The helmet laws in PA were recently (a few years back) done away with. Technically, you are required to wear a helmet for the first two years of having your motorcycle endorsement. After that you can ride helmet free. However I always wear my helmet and it's a sweet ass fulmer 3/4.
I am also in the market for a non DOT helmet. I tried on some "novelty" helmets today while I was in the leather store getting some new gloves. They are a joke! It's like putting on a little kids fisher price hard hat! (however I did look effin bad ass!!!) I want a skid lid but I hate the mushroom head!
Texas just requires you get a helmet stamp on your license. You have to have taken a motorcycle training class (this class is now required to get your license in the first place) and have proof of at least $10,000 in life insurance so your wife can bury your mutilated corpse. I already had both when I got my license so I went ahead and got the stamp. I generally wear my fulmer half shell but if I'm just running around close to the house Ill go without. It's kinda nice riding without because you can actually hear the bike and not just the wind flowing off the helmet.
No helmet laws here but the wife wanted me to wear one so I bought a novelty one and bought a DOT sticker off ebay and stuck it on. It makes her happy plus I like the look of it. I realize it offers little to no protection but I can't do the DOT helmets...to damn funny looking.
I was out looking and tried the fulmer. It had the lowest sitting low profile of any half Dot out there. They look the same as a daytona, but the daytona Dot is fricking huge and sits about a inch taller. Gonna go buy that damn helmet soon. Just havent been motivated to go get a spring and summer Helmet when its 25 degrees outside. Finding a decent half Helmet is like finding Gold today.
it's required here in missouri, but the surrounding states: ark, ok, ks, and iowa dont need them. most people here just wear the brain buckets. i wear a 3/4 helmet in the summer (might switch to half this year), and a full face in the winter