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Helmet advice

For many years I used open face helmet, since I only rode cruisers and touring bikes , with large wind shield.
after getting my first Versys, I decided to "dive" and get a fancy and expensive Shoei full face helmet....well, putting it on yesterday, I felt like I am definitely " Diving". Under water... : got a headache; couldn't hear a thing: couldn't breath....!!! I was very disappointed and sent it back .. I have learned that to buy helmets ( like shoes) you must try it first ....
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Shoei helmets are great but any helmet that gives you a headache is not worth owning. I suggest you go to a motorcycle shop and wear the helmet you want to purchase for 30 minutes while you are in the store, if it still feels good, buy it or order online. I have a collection of helmets that I've purchased in the past but never wear because I get a headache.

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I have an open face Bell I love, but wanted to go with more protection and decided on a modular. Was going to get the Shoei, but found that with the round shape, the large was too loose and the medium was too small. Ended up with the Nolan 104 large and am very pleased. Go try on a few others.

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+1 on the Nolan 104 Great Helmet ..........https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mx-2...SSyPVjUdRIRZdQ

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Shoei helmets are great but any helmet that gives you a headache is not worth owning. I suggest you go to a motorcycle shop and wear the helmet you want to purchase for 30 minutes while you are in the store, if it still feels good, buy it or order online. I have a collection of helmets that I've purchased in the past but never wear because I get a headache.
Good advice except for the "order online" part. If you HAVE to save a few bucks by ordering online, deal with the service they provide. This is a little bit of a pet peeve of mine, but how would you like it if you spent money to produce demos of your work, then spent 30 minutes to an hour pitching your work to a potential client only to have the client pay someone else (who DIDN'T spent that money and time) because they were cheaper?
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There is no way to buy a helmet other than try it on. See WebBikeWorld.com. They fit different head shapes differently.

Also with any full face helmet you need to leave the visor up until you are moving in hot weather or they will get stuffy. This is because they will flow air through the vents while moving, but not while stopped. Also they do not work well behind a huge windshield like a GoldWing has for this reason.

You may be a candidate for a flip face helmet. Personally I prefer full face helmets.

An extra tinted visor works really well in hot or sunny weather.
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I second webbikeworld. Great resource.

Figure out what shape head you have and then shop accordingly. I live where it is hot so I want a helmet that flows a lot of air as well as being comfortable for 12 hours. The bell star is what works for me.

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I bought a Shoei GT AIR Wanderer, but got the smaller inserts. Otherwise, mine felt the same, near headache like. But Shoei fits my head shape, so I knew it was likely I'd have to modify it a bit. I did research things quite a bit, but did buy mine online. With the pinlock anti-fog insert, its damn near perfect.
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Anyone tried the new Bell ( Evolve ..?) with the available Visor that darken in the sun light ????
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I just got this today:

HJC IS-17 Hi-Viz Intake
http://www.ridersdiscount.com/s?ie=U...ords=hjc+is-17
great price from Riders Discount...

it works great with my Olympia AirGlide 3 Hi-viz jacket

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I just got this today:

HJC IS-17 Hi-Viz Intake
http://www.ridersdiscount.com/s?ie=U...ords=hjc+is-17
great price from Riders Discount...

it works great with my Olympia AirGlide 3 Hi-viz jacket
Like the graphics...there aren't alot of manufacturers doing much as creative designs go with hi-viz helms yet.

Have noticed that folks (in general) aren't as quick to pull out in front of me while wearing my hi-viz xd.

Was just going to just get some "Penn" stickers to give mine some character...then got all creative and copied part of a replica design from an old street helm using black vinyl tape.

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I have had a few Shoeis and as rules liked them all. The Qwest I have now was NOT the star I'd hoped it would be so I picked up a HJC FG-17 in hi-vis. Nice helmet for the money. even came with the PINLOCK insert, I don't think they do anymore though. Has a removable liner and I think it's nice looking lid. Even the extra shield I bought was less that half a Shoei one cost. Down side? I think it's a little noisier and bulkier than the Qwest or a RF1200 but cost less than half as much. It's both DOT and SNELL rated.

http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/h...7-force-helmet


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+1 on the flip helmet

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You may be a candidate for a flip face helmet. Personally I prefer full face helmets.
I wasn't sure about wearing a full face either because I had before were 3/4 helmets. Started with a flip and now wear full face. Takes a little getting used to.
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Yeah you really goto try on helmets for like 30 min each.

Not only do each band of helmet have different shapes to fit head shape, but helmet sizing can also change between brands, so don't think a L in one brand equals a L in another.
I wear an XL Sharp Vision R, but ranged from L to XXXL with different bands that I tried.
Made choosing rather complicated and I was taking pictures with my phone of each helmet I tried and the Size and then rated them all how they fit.

Other helmets lining caused pressure points on my head like a pebble in your shoe.
You really just need to try and try and try... then order
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On Revzilla's site They have a sizing chart for each brand. I understand they have great customer service as well. Videos for each product and they discuss head shapes to helmet brands.
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I've enjoyed my Qwest. But it simply does not flow as much air as I'd like for the hot summer days. I take off my helmet and look like I am sweating to death. But I can't beat the fit of the Qwest with the custom 45mm pads I ordered.

Not sure which my next lid will be. I've had a Bell RS-1 as well, enjoyed that helmet too. Flowed a bit more air, but just didn't fit my dome right.

Hmmm

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Anyone tried the new Bell ( Evolve ..?) with the available Visor that darken in the sun light ????
I have not tried that specific helmet, but I have fully tested the Transitions photochromatic shields and I think they're great.

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Thanks for the test about photosensitive visors.
I was interested in buying one but not anymore merely because of problems in tunnels (which I encounter a lot, some of them not lighted at all)

Perhaps I will buy this one wit gradually tint:
http://www.ebay.it/itm/VISIERA-SFUMA...item2a1217e267

Anyone tried this kind of visor?
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Anyone tried the new Bell ( Evolve ..?) with the available Visor that darken in the sun light ????
I have the Bell Hi-Viz Emblem that Riders Discount advertises on this site with the Photochromatic visor. It works great.

I also have a Bell Star and a Bell Vortex. I had a Bell Revolver Modular but the sunvisor control got in the way of mounting my SENA Bluetooth.

The Star is the lightest and flows the most air. Great all day, every day, helmet.

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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.

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