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#1 Unread post by RC DAVE » Sat Mar 21, 2009 7:33 pm

One of the poll Questions was would you spend 1 2 or 300 dollars on a helmet. I know should of answered it there! Anyway as safety minded as everyone is these days $3oo is a middle of the road helmet for a lot of brands. open or half lids are a bit less. I collect helmets like my wife collects purses. so let's here it, this topic is always quite debated in the magazines. Currently own Joe Rocket(carbon fibre) shark (real nice) HJC (CF) High end kbc CF and the holy grail ARAI TOMMY HAYDEN REPLICA none of wich are cheap but whats you head worth, I don't own a half or 3/4 helmet once ya get used to the full face there's nothing that offers more protection than a full face helmet. Even on the cruiser in florida if ya do some research and see what brands flow air well these days there's almost no exscuse. Unless you have real bad breath :bag: have a great day bike season is right around the corner for most (with out a full face) so would you or have you spent 5+ on a lid?
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#2 Unread post by mgdavis » Sat Mar 21, 2009 7:53 pm

My current helmet is a HJC AC-12, I spent $225 on it three years ago when I was just starting to ride. In the next couple months I'm going to replace it with an Arai Profile, which is going to be about double that amount.
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#3 Unread post by Gunslinger » Sat Mar 21, 2009 9:08 pm

I think it's ironic that an el cheapo sub-$100 ZR1 helmet beat out several other brands costing 5 times as much in a safety test conducted by Motorcyclist a couple years ago. I buy helmets based on 1) fit and comfort 2) Looks 3) Snell rating 4) Price. Paid $129 for a Scorpion EXO helmet last year and I couldn't be happier with it.

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#4 Unread post by RC DAVE » Sat Mar 21, 2009 9:36 pm

Gun scorpion makes a good helmet and mat mladin wears one off the shelf says alot for them. I have this need for carbon fibre and high tech goodies. Thats why i said its always a hot topic iv'e seen alot of entry level helmets that meet most standards, they have too. I guess some exede more than others. And the options go up with price unfortunately. Have a great day
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#5 Unread post by demon_racer23 » Mon Mar 23, 2009 1:12 pm

I just picked up this awesome Arai
http://www.compacc.com/p.cfm/c/9001000/p/16699

It fits great, lightweight and keeps my head cool. God forbid I actually wreck with it, but I know it would protect me. Totally worth the $400.
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#6 Unread post by shalihe74 » Mon Mar 23, 2009 1:37 pm

As it's already been pointed out - some of the less expensive helmets out-performed premium helmets in the Motorcyclist test. My experience has been that, the more you spend on a helmet, the more features you're buying: better venting/air flow, thicker/more comfortable padding, more aerodynamic design, etc.

That having been said, I regularly buy helmets that retail between $400 - $600 (AGV is my current favorite brand, but I'm also a fan of Shoei), buuuuut... tend to buy them on close-out so I tend to average about $300 a lid. (My most recent AGV cost $250, regular price ~$475; I'm looking at another for $300, regular price ~$520.)
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#7 Unread post by vito » Wed Mar 25, 2009 7:05 am

When I returned to biking two years ago I bought an HJC modular helmet and was pretty satisfied with it, for the $200 that I paid. But previously I had always used Shoei, so this year I bought a Shoei Multitec for $410. It is not as quiet as I remember a Shoei to be, and frankly, does not seem that much of an improvement over the HJC to justify the extra cost. But for the next few years I guess I am going to use it and try to enjoy it.

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#8 Unread post by Dragon on Wheels » Wed Mar 25, 2009 7:56 pm

I recently bought a new helmet (Shoei), but on closeout sale so it was priced quite nicely. My previous helmet was too small and it's amazing I put up with it for so long. This one fits much nicer and while I was testing the fit at home watching tv, I actually fell asleep on the sofa with it on :laughing: (I was very tired from work though). It was about twice as expensive as my HJC, but so far I think it was well worth it.
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#9 Unread post by Wordherder » Wed Mar 25, 2009 9:37 pm

Spend as much on the helmet as you think your head is worth. As my MSF instructor said: "If your brain is worth $50, get a $50 helmet."

Mine is worth $310, a Nolan modular. Haven't regretted the purchase price for a moment. When you come right down to the basics, all you really have is your brain and your hands.

So I've got a high-end brain bucket and armored gloves. (Plus armored jacket and Draggin' jeans for lagniappe.)
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#10 Unread post by Grey Thumper » Wed Mar 25, 2009 10:07 pm

Started out with a SNELL-rated HJC fullface. After I read the Motorcyclist article, I decided to get a non-SNELL Caberg Trip (ECE-rated though). Once the Caberg gets old, I figure I'll partially base my next helmet decision on the SHARP rating scheme (although the Caberg Trip gets 5 stars there too). As is usual, fit and comfort are the most important factors of course. I tend to get helmets that are roughly in the $200 range; fancy paint jobs (I prefer a solid bright color anyway), exotic materials, and extra features don't really do it for me. You're gonna replace the thing in 4-5 years anyway.
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#11 Unread post by Gunslinger » Thu Mar 26, 2009 2:43 pm

Wordherder wrote:Spend as much on the helmet as you think your head is worth. As my MSF instructor said: "If your brain is worth $50, get a $50 helmet."
I would have to disagree with that. More money does not always mean more better. The helmet makers don't want you to know that but it's true. Get the helmet you can afford with the features you are looking for.

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#12 Unread post by jmillheiser » Thu Mar 26, 2009 3:59 pm

Get the helmet with the features you want that fits you the best.

I have a friend who owes his life to an inexpensive 90$ helmet, wasn't anything fancy but it did save his life.

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#13 Unread post by redb1ker » Tue Mar 31, 2009 2:09 pm

I train and ride in a HJC CL-5 (open face) and ride with goggles. I think I paid around $80 for my last one. I expect they are around $100 now. It fits as good as my $350 Shoei. When I am on long trip I wear the Shoei because it is a full face. Just don't buy second hand (who knows how a previous owner treated a helmet) and make sure it is going to fit. Snug and the cheek pads touch your cheeks. Don't wear baseball caps or bandannas underneath. Wear the helmet around the dealer for a bit. If there is a sore spot where the helmet hits you, it is not the one. They shouldn't break in. Just pick a different style or brand helmet. If you have a $40 head buy a $40 helmet. 1/2 helmets tend to come off in a crash, so I really don't trust those much. There are a lot of "novelty" helmets out there. They look cool but, don't have the polystyrene on the inside, so they do you no good in a crash. They are also not legal in states that require a Department of Transportation certification.
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