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post #21 of 109 Old 02-05-2016, 07:29 AM
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I ended up owning 9 helmets. Shoei, Arai, HJC, Scorpion, Bell, and Vemar. There really is not much difference in quality or long term durability. If I had to rate them, like that, the top helmet might be a 96, the lowest, a 92.

Two things I've learned. One is, if the helmet is intended, or marketed as a "race" helmet, its been designed to wear by a rider using low bars. It can be very quiet when your head is aimed that way, but raise up as you would for higher bars, and its noisy. Thats the shoei x 11 and x 12. With this bike, a sport touring or touring cut will be better.

The best helmet I have is easy to mention. I tried one on in a motorcycle shop in a small Idaho town. I never considered their brand before. When I put it on, it was slightly snug, but I knew it would break in over the next few rides and be perfect. It felt like it was made for me. It is the Bell Revolver Evo.

If you find a brand , with YOUR kind of fit, it will be pretty quiet, for YOU. None are really quiet enough to not use ear plugs.

They are all made the same way. They protect your head with material like they make the cheap 7-11 camping coolers with. Then they protect the styrofoam with a hard coating, paint it, and charge you.

From our only testing program, you see dollars spent does not mean added safety. SHARP Helmets - THE HELMET SAFETY SCHEME

So, heres my guide to owning one and not having to buy 9.

If its super comfortable , in the shop, its too large. Drop down one size to where its slightly too tight. 99% chance to not listen to who is selling it to you. Cycle Gear used to let you return a used helmet, but most dont. Usually stores will keep up sizing you, but comfort will come later. You really want something halfway uncomfortable. If you hit 100mph and the shin strap holds the lid on, you are wearing a size to large. Sometimes two sizes.

Dont feel bad about removing the cheek pads for a test fit. If that top part fits well, you can buy different cheek pads for a custom fit.

Dont get sold on one brand. I like HJC. They are reasonably priced, look good, and everyone has them. However, their large is too large, their medium is too small..for me, so I cant wear their brand.

Arai and Shoei and any other high end helmet are great, but they have to fit you to be any good at all.
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I ended up owning 9 helmets. Shoei, Arai, HJC, Scorpion, Bell, and Vemar. There really is not much difference in quality or long term durability. If I had to rate them, like that, the top helmet might be a 96, the lowest, a 92.

Two things I've learned. One is, if the helmet is intended, or marketed as a "race" helmet, its been designed to wear by a rider using low bars. It can be very quiet when your head is aimed that way, but raise up as you would for higher bars, and its noisy. Thats the shoei x 11 and x 12. With this bike, a sport touring or touring cut will be better.

The best helmet I have is easy to mention. I tried one on in a motorcycle shop in a small Idaho town. I never considered their brand before. When I put it on, it was slightly snug, but I knew it would break in over the next few rides and be perfect. It felt like it was made for me. It is the Bell Revolver Evo.

If you find a brand , with YOUR kind of fit, it will be pretty quiet, for YOU. None are really quiet enough to not use ear plugs.

They are all made the same way. They protect your head with material like they make the cheap 7-11 camping coolers with. Then they protect the styrofoam with a hard coating, paint it, and charge you.

From our only testing program, you see dollars spent does not mean added safety. SHARP Helmets - THE HELMET SAFETY SCHEME

So, heres my guide to owning one and not having to buy 9.

If its super comfortable , in the shop, its too large. Drop down one size to where its slightly too tight. 99% chance to not listen to who is selling it to you. Cycle Gear used to let you return a used helmet, but most dont. Usually stores will keep up sizing you, but comfort will come later. You really want something halfway uncomfortable. If you hit 100mph and the shin strap holds the lid on, you are wearing a size to large. Sometimes two sizes.

Dont feel bad about removing the cheek pads for a test fit. If that top part fits well, you can buy different cheek pads for a custom fit.

Dont get sold on one brand. I like HJC. They are reasonably priced, look good, and everyone has them. However, their large is too large, their medium is too small..for me, so I cant wear their brand.

Arai and Shoei and any other high end helmet are great, but they have to fit you to be any good at all.
That's about my story too, but I've also owned 2 Sharks, 1 AGV. The Scorpion exo1000 is the quiteest, so I bought another. The like my Bell RS-1 the best though because it's almost as quite and a lot lighter. Far better than the Bell Star.

Haven't tried Schuberth though, just can't convince myself to spend that much on a helmet, but I might someday.
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No helmet law in MN. :-) I wear a Shoei RF-1200 Dominance though.
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Shark Speed R Foggy 20th Anniversary Matt Black. Love it.
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If budget is not an issue, consider a Schuberth S2, awesome helmet. I own a SR1 and I love it! "Not for people with sensitive hearing, it's a bit noisy".
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You know what stopped me on the Schuberth? Its right here:

SHARP Helmets

Now, I suppose we can question the test results, but from what we get, in 3rd party testing, overall their helmets are not as good as Bell, and cost much more.
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Shoei rf1100 pretty quiet and aerodynamic.

Gixxus, Florida is a No-Gasoline-Required State either, but I still use Gasoline.

When I lived in Arizona, they didn't require I use oil in my engine. So I didn't. I exercised my right not to use oil.

My bike didn't last very long. I wonder what moron wrote that law. I'm mad at them.




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I love Shoei and wear an RF-1100 as well. I like it a lot. I just wish I had black instead of silver. But the helmet that fits my deformed oblong head best is the Arai Signet-Q. That'll be my next lid, probably when the heat sets in this May.

There is no helmet law here in Texas either. I see the future organ donors riding around all the time.

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