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Old 06-02-2013, 10:33 AM   #1
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Helmet suggestions for upright riding.

About to purchase my first bike, a Harley Sportster 883 and am trying to figure out which helmets are best for the upright riding position. I'm looking at fullface and, the price point is preferably in $200 range, but may stretch into the $300. I figure if I'm going to spend more money then I want head gear is the place to spend it on.
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I have an hjc clr gloss black thats well within your range
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...id-Helmet.aspx
On a harley a blinged out lid looks not right
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Check the local site sponsors on here first off and then head in to there shops and try some on for yourself. Most helmet brands fit differently than others and its up to you to have one fitted properly and be comfortable for you. As far as brands you have Shoei, HJC, Bell, AGV, and Arai, for example that are the top tier helmets that run in your price range and more. Make sure it as a DOT and Snell rating for sure. Also look in the classifieds here you can find deals on guys selling there stuff that are almost brand new if not. I just picked up a HJC RPS-10 on here for $250. Also kudos to you for wanting a full face.

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Old 06-02-2013, 05:27 PM   #4
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Went to Cycle Gear today to try on the Shoei Qwest. I tried on a large and an extra large. According to Shoei's fit guide I should be in a large. I felt more comfortable in the XL, but I didn't do any of the test to see if it was the right size. On the large it felt snug around the to of the head, and very snug in the jaw area. A little to snug for comfort. I know that things are suppose to get better after it breaks in so the large is probably the correct size. Will keep on looking. Need to try on te HJC CL-16 again.
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Put it on Buckle it and skake your head side to side. It shouldnt spin around much.
It Should also press in on cheeks a bit.
Some fit different shaped heads beta than others.
Look at aria if you have those deep pockets
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Put it on Buckle it and skake your head side to side. It shouldnt spin around much.
It Should also press in on cheeks a bit.
Some fit different shaped heads beta than others.
Look at aria if you have those deep pockets
Shoei Qwest price is about as far as I can stretch.
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Your on the right track though man. It is just try each until you find the right one. Don't know what side of town your on but you could also try hitting up some of the other shops locally around you. Cycle gear didn't really have too great of a selection the last time I was in there.
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Your on the right track though man. It is just try each until you find the right one. Don't know what side of town your on but you could also try hitting up some of the other shops locally around you. Cycle gear didn't really have too great of a selection the last time I was in there.
I'm on the Northwest side of town. Went to Cycle Gear today because they were open. Went to 2 wheel Toyz yesterday, but got there as they were closing. The door was open and they didn't have any issue with letting me in and helping out some. They recently changed their Saturday hours. Several people came in after me and people were still coming as I was leaving.
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Try AGV. They fit differently than Shoei. They all fit heads a little differently

It should be snug. Very little side to side movement, and not much up and down (pull on the chin bar.)

I like mine boardering on tight.
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Shoei Qwest price is about as far as I can stretch.
O i thought a shoei was min $400 nib
I stand by my hjc rec. Or maybe scorpion, i got one of those too
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I bought my qwest from here for $249 :

http://www.motorcyclegear.com/street...FSVk7AoddmwATA

It said I should wear a L also, but I got an XL because it fit better and I am very happy with it.
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I bought my qwest from here for $249 :

http://www.motorcyclegear.com/street...FSVk7AoddmwATA

It said I should wear a L also, but I got an XL because it fit better and I am very happy with it.
I need to find out for sure which size I should get. There are still a few large ones available if I need to go that route, our plenty of XL. Might be a little flashy for a Harley Sportster though.
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You need to find out what shape head you have. No joke. Until then you are wasting time. To be sure stop by a hat maker shop to see if you are round, oval or long oval then go out and find the helmets that are your shape so then you can get the right size.

I've been in the business for several decades and often meet with helmet companies who say most riders are wearing one or two sizes too large and that is dangerous.

Don't buy a used helmet. That's stupid. Don't buy a display model either. They get dropped by customers.
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if you are on the north west side, go see Patrick and Motorcycles unlimited, they will check you for proper fit and have lots of helmets in your price range.
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GOT an L/XL HD modular (need to check when I get home)....very little wear time, a couple of nicks from hitting the door when I walk into the office....I'd like $100 or I'll keep it for those really hot days. Very similar to this one.

http://www.harley-davidson.com/store...et-with-shield
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Went and tried on a bunch more helmets today after work. Tried Scorpions, Shoei's, Arai, Strenth and Steel, Bell and HJC. So far by far the HJC brand is fitting my head the best. The sales person said the Bell Vector will work, but I would need to go up one size. They do not have it in stock, and I'm not going to pay for it for them to order it, and then find out it still doesn't work. There is another dealer way on the other side of Houston that has a bunch of different Bell helmets in all sizes, and in stock. So I'll be checking them out, and if I remember right they also carry HJC so I'll be able to compare.
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I have an hjc clr gloss black thats well within your range
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...id-Helmet.aspx
On a harley a blinged out lid looks not right
How well does it dissipate the Houston heat. Those closeout Shoei's are very tempting, but the bling just doesn't fit with a Harley.
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I need to find out for sure which size I should get. There are still a few large ones available if I need to go that route, our plenty of XL. Might be a little flashy for a Harley Sportster though.
Which blinged out graphic designed did you get? If some of the darker colors were still available it would be easier for me to fit it in with riding a Harley. Might still do it though.
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If you are buying the bike new it does not hurt to negotiate possible extra things like discount or include

A helmet, gloves
The first service if your not a do it yourselfer
The service manual if you are.
Any accessories such as forward mounted controls etc.

It cost them a lot less to put these things in with the deal to secure your buy than it does for you to purchase them later

Worth a try never know if you don't ask
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if you are on the north west side, go see Patrick and Motorcycles unlimited, they will check you for proper fit and have lots of helmets in your price range.
+1 and when they tell you the tight one fits right even tho the loose one feels better...
listen to them.

The day you buy it, it will feel tight but in a month it will feel like a glove. If you buy the loose, comfy one, in a month it will feel like your big brothers football helmet.
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