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Old 01-07-2007, 04:00 PM   #21
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Patrick at Motorcycles Unlimited has some great new Suomy Helmets in stock from the Vandals line. They Run anywhere from the 200-300 range. He makes sure to keep at least one of each size in stock to give people the chance for proper fit. Usually they can be ordered and put in your hands from 1 to 2 business days. Check him out
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FYI i know someone that had a Fulmer helmet and could have probably saved his ears from blowing out from the helmet exploding on impact during a wreck if he had a good helmet.
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Old 01-07-2007, 05:06 PM   #23
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what do you guys think about AGV helmets?
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Old 01-07-2007, 05:58 PM   #24
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word.....my icon size is a large but my Arai is an Medium....


i love my Arai....fits good, breaths good, i like it so much, i make my girl put it on when we are doing it.....heh
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Don't let price or brand name decide for you. Look for DOT and SNELL 2005 stickers, and try on a lot of styles to decide what fits best. Then talk to some people that have the style you like, to make sure they aren't having problems. Then plunk down some cash and get what YOU want.

And if you got the bike and want to borrow an XL while you are shopping, I have a spare now.
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I have both a Shoei X-11 and a Scorpion.Both are awesome helmets and both of course are DOT and SNELL approved.

If you can't afford $600 for a Shoei then you can get a Scorpion for $200 which is still a quality helmet.
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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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Fit is as important as brand.

There are multiple good brands out there and you can get a decent helmet for $200.00 or so or a really good helmet for $300.00 - $400.00.

The differences are in weight, venting, shield clarity, comfort and quality.

If you're up on our side of town, feel free to stop in, and we can properly size you and advise you on what brands fit your shape of head, plus we can make you a smoking deal on any helmet you might want.
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I've got that one, it's now my "shop helmet".

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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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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.
I would rather wear a cardboard box than a Wal-Mart helmet...the cardboard box is cheaper, and they both offer the same level of protection.
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What is your hat size? It is important to know. You may think that the helmet is tight but it is supposed to be. Don't get a loose helmet. If you do, you might as well ride without one. Oh and if your head isn't worth much to you ($5-$600 range) I invite you to come over to the 3rd floor of TIRR and see the patients on the head trauma floor. It will bring a tear to your eye for sure and maybe give you some sense on what your head is worth.

Oh and I have a Shoei Medium (7 1/8 hat size) for sale and it is in really good shape. (hotwheels version $180)
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There is not much compelling and certainly no conclusive evidence that more expensive helmets will prevent injury better than any lid with comparable accreditation Snell/BSI/ECE/DOT.

Why do you guys try to scare the new kid like you actually know something he doesn't? He's impressionable and you're preying on it.

If I go visit the head trauma ward, will there only be people there who wore cheap helmets
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Old 01-07-2007, 10:58 PM   #34
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Old 01-07-2007, 11:02 PM   #35
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Motorcycles Unlimited usually has some really good deals giong on the suomy helmets. They're a great all around helmet the only really compaint I have with mine other then wind noise but thats an easy fix and its not a bad amount. My vote is for a Suomy or Shoei
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My first helmet was a Vega that I bought off ebay new. It also smacked the freeway repeatedly when I was side swiped by a drunk driver. So I wouldn't really say hey.... how much is your head worth to you. You pay more for comfort, style and function. If you want something reliable and cheap, go with a Scorpion, HJC, or even a KBC.
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Well thanks for the advice guys and I REALLY APPRECIATE the guy who says that a NEW motorcyclist should visit a head trauma unit.........thats real GREAT advice,..........kinda like takin The Cripple out for a pair of RUNNING SHOES..........kinda messed up no?..........Im not insensitive I just hate people that act like a**holes cause someone is tryin to learn something new!!!
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There is not much compelling and certainly no conclusive evidence that more expensive helmets will prevent injury better than any lid with comparable accreditation Snell/BSI/ECE/DOT.
That may be true due to the lack of surveys regarding helmet models and brands done on accident scenes but companies such as Arai, Shoei, HJC (the top models) go through way more testing than the cheaper counterparts. Your cheaper helmet mfgs scrape by to get to Snell, DOT standards and that's it. These other higher end helmets are tested for higher impacts above and beyond the Snell, DOT standards. Comfort is last on their list. They are all about safety at speed on the street or track.

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Why do you guys try to scare the new kid like you actually know something he doesn't? He's impressionable and you're preying on it.
Didn't he ask for opinions?

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If I go visit the head trauma ward, will there only be people there who wore cheap helmets
That wasn't the reason why I said that. There are many people there that were in car accidents, falls, etc. I was simply attempting to establish a weight to how much your head is worth and not implying that a helmet will keep you from dying or receiving a brain injury.

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Well thanks for the advice guys and I REALLY APPRECIATE the guy who says that a NEW motorcyclist should visit a head trauma unit.........thats real GREAT advice,..........kinda like takin The Cripple out for a pair of RUNNING SHOES..........kinda messed up no?..........Im not insensitive I just hate people that act like a**holes cause someone is tryin to learn something new!!!
Hey I wear running shoes...phucktard should I not wear them? Are there wheelchair shoes? lol.

Any who, you asked for the opinions of members on this forum. I didn't come to you and solicit the information to you. You asked what were the BEST brands and why. You also stated that you didn't want to spend more than $200. So don't call me an for giving you my opinion that coincides with the majority of this forum. You can still get a good Shoei, Arai, HJC, KBC for that price. But you have to be very savy and know what you are looking for. You have to try on several different brands and sizes to see what is out there. Then you can worry about trying to find the best price. Neck fatigue and wind buffering will be something that you canít try on at the store as well and you may want to get someoneís opinion on that as well.

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"There are many things you can point to as proof that the human is not smart. But my personal favorite would have to be that we needed to invent the helmet. What was happening, apparently, was that we were involved in a lot of activities that were cracking our heads. We chose not to avoid doing those activities but, instead, to come up with some sort of device to help us enjoy our head-cracking lifestyles. And even that didn't work because not enough people were wearing them so we had to come up with the helmet law. Which is even stupider, the idea behind the helmet law being to preserve a brain whose judgment is so poor, it does not even try to avoid the cracking of the head it's in."
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I bought a KBC first and it fit well and I thought it was a good helmet.

Then this weekend I bought a SUOMY, the difference is astounding. The Suomy mainly is so much lighter and more ventilated than the KBC. It also has alot more comfortable padding.

So while I think the KBC would have been fine, paid 150$, the suomy feels very much worth the money(400$).
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