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In Grand Theft Auto 5, it is very easy to die while riding a motorcycle. I noticed if you wait a few seconds while on a bike (make sure you are stationary), your character will put on a helmet. If you were to crash, does the helmet protect you from damage or is it pretty much useless?

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    It's like these people don't respect that I'm driving on the wrong side of the road doing wheelies and feel the need to crash into me all the time. – Doozer Blake Sep 25 '13 at 1:25
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    @DoozerBlake ahh yes...those types. I usually leave them a nice parting gift in the form of a sticky bomb before they take off. That'll show 'em. (evil laugh) – Dom Sep 25 '13 at 1:40
  • It seemed to have an effect in GTA IV. I never properly tested it but I always wore the helmet when I could. This would be easy enough to test. Find an empty stretch of road where you can drive in a straight line and crash into something. Do it with a helmet, note the damage taken, then do the exact same crash without a helmet. – Studoku Sep 25 '13 at 12:09
  • @Studoku It did save your life in GTA IV. I can attest to that with certainty. My bike hit a taxi and I flew into a semi, with the helmet I survived (with enough health to scare a rat and die.) but without the helmet, I blended in with the bugs. – Cole Busby Sep 25 '13 at 19:46
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It doesn't protect you
Just found this Youtube video about GTA 5 Myths.
In this episode they test also exactly your question. And they see, it doesn't protect you.

It will protect you
As the video in xan's answer is shown, it will protect you.

When you search a bit for this question you'll get many videos where you can see it will protect you, other shows it won't protect you.

Just try it by your own.

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    Other than the bit where you assume it does, I have no idea what you're trying to say. – Studoku Sep 25 '13 at 12:05
  • @Studoku: I just describe how you can see that the helmet will protect you... – Michael Schmidt Sep 25 '13 at 12:08
  • I'm really looking forward to GTA Online to try this for a more exact result by using a melee weapon to attack another player being the subject ;) – Chris Appleseed Sep 25 '13 at 21:47
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    Awesome video find! Exactly what I was looking for! – Dom Sep 27 '13 at 15:25
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    Other video's have shown differently. See my answer, or youtube.com/watch?v=sYf3NNXF_t0 – xan Oct 17 '13 at 21:32
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Yes, the helmet does protect you. See the video here:

These guys originally "Busted" this myth, but it seems that results can be inconsistent depending on exactly how you test this. The conclusion is that it definitely reduces damage, even from gunshots.

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