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Old 01-26-2006, 07:17 PM   #1
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Question Motorcycle Helmets - Help me pick one

I am looking for a new helmet for the start of the season in a few months. The HJC I currently have is not that great and after 1/2 hour or so, I get minor headaches ... maybe it is just too tight, but the overall fit and finish of the helmet was not impressive ...

Anyway, I have narrowed my decision down to three and would love some options from those that would know more than I ...

1. Shoei RF-1000 Badge Helmet (about $400 on EBay)
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...01&division=1#

2. Icon Mainframe (Black) - About $200 on EBay
http://www.metricbikes-superstore.co...91d07fc68f15ba

3. Suomy Spec R1 - About $450 or so on Ebay
http://www.metricbikes-superstore.co...91d07fc68f15ba

I have tried on all three at a local shop (which sells them for way over what I can get them online) and if I had to rate the comfort, I would say the Shoei is the most comfortable, Icon second and Suomy third. I tried on a bunch of Arai helmets and they just didn't feel comfortable at all. I know their rep is great, but I think I have enough choices available that I can skip them.

What I am interested is hearing about any issues that any of them might have. I am interested in good venting, visibility and noise.

Any thoughts or opinions?
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Old 01-26-2006, 07:22 PM   #2
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The most important thing is the shape of your head. The helmets are cut differently. Some are a longer front to back and some are more round.
Depending on the head shape pick up the helmet that works for that.

Shoei is a great lid, so is Suomy. Check out KBC as well....try them on first and dont buy offline.

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Old 01-26-2006, 07:24 PM   #3
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one other piece of advice... you pay for what you get. if you want a 100 dollar bell helmet, remember the money you saved when you crash!
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Old 01-26-2006, 07:24 PM   #4
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remember the money you saved when you crash!
Or don't?
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Old 01-26-2006, 07:25 PM   #5
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I think all of the helmets I listed are fairly high end models (maybe not so much the Icon, but still an upgrade) ... it is the HJC that I want to get rid of because it was uncomfortable. I would rather spend money on something good than cheap out on something as important as this
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Old 01-26-2006, 07:27 PM   #6
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I have an AGV that I love, and my back-up one (for autox) is a Scorpion. Both are really light, quiet and fit great.
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Old 01-26-2006, 07:29 PM   #7
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Or don't?
you have either been down or going down. thats the saying. odds are against you. thats why i sport the arai rx-7.
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Old 01-26-2006, 07:30 PM   #8
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Helmets go through the same testing.....by spending $500 ona helmet doesnt mean you got a better helmet than a $250 one...it just means they spent more to market it and in turn brought the cost to you.

Helmets help, but people wearing an Arai arent more likely to survive than someone wearing an HJC.

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Old 01-26-2006, 07:32 PM   #9
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im not saying a arai is better i have a shoei also. but i have had a hjc ac-10 and ill tell you that all though they go through the same testing that doesnt mean they are of the same quality.
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Safety aside, a better made, (typically more pricey) helmet will simply be more comfortable I've found.
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Old 01-26-2006, 07:33 PM   #11
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I race motocross and have always worn shoei helmets. They have been comfortable and in a few tumbles on the head they have held up good.
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Old 01-26-2006, 07:34 PM   #12
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Helmets go through the same testing.....by spending $500 ona helmet doesnt mean you got a better helmet than a $250 one...it just means they spent more to market it and in turn brought the cost to you.

Helmets help, but people wearing an Arai arent more likely to survive than someone wearing an HJC.

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You are completely false.
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Old 01-26-2006, 07:35 PM   #13
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Helmets go through the same testing.....by spending $500 ona helmet doesnt mean you got a better helmet than a $250 one...it just means they spent more to market it and in turn brought the cost to you.

Helmets help, but people wearing an Arai arent more likely to survive than someone wearing an HJC.

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You know, though, I'm more than willing to spend the extra bucks just to make sure, though. Skimping on a brain bucket ain't cool.
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Old 01-26-2006, 07:36 PM   #14
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The BIGGEST things I have found in helmet choosing is this......

1) Comfort...the helmet needs to be cut for your head properly. If you have a round head a Suomy wont work well because of its longer narrower design.
2) Weight....its on the head for a long time...make sure its light.
3) Venting....their important but not the most important.

Everything else is just smoke and mirrors.
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Old 01-26-2006, 07:37 PM   #15
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You are completely false.
So what you are saying is that I should go buy a pro model Arai and spend $645 instead of the KBC for $325 because I will most likey live when I get taken out someone at 55mph? Bull****.....

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Safety aside, a better made, (typically more pricey) helmet will simply be more comfortable I've found.

Absolutely. A cheap helmet might be just as "safe".....but a comfortable LIGHT helmet makes all the difference in the world. Most cheap helmets weigh a hell of a lot more than the higher end stuff.....and the wind noise is horrible. I wear Arai.....but that's because they fit my head better than Shoei. I will NOT be buying another Arai any time soon though as they are still doing that "no internet sales, stealership only" crap..... The only reason I bought my last Arai is because it was brand new and a racer friend of mine sold it to me for $250.

My next helmet will probably be a Suomy. I hear they are very similar to Arai as far as fitting goes.
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i love my Aria RX-7
paid a pretty penny for it but its so damn comfortable
remember... you get what you pay for. its your freakin head we are talking about here.
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Whatever helmet you can squeeze on your head without it hurting after 15 minutes of wearing, is the right "size."

Too many people buy helmets too large for their head....


Arai isnt sold online or thru any non-authorized dealer for a reason. They dont want to sell a helmet that isnt right for you. Arai makes a helmet for any sized shape head. If you didnt like em, your dealer didnt have all of them.

Arai is the only helmet maker who sells a helmet that is actually used in MotoGP (off the shelf). All the other OEMs make em custom.
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Arai, Shoei or HJC. Make sure the helmet is SNELL certified. DOT certified helmets are crap. They give a passing grade to the mirroed brain buckets.
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Whatever helmet you can squeeze on your head without it hurting after 15 minutes of wearing, is the right "size."

Too many people buy helmets too large for their head....
Yeah, I was amazed when I got fitted for my AGV. I wear an XS. I would've never guessed that, without having a good sales guy helping me and directing me.
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I have a whole gammit of helmets....from Suomy, Arai, HJC, to KBC that I current ride with.

I think arai's are some of the best quality made lids out there....but I am not an elitest who thinks the Arai is anymore special than the Suomy just because of the numbers after the $.

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So what you are saying is that I should go buy a pro model Arai and spend $645 instead of the KBC for $325 because I will most likey live when I get taken out someone at 55mph? Bull****.....

joe
One thing I never have a problem doing is spending a couple extra hundred bucks on something so important to surviving a crash. This isnt a friggin video card for your p.c.
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Well armed has probably given spome of the best advice here.....dont buy a helmet that is too big...it wont do jack squat.

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Its not all about marketing with helmets my friend. Read up and educate yourself before you start making blanket market assumptions that you are applying from other product lines (to helmets)
Way to go and assume something....You dont know me or my knowledge when it comes this stuff. Until you do feel free to not say suck things.

I ment to say such...but it accepted suck so I am going to leave it...

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Way to go and assume something....You dont know me or my knowledge when it comes this stuff. Until you do feel free to not say suck things.

Joe
You ninja edited me....I took back what I said cause I felt it was wrong to say :-)
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