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Discussion in 'Moto Club' started by Timothy658, Oct 15, 2005.

  1. Timothy658


    Mar 24, 2003
    Where could I find motorcycle helmets online? Just purchased my first bike about a month ago, and havent ridden it yet. Need a helmet first....just finished glancing over an article at Motorcyclist on helmets, and they seemed to have good things to say about the Z1R ZRP-1. Where can I find this? Do you guys have anything to say about it?

  2. epsylum

    epsylum Boolit Hoze

    Sep 4, 2004
    Racing Capital, USA
    I wouldn't go off of just what a magazine says. It's something that requires fitting you. Go try a bunch on. Get one that is comfortable and from a reputable brand (I don't give a damn what thier test says, it'll be a cold day in hell when I choose a Pepboys brand helmet over my Arai).
  3. whogasak47

    whogasak47 JPFO-GOA

    Sep 1, 2005
    N E Louisiana
    You want this piece of safety eqiup. to fit the best. save money on ordering tires,sprockets,cables ect .online. Try on many and get the best fit for you. Good Luck and Ride Safe. Remember ,it's just money in a crash. Survive it.walk away!
  4. NMGlocker

    NMGlocker BOOM headshot

    Jun 29, 2001
    New Mexico
    Or do what I did.
    Try on the helmets at the local stealership, then order online. I saved nearly $100 that way.
  5. Rinspeed

    Rinspeed JAFO

    Feb 28, 2001

    That's exacly what I did with my Arai and saved like $130. I like to spend money locally but $130 is a lot of money.
  6. BushyAR15


    Jun 18, 2005
    Same here. Fit is very important. Some companies like Arai, make helmets for different head shapes. I find that some helmets even within the same line don't all fit the same.

    So, try some on first! :)

  7. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

    Oct 23, 2000
    California & New Mexico, US
    I won't comment on trying out gears at dealerships and shops then buy online. I wouldn't do it as a matter of principles (OK, I'd do it because Bert's Mega Mall and Chapparal Motorsports are true rip-off joints so screw'em), but you gotta know what you're buying when it comes to helmet.

    My first rule is that I won't buy a used one. How do you know that it wasn't dropped or banged up and has internal cracks? My second rule is to buy a helmet that fits me. The best helmet in the world with the best vents and the best everything won't do you any good if it flops around on your head.

    I'd suggest for the helmet purchaser to go and measure his head not just for the actual measurements but for the head shape as well. And then go check out the various helmet manufacturers' website for a specific model for a certain head shape. For example my roundish fat head fits well with the Arai Quantum II series but not the other Arais.

    I know that Arai, Shoei, Suomy have different models for different head shapes. I am not sure about the other manufacturers like HJC and KBC, et al.

    If you are bothered to buy a helmet and wear it, then go the extra distance and don't compromise on the fit. One can debate whether or not a DOT & Snell rated helmet is better or a DOT-only rated helmet is better, or whether or not you need the nice removable liners of an Arai, or the Scorpion is a better price/quality ratio. Or whether or not a $200 Icon is as nice as a $500 Shoei. But one shouldn't debate on whether or not a helmet should fit properly.
  8. TimP

    TimP 1 Proud Infidel

    Jan 17, 2003
    get one that fits you, then worry about how it looks and what it costs.
  9. c5367

    c5367 Esq.

    Aug 1, 2003
    Fit is the most important factor. If it fits you, I suggest the Shoei X-11. Very light, well ventilated and great protection.
  10. phxtravis

    phxtravis Professional

    Apr 28, 2004
    Phoenix, AZ
    personally after owning a scorpion and then getting a Shoei, I would never own a "cheap" helmet again. My Shoei was noticably lighter, which translates to comfort to me.
  11. shark_za

    shark_za Woes

    Jun 11, 2003
    JHB - South Africa
    Also dont worry if the helmet feels a little tight on you, this is good.
    It always gives a little, better to be tight at first, then moulded to your pip than have a lid that losens on you.
  12. Three-Five-Seven

    Three-Five-Seven Señor Mombo Millennium Member

    Aug 8, 1999
    Great Southwest
    When the day comes that you ride 700+ miles in your Arai helmet, which you purchased from your local dealer, who fit it precisely to your noggin, you'll understand that they are the best value in helmets despite the price.

    Or, if your end up like me, someday you'll get to say, "an Arai helmet saved my life and prevented all injury to my head."

    I've owned lots of helmets. I literally have a closet full right now. There is no more comfortable or safe helmet available than an Arai. They are expensive, but so is care for head-trauma.

    You will save money in the long run if you buy the best to begin with.