First helmet for the wife - A Shoei Hornet DS?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Roadinator, Apr 16, 2013.

  1. Roadinator

    Roadinator Been here awhile

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    Someone has a Shoei Hornet DS for sale on Craigslist that looks in great shape. This would be for the wife who will start riding with me soon. Any reason this would not be a good helmet for her for two up dual sport riding? I would rather get a nicer helmet used than a new helmet that is cheap (of course if the used helmet is not old and in great shape).

    If there are new helmets out there that you recommend, let me know. Would like to get Snell approved.

    Thanks.
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  2. LexLeroy

    LexLeroy Chief Mansplainer

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    Good helmet if it fits the shape of her head. Something to consider, however, is that the beak may continually pop you in the back of your own helmet whenever you brake abruptly.
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  3. Roadinator

    Roadinator Been here awhile

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    Good point. I think this will happen more than I want it too.
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  4. squish

    squish Out of the office.

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    Despite the fact that I bought a used helmet for my now ex wife as her first lid, I wouldn't recommend it unless you know the seller.

    That said I think a full face helmet is a better first choice, also look for the lightest helmet that fits.
    A full face will be more quiet and comfortable as will a lighter helmet.
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  5. KingOfFleece

    KingOfFleece SplitWeight(tm) waterproof seat covers

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    5 things to consider: fit, fit, fit, fit, and fit.
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  6. jon_l

    jon_l Long timer

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    I personally wouldn't buy her a used helmet.

    Best research site I know is webbikeworld http://www.webbikeworld.com/motorcycle-helmets/motorcycle-helmet-faq.htm

    There are plenty of inexpensive helmets with decent ratings. As noted above, #1 priority is to get one that fits correctly. I mail order tires, chains, and filters, but helmets are one thing I only buy from a good shop with competent staff.
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  7. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades...

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    Fit is more important that price. Snell isn't near as important than previously thought. Both were dispelled by the Motorcyclist helmet test some years back. Seemed the "cheap" plastic and low priced helmets performed quite well, especially considering the kinds of impacts street riding might cause in an accident.

    The key is to get her a helmet that actually FITS her head. Nothing worse than a helmet that isn't comfortable. You need to get her to try on helmets until the proper fit and feel is found. Then test it at home for at least a half hour to see if there are hot spots that would make it uncomfortable when riding.

    If going dual sport don't be afraid of AFX, Fly, or Joe Rocket dual sport helmets. They are all getting good reviews and are quality manufacturers.

    I can speak from experience in two areas. One - I can not get a good fit with Shoei, but Arai and HJC fit well. One high priced and one lower priced. My wife doesn't ride with me and I recently learned part of the reason was the helmet she was wearing didn't fit - it hurt. Why she didn't tell me is beyond my comprehension, but she didn't.

    Take that for what it is worth, provided you really want your wife to ride with you. If you do, let her find the right fit. Don't just jump on some expensive helmet for a name.
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  8. 568V8

    568V8 Ontario Vstrommer

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    5 things to consider: fit, fit, fit, fit, and fit.

    the 6th and maybe most important if you want to do lots of riding with her .... Does she like it ?
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  9. Iron Rey

    Iron Rey Wingnut Extraordinaire

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    As someone who rode for years with a Shoei DS (and I loved it) is the visor can whip the head around in the wind and at times it can be brutal, but if the helmet fits well, and it did for me with my "Lenoesque" chin, you can always remove the visor, the helmet came with that kit.

    Having said THAT, I would NEVER trust a loved ones head to a helmet you were not ABSOLUTELY sure of its history.
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  10. MeanMoe

    MeanMoe one really mean cat

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    Got to a shop that sells the full line of Aria helmets and do the fit test with the cheek pads removed. Start with the Profile (or equivalent) which is a long oval shape. If the helmet gives pressure on the sides but not the front or back, move to the Vector (or equivalent) which is an intermediate oval. If the helmet gives pressure on the sides but not the front or back, move to the round oval version. Use the Aria as a guide for head shape, then use the info from web bike world to determine the alternatives that fit her head. As others have said, it doesn't matter if you choose to buy Snell approved or DOT, just make sure it fits her.
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