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I currently have a 3/4 open face but I'm feeling vulnerable. While my face ain't that good lookin', I rather keep my teeth and chin in the event of an accident.

Standard full face helmets feel WAY too claustraphobic. This includes the flip open style. It doesn't help that I have a size XXL head.

Does anyone here have experience with a dirtbike style full face helmet? Do they feel as claustaphobic? I know about the Arai XD (too expensive) and the Simpson (definate option), but what about an ordinary dirtbike style helmet? Adequate? Enough protection for the road? Enquiring minds want to know.
 
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I was wearing $500 HJC helmet when I crashed into the weeds 4 weeks ago and I was knocked unconcious for 6 hours. The shield was torn off, and the vents on the left side were ripped away. I'm told I slid face down on the grass for about 60 feet. If I was wearing a dirtbike helmet, I suspect that chin bar would have dug in and I'd have a broken neck. All this was under 50mph.

I don;t even think they're legal for the road?

There are some helmets out there that have great shields, giving you less of a sense of claustraphobia (sp?).

http://www.airoh.com/ENGLISH/apribili/thermoplastic/sv55/SV29.htm
 

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Johnny Strommer said:
I don;t even think they're legal for the road?
As far as legality goes, AFAIK as long as the helmet is DOT approved it is legal for street use. I don't know how suitable they are on the road, but a lot of dirtbike helmets are DOT approved.
 
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I used to hate full face helmets. Until I started wearing one every time I rode. Now I feel rediculouse without one on a bike. Yesterday I was just moving vehicles and drove the bike from the sidewalk to the garage and felt wierd without my helmet on. I think that if you take your time and find a full face that fits nice, you will get over the claustafobia feeling in less than a week. But it's your mellon dude. You want to jeopordize the graymatter, that is your buisiness. Good luck :wink:
 
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I wear an Arai XD too. Its great! I love having the dirtbike style peak on it, its great when the sun's sitting right on the horizon, you just tilt your head a bit forward and the sun's blocked from your eyes. Plus they look cool! 8)
 

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With dirt bike helmets no face shields can be used (you use goggles). In rain and cold weather you suffer. In the dirt, they are great in warm weather at slower speeds, I actually find them no hotter than an open face. On the street, they are very noisey at highway speeds, though when it gets in the 90's the air is nice. So in hot weather, for a street ride of no more than 2 hours at a speed of under 60 MPH, I might wear a dirt bike helmet, any other time I wear a sport bike style full face. Dirt bike riding in warm weather, a dirt helmet is the way to go.
 

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I wore my off-road helmet (Winex MX) with goggles the first couple of days after I got my Strom. The deciding factor that sent me out for an Arai Quantum-f was the bug that nailed me between the helmet and the frame of my goggles. Dirt helmets are perfectly legal if approved by DOT, etc, but a real street helmet is much more comfortable IMHO.
 

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My limited experience with dirt bike type helmets on the street makes me think they are unsatisfactory. The wind tends to grab the visor and pull your head around. Since you can only wear goggles you are prey to rocks bugs and such hitting your face around the goggles, including a bee (don't ask how I know).
I used to hate full face helmets too, its a matter of finding one that fits correctly for one thing and doesn't have your mouth right against the chin bar.
Keep in mind though, that in a crash it is entirely possible you will hit on your face, facial injuries on asphalt are extremely nasty. Given a choice I would much rather be claustrophobic than without a jaw.
 
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