Helmet Questions

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  1. machine81

    machine81 New Member

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    I'm looking at getting a new helmet. I currently have an HJC. It's okay. It's a little heavy and could use some more vents, but all around it's not bad. I'm looking at the Icon Alliance SS.

    Does Icon make a decent helmet?




    Also, SHOEI:

    Are they really that much better?

    What makes them better?





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  2. trez157

    trez157 You can't trust freedom when it's not in your hand

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    I was gonna get an Icon, my friend has one thats 2 years old. went with a KBC VR-3. the kbc is a lot lighter than his old Icon, I dont know if the new ones are lighter though. But I like the KBC one
     
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    A DOT rating is what you want to see.

    After that, comfort is key.
    In one of the stickies, there is a link to a test of many different brands of helmets and some excellent information as to why you may not want to grab the most expensive DOT/Snell rated helmet out there.

    One of the top lids they tested prices out at around $80.

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    http://motorcyclistonline.com/gearbox/hatz/
     
  4. machine81

    machine81 New Member

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    Yeah, I get Motorcyclist and read that article. Very interesting! When I bought my first helmet I bought into the hype and convinced myself that I HAD to have a SNELL 2000 rating. After that article I think I'm going to go the other way and look for stuff that's only DOT rated.
     
  5. Frequency

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    im loving my scorpion helmet right now, plenty of vents, quick change visor some of the greatest anit-fog coating i've seen, removable washable liner, light weight and cool designs for a cheap price, also comes delivered in its own helemt bag
     
  6. McCroskey

    McCroskey Jonny, what can you make out of this? OT Supporter

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    What I do when I think about buying gear.....

    I watch MotoGP/250/125, WSBK, and AMA racing, and when the guys crash
    going 150, 160, 170, 200mph....and then get up that's the gear I want.

    For reference.....Nakano's 200mph crash/slide/roll down the Mugello straight....

    He was walking around later that day.
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4282634204885245498&q=motogp

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    WHat makes the more expensive helmets better? Usually, not as much as
    people like to think. Usually lighter, better venting, better "feel", better
    graphicswork, usually the safety level is not far and away better.

    Then again, I've never seen a 200mph crash with a Scorpion, Icon, HJC and
    so on.....seen it with Arai, and high 180s crashes with SHoeis....so there's
    some peace of mind there that the helmet is good. The others are probably
    excellent....but I learn from others' crash tests.

    FYI...I've had a Bieffe, HJC CL12, Shoei X11, Arai Signet GTR, Arai Corsair-RX7.
    Next helmet I try will probably be a Suomy....seems to be shaped very well
    for my oddball head. The Bieffe was probably the most comfortable and survived
    a very hard impact despite its age.
     
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    but then again.. there was that test awhile ago that showed that a DOT only rated helmet produced FAR less head injuries than a more expensive DOT-SNELL rated helmet in crashes below 100mph..... how many of you guys actually crash at 200mph? the super helmet is designed for the 200mph motogp circuit but that doesnt mean it will provide the best protection on the street



    every crash that i have ever witnessed has been under 60mph usually at an intersection
     
  8. Frequency

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    well the designers of scorpion helemts are ones who left arai. food for though too :)
     
  9. McCroskey

    McCroskey Jonny, what can you make out of this? OT Supporter

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    I've seen a lot of pros crash at 5mph up to insane speeds(and some non
    pros). I've read the article that basically said the cheap helmets were great
    and they performed surprisingly well. I used the 200mph as an example of
    the far end of the spectrum.

    Each person will take the information and decide accordingly, I was just
    stating how I make my choices.
     
  10. McCroskey

    McCroskey Jonny, what can you make out of this? OT Supporter

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    The Scorpions are interesting....hopefully they continue building a good
    reputation.

    I hate to seem like an elitist, but watching Garry McCoy crash a billion times
    and break everything BUT his head makes me think perhaps his helmet was
    pretty good. :)
     

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