Fun Facts About Helmets
I’m compiling a list of fun facts about helmets in Jakarta, based on first-hand experience, observation and other stuff. Here we go:
- most motorcycle helmets are made of the same plastic that is used to make water buckets. Pretty tough, eh?
- the helmet straps are designed for easy unfastening – especially at high speed
- foam padding is an added option on some helmet designs
- the foam padding used in the helmet is the same foam used in sofas. Bet it absorbs impact very well.
- you don’t really have to wear a helmet, not when there’s no police looking
- helmets always have some sort of sticker design that makes it look fast. Yes, on the helmet. What’s the top speed of a helmet?
- you can buy a helmet at your nearest Carrefour or Giant; but they also sell helmets at the roadside, complete with your choice of stickering
- there’s usually a hook to hang your secondary helmet – either backup helmet or for a potential passenger – on the motorcycle, which is pretty secure. Until the helmet falls off your bike in the middle of the road.
- to avoid that, you can also tie the helmet on the back seat with some rope or webbing. Until the helmet falls off…
- last resort, you can put the helmet in a specially-fitted box, which is usually decorated with your motorcycle gang denomination sticker, and lock the key. Until a Kopaja comes by, crashes into the box and it falls off.
- Helmets are imaginary, a figment of the imagination. You can protect your head with sheer willpower.
- You can add wings to the top of your helmet; it makes your motorcycle go faster. Yeah, it looks cool too.
- The protective properties of a helmet can be replaced by any other sort of head covering.
- Helmets are optional in large groups of motorcycles.