For my poor head

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by dshallum, Mar 22, 2012.

  1. dshallum

    dshallum Adventurer

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    So i just got a 1980 cb750c and am re-building it with my friend. This is my first bike and im so excited! Since it is my first bike i am full of stupid questions. The one that came to mind today was this: When looking for a helmet should i look for an open faced helmet or a closed face? I will be mainly doing short commuting for now. I was thinking of the open faced helmet because I feel that i could see around better but i also have no idea of how the wind constantly on your face can wear on you. Again sorry for the crazy question. Im going through First-time-bike questions.

    D
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  2. malokam

    malokam Been here awhile

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    If you hit 40mph, your eyes will start watering without goggles and thats at normal temps.

    It is not really safe to ride without jaw protection. Look at my helmet, this was a crash at 40MPH because of some jack@ss truck-driver IN THE CITY.
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    If having that wider view angle is what you need, get one of these.

    EDIT: They are called Dual-Sport helmets.
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    PS: dont buy those modular helmets. Not great protection to the jaw region on straight impact.
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  3. buickid

    buickid Lets ride!

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    Full face all the way. Also, I can't stand going faster than 30 with the visor open, and I wear glasses. Not to mention I've had stuff fly into my face, bits of rubbish, huge insects, etc.
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  4. Walterxr650l

    Walterxr650l Long timer

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    The idea of sliding down the pavement on my face, sends shivers up my spine. So I wear a full face helmet.

    Walter
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  5. japako

    japako Been here awhile

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    Since this is your first helmet, it would be a good idea to get use to a full face.
    It will save your face, and you will at least look good for the nurses..:rofl

    Seriously, I don't ride without mine..
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  6. philipbarrett

    philipbarrett Been here awhile

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    Our local (and excellent) accessories & gear store used to perch a can of jaw wire next to their display of open face helmets. Got the point across I think.
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  7. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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    Over a third of helmet impacts are on the chin.
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    Your choice.
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  8. gfloyd2002

    gfloyd2002 Title Free Since '12

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    What he said. Impact is more likely to be in your chin/face area than any other spot. If you like your face, get a full helmet. Don't worry about vision, just look for a full face helmet with a decent eyeport - you'd be surprised at how much a very safe helmet will still allow you to do. You can find one with good vision, good venting and still be Snell 2010 or ECE rated. I highly recommend you review WebBikeWorld's awesome resources on helmets as you shop. They have great reviews, good safety information and lots of information on buying a helmet that will fit your head shape well.
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  9. SpaceManSpiff

    SpaceManSpiff Man of Mystery

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    D,
    It is ok to be full of stupid questions...but start reading. You will adjust to the enclosed feeling of a full face helmet in no time.

    :nod full face helmet --chicks dig guys with teeth.

    Try on lots of helmets.
    *It is all about fit! Not about choosing the most wicked design with dragons/skulls/flames.

    When you find one you like, wear it around the store for 15 minutes before deciding.
    Hopefully you can find a helmet that has even pressure on the skull without being uncomfortable.
    When trying on helmets for the first time most people wind up with a helmet that is too big.
    The liner will compress a little over time.

    Personally, I would avoid a dirtbike/ADV type helmet with a beak and the elongated front, I find them to be too noisy and drafty on a street bike.

    Good luck!

    My first bike was a Kawaski KZ650 that was great for learning to wrench on (and ride sometimes :lol3) rebuilt it with the help of a friend --good times!

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  10. SgtDuster

    SgtDuster Long timer

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    Since you asked...

    Take a riding course, learn to turn your head, buy a full face helmet.

    And the last but not least...enjoy! :D
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  11. TallRob

    TallRob Long timer

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    over 60% of all crashes involving the helmet occur to the face........Dont even consider open face. Most accidents also happen within 5 miles of your home just cruising around.
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  12. gfloyd2002

    gfloyd2002 Title Free Since '12

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    QFT, but Rob, what kind of helmet is that in your avatar. :D
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  13. Tsotsie

    Tsotsie Semi-reformed Tsotsi

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    Add bug season, a few grasshoppers etc and the 1st good rain storm with an open faced helmet and you will not need convincing!
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  14. Sport

    Sport Been here awhile

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    Full face all the way.
    Go for a Shoei or Arai, both top of the line helmets.
    First is research, good place to start is http://www.webbikeworld.com/
    Tons of info and detailed analysis.
    Determine your head shape. (ie - round, oval or long oval)
    Find a comfortable helmet that fits properly.
    Wear it around the store for at least 20 minutes to detect any potential pressure points.
    Lastly - Break down and spend the $500 - $700 it takes to protect your nugget.
    Good luck with it all and welcome to the asylum.
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  16. dshallum

    dshallum Adventurer

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    So helpful! thanks so much for all your advice! Im totally going Full Face! Happy riding!
    D
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  17. SgtDuster

    SgtDuster Long timer

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    You're welcome
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  18. davidji

    davidji bike curious

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    I think that's a still from Waking Ned (Devine).
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