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post #1 of 31 Old 05-05-2012, 12:05 PM Thread Starter
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goofed again. bad helmet choice

well, I slightly goofed again with a wrong helmet purchase.

to put into context: I've only owned one full face helmet. It's an Xpeed helmet i picked up a few years ago while i was riding cruisers, my other helmet being a shorty. This xpeed (cant remember the model) fits me very well.

Last year, I borrowed one of my dad's Shoei helmets and rode with it for a few days. Helmet was nice, but it hurt the top of my head, near the front. I chalked it up to being an XL and because it rubbed.

so, a few weeks ago I purchased a Shoei Qwest (size large). I was hoping for the best, but, pain is there, at the same place, after about an hour of riding. I guess i could try cutting the liner, but i'd rather resale it now and try and find something that doesnt hurt my head.

I've looked over the ratings at webbike world, but not sure where to go from here to find something.

any suggestions?

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If its just a "hot spot", it's a head shape issue... different manufacturers have different shaped helmets.

What I do for scorpions on the forehead, where they give me a hot spot, is I use a que ball to press on that area to reshape it slightly. Works great
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You may have an Arai head. Oval or Round
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IF it's a small area then I agree with Fritz and reshape it but if the discomfort goes across a large area of your head, then get another one (helmet that is). Shoei's usually has a more universal fit than other helmet manufacturers.

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It's very hard for me to find a helmet that fits me because I have round shape head and there are very few options out there. So far my favorite is Gmax gm68 and I wear size L. But my HJC is size XL and I had too shave off some foam on the sides to fit.

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webBikeworld.com lists the Qwest as a "neutral" internal shape. Evidently you need what they call "narrow" or "slightly narrow." Note that there is no concensus as to the terminology. Some of the helmets on the wBw list are out of production and replaced by others; for example the Arai Profile is no longer made and replaced by the Signet-Q, both long oval (Arai's term), but slightly different shapes. Anyway, go into local big retailers with a lot to choose from and try several on.
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It's very hard for me to find a helmet that fits me because I have round shape head and there are very few options out there. So far my favorite is Gmax gm68 and I wear size L. But my HJC is size XL and I had too shave off some foam on the sides to fit.
what do you use to do this?

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Check the Arai website for info on helmet shapes and sizes. They offer from round to oval. The fit of an Arai is second to none, but be prepared to spend some bucks. FWIW, I have owned several Arais, and consider it money well spent.

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If its just a "hot spot", it's a head shape issue... different manufacturers have different shaped helmets.

What I do for scorpions on the forehead, where they give me a hot spot, is I use a que ball to press on that area to reshape it slightly. Works great
Doesn't the cue ball hurt your head?
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The vendor should swap it out for a RF1100, (they are a different type shell I understand) they might charge a re-stocking fee, most don't. Most vendors are real nice to deal with. There's very few that will not work with you.
The guy at helmetworld.com really knows helmets of you want to call him.
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