "novice" status will convert to a standard endorsement and I'll no longer be required to wear a helmet. Will I continue to wear one? I suspect so. After all, there's only two kinds of riders.