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#4483320 - 08/09/17 06:16 AM Best Helmet?
LoneRanger Offline

Registered: 07/02/07
Posts: 4054
Loc: Midwest USA
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.

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#4483328 - 08/09/17 06:24 AM Re: Best Helmet? [Re: LoneRanger]
DuckRyder Offline

Registered: 10/20/05
Posts: 4206
Loc: Atlanta
Arai or Shoei.

I personally prefer Arai.
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#4483329 - 08/09/17 06:26 AM Re: Best Helmet? [Re: LoneRanger]
Merkava_4 Offline

Registered: 01/30/07
Posts: 17501
Loc: Clovis, CA
Get one with a shoe brush on top. grin2

#4483331 - 08/09/17 06:28 AM Re: Best Helmet? [Re: LoneRanger]
09_GXP Offline

Registered: 12/14/10
Posts: 430
Loc: Indianapolis, IN
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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#4483336 - 08/09/17 06:31 AM Re: Best Helmet? [Re: LoneRanger]
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Registered: 05/20/13
Posts: 1810
Loc: Saskatchewan, Canada
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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#4483342 - 08/09/17 06:41 AM Re: Best Helmet? [Re: LoneRanger]
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Registered: 12/30/06
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Loc: Dallas,Tx USA
I always wore a Vetter.
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#4483344 - 08/09/17 06:42 AM Re: Best Helmet? [Re: Merkava_4]
aquariuscsm Offline

Registered: 12/30/06
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Originally Posted By: Merkava_4
Get one with a shoe brush on top. grin2

Haha he was AWESOME!! laugh
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#4483350 - 08/09/17 06:54 AM Re: Best Helmet? [Re: LoneRanger]
Cujet Offline

Registered: 02/15/03
Posts: 7144
Loc: Jupiter, Florida
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


#4483353 - 08/09/17 06:55 AM Re: Best Helmet? [Re: LoneRanger]
AZjeff Offline

Registered: 01/14/11
Posts: 2630
Loc: PV Az
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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#4483361 - 08/09/17 07:08 AM Re: Best Helmet? [Re: LoneRanger]
mightymousetech Offline

Registered: 04/03/17
Posts: 1444
Loc: Ontario, Canada
The helmet that protects the best is the one that fits the best.
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#4483363 - 08/09/17 07:10 AM Re: Best Helmet? [Re: LoneRanger]
vesparchos Offline

Registered: 01/09/17
Posts: 13
Loc: Athens Greece
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.

#4483382 - 08/09/17 07:29 AM Re: Best Helmet? [Re: DuckRyder]
hpb Offline

Registered: 08/28/14
Posts: 1209
Loc: Tasmania, Australia
Originally Posted By: DuckRyder
Arai or Shoei.

I personally prefer Arai.

Agree, either Shoei or Arai.
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#4483388 - 08/09/17 07:40 AM Re: Best Helmet? [Re: LoneRanger]
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Registered: 03/16/14
Posts: 642
Loc: Twin Cities MN USA
I have used Shoei for years, they work well with my noggin's shape.
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#4483389 - 08/09/17 07:40 AM Re: Best Helmet? [Re: LoneRanger]
Trav Offline

Registered: 11/20/06
Posts: 18840
Loc: MA,
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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#4483391 - 08/09/17 07:44 AM Re: Best Helmet? [Re: LoneRanger]
beanoil Offline

Registered: 10/17/04
Posts: 2951
Loc: Midwest, Illinois
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 for specials.

Edited by beanoil (08/09/17 07:48 AM)
beanoil: Tough under heat, real dirty afterwards.

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