While technically not "armor," was there any doubt that a helmet would be No. 1 on the list? Just look at the numbers:
- Wearing a helmet reduces the risk of death in a crash by 37 percent.
- Riders with serious head injuries paid an average of $43,214 for hospital care, compared to $15,528 for riders with minor head injuries.
- As helmet laws were repealed, motorcycle deaths jumped from 2,897 in 2000 to 5,154 in 2007, a 78 percent increase.
It's a no-brainer. Your helmet is your most important piece of motorcycle armor.
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