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Offline HeavyGenes

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Need advice/opinions for motorcycle helmet
« on: April 11, 2015, 02:55:56 pm »
Hey all I'm in the market for a full face motorcycle helmet. My top pick currently is the Simpson M30 Bandit, but if anyone has any other choices for a badass helmet, I would appreciate looking at some other options.

Thanks in advance.

P.S. if there is a thread out there already on this, please direct my ignorant ass.
« Last Edit: April 11, 2015, 02:59:31 pm by HeavyGenes »
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Re: Need advice/opinions for motorcycle helmet
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2015, 03:13:05 pm »
That helmet is clean Giles. Are you going with the bubble shield as well? The bike I'll be getting is the 2015 Indian Scout matte black. I want to be as safe as possible but i just cant see myself wearing a helmet color other than black. (maybe my opinion will change when a car doesn't see me wearing a black helmet  :-\)
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Re: Need advice/opinions for motorcycle helmet
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2015, 03:29:33 pm »
"OK face up to it - you're useless but generally pretty honest and straightforward . . . it's a rare combination of qualities that I have come to admire in you" - Geo 2011

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Re: Need advice/opinions for motorcycle helmet
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2015, 03:36:33 pm »
My short answer would be to go along to the local dealership and find what fits best. And look for one that's built to the ECE standard.

The Bullitt that @Giles is getting is a great lid, if it works for your head shape. Bell have done well in the SHARP tests in the UK. With the exception of the M10, all models that have been tested have scored the full five stars. Plus it's now available in carbon.



The Shark Vancore has a ridiculous name, but an interesting design. The downside is that it's a thermoplastic shell, rather than GRP or carbon.



Sticking with Shark, the Explore-R is an adventure touring helmet that can be reconfigured with or without a peak, and with goggles or a visor. It's got a GRP and carbon shell too.



Icon do a few plain black helmets, including the Airframe in Carbon. That's probably not ideal for a Scout though. But I really like the construct finish, which is raw GRP.



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Re: Need advice/opinions for motorcycle helmet
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2015, 03:53:39 pm »
Hey buddy
My suggestion would be to follow Graeme's advice and engage a professional as your head and your life are in question.
Wow, what a bike the indian scout is...
You can go old school open face but have you seen the picture "nothing comes between me and my harley"?
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http://www.angelfire.com/fl4/ticklefart/
I would suggest a full face carbon which would suit your new bike imo.
Bell, Arai, Shoei, AGV, HJC carbons...

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Re: Need advice/opinions for motorcycle helmet
« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2015, 04:07:04 pm »
@den1mhead I think that's a gunshot wound. At least, that's what came up when I did an image search! :o

Oh, if you want to go full carbon then there's the AGV Pista GP. It's only $1399...


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Re: Need advice/opinions for motorcycle helmet
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2015, 04:51:38 pm »
Open face helmets are so dangerous they really should be banned ask any A&E nurse or first on scene paramedic


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Re: Need advice/opinions for motorcycle helmet
« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2015, 10:14:40 pm »
Past few years I’ve been running an HJC carbon full face helmet… So much better than the other helmets I’ve seen/used. The carbon is super light and comfortable + super safe.

I'm sure there are tons of other companies that make this kind of helmet so not necessarily HJC, but I'd basically recommend some kind of carbon full face helmet…. Actually, that BULLITT CARBON helmet Giles and Graeme were talking about would look awesome with a classic looking bike like an Indian Scout.  8)
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Re: Need advice/opinions for motorcycle helmet
« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2015, 12:03:16 am »
Oh man. I love you guys. So many good choices to think about. Hmm, now that I think about it, screw you guys! so many good choices to think about.

But that Bullitt carbon tho... love the leather coated magnet.
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Re: Need advice/opinions for motorcycle helmet
« Reply #10 on: April 12, 2015, 12:20:20 am »
I have the bell star carbon and could not be happier with it. I have had a lot of helmets and this is by far the best one I have ever had. The transitions lens is sweet. Super light, fits perfect(for my head). I would recommend anybody at least check it out if they are getting a higher end helmet. I use it on my fxr and my shovelhead and would ride with it on any other motorcycle regardless of type. Well, except dirt, I like arai mxpro for that.

http://www.bellhelmets.com/powersports/helmets/star-carbon/

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Re: Need advice/opinions for motorcycle helmet
« Reply #11 on: April 12, 2015, 12:25:39 am »
This is the transitions lens. No visor swaps, ride until dark with no problems.


http://www.bellhelmets.com/powersports/other-products/shields-visors/transitions-solfx-clickrelease-shield

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Re: Need advice/opinions for motorcycle helmet
« Reply #12 on: April 12, 2015, 12:46:21 pm »
I've got a three helmets, but really there's only one I wear these days. First one I got was a Shoei GT-Air, which is an amazing helmet, it's super comfortable, pretty quiet, and has an internal tinted visor that flicks up and down with a little slider. It cost many hundreds of dollars, and is exceedingly safe.  I wore this when I rode my Ducati, and if I'm going on a long ride or commuting I occasionally wear this as I have my Sena bluetooth mounted to it which is handy.
I also bought a Bell Custom 500 in matte black, which looks cool and has great visibility, but there's the issue of possible major facial trauma and that means I don't wear it much (they're cheap though).
After I sold the Ducati and bought a Bonneville, I pretty much exclusively wear a black Bell Bullitt, with a flat black face shield. It is no doubt an inferior helmet to the Shoei in many ways, but it is safe enough, it looks cool, and it has great visibility.  With the flat visor they are not quite as retro, just a damn fine classic looking helmet.  For anything slightly retro or cruiser, I think they're really hard to beat.
The Gringo is available overseas (not here in Australia), if you want something cheaper and don't need a hinged visor, but having not tried one I can't comment on their quality or otherwise.
Whatever you do, make sure you try on whatever you're going to buy, and walk around the shop with it on for 10 minutes if you can.  Being distracted by a poorly fitting or uncomfortable helmet while you're riding is a recipe for disaster.
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Re: Need advice/opinions for motorcycle helmet
« Reply #13 on: April 12, 2015, 01:24:00 pm »
Bell helmets are epic stuff! ...
Another cool helmets with a classic look & bubble visor option (and div. safety norms)
-->  www.70s.it


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Re: Need advice/opinions for motorcycle helmet
« Reply #14 on: April 12, 2015, 01:57:50 pm »
Forgot one, the Blauer 80s.



No idea of what they're like, but they look cool.