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    Where do you hang / put your helmet when you stop?
    I put mine on the right mirror for a while- but found it was un-aiming(?) the mirror.
    So now, I hang it on the throttle grip - but I'm not real confident about it.
    I've got a tank bag, and a GPS/phone mount on the handlebars, so there's no room there - on my last bike I put the helmet over the GPS, which hid the GPS. On this bike, I put the GPS in the tank bag when I'll be out of sight of the bike.
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    I generally hang it to one of the passenger grips.

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    Right passenger foot peg. With the bike on its side stand, it almost cannot fall off and if I'm going to be away for a bit, it's easy to run my cable lock to keep it secure. Plus if you can plan how you park, it's in the shade and sorta out of obvious sight. Although I haven't had anything taken off my bike in 25 years. (a pair of gloves) Works great for full face helmet, just hook on the chin guard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzz View Post
    I generally hang it to one of the passenger grips.
    Now why didn't I think of THAT?!?
    My helmet is a modular with a ratchet-buckle connector - which will make that very easy.
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    I always hang mine on the left mirror. Never had a problem with it moving the mirror. I use a modular, so I have to close it to make sure it doesn't fall.
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    That's why I never ride without my Givi B33 top case. With the amount of bug fragments and road grime covering my mirrors, I wouldn't ever want that inside my helmet on the lining. Worse yet (to me) is contact between helmet linings and footpegs when you think of all the filth on the road surface that your boots transfers to your pegs like people spitting on the ground or that "juice" that dribbles out of trash trucks. Once on your lining, it's onto your face. I was always picky about my helmet but we should all be more aware of hygiene in this new world of COVID.

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    I prefer to use the topcase for that, but sometimes use the right driver footrest.

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    if i've not got my top box, i put in on the handlebar - with the chin area on the brake master cylinder. Still fits even with the BMW tankbag on and my GPS mount on the L/H side on the handlebars.
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    If its just for a min or two I put it on the passenger seat, longer than that and I put it in one of the side cases - that is what they are for, not?

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    Mine will only fit in one of the side cases (Rt side), and even then, only if I remove the Senna and then fully extend it which takes several minutes to do given the awkwardness of that system (especially to close it). Plus, I rarely put my side cases on since they are a pain to use and not waterproof. My aftermarket topcase is typically on it all the time for commuting and errands since it is actually large enough for my backpack with a laptop and will hold riding pants and jacket when I am at work. At that point I just take my helmet with me.

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    I put the helmet on the right mirror, adjusting mirror if need be is no big deal.

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    If I can't lock my helmet in the topbox I always take it with me never leave it on the bike. I had my first helmet stolen from inside a vehicle! Did shock me and made me think if it was stolen off the bike I'd be stuck no way you could travel any distance in the UK without being pulled over by the boys in blue riding without a helmet.
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    1. Leave on the bike (handing on right grip), but only if I am within easy reach of the bike at all times.
    2. If I am more than a few feet from the bike, or out of sight of the bike, I carry the helmet with me into the building.
    3. On a longish road trip, I usually have my cable lock with me and I can secure the helmet with that.

    Never, never leave it with the bike without my being close by. Next to my Darien, the helmet is the most expensive bit of gear I own.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Royce View Post
    1. Leave on the bike (handing on right grip), but only if I am within easy reach of the bike at all times.
    2. If I am more than a few feet from the bike, or out of sight of the bike, I carry the helmet with me into the building.
    3. On a longish road trip, I usually have my cable lock with me and I can secure the helmet with that.

    Never, never leave it with the bike without my being close by. Next to my Darien, the helmet is the most expensive bit of gear I own.
    Same for all of this. I'll put my helmet on my throttle grip but that's only if I'm standing right next to the bike and need both my hands for something (fueling up, etc). Otherwise it comes with me- too pricey to leave on the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wufpak View Post
    Same for all of this. I'll put my helmet on my throttle grip but that's only if I'm standing right next to the bike and need both my hands for something (fueling up, etc). Otherwise it comes with me- too pricey to leave on the bike.
    Agree with price but I think a more immediate issue is how are you getting home? Not like helmets are sold at restaurants, scenic points of interest, and so on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Runmyownlife View Post
    Agree with price but I think a more immediate issue is how are you getting home? Not like helmets are sold at restaurants, scenic points of interest, and so on.
    exactly !
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    I've been using something called the Helmet Guardian for years. Basically a very sturdy steel plate with a key'd helmet lock on either end. Elegantly simply. Bolts behind the license plate. Just Google Helmet Guardian.

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    My Neotec II doesn't have a D ring, so most helmet locking devices don't work for me. Therefore the tail box or the saddle bags are my only secure storage.
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    In Aus we have this thing called a 'Helmetlok' no imagination I know

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    i bought mine a few years ago at a bike fair for about $15

    sorry only works with a helmet with a D ring
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    I secure my helmet with a steel rope through the chin guard and
    DIY fixed to the tail frame under the saddle. Then I leave it on the saddle itself, I don't usually ride when it's raining. This way I can use side cases to store clothes only.
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    I take my helmet with me wherever I go. Especially since the helmet and Cardo bluetooth cost about $500. Why take the chance? Now I use this new compact and lightweight helmet bag I got from Cycle Gear for $49
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    I expand my tank bag and put it in there and lock it up. If it’s a quick stop I hang it on the right side handle.

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    I sit mine on the floor and go have fun. Come back and it's still on the floor. Dust off any ants and ride off.

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    i hang it from my fingers, either left or right hand, by the chin strap - these days, you never know - being on the receiving end of a well swung helmet doesn't sound like fun -
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    Got in the habit after living in Christchurch here in NZ during all the earthquakes - when you could be evacuating work at a drop of a hat after major shakes - to keep the helmet with the bike in the topcase (which usually lives on the bike anyway, just too convenient for stuff that dont' fit under the seat). Sort of kept on now, nice not to have to worry about carrying it - even more with the Sena on the side now - and not worry about weather if I did leave it with the bike. Just too spoilt I guess

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    I use the provided hook under the seat with a steel cable i bought at a yachting supply shop. It's polycarb sleeved, so no chance that it will damage the helmet.
    Unless I go inside somewhere, then I take my helmet with me.

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    Fun fact I learned recently in the stuff no one ever reads with a new helmet... Not supposed to put your helmet on the mirror. Apparently over time, the weight of the helmet and the point contact with the liner will compress and damage the foam reducing it's shock absorption capability.

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    I fabricated a little hook under the Pelican case on my rear rack to hang my helmet on. It works with either the D ring on a Shoei or the rachet strap on the Schuberth.
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    i have something similar to pbansen`s one on the back of my topbox, but it gets muddy back there sometimes, so i put another one inside the barkbuster to hang it on instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizdad View Post
    i hang it from my fingers, either left or right hand, by the chin strap - these days, you never know - being on the receiving end of a well swung helmet doesn't sound like fun -
    Exactly! I have noticed wanna be thug types looking warily at it, too.

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