Though I always wear a helmet when "sport riding," commuting, and touring, I do occasionally ride without a mellon-protector. I feal closer with the bike, since I can hear, feel, and see everything so much better - I feel more as if I'm one with the bike. I'll usually make a few quick errands at dusk to the local greasy spoon, and the helmet usually stays at home. Sure there are dire consequences, but then again, everything thrilling has a steep price tag. It's just a matter of personal risk management. Sometimes I'm willing to risk the skull fracture for a breif moment of heightened motorcycling enjoyment. In fact, I'm quite tired of the safety nazis (SN) calling everyone else squids, because the SN's are themselves unwilling to compromise the least bit of safety when it comes to riding. We are our own masters of our bodies, so the SN's should just mind their own damn business. I'm just glad states like Illinois, Indiana, Florida, etc. have caught on to this concept.
--2000 VTR1000F Super Hawk