In Massachusetts you must wear a helmet, In Rhode Island if you are under 21 you must wear a helmet in addition all new operators must wear a helmet regardless of age for a period of one year from the date the license was issued. Last year I was at Myrtle Beach SC for bike week and helmets were optional.
I wear a full face most of the time when Im riding. Usually on Sunday mornings the gang rides to our breakfast nook and none of us wear our helments. Its just about the only time we dont wear them but I was curious to know what laws were in other states. Thanks to all for their help on this topic.
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