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Old 05-18-2017, 07:31 PM   #21
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After the Motorcyclist article I'm not sure how many folks think more money means safer helmet.
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Old 05-18-2017, 08:05 PM   #22
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After the Motorcyclist article I'm not sure how many folks think more money means safer helmet.
I don't think more money = safer helmet in every case.
More money = better materials, more comfort features, lighter weight, more shells sizes, better quality and so on.
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Old 05-20-2017, 03:11 AM   #23
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And $40 helmet? No thanks, half the Harley skull caps have DOT stickers on them.
Lady at work was laughing several years ago about a chrome skateboard helmet with a DOT flea market sticker her husband bought. Well now in Michigan we can ride without helmets and to me that skateboard helmet looks like a good choice

Myself I tend to buy mid priced helmets at closeout prices. I don't care if they are last years graphics.
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Old 05-20-2017, 04:13 AM   #24
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Same here in PA. And that's exactly what I do. Every spring revzilla has awesome deals on last years graphics.
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Old 05-20-2017, 08:01 AM   #25
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No issues here, knowing that it needs to be tight to be effective, they do loosen up slightly so buy so that it's really snug when new.
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Old 05-21-2017, 06:30 AM   #26
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Old 05-21-2017, 06:32 AM   #27
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I have had the same Shoei for an embarrassingly long time. It continues to fit perfectly and is very comfy. I have been meaning to replace it due to it's sheer age, for about 5 years now, which itself is about the time frame helmets are supposed to be replaced Will buy another Shoei when I finally do replace it, had an Arai years ago, nice helmet, but it never really fit me right. Evidently I have a Shoei head.

I tend to buy inexpensive (not cheap, but inexpensive) dirt bike helmets - my current dirt bike lid is a Scorpion VX that I paid $160 for. My friends tend to go with fancy Klim or Troy Lee lids that cost $600. We all bash them off tree branches and such. The nicer helmets do have better vent systems in them than my low rent Scorpion. I did spring for a very sweet Leatt Fusion 3 chest protector/neck guard with the savings. It would pain me to put a $600 lid in the harm's way that I do off road. Always "brushing" stuff with my head - Just how I roll!
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Old 05-21-2017, 07:21 PM   #28
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Wore Bell, then Shoei, recently clearance HJC.
HJC is not as elegant as Shoei but I trust it well enough.
Never crash tested a helmet, hope I never do.

Tempted by some of the inexpensive modular helmets. Hard to judge fit and quality without product in hand though.
Liked the Scorpion last time I looked, did not fit my head though.
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Old 05-22-2017, 04:17 PM   #29
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Before I buy any helmet I always go here to check them out.

http://www.crash.org.au/

I just narrowed my selection down to 3 helmets went and tried them all on and put a deposit on the Shoei X spirit III. I should be able to pick it up later this week when it comes in.

I have never had an issue with Shoei helmet fit changing.
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Old 05-22-2017, 06:31 PM   #30
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I used HJC for many years, but I really liked Shoei's swappable pads. got it to fit juuust right
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Old 05-23-2017, 09:59 AM   #31
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I've had good experiences with Scorpion helmets for fit, features and value.

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Old 05-23-2017, 01:06 PM   #32
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I scanned through here, and didnt see anyone mention:


DIFFERENT BRANDS and DIFFERENT MODELS WITHIN BRANDS HAVE DIFFERENT SHAPES- and this EFFECTS BREAK-IN and LONG TERM FIT

Scorpion fit my head great (im a long oval) - they have nice air pump feature for extra snug fit when you want.

Icon sucks for my head shape.

Arai makes 2-3 different shaped helmets.

You just gotta measure up, and try em on/figure out which ones actually fit evenly/correctly.

https://www.revzilla.com/arai-helmet-shape-guide
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Old 05-24-2017, 11:43 AM   #33
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About 8 years ago I crash tested an HJC, think was the CL-15. I was traveling at 50-55 mph when a car decided to stop my bike instantly. According to witnesses, after soaring over several cars, I hit the pavement upper body first. Helmet had good sized gouge out of the side and the front chin portion crumpled and seemed to absorb impact. If it didn't save my life, it at least allowed me to learn to walk again. I would...and have, purchased another one. I hear they are a bit noisier, but I feel like that is part of the experience of riding. If I want quite, I take the truck. ...I can also vouch for the Tourmaster Intake Air Jacket !

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Old 05-28-2017, 06:40 AM   #34
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I scanned through here, and didnt see anyone mention:


DIFFERENT BRANDS and DIFFERENT MODELS WITHIN BRANDS HAVE DIFFERENT SHAPES- and this EFFECTS BREAK-IN and LONG TERM FIT

Scorpion fit my head great (im a long oval) - they have nice air pump feature for extra snug fit when you want.

Icon sucks for my head shape.

Arai makes 2-3 different shaped helmets.

You just gotta measure up, and try em on/figure out which ones actually fit evenly/correctly.

https://www.revzilla.com/arai-helmet-shape-guide
I am stuck buying Arai helmets due to my long oval noggin. Their Profile/Signet is the only helmet I have found that will correctly fit without hotspots developing on my forehead. Would like to find another more affordable brand just so I can stop paying so much for the Arai lids and replacement shields.
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Old 05-28-2017, 05:53 PM   #35
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Did I read something about a 1990 helmet from the OP ? I hope not, even a 5 year old helmet is packed down and uncomfortable. Replacement pads and head liners are nice if you can find them, pricey when you do. Shoei and HJC were my go to until I found a Schuberth C3 Pro on closeout at Revzilla. It might actually be worth $700 retail as it is the best lid I have ever owned, light and quiet, breathes well, super german HD modular. Find one at $400 if you can, long oval friendly and they revised the headband. Real wind tunnel testing. Just awesome.

I'll trust a cheap $100 HJC for 2 years, was doing that for a long time.
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Old 05-29-2017, 05:41 AM   #36
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I am stuck buying Arai helmets due to my long oval noggin. Their Profile/Signet is the only helmet I have found that will correctly fit without hotspots developing on my forehead. Would like to find another more affordable brand just so I can stop paying so much for the Arai lids and replacement shields.
Same here.
You might try an LS2, it almost worked for me. I think it was the Strobe. Actually, Im still working on it occasionally. I have the forehead worked out, now the com unit is rubbing my ears.
https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...-hi-viz-helmet
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Old 05-29-2017, 07:00 AM   #37
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Did I read something about a 1990 helmet from the OP ? I hope not, even a 5 year old helmet is packed down and uncomfortable...
Yes, that's my cold weather helmet. It usually gets worn a couple times a year for maybe 10 hours total annually here in Florida. It never even came out of the closet, this last winter. It hasn't had a 100+ hour year since my last winter trip in 1992.

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Old 05-30-2017, 09:48 AM   #38
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I've always had high end helmets - Shoei and the high end Bell models. I went to buy a new Bell Star the other day but they changed the shield and my transition shield doesn't fit any longer. They also had Bell Qualifier helmet on sale which is a low end model, and I had some gift cards so I paid around $40 for it. Guess what? I really can't tell the difference between it and my old RS1's and Stars...
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Old 05-30-2017, 08:52 PM   #39
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I am stuck buying Arai helmets due to my long oval noggin. Their Profile/Signet is the only helmet I have found that will correctly fit without hotspots developing on my forehead. Would like to find another more affordable brand just so I can stop paying so much for the Arai lids and replacement shields.
AGV Skyline. I, too, have a long oval head. I couldn't justify shelling out for the Signet Q. Bought the Skyline out of chance, and I couldn't be happier.
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Old 05-30-2017, 08:56 PM   #40
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Please don't get me started on helmets. I could go on for days. First question: Have you ever tried removing and washing the pads on these "high dollar" helmets? To hell and back with "snugness over time." Will these $40 helmets absorb a hammer blow straight off the shelf? Video, please.
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