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post #1 of 26 Old 08-17-2006, 02:20 AM
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Help on helmets, please

Well, I know the first question is a longshot, but to anyone in the near vicinity of Glendale, CA, can you recommend me a good shop for motorcycle gear, preferably helmets?

Also, I've been trying to search online, but it seems like the models are endless. Can you guys recommend me a good helmet that's not outta my budget (i'm willing to spend a good $200, but the ones I saw at this nearby store were around $400-$500) a helmet that's completely black, with preferably a tinted visor? Full helmet, of course. Call me crazy, but once I get me a gray 650, i'm gonna try and go for the stealthy look :lol:

Any specific models that come up to your minds? Complete black helmet with preferably tint.

Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 26 Old 08-17-2006, 07:00 AM
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I would think that about all helmets can be ordered in black. The shop might not have then in stock, even though they should, it is a popular color. You might just have to try the helmets on to get your size and then ask then to order you one.

HJC Arai and several others make black ones.
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post #3 of 26 Old 08-17-2006, 07:01 AM
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I went from an Arai Quantum to a Scorpion. I have a round head or whatever kind fits the Quantums and very few helmets fit well. I found that the Scorpion fits very well. It as a quick release shield, removable liners, Snell and DOT rated, and cost me $ 126. I got the polycarbonate one based on info in a Motorcyclist Mag. article. My only complaint is that the shield has detents and the first detent going up is too high.

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post #4 of 26 Old 08-17-2006, 07:17 AM
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Not to be negative or anything but consider 2 things with the choice of a black helmet.

1.) Black soaks up the heat and having your brain boil is not much fun. :wink:

2.) Most people in cars can hardly see us at the best of times. Trying to achieve "stealth" could be detrimental to your riding enjoyment.

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post #5 of 26 Old 08-17-2006, 10:47 AM
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Personally I like Shoei and replaced an old RF700 with a new RF1000 this year. Shoei and some of the other brands are a little more pricy but it depends on how much you value what goes in it.
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post #6 of 26 Old 08-17-2006, 11:31 AM
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I recommend that before you buy any helmet you vist a motorcycle shop or two and try on as many different brands as you can. All brands do not fit the same.

My round head works well in HJC, Nolan, Vega and Arai. Prices vary according to composition and construction, removable padding, venting, etc BUT most full face will do what they're intended to do ONCE reguardless of cost above $100.00. And even the expensive ones are designed for 1 crash only.
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post #7 of 26 Old 08-17-2006, 11:51 AM
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I read in one of the motorcycle rags a while back that most all helmets with DOT/Snell approval will protect your head pretty much the same - some of the cheaper ones did better than the expensive ones, IIRC. Where the money is spent on the Shoei, Schuberth Arai and other "high end" helmets is in the fit, finish, farkles, and grade of materials used. Do you really need a carbon fiber reinforced helmet that will protect your noggin up to 150,000 Joules of impact energy, when your noggin is going to end up in your boots at anything over 1500 Joules? :roll: I know I've got the numbers off, but that was the point of the article.

The most important factor in choosing a helmet is fit. If it's not comfortable, it's either going to curtail your riding or distract you, which is unsafe. Try on a lot of helmets and DONT LOOK AT THE PRICE TAG BEFORE PUTTING THEM ON. Base your decision on fit and comfort first, features second. Don't worry about the price AT ALL. It's the most important piece of gear you will own, so take out a loan if you need to. Hopefully (like me) you'll be pleasantly surprised and it will be a less expensive helmet that fits the best.

Scorpion, HJC, and a miriad of other manufacturers are out there. They all shape and pad their helmets slightly differently. Take your time. If you find one you like, wear it around the store for at least 20 minutes to make sure there are no "hot spots". Good luck!

post #8 of 26 Old 08-17-2006, 12:32 PM
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Grandpa and MDStrommer are correct. You should try on everything regardless of price. You probably already know this, but I found early on that I was buying too large a helmet. Once I got the right shape, the one that was snug fits perfect. I can ride all day in it and NEVER have a thought of being uncomfortable.

I recommended the Scorpion as a very good fitting helmet for a good price. However, comfort and fit are more important. I had a good friend who died because after riding for a while, he took off his helmet and put it in his trunk. It didn't fit him good and it hurt his forehead. He then later hit a car that pulled out in front of him. He didn't have a broken bone on him, just head injuries.

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post #9 of 26 Old 08-17-2006, 12:46 PM
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Recently, I have bought both the Scorpion EXO-700 and the HJC AC-12.
Both are nice helmets reasonable priced but I like the Scorpion better

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post #10 of 26 Old 08-17-2006, 02:27 PM
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Thanks a lot for your replies, my next goal is finding a shop and trying on these helmets
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