How many helmets do we really need (want)?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by David Shapiro, Mar 28, 2013.

  1. David Shapiro

    David Shapiro Been here awhile

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    Just got a sweet Bell Star carbon. Got a great EBay deal on a Nexx Carbon. Now looking for a Neotec. Anybody else have my problem? I need a 12 step program. Or maybe I need 12 helmets.

    David
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  2. Megamoto

    Megamoto Yes, I do look like this.

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    Three at the moment. But I have had up to seven.
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  3. Truckin_Thumper

    Truckin_Thumper low profile

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    Have all you want :clap
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  4. fast4d

    fast4d Long timer

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    I ride 5-7 days a week so I like to let my helmet breath for a day or two before I wear it again.

    3 is enough at this time.:evil


    oh and they are all the same make/model. different color/paint. I'm not jay leno.
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  5. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    I need 4. :1drink
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  6. Falcon86

    Falcon86 I just work here.

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    Solamente uno.
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  7. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    One dirt, one street...both full face.:deal
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  8. Yossarian™

    Yossarian™ Deputy Cultural Attaché

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  9. HH

    HH Hurricane Harry

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    how many helmets do i have?

    depends on which sport
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  10. DualSpaz

    DualSpaz Been here awhile

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    4- trials,off-road, dualsport,street.
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  11. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone The Lejund!

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    I want only one. I have three, two of which I don't use.
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  12. SloMo228

    SloMo228 World Class Cheapass

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    I'd say 3 - I have one modular for touring and commuting and one solid full-face for more "spirited" riding where I want the extra protection. I'd like to get a dirt helmet too since I'm just starting to ride dirt. Oh, and one or two extra for pillions... of each type?
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  13. Ceri JC

    Ceri JC UK GSer

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    The way I see it, you really need at least 8:
    One full face with a peak and visor for DSing and Supermoto.
    One full face with a peak and no visor for Enduro (to save the faff and, over time, loosening of the mounts of using the DS one with the visor removed).
    One full face, without a peak for sportsbikes.
    One open face with a peak for trials.
    One open face without a peak, for classic bikes and cruisers.
    One full face to cover in Go Pro mounts.
    One beater you can stuff in hard panniers and not worry about scuffs
    One old one that was in a crash and looks battered, that is a garage ornament/reminder not to crash.

    Nine if your other half has a significantly different size head and can't fit any of your 'spares'.
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  14. GPrairie_Rider

    GPrairie_Rider Dirt Junkie

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    I have two at the moment. A full dirt helmet, and a full-face. I am looking at the MSR Discovery helmet for DS riding. Want more though.

    Chris
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  15. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer

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    I have four. One full face, one modular, one DS, and one dirt helmet. And one really old full face that I keep for a spare. I should throw that one away.
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  16. Wraith Rider

    Wraith Rider Banned

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    One. Not counting the two that are too old/too crashed to wear them myself.
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  17. RxZ

    RxZ Legal Drug Dealer

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    I only have one helmet.
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  18. BadKarma

    BadKarma Long timer

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    2
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  19. motorat

    motorat TBD

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    6...but 2 i don't like and hardly ever wear.
    1 is a cheap m2 that i use when i teach(msf)
    it is an open face and easier to put on and off
    while wearing sunglasses.
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  20. Stratlanta

    Stratlanta Flabby Adventurer

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    Oh yeah. I've got 5 in the garage at the moment. I'm gonna need helmet detox soon. If I didn't have the worlds largest melon I'd have more......
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