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#41 Unread post by dr_bar » Thu Apr 28, 2016 12:06 pm

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#42 Unread post by jamesjohnson5551 » Thu Jun 23, 2016 5:11 am

Nice and useful post. Thank you so much for sharing.

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#43 Unread post by JohnnyS89 » Thu Jan 19, 2017 7:44 pm

Thank you for posting this. Having the right helmet fit is so important. I am currently in the market for a new helmet and I really appreciate the extra information.

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#44 Unread post by Julia33 » Sat Jan 21, 2017 2:48 pm

That explains a bit why those helmets are so darn expensive. Of course I'm not skimping on them, but still.

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#45 Unread post by MarkF55 » Thu Jun 08, 2017 5:40 pm

This is the best thing I've ever read on helmet fit and I'm in my sixties, started riding at about 15. I realize it was posted over a dozen years ago, but hear hear!

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#46 Unread post by centerstand65 » Tue May 21, 2019 1:52 pm

Impact mitigation is certainly important, but if a helmet is uncomfortable to be in during a ride, your ability to concentrate will decrease. I find that brand new helmets take several thousand miles to break in whereas used lids are comfortable right out of the box. When looking for a new lid, I look on eBay for Arai and Icon helmets with already sweaty liners. It's sweat that softens padding and makes it natural. Also, the natural smells in well worn helmets are much less distracting than what you get when you put on something that is brand new.

When looking for a new helmet, I suggest looking at those that other guys were in, first. What's used to someone else is new to you. Getting in another guy's well worn lid for the very first time is one of the best experiences of comfort that you can get. A well worn lid goes on easy and the straps buckle into place like they've done thousands of times before. The feeling and smell are awesome, too. Until you try it, you cannot know what it's like.

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#47 Unread post by Lion_Lady » Thu Sep 05, 2019 7:59 pm

centerstand65 wrote:
Tue May 21, 2019 1:52 pm
Impact mitigation is certainly important, but if a helmet is uncomfortable to be in during a ride, your ability to concentrate will decrease. I find that brand new helmets take several thousand miles to break in whereas used lids are comfortable right out of the box. When looking for a new lid, I look on eBay for Arai and Icon helmets with already sweaty liners. It's sweat that softens padding and makes it natural. Also, the natural smells in well worn helmets are much less distracting than what you get when you put on something that is brand new.

When looking for a new helmet, I suggest looking at those that other guys were in, first. What's used to someone else is new to you. Getting in another guy's well worn lid for the very first time is one of the best experiences of comfort that you can get. A well worn lid goes on easy and the straps buckle into place like they've done thousands of times before. The feeling and smell are awesome, too. Until you try it, you cannot know what it's like.
You obviously never read the first item in this thread. If it takes a thousand miles for a new helmet to feel right, then you're doing something wrong. You do what works for you.
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#48 Unread post by JackoftheGreen » Fri Sep 06, 2019 7:50 pm

Lion_Lady wrote:
Thu Sep 05, 2019 7:59 pm
You obviously never read the first item in this thread. If it takes a thousand miles for a new helmet to feel right, then you're doing something wrong. You do what works for you.
Quote for attention. :) I've been following this thread as a matter of curiosity for a few months now, and I'm convinced the OP MUST be just trolling. Who in god's name wants a sweaty, stained helmet?? I don't even let MY helmet get sweaty, that lining comes out once every three or six months and goes through the wash! And I wear a balaclava to minimize the headsmell.

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#49 Unread post by Movaelano » Thu Apr 09, 2020 3:52 pm

Just wondering if anyone had experience of using Bluetooth headphones and mic inside a motorcycle helmet? I'm not talking about the intercoms just regular earphones and mic?

I want able to listen to google nav and potentially use a Bluetooth intercom app.

I know this isn't going to be as good as a decent intercom but I'm doing a bit of research and putting money aside bit by bit for something decent like a scala unit with mesh networking.

Any hints, tips, other ideas greatly received.

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#50 Unread post by jstark47 » Fri Apr 10, 2020 11:15 am

Movaelano wrote:
Thu Apr 09, 2020 3:52 pm
Just wondering if anyone had experience of using Bluetooth headphones and mic inside a motorcycle helmet? I'm not talking about the intercoms just regular earphones and mic?
Movaelano, I'm not sure what you mean by Bluetooth headphones vs. intercoms? My wife and I use Cardo Scala Rider G9's, which are Bluetooth-powered communicators, to talk to each other when riding our bikes. The only thing that goes inside the helmet on these is the headphones and mic. The rest of the system (which is very small) clips onto the outside of the helmet. But back in the day when we were using a hardwired Autocom system, even with that technology the only thing inside the helmet was the headphones and mic.

I use a Kabuto Kamui helmet (unfortunately no longer imported into the USA), which has the feature of very large internal cutouts around the ears - works really well for people who wear eyeglasses. Those cutouts also accommodate the headphones easily - I don't even know they're there. My wife has her headphones mounted in her HJC CL-16 helmet and tells me she has no issue with discomfort. She also has hers integrated with her iPhone and her Garmin GPS.

(By the way, G9's are a fairly old system now, we got ours a long time ago. Cardo has other, more modern models now - the cheapest seems to be $139 US, don't know what it would be in the UK.)
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#51 Unread post by JackoftheGreen » Mon Apr 13, 2020 12:08 pm

Movaelano wrote:
Thu Apr 09, 2020 3:52 pm
Just wondering if anyone had experience of using Bluetooth headphones and mic inside a motorcycle helmet? I'm not talking about the intercoms just regular earphones and mic?

I want able to listen to google nav and potentially use a Bluetooth intercom app.

I know this isn't going to be as good as a decent intercom but I'm doing a bit of research and putting money aside bit by bit for something decent like a scala unit with mesh networking.

Any hints, tips, other ideas greatly received.
If I'm reading this right, you're referring to using a Bluetooth headset designed to be paired to a phone, for hands free calling. Is that the jist? I've never done this myself or known anyone who's tried it, but it's an interesting idea. The price point for a quality BT headset is well below the prices for an intercom unit, and assuming both riders have cell phones then a hands-free phone call would suffice.

I think where this will be difficult, though, is volume. BT headsets tend to be pretty quiet, while helmet headsets are designed to be audible in a very challenging environment. Also, BT headsets aren't known for fidelity, as they're intended for speech, not music. Earbuds rather than speakers might help, also a good quiet helmet.

One note of caution. Be very careful in your installation not to encircle the collar of the helmet with any wire. Helmet headsets are designed so no wire passes in front of the throat or behind the head, to avoid a pretty gruesome injury in the event of a down. This may even be a matter of statute, check with your local authority to make sure you wouldn't be breaking any laws.

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