Milwaukee -- Helmets strike a nerve with motorcycle riders. Some believe they save lives. Other say it really doesn't make a difference if you crash. However, most agree they like being able to choose.
"I think it does help," Joanne Laabs said. "If you get in an accident it will protect your head."
"I like the freedom of not wearing one," David Yingling said.
"We do we always wear helmets," Bernie Hiatt said.
"I like the idea that you can choose or not wear one or wear one," Walter Laabs said. "It's everybody's opinion. You know."
Mixed reviews from riders in about helmet use. One rider thinks experience on the bike matters more.
"Skill level of drivers, et cetera," Yingling said. "Skill level of the riders on the bikes, that makes a huge difference."
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claims universal helmet laws can save lives and money. But some riders disagree.
"I know a lot of people that have been injured, been killed, and usually the helmet had little to nothing to do with it," Yingling said.
Bernie Hiatt crashed just two months ago.
"I had a wreck on June the 10th," Hiatt said. "A guy making a left turn in front of me and if I hadn't of had a helmet on it would have been a lot worse when my head hit that pavement."
He says the helmet kept him out of the hospital. So is wearing a helmet in a crash newsworthy?
"No," Yingling said. "I don't think that's an important detail at all."
"I think it helps people realize if they're not wearing a helmet and they've been in an accident and how that would help if they did have one on," Laabs said.
"I think they'll mention that because maybe it will have other people think about it and start wearing them," Hiatt said.
But this weekend, riders can make their own choice in Wisconsin.
"I think everybody should make an informed decision whether they opt to use safety equipment that's available to them," John Palmer said. "Whether it's required to them by law or not."