Just finished a 2000 mile maiden voyage in our new 2020R Man.
Left N Ga., S.C., N.C., In N.C., I removed my helmet but the wife kept her's on. I put mine back on in Va thru WVa and Maryland but removed it in Pa. We spent a week there and both of us kept our helmets off. We were fairly laden with luggage so my wife had to keep the helmets between her legs.
We got to central PA and I decided to ship our dirty laundry home FedEx. This has been a common practice for us on two-wheels. I decided to include the helmets.
Our planned trip was to take a more westerly route back home. No interstates. PA does not have a helmet law so no issue there. As we went through Maryland, I was a little concerned. We both had dew-rags on and I hoped they would look enough like helmets to get us by. Actually I was more concerned about the .40 cal I was carrying, being MD is an anti-2A state.
But in truth, two things were in our favor.
1. There was no law on the road. I think we counted 3 cops the entire trip. I guess they were tied up in the protests (or had been de-funded)
2. A vehicle approaching us from the front would not know we were an auto-cycle. We would look like a little sports car. A vehicle from the rear can not see our heads.
We went through Cumberland Gap and quickly entered WVa. We stopped at a Polaris we saw. We like to stop and them and tour. ATVs are real big seller in WVa. We asked about helmet laws and was told they were not required in WVa for an auto-cycle. They did warn us about Va and said we might get stopped and fined.
We got into Va and the next morning, we went to a motorcycle outfitters in Roanoke. There I bought two novelty helmets.
The only reason we are even wearing these are to:
1. Circumvent any helmet laws.
2. Provide a platform for our headsets.
I have worn novelty helmets on two-wheels all over the US for years. I have never been harassed or stopped. I was even in an accident in Memphis when a lady pulled in front of me and I went over her car. The cop checked DOT approved helmet on the accident form.
The novelty helmets are about 1/5 the weight of our full-face helmets. That is important since the heavy DOTs feel like they would snap our necks if we had a head-on or rear end collision. The novelties to offer some protection if our heads we to hit the steering wheel or dash. But they are light, offer excellent visibility and hopefully satisfy some persnickety lawman. And I am in process of transferring the BT headsets over to them.