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post #1 of 25 Old 02-19-2011, 12:18 PM Thread Starter
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Helmets for a big head

Not sure if this is the right place to ask this question..If not, sorry in advance.
I'm going to get my Wee soon and need a helmet.
Shoei RF-1100 have their largest helmet as 3XL - my head is 63cm in circumference.
Tried an HJC helmet 2XL, and it did not even go on..
Can anybody with a large head (and maybe also this helmet) recommend?
Also - LeatherUp is selling it for about $410, is it a good shop? I'm worried that I'll order it and then it is too small and the return will be a nightmare.
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post #2 of 25 Old 02-19-2011, 12:49 PM
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Hi,
"Try before you buy" is a good motto, especially wearing this thing for hours on end. With that said, I also have a large head, and wear a 7 3/4 hat size. I measured my head, at about 61cm. I bought the similar RF1000 in size XL, and it fits great. I like my helmet! Perhaps the XXL?

I'd hunt for a better price. I bought my helmet online from Adventure Motostuff with many other farkles, and got 15% off list price. I bought my wife an RF1100 last year locally, plain white, and got the same 15% off; I think I paid about $350 for hers.

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I just went through this same search. My last helmet was a Shoei RF-R, which didn't fit very well (chin bar was never low enough, and always gave me a hot spot on my forehead). I have what the helmet companies call a long oval shaped head, and pretty much nothing fits.

However, I happened to land in DC the same time that the motorcycle show was in town, and I proceeded to try on helmets from every manufacturer that was there. The only two that fit properly were the Arai Profile (XXXL), and the Schuberth C3 flip up (XXXL, I think). They're both super-plush helmets (and the Schuberth has lots of neat little features), but they're both pretty expensive: in the neighborhood of $500 and $600, respectively. I ended up buying the Arai (none were available at the show, but I found it online for $450 or so) -- I'd love to try a flip-up helmet, but $600, whew. Haven't worn it on a ride yet, but after watching a couple movies while wearing it, I gotta say that it might be worth $450 for a helmet that actually fits correctly (finally).

The webbikeworld.com website has some very thorough reviews of helmets, including a special section about helmets for us big-headed types.
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+1 on "Try before you buy..."

Head shape counts as much as circumference.

My round head is unfittable in Arai helmets, reputed to be for oval shapped
domes. I wore a Shoei RF for years in a Large size that was tight side to
side, but loose enough to rock fore and aft in a crosswind. Shoei's are reputed
to be for slightly oval shaped heads.

My current helmet is a Nolan N43, definitely for round types like me; and a
perfect fit in size medium, a full size down from my Shoei.

The search is worth the effort because the right helmet can make a big
difference in your overall riding enjoyment.

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@Austin44 & @A/B: Thanks for the "TBYB" tip but you have to understand something (at least my reality). (Most) Dealers do not hold these special sizes. They would special order it for you, but then there are no returns and you can forget about discounts (talked to dealers today).

So it becomes catch-22: I can't measure since the dealers don't have it, and the dealers won't bring it in because there aren't enough people that would measure and buy..
(Try getting a Size 17 shoe in a regular shop - no way. Even in Big & Tall shops it is very hard. )

Online is the only way to break that catch 22.

@twowheelsgood: Great info, just what I was looking for. Will look at these brands and the web site.

Thanks!
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My ex has a really big, oval head. The Arai Vector2 in XXXL fits him really well.
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I have an uncommonly large mellon too, and use a 2xl shoei TZ-R. Shoei also makes a XXXL that might be too big for even YOU. Here's Shoei's size range for the ubercranials:

2XL: 7 7/8" - 8" or 62.9-64.1 cm
3XL: 8 1/8" - 8 1/4" or 65.1-66 cm

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I bought a HJC Sy-Max II in 2XL, and I think they make it in 3XL as well. Buy it Amazon for $160 and I am pretty sure that you can return it if it does not fit - of course check the listing and the sellers return policy.

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I bought a HJC Sy-Max II in 2XL, and I think they make it in 3XL as well. Buy it Amazon for $160 and I am pretty sure that you can return it if it does not fit - of course check the listing and the sellers return policy.
Thanks!
I actually found out that HJC also have 5XL, but seems to be too big ..
It is a very good idea.

I had a Shoei helmet (~15 years ago) 2XL that I could fit (with some shaving of inner foam), which makes me think that the HJC sizes are on the small size.
The 2XL HJC I tried today was no where close fitting me.
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Many helmets use one shell and interchangeable liners and cheek pads to let you customize the fit.You may want to do some customizing...For example, I bought an HJC FS-15 Carbon in XL and changed the cheek pads to Large for a snugger fit at the cheeks.

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