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post #1 of 24 Old 05-10-2008, 04:00 AM Thread Starter
 
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Didn't know where to post this but "helmet suggestions"

I am looking at buying a 07 Wee possibly tomorrow and I want a good helmet.
It gets pretty darn hot here in Texas as well as cold so I need something with good vents and probably a flip up I imagine.
It's been years since I last bought one but I can tell you I am on a 225.00 budget.
I was looking at Zamp but know nothing about them. Here is a URL to the one I was looking at.
http://www.helmetcity.com/page/HC/PR...pup/fl20ftslbk
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post #2 of 24 Old 05-10-2008, 05:32 AM
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It looks like a good enough helmet. Your possibilities are practically endless though for the amount you want to spend. Just check out the on-line catalogs.
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Try http://www.newenough.com. They are located in Texas and have great prices and selection. Check their "Closeout" section. I recently bought a Tourmaster jacket and an HJC helmet and was very impressed with this company.

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AFX SNOWMOBILE HELMET. i bought one of these 2 years ago, double pained visor for no fog, dirt bike style and you can remove the visor and instal a heated shield or a dirtbike style visor. 100.00.



p.s. this helmet is very well vented for hot days. feels like your wearing a dirt bike helmet.

here were to orderhttp://www.ridegear.com/rg/item/F-14..._pc=GBProducts

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post #5 of 24 Old 05-10-2008, 08:14 AM
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Yellow or flat black?
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post #6 of 24 Old 05-10-2008, 08:24 AM
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Yellow or flat black?
He said '07, that means blue or gray/silver.

You're on a tight budget for a modular (flip-up) helmet. This is my strongly held opinion- any modular helmet that has the chin bar securing latch pins and catches made from plastic should be left right on the shelf where you found it. Modular helmets need all the strength they can get in the hold-it-shut department, and in my mind that means metal latching components.

Who makes flip-ups with metal latches?
Nolan
Shoei
Shuberth
The above modulars will all be running prices at or higher than your budget.
AGV (their only modular, the "Miglia", had metal latches in the past, but their website doesn't state which ones they use now, but the helmet only costs $170, so this may be your best bet, price wise.)

There may be one or two other makers with metal latches, but I'm not thinking of who they are right now.

As far as I know, HJC modulars use plastic latches, and the KBC modular *may* have metal latching, as their product site here seems to lead one to believe, but you should check with your retailer, and it's priced around $250:
http://www.kbc-helmet.com/kbcbbs/zbo...desc=asc&no=34
And this article from 2006 on the above KBC helmet- http://www.webbikeworld.com/kbc-helmet/

Good luck to you! I'm considering another helmet (even though my $400+ Shoei Multitec is only in it's second season), the full face Shoei Hornet, new to the USA for 2008: http://www.webbikeworld.com/r2/shoei/hornet/

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http://www.shoei-helmets.com/road/he...road.aspx?h=16

A good helmet makes all the difference when it comes to buffeting!

Yes it is worth it to spend the extra money if you can possibly swing it.

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I wear a flip-face and highly recommend it with these warnings:

1. Ensure that the latch mechanism is good metal (not pot-metal ot plastic)

2. Ensure that the hinge mechanism is fully contained on the outside of the helmet shell.

I can't tell from the description in your link if the Zamp meets this criteria or not. It's a good price and has good features. I say check out the return policy and try it.

Then post a review (my FFR is getting old )

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As a firefighter/EMT I see the quality and fit of a helmet as being critical. Most helmets are made on a predominantly round mold and there variations between companies. These may not properly fit all head types, to find a helmet that fits your head properly it is necessary to try it on for fit, there are a number of good descriptions of methods for properly fitting the helmets on the web.

If you go through the process of purchasing a helmet over the net make sure of their return policy and take into account the cost of return shipping and time and paperwork it may take to get a helmet that will serve you well. There are a few companies that make helmets that accommodate heads other than the average such as Arai, though they are at the high end of the price spectrum. Of course, it's your head.

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I have to agree with firestorm.

Competition Accessories has the Nolan N102 on sale from $220-$260 depending upon color and size. The hard part is trying to find someone who has one to try on. The closest place I could find to try one on is 100 miles away so I'm making it a good road trip with a buddy.

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