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Old 12-07-2006, 10:59 AM
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I originally intended on buying the KBC Force RR helmet, based on wanting to ride with a full helmet, it appeared to have good venting, appeared to have good padding, and of course the style and fit worked. When I was at one of the local retailers, I was talking with one of the reps and he advised to spend the extra money and get a Shoei, which I couldn't afford the real high end, but thought that I would possibly be able to get this model. He advised that they are made better, with better ventilation, and not a solid plastic helmet but a better quality and durable material helmet. I also had the benefit of a customer (older gentleman riding a cruiser) that rides wearing this type model helmet and he really likes it and doesn't complain too much in the summer months riding with it.

My question is, what are your recommendations on helmets and what do you think about the two manufacturers? Also is there a site or statistic that you can see which helmets have a better safety rating?

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Old 12-07-2006, 01:15 PM
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I personally don't wear a helmet very much and all I own is a half helmet. I have been thinking about getting a full face and would be interested in what you finally choose and what you like/don't like about it.
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Old 12-07-2006, 02:12 PM
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I will let you now.
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Old 12-26-2006, 05:23 PM
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I am new to motorcycles & bought a full face helmet for my first helmet. I bought mine offline & its a Vcan brand. I personally like my helmet alot as it got great padding & good venting.

Here is the link from the website I bought mine from, they have MANY helmets & other gear at good prices, better than any dealer by far:
http://www.moto-directusa.com

Here is the link to the exact helmet I bought off ebay from them. It is model EXL-603 price of $34.95 before shipping. You can locate it by going to page 2 of full face helmets. This here link is to the auction on ebay that has now ended, of the helmet I bought, that way you can see the exact helmet I bought before looking it up:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...m=120054265769
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Old 12-27-2006, 06:14 AM
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I sell helmets at my shop, I offer a few different brands that cover novelty to full-face. There are 3 types of ratings; 1st is DOT, 2nd SNELL, and 3rd is no rating. I believe some states require a minimum of DOT rated. The SNELL approved helmets usually cost more because the testing is more demanding on the helmet. In my opinion if the helmet passes a SNELL testing its about as good protection wise as it is going to get.
If you go down at speed, your head will usually hit the pavement 3 or 4 times. If the helmet dissenagrates at the first impact, the second and third impacts will bust your head open. Thats why I reccommend SNELL to the safety minded. To the others, some protection is better than none.
As far as the differences in price for simular rated helmets, I find the biggest differences is high frequency noise. Many of the high end helmets padding and structure will help cancel some of the high frequency noise generated by high reving, high horsepower engines.
Get a helmet you like, that fits properly. I don't skimp on my head, you usually only get one chance to find out how good that helmet really is. Also if you go down lightly and gouge it, replace it, because a deep scratch or gouge can weaken the shell, causing it to fail at the slightest impact.
I ride Harleys, and for years only rode with a novelty so I was legal (it is a helmet in GA) until I watched a buddy go down in front of me wearing one. It was a low speed slide, probably 30 MPH, as he slid, the helmet peeled back and he smacked his head on a concrete curb. He did survive, however it took many years to get back to where he used to be. I now wear approved head gear, because its not how fast you go down, but just how you go down.
Ride safe, and ride often.
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Old 12-27-2006, 08:18 AM
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Thank you very much. To put it in perspective, how much is my head worth and I agree that safety is more important. Your input is greatly appreciated and has helped me decide what I am going to do.

Thanks again.
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glad I could help, and you summed it up with "how much is my head worth", mine may not be pretty, but its the only one I have.
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Old 12-27-2006, 12:13 PM
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I drive a cruiser, I wear a full face that is SNELL and DOT approved. In NJ you must also have reflective tape on your helmet during inspection. I wear a half helmet in the summer. I would go to the cycle store for the helmet just for the fact you can try it on and see what is really comfortable. Don't let price be an issue when protecting your head
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Old 12-27-2006, 01:13 PM
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the helmet debate..
I am a "Let those who Ride Decide" person and hate folks that have never even sat on a bike telling me whats best for me.
Riding is all about freedom and more bikers die from cell phone moms
making lefts or changing lanes into us I believe.

I wear a novelty helmet and only cause I have to wear one here in NV
Til we can get that revoked I hope.
I went down bad last april and did not even put a scratch on my helmet
wish I could say same for ribs and knee.
There are some good manufacturers out there
Bell and Snell are two of the best known
its more important that you have one that fits!
I think more bikers are distracted by loose or too tight helmets
and Fu#King with them as they are riding or wind pulling them back on your head as they are too loose.
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Old 12-31-2006, 08:13 PM
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Default Shoei the best helmet?

Shoei is on the best list but is far from been the best helmet. Arai helmets are the best you can get, they come in all different sizes and shapes. The best on the market at the moment is the rx7 made by arai. Its compulsory where i am to wear a lid (helmet) and ive never driving a bike without one.
How do you handle the odd bee or fly in the face at 50mph? Everyone to their own views i think your a bit mad for not wearing one but its all about freedom and choice.
Arai's website explains in detail the structure of the helmet and what force it can withstand, i have had many a shoei helmet in my time but after changing to arai i simply would'nt return to shoei. Many at time ive hit my head off the ground and the prospect of hitting the ground with no helmet, well i would'nt be here now. Now before its thought i am a crasher, im not but when doing the tracks this kind of thing happens.
So how much were you quoted for a shoei? They are not expensive where i am and i can easily get you one should you want it! I would need your size you will find this at the back of the helmet its up to you. Or anyone out there the offer applies.
Ride safe!
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