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Best Helmet? #4483320
08/09/17 06:16 AM
08/09/17 06:16 AM
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Midwest USA
LoneRanger Offline OP
LoneRanger  Offline OP
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Interested in finding out an even better helmet to get than the Nolan N104 modular that saved my life earlier this yr. Only interested in full face or modulars, not love for something that doesn't protect me from a face plant. My neighbor, who can be full of [censored], told me that if I'd been wearing a Bell I'd not have suffered the brain bleed in the accident because "Bell's shells are fiberglass and designed to absorb impact better than any other helmet." I don't know anything about how Bell makes their product so who knows.

What I do know however, is money is no object this time around. I want to select the helmet that best protects. I don't care the cost.



'09 Subaru Forester ...................(QS HM 5W30)
'16 Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 .....(ENI i-Ride PG 10W60)
Re: Best Helmet? [Re: LoneRanger] #4483328
08/09/17 06:24 AM
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Arai or Shoei.

I personally prefer Arai.


Robert
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  • 1972 Ford F100
Re: Best Helmet? [Re: LoneRanger] #4483329
08/09/17 06:26 AM
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Get one with a shoe brush on top. grin2


Re: Best Helmet? [Re: LoneRanger] #4483331
08/09/17 06:28 AM
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Indianapolis, IN
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Sorry to hear about your accident, but glad you are still around to ask these questions. Are you interested in using a Snell SA rated helmet? They have a bit more rigorous testing they must past over a DOT or Snell M rated helmet. Specifically, they are rated against multiple impacts in the same accident. It will be hotter than a dedicated motorcycle helmet but will offer better protection.


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Re: Best Helmet? [Re: LoneRanger] #4483336
08/09/17 06:31 AM
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Saskatchewan, Canada
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Any helmet that properly fits your head, and is DOT approved, is fine. There are many that ride with poorly fitting helmets, that's a huge mistake. If it moves even a little when you shake your head left/right and up/down, it doesn't fit.

The next consideration, assuming it's a proper safe example, in my opinion is helmet weight, which is multiplied many times in an accident situation. Shaving a few ounces might make a difference in your outcome and recovery, should you be unlucky enough to need the protection.


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Re: Best Helmet? [Re: LoneRanger] #4483342
08/09/17 06:41 AM
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Dallas,Tx USA
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I always wore a Vetter.


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Quaker State Ultimate Durability 10W30
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Quaker State Ultimate Durability 5W20

Re: Best Helmet? [Re: Merkava_4] #4483344
08/09/17 06:42 AM
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aquariuscsm Offline
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Originally Posted By: Merkava_4
Get one with a shoe brush on top. grin2



Haha he was AWESOME!! laugh


1996 Nissan 300ZX 5-speed,Arctic Pearl(#175 of 300)
Quaker State Ultimate Durability 10W30
2012 Honda Accord Coupe EX-L 2.4,auto,San Marino Red
Quaker State Ultimate Durability 5W20

Re: Best Helmet? [Re: LoneRanger] #4483350
08/09/17 06:54 AM
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Jupiter, Florida
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I tend to choose a helmet made with actual fiberglass. I liked my older Shoei fiberglass helmets, but the foam rotted out in a year. I then went to an HJC FG-17. I absolutely love it. Quieter than the Shoei, and fits better too. Plus, the foam is still intact!

Since a helmet is just a shell, and styrofoam, you can expect similar performance from any quality version of them. The fiberglass thing simply produces a shell that has a known set of characteristics. Ie: the fibers may distribute a load while still being slightly flexible.

I've suggested the FG-17 to a number of people, and universally, they find it's the best helmet deal around. One guy tried, in vain, to find something more comfortable and quieter. His latest is a Shuberth $800 helmet, that he leaves home as he favors the FG-17



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Re: Best Helmet? [Re: LoneRanger] #4483353
08/09/17 06:55 AM
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PV Az
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Not up on motorcycle helmets but the latest in bicycle helmets is construction that mitigates the rotational force when you head hits pavement (or dirt) and the helmet violently rotates. In cycling it's called MIPS, is there similar tech for motorcyclists? Sounds like that was the injury you suffered? There has to be a ton of info available about safe motorcycle helmets online.


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Re: Best Helmet? [Re: LoneRanger] #4483361
08/09/17 07:08 AM
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The helmet that protects the best is the one that fits the best.


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Re: Best Helmet? [Re: LoneRanger] #4483363
08/09/17 07:10 AM
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Athens Greece
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All i know, is that in my only serious motorcycle accident, many years ago, my Nolan helmet worked perfectly and protected my head from a triple hit. Economy class, full face with ECE 2202 specs.

Re: Best Helmet? [Re: DuckRyder] #4483382
08/09/17 07:29 AM
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Originally Posted By: DuckRyder
Arai or Shoei.

I personally prefer Arai.


Agree, either Shoei or Arai.


MY16 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.2 diesel, 51,000km - Castrol 5w30
2006 Ford Falcon 4.0, 135,000km - Penrite Vantage 15w40, Ryco filter
Re: Best Helmet? [Re: LoneRanger] #4483388
08/09/17 07:40 AM
08/09/17 07:40 AM
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Twin Cities MN USA
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I have used Shoei for years, they work well with my noggin's shape.


2001 Ranger 3.0 156,000 mi
2006 Dakota 4.7 155,000 mi
1986 GL1200A 72,500 mi
2001 Buick LeSabre Limited 291,500 mi
Re: Best Helmet? [Re: LoneRanger] #4483389
08/09/17 07:40 AM
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I always wore and still do Shoei, Arai or BMW golf ball helmets. Look for Snell norm not DOT or E norms, a high quality helmet will save your life, I know. Don't cheap out on the helmet, spend more than you wanted or planned to and be happy about it. I am only posting on this forum today because of one.


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Re: Best Helmet? [Re: LoneRanger] #4483391
08/09/17 07:44 AM
08/09/17 07:44 AM
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Midwest, Illinois
beanoil Online content
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So many good helmets today.
I like Arai, fits my head better with their slightly more oval shape.
Lovely spouse wears Shoei, trending more toward round shape.
Both Arai and Shoei are premium helmets and accept Sena comm systems easily. Both are removable liners for the inevitable stench. Both can be custom fit with optional cheek pads.
Might take a while, but you can find great deals on Arai and Shoei if you look. My Arai was 749. list, I paid 250 for new, 1 year old model.

I wore a Scorpion for a while. Light, good fit, price is always attractive on those.
EXO T1200 is currently around 149, priced well below what it's worth.
Good friend, 50 plus years in the saddle, approaching 1 million miles, MSF instructor, always buys Arai.
Many pro racers use Suomy.
Try on for fit, and see what is comfortable for you.
If it isn't comfortable, you'll leave it home for that one 2 mile trip to the gas station, and that's when Karma can hit hard.
Check out motorcyclegear.com for specials.

Last edited by beanoil; 08/09/17 07:48 AM.

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