The best helmet ???

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The best helmet ???

Postby Koi on Sat Jun 26, 2010 11:36 am

Hi everybody,

I bought a 2006 Honda Metropolitan a week ago, and I am so trilled about it. It is so easy to ride and I just paid like $ 2.5 per gallon =)) . I would like to buy a helmet but I don't know what model would be the best. Some suggestions.

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Re: The best helmet ???

Postby ScooterBear on Sat Jun 26, 2010 5:35 pm

There is no best helmet.

The best for you depends on your budget, the kind of riding you do, where you ride...etc.

I have and use the Bell Mag-8 (reviewed here: http://www.webbikeworld.com/r2/motorcyc ... ell-mag-8/ and here http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/3/ ... elmet.aspx )
Bell's online shop http://www.bellhelmets.com/index.cfm?fu ... ry_id=1194

It's not the lightest or the heaviest but is comfortable and relatively in expensive...around $125 these days. It comes in lots of colours and should last you a few years.

Get fitted at a good shop, your head size may surprise you :))

Good luck and happy cruising!

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Re: The best helmet ???

Postby Koi on Sat Jun 26, 2010 8:23 pm

Hi ScooterBear, thank you so much for your answer. I checked it out and that helmet looks pretty good. I think I will buy it.

THank you so much..

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Re: The best helmet ???

Postby GizmoGal on Sun Jun 27, 2010 6:07 am

Only my opinion, Koi, but if you like having your full face after a crash, you might want to think harder about getting a full face helmet, not a 3/4. I wear a modular helmet which is a full face helmet with a flip up chin bar. When you are talking or having a gulp of something, you can flip up the lower half. When riding, you have your full face protected by keeping the chin bar locked. That is the type I wear, in blue. (see my avatar?).

If you think nothing will happen to your face if you are tossed off your bike in a crash and hit the pavement at about 30 mph, then enjoy the helmet you are leaning toward buying. Your face in that one is basically fully exposed. the faceshield or visor will keep out bugs and dust, but not prevent disaster if you hit the pavement on your face. Don't limit your choices. That doesn't make the Bell helmet wrong for you or for Scooterbear, but you really need to know more or read more ideas. There are a zillion recommendations in this area of the forum on what helmet TYPES are best and why, plus brands and models are described. Do more research before agreeing that the first one you saw suggested is the "best" for you . Scooterbear is completely correct that there is no best by definition.
The best for you depends on your budget, the kind of riding you do, where you ride...etc.
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Start expanding your thinking before ordering or buying a helmet. And definitely get fitted properly at a store to know what size you are in various brands and models. If you decide to order online after that, you will have your size accurate and not spend money on what doesn't fit right. And if you like it in the store and it fits your budget, go ahead and buy it. If you wear glasses, dont' forget to bring them (or sunglasses) with you to make sure they will work under the visor comfortably. You have to take off your galsses to put on a full face or modular hlmet and then put the glasses on.

Read here to learn how to judge what fits and how to measure:
http://www.harley-performance.com/helmet-measuring.html (wow, a measuring tape!)
http://www.ironhorsehelmets.com/sizing.htm
http://www.bellhelmets.com/index.cfm?fu ... page_id=18 (in case you do decide to buy a bell helmet and need to know how to size it)
http://www.motorcyclecruiser.com/street ... index.html

You can also download this buying resource list and look in the Helmet area to see some sources and buying links:
http://www.motorcyclecruiser.com/street ... index.html

And do read along the Apparel Discussion forum area about how people feel about the helmets they have chosen and why. I am not starting any arguments about full face versus open helmets, but you should know what's out there and about the risks. The helmet is not fashion--it is self defense.
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Re: The best helmet ???

Postby Paddy_Crow on Mon Jun 28, 2010 8:54 am

The "best" helmet is one that you will wear. It does no good sitting in a closet.

Personally, I like the chin coverage of the full face (of course, I am now riding a full fledged motorcycle). Since I wear glasses, I have compromised on a flip up. I would not ride with a 3/4 or skid lid.
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