September 21, 2019
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Helmet Resource, Vincent Video

By Bud Wilkinson of

A key question that needs to always be answered when helmet shopping is whether the helmet is DOT-compliant; that is, government approved to protect your melon. The Motorcycle Industry Council has a website that lists 25 brands and 516 helmet models and which notes whether the helmet is DOT approved. Check it out at

There are a lot of songs about motorcycles and that mention motorcycles, but none is better than Richard Thompson’s “1952 Vincent Black Lightning.” There are numerous versions of the song on YouTube, but this may be the best:

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