What you claim has been proven to be false. Noise levels without a helmet are MUCH higher at highway speeds. Helmets reduce noise levels AND help save a rider's hearing. The noise at 60 mph is over OSHA safety levels without a helmet.<quoted text>
Wearing a helmet also impedes your hearing and vision. Try driving a car with one on. Not to mention that while the helmet might protect the head, it does nothing to protect the neck or the rest of the body. Just once I would like to see a report that does tell the number of deaths based on the injuries sustained during a crash.
Stricter and stiffer penalties for drivers of other motor vehicles that are involved in motorcycle crashes would also help I believe. When you have people causing the death of another motorist the penalties are much more severe than when that same driver has a incident,( in most cases) with a motorcycle.
The Schuberth C3 helmet is one of the quietest made. AT 85 mph the interior levels are still under OSHA levels of 85 DB (which is a limit of four hours exposure).
Don't forget the fools and idiots who run straight pipes. The 120 DB noise levels from these can cause permanent hearing loss in minutes. Once again these fools are going to be going deaf and wanting to have the cost of their hearing aids covered under group insurance. Once again they will be penalizing all of us for their stupidity since this raised the rates due to self impairment.
If we had responsible policing in this nation, we'd have the police ticket and keep records of these noise violators so that they would NOT BE ELIGIBLE for aid when they go deaf.