Bike Crew: How Do I Pick a Helmet v. firstone

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  1. btimp

    btimp i am my other half

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    So let's say that I just got my first bike. How do I know what helmet to get? I keep hear Shoei is the best, why? As long as it's DOT approved, is it safe? Do I need a full face, 3/4, or half? Also, is fitting for one the same as fitting for a bicycle or skateboard helmet?

    Please give me your best asvise so that I and others can be safe while learning.


    Thanks!
     
  2. Imagine

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    First of all, congrats on your new bike.

    Which helmet you choose really depends on what fits you best. A full face will offer the most protection. An open face is a little more comfortable on warmer days, but you sacrafice the face protection. I just don't like half helmets or 3/4 helmets at all. Look for a Helmet that is DOT and SNELL approved. All helmets fit differently. I would highly recommend trying them on before you buy them. Atleast try them on in a store then order online.
     
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    I've heard great things about the Scorpion Helmets, especially for the price. When I go to buy a new helmet (it'll probably be a while) I plan on checking them out.
     
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    btimp i am my other half

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    i dont think those helmets look right when you are on a crusier though
     
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    You mean full face helmets?

    Well, I don't think your face will look right when you eat shit on the pavement and lose your chin/jaw because you were wearing a half-lid.
     
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    btimp i am my other half

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    no, i dont mind a solid color full face. i am talking about the graphics kind. so. if you are not going to contribute by helping, dont contribute.

    -thanks
     
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    Subie Driver Eye see what you did there.

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    HJC CL-14 for me. Full-face, with a tinted visor, so I have full face protection, and nobody can recognize the guy riding the scooter!
     
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    Statistically, most motorcyclists hit their chins of anywhere on a helmet in an accident. sounds wierd but thats what MSF told me a few years ago. If you're riding a sportbike of any kind, get a full face. avoid the ones that flip open at the chin <heard of them breaking open in an accident> If you want to be roadrace legal, your helmet must pass SNELL standards. a chinese wok with a strap could pass DOT. my AGV passed british standards which are the most strict... then again, it was 600 bux or so. go to the shop and wear the helmet for a good 15 minutes. the padding should be even and firm all around. It may seem too small but the padding does give a little after some use.
     
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    btimp i am my other half

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    Great info guys. Keep it coming
     
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    Bimmerguy, the article I posted came up with some interesting conclusions.

    The SNELL helmets tend to be stiffer and harder than the others. This is nice when you're in a really hard fast crash. The thing is, most motorcycle crashes aren't that bad...relatively speaking.
    The other helmets will give a little sooner and spread the impact over a greater time period which is always a good thing.
    One of the lids that came out the best and would protect you better than some of the more expensive helmets, only costs about $80.
     
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    Snafu more than meets the eye

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    try different helmets at the shop. keep it on your head for 5 minutes to see if no annoying pressure points develop. You want the helmet to be snug all around your head. Once you find one that's comfy...get the one that's one size smaller. Why you might ask? The padding inside the helmet breaks in after a few hours of riding. Once that happens the fit will be perfect.

    I made the mistake of getting a helmet that was comfy in the shop. But after a few rides the padding broke in and it was too loose. I got the next size smaller and I was able to sell the other one on Ebay and not loose much money.


    Also...ordering your helmet on line will be cheaper than buying one from the store.
     
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    cRaZe 3rd world slummin

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    most shops at least let you swap the helmet if it turns out to not fit right..

    i had picked a size too small but didn't realize it right away.

    it took two hours of straight wearing for it to develop a NASTy pressure on my upper forehead and then i realized the shell was pressing against my skull bad. didn't realize it right away because the cushion took a bit of time to sink 1-2mm for my head to touch shell.
     
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    i didn't read through all the comments, but above all the most important thing to consider is fit, you have to make sure that it is snug enough to not shake around when you move your head. If you can fit a finger anywhere between you head and the helmet while its on, its definitly too big. You want something snug, not tight, but snug ... it will take several hours to break a new helmet in, so just because its a tad tight at first, give it some time.
     
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    I just brought a cl14 last week. love it.
     
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    about:blank Whether you think that you can or that you can't,

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    I have/had (crashed, and rashed it up some) Scorpion EXO400 (cheaper one, they didn't have a 700 in my size :( ) and I gotta say, it's a perfect helmet for me. Another pluss is I didn't get a concussion or lose conciesness during the accident and I landed right on my head/shoulder :hs:

    Fitting a helmet is pretty simple unless you have an odd sized head. Put it on, and if you can grab it from the back and partially pull it off your head, it's too big. So start with a size chart, and then move on to wearing it/testing it.
     
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    this is too good to lose.

    Stickah!!
     
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    Thats a really good read. I'm kinda dissappointed that Shoei didn't send in any samples. Makes me wonder about my lid :noes:
     
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    I've yet to see a Shoei that isn't DOT/Snell approved.
    I think Shoei didn't want to be shown up by these less expensive helmets.

    The point to the article wasn't to bash one helmet or another. The point was to inform the riding public as to what will protect them the best. What I took from the article is that a Snell rating, while being rated to take a harder faster impact, may not be the best choice on the street. The other helmets construction allows them to give more and slow down the impact.

    BTW, I own a Shoei myself (a TZ1 thats a couple years old)
     
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    good info GTI, never heard that bfore
     
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    For those interested in racing or track days

    What racing organizations are each approved for use?
    SNELL- FIM, PIM, AMA, Formula-USA, WERA, CCS.
    BSI 6658 Type A
    - FIM, PIM, AMA, Formula-USA, WERA, CCS.
    ECE 22-05 "P"
    - FIM, PIM, AMA, Formula-USA, WERA, CCS.
     
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    More info to help you in choosing a helmet...

    linky
     

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