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Old 01-07-2007, 01:36 PM   #1
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1st Helmet

Lookin to buy my first helmet, any thoughts on the best brands and why? Also Im trying to get a good quality helmet but dont really wanna spend more than 200 on the helmet.
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Old 01-07-2007, 01:39 PM   #3
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AND WHY IS SHOEI SO GREAT?
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+1.....just how much is your head worth to ya?


However.....Scorpion makes some good stuff at a lower price point....
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Don't cheap out on a helmet. It's your head you're protecting.

Shoei is where it's at.
+1 He's right but i say go with a Arai or a suomy they both fit realy comfterable and make some pretty tight designs on there helmets and buy it off of Ebay!
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Old 01-07-2007, 01:43 PM   #6
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just checked SHOEIs website they have some good stuff, but every helmet I saw was around 500-600 dollars........THATS OUTRAGEOUS FOR A HELMET!!!
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just checked SHOEIs website they have some good stuff, but every helmet I saw was around 500-600 dollars........THATS OUTRAGEOUS FOR A HELMET!!!
Hey, if you'd rather have a cheaply-made helmet protecting your head (and ultimately, your life), then go for it.
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so you guys recommend goin with something a lil more expensive since it is after all my life huh? Also do you recommend buying helmets off of Ebay?
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Forget brand and designs at first. Go try on a bunch.

Some are made for oval heads, some for round heads, some for fat heads, some for Dumbo ears, etc. See which brands have a better overall fit for your head shape and THEN start looking at what models they have.

Different price points from the same manufacturer are usually just bells and whistles - venting, weight, noise, designs. If you can't afford the higher-end models, then make sure you're at least getting what will protect you, even if it means you don't get the fancy breath deflector or mirror shield. Those are nice, but they won't protect your noggin.

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so you guys recommend goin with something a lil more expensive since it is after all my life huh? Also do you recommend buying helmets off of Ebay?
I bought my Shoei off of Ebay...paid $180 shipped for a brand new-in-box RF1000. Just make sure you're getting what you're paying for, and avoid shady sellers.

Also, before you buy a helmet, be sure and go to a shop somewhere (cycle gear is the best for this) and try on the brand/size you're looking at, just to make sure you're happy with it and it fits well.
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so you guys recommend goin with something a lil more expensive since it is after all my life huh? Also do you recommend buying helmets off of Ebay?
What size do you wear? M, L, XL?
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Old 01-07-2007, 01:56 PM   #12
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XL
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Arai-...QQcmdZViewItem
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Arai-...QQcmdZViewItem
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Suomy...QQcmdZViewItem
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/SUOMY...QQcmdZViewItem

Get one of off Ebay best deals!!!! But first go to like cycle gear and try some on.
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Old 01-07-2007, 02:26 PM   #14
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yea good idea I havent tried any on yet so that will defintley be my first step and then Ill go from there.......however Ive always heard good things bout Shoei and Arai.
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hurry.. buy it now for 7 bucks!!!!

http://cgi.ebay.com/Bicycle-Helmet-T...QQcmdZViewItem


on a more serious note.. i dont get over 100 very often and when i do it late night and i know i am well in control.... so i went with the HJC that matched my bike and gear.. but then again 95% of my riding is under 30 mph
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Forget brand and designs at first. Go try on a bunch.

Some are made for oval heads, some for round heads, some for fat heads, some for Dumbo ears, etc. See which brands have a better overall fit for your head shape and THEN start looking at what models they have.

Different price points from the same manufacturer are usually just bells and whistles - venting, weight, noise, designs. If you can't afford the higher-end models, then make sure you're at least getting what will protect you, even if it means you don't get the fancy breath deflector or mirror shield. Those are nice, but they won't protect your noggin.

...just my $.02
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Get what is comforatable! You'll be able to focus on driving and not the irritating helmet. If you try on different ones you will find one that suits you and it may not be the most expensive one. I recently bought a new helmet and after a lot of searching it wasn't the top of the line that fit me best. I prolly tried on 15 helmets and visited 5 or 6 shops to do it.

You can save money on E-bay but if you are new to riding you may find the support a GOOD shop gives to a loyal customer much more valuable.

That being said I did buy mine on e-bay, brand new, for about 50% off of any deal I found elsewhere. Your call.
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buy a football helmetttttttttttttt hahahaha j/k
or a rugby helmet those things must work really well since they always ram their heads into other people
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Don't cheap out, but more importantly, buy a helmet that fits, don't just assume you're an XL when you haven't tried any on. I wear an Arai, love the fit, but I will admit that occasionally I have fogging issues when semi-stationary, and the visors aren't the easiest to swap out. Other than that, they are top of the line.
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just checked SHOEIs website they have some good stuff, but every helmet I saw was around 500-600 dollars........THATS OUTRAGEOUS FOR A HELMET!!!
Hey WAL-MART have brand new helmet for $75.00, and you save yourself $125.00. To me it not HOWMUCH your head WORTH but HOW SAFE it will get when you get in trouble. good luck you're will get what you're paying for.
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