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Helmet ?

Discussion in 'Moto Club' started by Mgdell, Sep 24, 2004.

  1. Mgdell

    Mgdell Huh??

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    Hi,

    I'm looking for a good full face helmet. I bought a cheap one at the Local Miejer's store ( like wal*mart ) but first time I used it the sheild flew off... So any suggestions on brand name / model?

    I'm looking at a Bell but not sure of the model..

    Thanks!

    -Mike
     
  2. Eyespy

    Eyespy Proud Infidel

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    My helmet preferences, in order:

    1) Shoei X11, XS-PII
    2) Suomy Spec 1-R Extreme
    3) Arai RX7

    You really have to try on the various helmets to make sure you get one that is shaped well for your mellon and that is the right size. Arai no longer permits internet sales. FOr helpful on-line details, check out www.helmetharbor.com
     


  3. Try Nolan or HJC full face helmets. Buy your helmet at a proper motorcycle store, not Wallyworld. Any good motorcycle shop will be able to fit you for a helmet. Most people buy their helmets too loose.

    Good luck.
     
  4. MikeG22

    MikeG22 CLM

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    I'm loving my Shoei RF1000. Bell normally doesn't make much in the way of motorcycle helmets so I'd stick with a Shoei or Arai if you have the cash. They are truly the best. Of cheaper models HJC's are decent.

    Whatever you do find it at a local shop and try it on first. You want it to be tight, ask a salesperson for assistance. You want it to feel really snug though not on any pressure points. Moving the helmet up/down from the front should move the skin on your forhead. Don't worry about it being tight, it will loosen/fit to your face after a little while.

    Once you have one that fits comfortably (don't be afraid to put the helmet on in the shop and just sit there with it on for 15 minutes or so to make sure it's not gonna be hurting you later.
     
  5. bassman-dan

    bassman-dan NRA Lifer

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    Generally speaking, you will get what you pay for.
    For about $100 you can get an entry level HJC DOT approved FF helmet.
    By spending more you can get a helmet that is lighter and is also Snell approved- a higher level of protection.
    You should also try to get one with a removable liner so that you can take it out and wask it when it starts getting funky.
    I would also recommend that you purchase one in some color other than basic black. A brighter color will make you much more visible to cagers.
     
  6. D25

    D25 The Quick

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    Good advice has been given so far. Like the others, I like my HJC, but I love my Shoei. Also, like brassman-dan said, bright helmets do seem to get the cagers attention. I am almost to the point of getting a lime green or safety orange helmet.
     
  7. Eyespy

    Eyespy Proud Infidel

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    Always, under all circumstances, assume the impending motorist does not see you, the rider, as most of the time, this is the correct assumption, and always ride accordingly.
     
  8. BikerGoddess

    BikerGoddess Got hairspray?

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    Only spend as much on your helmet as your head is worth to you. If you can't afford a decent helmet, you don't need to be riding.

    Watch for sales, but don't get a helmet that's too old. The lining that actually protects you in the event of a crash can become brittle or compacted with age. I'm planning to replace mine next riding season, since it's over 3 years old.

    Way I figure it, my head is worth more than $100/year to me.

    Laura
     
  9. Eyespy

    Eyespy Proud Infidel

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    As well intentioned as this advise is, it is inaccurate. The implication is that as the helmet purchase price increases, so does the level of protection it provides. I'm sorry, but that is simply untrue.
     
  10. RBR

    RBR

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    Any similar helmet that meets the same Snell/DOT standards will give the same level of protection. What you are paying extra for are better graphics, lining materials, comfort, features(venting etc.) and name brand recognition.

    I wear an Arai Quantum F (with earplugs). I've always loved their helmets for fit/comfort and features. They don't sell online anymore but you can sometimes find great deals online (ebay). I saved $250.00 off MSRP on mine from a guy selling a closed stores inventory. But make sure that it is not a knock-off. HJC makes decent helmets for the price. Tried Shoei but just didn't fit my skull.

    This chart (click on different manufactures on the side bar) may help.

    http://www.motorhelmets.com/htm-service/sizingchart-helmet-table.htm
     
  11. BikerGoddess

    BikerGoddess Got hairspray?

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    It's not a linear scale, to be sure, but a $50 helmet isn't going to hold up as well as a $200 helmet.

    I wouldn't wear a DOT only helmet.

    YMMV

    Laura
     
  12. Eyespy

    Eyespy Proud Infidel

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    I don't wear a DOT only hemet either. But the fact is that there is no relation between protection level and helmet retail cost. It's not simply that there is a non-linear scale, it's that there is no such scale at all. Every Snell 2000 certified helmet meets the same crash protection standard, whether it be a lower end basic model such as a $99 HJC, or a top of the line model $660 Shoei X-11. In fact, the scale you continually assert is so non-existant, that you'd be better off with that $99 HJC than you woulf be with the $200 DOT. There are numerous examples of this in the industry. I am not attacking or criticizing you, it's that I have been doing this a long time and I just want to make sure that accurate information is disseminated. :)

    Disclaimer: I am not personally affilliated with any helmet manufacturer or distributor.
     
  13. potatoho

    potatoho

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    What type of riding; street, dirt etc?
     
  14. 45acp4me

    45acp4me Pissed puppet

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    The HJC AC10 and AC11's are Snell rated lightweight and pretty quiet at speed. The liner is removeable for cleaning and you can change shields without tools. They run about $160 last time I looked. My AC-10 has been great.

    Regards,
    Glen
     
  15. Eyespy

    Eyespy Proud Infidel

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    Other than choosing a quality Snell Foundation rated, non-expired hemet, the single most important element in helmet safety is choosing the one that fits properly.
     
  16. potatoho

    potatoho

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    I always wondered about the strap fasteners. I have an HJC helmet with a d-ring buckle, and then I also have an Airoh Tyger helmet which has a seat-belt like tongue buckle. I sure like the latter one better. Isn't a d-ring safer though?
     
  17. Eyespy

    Eyespy Proud Infidel

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    The simpler D-Ring strap design is safer and more reliable. There are instances of crash failure of some quick-release strap buckle designs. In CA for instance, only the D-Ring strap design satisfies CA DOT regulations for use on CA hwys.
     
  18. Texas T

    Texas T TX expatriate CLM

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    I guess I've been out of the riding world for too long...
    expired helmets? A little help here please. :)