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Old 02-26-2015, 09:36 PM   #1
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Full-face vs. Open-face helmets

Any thoughts on the matter. I've always gone full. but after neck surgery the helmet is too heavy. I've been eyeing the upcoming Schuberth M1 open face, but I confess that I still have my doubts as to their effectiveness.

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Old 02-26-2015, 10:14 PM   #2
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Any thoughts on the matter. I've always gone full. but after neck surgery the helmet is too heavy. I've been eyeing the upcoming Schuberth M1 open face, but I confess that I still have my doubts as to their effectiveness.

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If weight is an issue I'd look for the lightest high quality full-face helmet I could find. The chin bar on a full face is the only thing between you face and the road. Heck, I'd wear a full face and skip a jacket if forced to choose.

There's a guy local to me that dumped his bike while wearing an open face helmet , he ain't pretty.
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Old 02-26-2015, 10:49 PM   #3
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The M1 comes in at a claimed 1400 grams, my Shoei Qwest is 1350...

If you want a lighter than an M1 full face, you won't have to look that far or pay that much.

You'll need to make your own mind up about the value of full face vs open :)
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Old 02-26-2015, 11:37 PM   #4
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40% of face hits are to the chin area according to the Hurt Report. Sums it up quite well, I think.
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Old 02-26-2015, 11:49 PM   #5
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Any thoughts on the matter. I've always gone full. but after neck surgery the helmet is too heavy.

David
modern, expensive full face helmets are very light. Compare them. I think with neck surgery you need protect your head even more.
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Old 02-26-2015, 11:58 PM   #6
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I used an HJC Carbon Fiber lid for the first 3 years after surgery and replaced it last year with a Shoei Qwest. It's worked for me.. Rehab helps too, I had one fractured vertebrae (C6) and ruptured discs ended up with a three level fusion with hardware and cages, bone from my hip. It went very well and my Rehab Tech was a bear but she got me as good as was possible very seldom notice symptoms now.
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Old 02-27-2015, 02:01 AM   #7
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I have an Arai hanging up in my garage. I keep it as a reminder. It has a 2-3 inch round gouge in the chin area. It got there after I face planted on some oil in the road, at about 35moh. It reminds me to not even consider anything but a full-face helmet. I recently bought a Thruxton and briefly thought about getting a open face helmet and googles to match it. I looked at that helmet. I changed my mind.

Find a lighter full face. Do the therapy. Don't be stupid. Stupid hurts.
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Old 02-27-2015, 02:40 AM   #8
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The weight difference between most open face and full face helmets by the same manufacturer is not really that much. An example - Shoei Quest open face = 3 lb 1 oz, a Shoei RF 1200 full face = 3 lb 8 oz, so you have a 7 oz difference, not much really. Here is a link to a comparison chart:
http://www.webbikeworld.com/motorcycle-helmets/motorcycle-helmet-weights.htm
I would take the 7 oz extra to save my ugly mug.
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Old 02-27-2015, 02:42 AM   #9
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Has to be full face
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Old 02-27-2015, 02:46 AM   #10
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I had an open face once. My brother explained that it is hard to order breakfast without a chin....even harder to eat it.
Find the lightest one you can for your issue and get (and do) some strengthening exercises from a qualified physiotherapist.
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Old 02-27-2015, 03:10 AM   #11
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My buddy collided with a car on his Goldwing a few years ago, and was flown through the bike΄s front fairing/windshield wearing an open face helmet... he wasn΄t pretty before, but now he΄s even more ugly. Was quite obvious, that his "face transformation" would have been way less serious, had he been using an integral helmet
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Old 02-27-2015, 04:43 AM   #12
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Might a modular be a bit lighter?
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Old 02-27-2015, 05:15 AM   #13
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As an open face rider, I'll keep myself low in here and not draw comment.....
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Old 02-27-2015, 05:34 AM   #14
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Old 02-27-2015, 05:43 AM   #15
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Might a modular be a bit lighter?
I would think a modular would be a bit heavier and it does not offer the protection of a full face.
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