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Old 03-17-2013, 05:51 AM   #1
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helmet fit - stick with one brand?

I've worn a lot of different brands of helmets over the years.
none have fit me better my Bell custom 500.
lately I've been thinking about picking up a modular helmet.

the question, which does not just pertain to Bells;
can I expect the fit of one company's helmet
to be the same as one of their other models?

does anyone have experience with Bell's modular line-up?
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Old 03-17-2013, 09:57 AM   #2
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I love my Bell Vortex and my RS-1. I tried their modular helmet and it sucked! Very uncomfortable on my head.
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:38 AM   #3
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Helmet search

Trial and error to find a good flip up helmet.

I first blindly bought a Noland N103. Ended up to be expensive, noisy, poor fit for my head type. The medium was too tight and the large too loose. Chose the large and tried to use foam to make it fit right. After 2 hours riding it starts to hurt. If I try to ride all day my helmet becomes a torture device.

Replacement: After trying on many helmets I bought the Shorei Neotech medium and replace the cheakpads with the thinnest, 31 mm. Stock is 35mm. I finally have a comfortable helmet.

I found out the expensive way that my head is not "average" or some might say "abnormal" and I needed a certain helmet.

Before I bought the Shorei I had it on in the shop for over an hour. The cranium fit but the cheekpads were pushing my gums into my teeth. The chance to fit thinner cheekpads was the ticket.

You know this but just though my story was food for thought. For some reason never found a Bell flip up to try.
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Old 03-23-2013, 06:42 PM   #4
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I tried on Bell helmets at a show. The fact is they didn't all fit the same. That's true with others too.

Get a chance to fit the helmet, wear it for at least 15 minutes and when you buy get one where return for another can be done easily. Then when you get a helmet do the "TV test"... put it on and watch TV or whatever for about a half hour or so. If you don't get any hot spots on your scalp or other discomforts that are clearly not going to get any better, you have a good helmet. You will have a hard time returning a helmet with bug guts on it, but a nice new helmet with minor head time is no problem.
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Old 03-23-2013, 06:48 PM   #5
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If you have a helmet that fits well, webbikeworld as a chart that will tell you what other helmets fit similarly. That is if your current helmet, or a known fit is on the chart. Beyond that try out lots of lids whenever you get a chance. One more suggestion. Get fitted for an Arai. Even if you don't get one of their helmets you will at least know what the nomenclature of your particular head shape is which can be useful for researching helmets with similar internal shapes.
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