Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: San Antonio, TX & Moosehead Lake, ME
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Can't recommend full face helmets strongly enough. I've been wearing that type since the late 60s (the original Bell Star) while club racing in England - Snetterton primarily. I've been through many different ones since then and wouldn't have anything else. Currently have: AGV, Bell, HJC, Scorpion, and Z1R - all pretty good in their own right - and don't cost an arm and a leg.
The Hurt report, published some years ago, found that something approximating 36% of head injuries occurred at the left and right chin area. That's over one third of the total and not to be taken lightly IMHO. As I recall Rider Discount sells a helmet that has graphics indicating the percentage of injuries in different areas of the helmet - it's enlightening to say the least.
My bearded chin might not be the most handsome, but I like it the way it is and am pleased to offer it protection. The only time I wished I was wearing an open face version was the day a very irritated wasp flew up under the chin bar and attacked me. Pretty exciting - not to mention painful.
Also agree with those who have said it's essential to try on the helmet you're thinking of buying and wear it for half an hour or so to see if any hot spots develop. And, unless you find a MUCH, MUCH better deal on line, buying from your local motorcycle shop may help the dealer stay in business so he's there when you need something essential so your can ride when you want. Disclaimer: I don't own a motorcycle shop or work for a manufacturer of motorcycle stuff. But I do have friends who own a small shop and I buy from them frequently because I want to help them stay in business.
My two cents.
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