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post #1 of 8 Old 08-07-2013, 12:28 AM Thread Starter
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SL Valley - Helmets

If, in the Salt Lake Valley, you wanted to go to a store with the widest selection of helmets.....where would you go?

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Toss in your 2 cents worth of what helmets (2) to buy if you choose.
Needs to be;
1 - Full face
2- One moto cross style
2 - one regular style
3 - must be able to make me a better rider and get better gas mileage....
4 - must be MMO compatible. :beatnik:
5 - HUD not required.

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Cycle Gear in Draper has a pretty good selection. If they don't have what you want in stock, they'll have it there in a couple of days. Best of all, they have a 7 day exchange policy. Nobody else in town will do that!

I needed a new helmet for a trip I was taking, but they didn't have the color in stock that I wanted and there wasn't time to have it shipped in. They offered to let me take a helmet and return it when the other helmet came in after my trip.

I bought the Shoei Qwest and it's the best helmet I've had so far. Very quiet and comfortable. But as you know, heads are shaped differently and you really need to try on several to get a good fit.

When you say full face and motocross, are you talking about a dual-sport style helmet? If so, stay away from the cheap brands.

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heads are shaped differently and you really need to try on several to get a good fit.
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The best helmet for you (1) is the one that fits the shape of your head just right, (2)is the correct size, (3) has the vision and venting that best suit you. A helmet that isn't the correct interior shape may result in your head slamming the inside of the helmet if you have an impact. That isn't as safe as it needs to be.

The Shoei helmets are excellent and exactly wrong for me--the shape is wrong. My Arai Signet-Q fits me like it was made for me, and is likely wrong for Satch. Shop for fit first, then everything else follows. I think that Snell's newest M2010 standards are an addition for safety (others disagree).

There are threads about dual-sport helmets--basically helmets with the beak-like sun visor plus a face shield. Some work well, and others are just not quite comfortable. And some report that the beak catches the air and pulls on the head at higher speeds. A search will turn up these threads.

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I'd start at the pawn shops, the DI, maybe the swap meet at the drive-in!

HA! JK, of course,... but the Cycle Gear is a good start. Wright's (on state street next to Harbor Freight) usually has a good selection. I've purchased three helmets from them, as well as replacement cheek pads/face shields. HJC seems to fit me and my budget quite well. They do seem to have more employees than customers when I go in there, so getting help isn't an issue.

I purchased a "last years model" for about half off... the new one had different vents and more gizmos I wouldn't have wanted/used, so see what they have that's "discontinued"...
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Whats with the helmet you won at the Havasu Gathering?
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Not impressed with the C.G. Bilt helmets, I bought my Scorpion Flip at the Beemer place south of SLC, I really liked the DOT and ECE rating. Plaza has a couple helmets I thought worthy of looking at again, SLC dealer on state has HJC .

1 - Modular......I want to have a sip of water without removing the helmet everytime. My scorpion Transformer converts to a 3/4 helmet for lite city riding
2 - Motocross style..... have not looked at any real close yet, I'm not too fond of the helmet not opening up like a modular
3- Regular style? ..... Hjc was nice, full helmet
4 - Rider safety training and a 50cc scooter will get you 100 mpg
5 - MMO ???
6 - HUD ??

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Bilt Helmets are decent helmets for that guy just starting out and not really sure what he wants.
Meets the need for DOT but not sure what way you want to go.
I know a few guys that are quite happy with the Bilt's they have picked up.
I wear HJC and Scorpion purely because they are the only ones I have found in 3X sizes to try on.
Arai and Shoei's wont even start to go over my ears.
Been looking at Schuberth myself but cant find their largest size to try on.
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I just bought an arai xd4 ds, and a Schuberth modular. Both on the pricey side, and could only find them at SL BMW. Everyone only carried cheaper it seemed. I & my screwed up neck just got fed up with heavier helmets. These 2 are a dream: totally lightweight & comfortable! But most people don't want to spend the funds on them. My neck is doing better since I got these 2 helmets.
I have an hjc modular I won't wear anymore. The one before this hjc's chin mechanism broke after 6 months of normal use. this one i got through warranty. It is quite comfortable. When I had the first one apart, I saw how totally cheap plastic it all is: don't trust hjc modular anymore, although, their high end stuff is great. My hjc modular is for sale for cheap.
I have a shoei full face that is great and very comfortable that is for sale too.
I have a fulmer modular that is decent that is for sale also.
All of these have an extra shield that is tinted.
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