Join Date: May 2016
Location: Newark, Delaware
Yup, lot's of debate, particularly after some articles were published some years ago in the US that concluded that "softer" DOT-only helmets may be better at preventing closed-head trauma at typical street-speed crashes, whereas the "harder" Snell-certified helmets may allow too much force to be transferred to the brain. I think the current Snell standard, M2015, takes some of that into consideration. I don't think there was ever much argument that a Snell helmet would be better in a higher-speed collision or for track use. Me, I wouldn't wear a helmet that isn't either Snell or ECE (the Euro standard) certified. There's more to the standards than just impact resistance, too, such as retention systems, sliding friction, and visibility. But obviously any helmet is better than nothing, and a helmet that fits is better than a more protective one that doesn't, yadda yadda yadda.
2015 Versys 650 ABS
AMA, MSTA, Retreads
Nat'l Cycle "Sport-Touring" screen; Givi hand guards; BMW Sport Grips; Omni-Cruise throttle lock; Motowerk mirror extenders, side stand foot & highway pegs; Denali Mini Soundbomb horn; SW-Motech top rack, Quick-Lock Evo side racks, wide foot pegs & GPS shelf; Givi E-22 side cases & V-47 top case; RKA 13L Shiloh Road tank bag; Hyper-Lites; Sargent seat; Shoodaben ECU reflash; decalectomy.