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Old 07-10-2012, 12:47 PM   #1
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Modern Old School Helmets

I like the old school look of a Bell helmet ... maybe 60's time frame. The helmets themselves offered good protection (for a 3/4 helmet) and weren't bulky. The problem I have now-a-days is that the DOT rated helmets look like large bubbles on my (kinda) large head.

Are there any modern DOT helmets (3/4 or full) that are not as bulky, and yet retain that old school look?

For instance:
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Old 07-10-2012, 01:03 PM   #2
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You know what I wonder- why hasn't anyone reproduced the Captain America design on a modern 3/4 helmet? The old things go for good money at swap meets. I think they could sell a bunch. Is the design trademarked or something?

Edit: never mind, someone has.
http://www.ironhorsehelmets.com/dot-...rcycle-helmet/
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Old 07-10-2012, 02:36 PM   #3
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Bell is making a Custom 500 a DOT 3/4 helmet.
Much of them in cool retro colors.


I've got a Bell Custom 500 and I use it as my twinshock trials trail helmet.

Biltwell, Davida and others make both DOT and novelty 3/4 helmets

Ruby makes very very nice way overpriced retro styled helmets.
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Here's some links for those who are into that sort of thing
Bell custom500
http://www.bellsports.com/powersport...eet/custom-500
Ruby Helmets
http://www.ateliersruby.com/
Biltwell helmets
http://www.biltwellinc.com/index.php?l=product_list&c=2
Davida
http://davida.co.uk/category.php?id=helmets
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Old 07-10-2012, 02:39 PM   #4
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The bell 500 and biltwell are the only small profile DOT rated helmets out there.
They are the absolute lowest profile you can buy while still remaining under DOT regulations.

I recommend the bell 500.
Paired with my Halcyon goggles, I think it's proper retro!
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Old 07-10-2012, 02:40 PM   #5
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Bell is making a Custom 500 a DOT 3/4 helmet.
Much of them in cool retro colors.

Biltwel, Davida and others make both DOT and novelty 3/4 helmets

Ruby makes very very nice way overpriced retro styled helmets.
Knowing Fred, I don't think he'll spend $500+ on a davida/ruby
That's just a hunch.
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Old 07-10-2012, 03:59 PM   #6
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Knowing Fred, I don't think he'll spend $500+ on a davida/ruby
That's just a hunch.
Yep. He knows me.
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Old 07-10-2012, 05:12 PM   #7
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The 3/4 has been done, but I'd seriously love it if someone came out with a modern DOT/Snell helmet that looked like an old Bell Star fullface!

A replica Evel Knievel version would make it that much more awesome.




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Old 07-10-2012, 05:13 PM   #8
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Fulmer makes an open face that looks slightly less bulbous on me than the Bell 500. The Fulmer is still kinda tall on top, but the sides are much lower profile. They look different on different heads, so you should try on several + if you can try on the same color it will help to compare apples to apples.

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Old 07-10-2012, 10:40 PM   #9
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The Biltwell helmets are pretty nice for a 3/4 classic style helmet. Won't break the bank either.
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Old 07-11-2012, 08:09 AM   #10
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Biltwell, fulmer and bell 500 are all $90-100 and all great options. The bell actually has the lowest profile and the best lining out of the bunch....well, the lining part is my opinion
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Old 07-11-2012, 09:11 AM   #11
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I have a Bell 500, the build quality is fantastic.



we even have an open face helmet store...
http://www.openfacehelmets.co.uk/

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Old 07-11-2012, 01:09 PM   #12
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another vote for the bell 500.
best 3/4 I've ever worn.
Have the silver metal flake and I can't tell you,
how many compliments I've gotten.
Chicks love it.
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Old 07-11-2012, 09:11 PM   #13
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This thread couldn't have come at a better time, I was looking for a Bell Magnum on flea bay and was having a hard time believing the prices they are asking for them.
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Old 07-12-2012, 05:34 AM   #14
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You know what I wonder- why hasn't anyone reproduced the Captain America design on a modern 3/4 helmet? The old things go for good money at swap meets. I think they could sell a bunch. Is the design trademarked or something?

Edit: never mind, someone has.
http://www.ironhorsehelmets.com/dot-...rcycle-helmet/

What about this one that they have? http://www.ironhorsehelmets.com/3-4-...rcycle-helmet/
They admit it is a knock off of the Bucco Helmet, but it is only $40. What company actually admits they are knocking off another company?
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Old 07-12-2012, 05:48 AM   #15
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AGV makes some nice retro helmets. We have a couple in the shop they're well made and not cheap.
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