Organ Donor

Spotted this afternoon on Independence Avenue SW. What kind of freaking idiot do you have to be to take your bike for a spin and not wear a helmet?

photo.jpg But helmets are required in all states surrounding the District, including the District itself. ALL riders, regardless of age, are required to wear safety helmets.

If you’re interested, here’s DC’s Helmet Restrictions, Virginia’s Helmet Restrictions, and Maryland’s Helmet Restrictions.

Personally, I think if you want to bike without your helmet, you ought to leave a bond on file with the state to cover your entire medical bill when you get hit and become a vegetable.

5 Comments so far

  1. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on July 16th, 2007 @ 8:45 pm

    They aren’t referred to as “donorcycles” for nothing! It only takes a little involvement with head injured folks to turn someone off the concept of head injuries. This guy will likely do a public service by convincing others to wear helmets. Of course, He will be drooling and shitting himself when that happens.

  2. KCinDC (unregistered) on July 17th, 2007 @ 10:16 am

    Is the license plate a call for repealing helmet laws?

  3. David (unregistered) on July 17th, 2007 @ 10:24 am

    As a responsible motorcyclist (yes, there are some), I’m still amazed at how many folks don’t gear up for the ride. Of course, this doesn’t mean shorts, sneakers and a wife beater and a do-rag, but, as they should have learned in the unfortunately non-mandatory state rider safety class, it means a helmet, ankle protecting boots, leg protection (jeans or pants with chaps, or leathers), a jacket (preferably with body armor or other protection), gloves and eye protection.

    If it’s too hot to ride, given the safety equipment, I don’t ride… I don’t strip down as others do. I know Wayan mentioned to me at the BBQ, as “what’s the use of motorcycling if you can do it in a t-shirt and shorts”, but it’s still fun if you’re properly protected. I learned the hard way yhtat safety equipment is essential when learning to ride and having dropped my bike. If I wasn’t wearing it, I’d have had a lot more wrong with me than a sore knee.

    But of course, beyond the gearing up, the issues with some riders and their riding style (aggressive, etc.). But the door also swings both ways, and as I’ve ridden more, I’ve noticed more auto drivers tailgating and doing other irresponsible things as well… so nobody is faultless here either.

    Heh, this probably was a Harley guy too… too much machismo to go ’round. I’ve been to a bunch of motorcycle dealerships recently to help a friend pick a bike, and Harley was the only one NOT carrying visual safety gear in the showroom (reflective vests, and brighter colored gear)…

  4. Don (unregistered) on July 17th, 2007 @ 10:41 am

    Sadly it’s probably NOT a donorcycle, since the odds are this clown isn’t a registered organ donor. So when he cracks his head – and all bikers know it’s not a matter of IF you will lay a bike down but WHEN you lay your bike down – we’ll all have to absorb the cost of his indigent emergent care AND not get the use of his pieces when he does his Darwinian duty…

  5. MBFan#2 (unregistered) on July 18th, 2007 @ 10:10 am

    A friend and I were sitting outside at this nice country restaurant next to a two-lane highway and the thunder of a motorcycle sped by so quickly, everyone looked to the road. I am sure that a curvy road on a bike at high speeds sound like a lot of fun on a Sat afternoon, but on a fairly busy road, at 110+ mph… I shudder to think what would happen if he rounded that corner and there was a farm tractor pulling out.

    What about those idiots who race around the beltway where you should be practising defensive driving the way your lungs need air? Weaving in and out at 80+ mph.

    Why do so many people want to die so badly? If you want to take risks, go to Iraq.

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