Helmet question

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Hotzmonster, May 21, 2013.

  1. Hotzmonster

    Hotzmonster Adventurer

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    I'm looking at dual purpose helmets and have a quick question I think I know the answer to, but when it comes to my head, I'd like to be sure. Is an Arai $700 helmet any safer than a Bell or HJC that costs $180, or is it just a matter of comfort, features, etc.?
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  2. k-moe

    k-moe Long timer

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    Comfort, and features. Keep in mind; comfort matters. The helmet you wear is much better than the one you leave at home because it isn't comfortable. Go to a big dealership and try as many different helmets on as you can. Walk around with them on for a while. Then decide how to spend your money.
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  3. Vstrom650e

    Vstrom650e Banned

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    We purchased the Schuberth C3 and C3W and find them very comfortable and quiet. The comm kit works great as well, she is talking to me all the time. Is that a good thing? I listen to the GPS commands and music but she does chirp info time to time.

    I hope that helps a bit.
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  4. Matt

    Matt Dirt Virgin

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  5. Offcamber

    Offcamber Long timer

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    Look at fit and comfort first features second IMO....

    I have had some cheap helmets that worked and fit fine but they didn't seem to hold up. My current Bell was very cheap $80 on sale and it is getting replaced because the seals on the visor are falling off and its very noisy.

    I can't bring myself to spend $700 on a helmet but $300 is doable.

    I just ordered a RPHA (HJC) Max because MotorcycleGear.com has certain colors and sizes for $315 shipped. Thats $100 less than Revzilla...I plan on doing a quick review when I get a few miles on it.
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  6. max384

    max384 Bandaided

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    If they're SNELL or ECE rated, than you're pretty much only paying for comfort and features when buying the higher end models. When I'm buying a helmet, at a minimum it must be SNELL or ECE rated. From there, it all comes down to how much additional features are worth to me. My current road helmet is a Bell RS-1 that I bought on closeout for $200. It's a great helmet, but not as nice as a Shoei or Arai when compared side by side. However, it does what I need it to do, so I'm not in a hurry to replace it. This being said, I plan to splurge and get one of the plush expensive lids when it's time to replace this one.

    How on earth does this even come close to answering his question? :huh You've just told him that you like your expensive lid. :csm
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  7. wsmc831

    wsmc831 Been here awhile

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    I recently bought a helmet for dualsporting, an AGV AX-8 Dual Evo. Very, very well made and thought out helmet. Almost zero lift from the visor and comes in cost wise right in the middle.

    Nice review of it at webbikeworld.
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