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At Motorcycle.com we strive to research and test all of the latest bikes and gear. Over the past two decades, our experienced staff has developed a keen sense of quality and a critical eye for proper functionality. Because helmets are easily the most crucial safety item for any rider, we wouldn’t even consider riding without one, and since we spend so much time testing motorcycles all over the world we tend to spend a lot of time inside a lot of different helmets.

This experience has helped us understand what makes a truly great helmet. Although it may seem obvious to the most experienced riders out there, we also realize that picking the best helmets out of today’s large sea of choices may not be so easy for everyone else. It is for that very reason that we’ve prepared this guide to help you pick the best helmets for your riding lifestyle.
Read more about The Best Motorcycle Helmets at Motorcycle.com.
 

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Scorpion without a doubt. I had a scorpion exo 400. Best helmet I ever owned. Vented well ,easy to clean and the face shield is a snap to change. And very comfy.
 

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The article says, "some studies suggest that the Snell standard may be unrealistically high resulting in extremely stiff helmet shells that may be less able to absorb smaller low-speed impacts." This may have been true with the obsolete M2005 standard. The shock absorption requirement was changed with the M2010 standard. There should be no M2005 helmets remaining at retailers.
 

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DOT and/or snell rated. after that, whatever turns y'on. i've worn arai, shoei, scorpion, etc., each with strengths and weaknesses.

kinda like bikes, dontchya see?
 

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DOT and/or snell rated. after that, whatever turns y'on. i've worn arai, shoei, scorpion, etc., each with strengths and weaknesses.

kinda like bikes, dontchya see?
Agree. At some point your head will be ripped from your shoulders and the helmet becomes an easy way for the EMT to carry your skull. Before that point, any DOT or snell will do.
 

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I've got to have a visor on my helmet. got one on my new helmet and I don't know how I made it without it for so long. Actually i do know how i made it so long, black gaffers tape right above my field of vision so I could tilt my head and block a low sun. I like the visor better.
 

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That's kind of a dopey article. It sounds like it's going to be a comprehensive list, but when you read the article, it's more like "we like specific premium helmets, and these are three new ones we found today on Ebay". Even more perplexing is that one of them is an open face helmet. It may well be the top of the line open face helmet, but that's akin to saying "I have a top of the line papier mache ballistic vest".

It's pretty easy to say a $500-700 Shoei is a good helmet because, duh, of course it is. I'd be more interested in knowing how the budget minded helmets like AFX, HJC, Scorpion, etc stack up, because those are typically the ones I buy. Like steveinsandiego said, once they pass the DOT or Snell certification, how much extra real world protection does a Schuberth offer over a Scorpion? They certainly might be more comfortable, but when it comes down to cranium vs asphalt, how much more protection does that extra $600.00 buy?

I've been wearing AFX-90 helmets for years because they're comfortable on my weird shaped head. I believe they've discontinued that model though, so it looks like it might be time to shop around again. I'll have to check out the Scorpions.....
 

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Sometimes folks are paying a premium for the fancy graphics on the helmet.
That's just window dressing.
Those poor gullible folks that use that 100 dollar head argument sure get hosed for their ego.
 

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After reading all the posts about Scorpion helmets I thought I'd chime in. Ive worn the EXO 700 now for 3 years and my wife wears the EXO 400. Great helmets. Quiet, fits my dome well enough, and the price is right. Love the quick on/off shield feature too. I usually ride with two since I'm often stuck at work late.
 

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Adding to the comments on Scorpion helmets--I'm happy with mine. But for longer rides, the fit on my LS2 helmet is better. Another reasonably priced but great helmet.

Check the SHARP ratings for helmets; there's very little correlation between price and effectiveness.
 

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That's kind of a dopey article. It sounds like it's going to be a comprehensive list, but when you read the article, it's more like "we like specific premium helmets.
agree, spam, like almost every other Motorcycle.com post and article

you don't need to know any more than

the helmet that fits you best is the best helmet for you
 

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My first full face helmet was an Icon. It was okay but the cheek pads wore out fast lasting only a year before I had to buy new ones. Next year when I needed new pads they discontinued them so I discontinued Icon and bought a Shoei RF1100. Over three years now and they are still good and the helmet fits better too. The difference might not be in how well they protect you but in the quality of the materials. Most importantly the helmet has to fit right otherwise you might as well be a Arizona Harley rider.
 

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That's kind of a dopey article.
I did not read it. similar articles reflect similar pronouncements, though i would never claim to be an mc helmet expert.

in another helmet-related thread i mentioned craving a shoei neotec.
LOL, now i find myself considering to buy two less-expensive hats - one white, one black.
 

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When I started riding, back in the 70s. Bell's slogan was something like. Got a $20 head wear a $20 helmet, got a $100 head wear a $100 helmet.

Sure helmets are better now but not that much better. Besides, I'm still around to write this.
 

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I had a Scorpion EXO400 that fit well, but I found to be noisy on the Wee. Switched to a Shoei Qwest a couple of years ago, and found it to fit as well (even better), but was much quieter than the Scorpion on the same Wee. After crashing in it last week, and being here to say something about it, I am definitely planning on replacing it with another Shoei Qwest. It did it's job and is now in peaceful retirement. Thank you Shoei.
 

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As far as noise reduction goes, in a toss up between 600 bucks worth of helmet and a ten dollar kit for making my own silicone earplugs, well...you don't need a weatherman to tell which way the wind blows on that one.... :smile2:
 

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After reading all the posts about Scorpion helmets I thought I'd chime in. Ive worn the EXO 700 now for 3 years and my wife wears the EXO 400. Great helmets. Quiet, fits my dome well enough, and the price is right. Love the quick on/off shield feature too. I usually ride with two since I'm often stuck at work late.


I couldn't stand having to carry two shields with me so I bought a bell helmet that has the photochromic shield. Best thing ever invented for the helmet!
 

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I couldn't stand having to carry two shields with me so I bought a bell helmet that has the photochromic shield. Best thing ever invented for the helmet!
That is a great option for sure, I much prefer the internal drop down tinted visor.
 
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