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Old 01-29-2013, 06:14 PM   #16
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$10 head, $10 helmet. That is true. The difference between an $80 Chinese helmet and a $500 Arai is how they are made. Look at what the racers wear, none wear the junk helmets. None.

The safest helmet is a Suburban.
You can not buy the helmets the pros wear. They are custom fit (that fit thing again). If you get a helmet from a pro the straps will be cut because they have not passed DOT or Snell.
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Old 01-29-2013, 06:18 PM   #17
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I wear an Arai because it fits my head the best. My next helmet will probably be an AGV, because the fit was almost exactly what the Arai is, and that's what Jason over at Motowrx can hook me up with for my racing.

What matters the most is that it properly fit your head. I'd take a properly fitting Z1R over a poorly fitting Arai in a crash any day.
Try helmets on, have an expert properly fit it, and then get the lightest of the good fitting that you can afford. If you're going to spend 8+ hours or so a day riding, the lightest helmet out of the lot of best fitting will make a real difference in how you feel at the end of the day.
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Old 01-29-2013, 06:19 PM   #18
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I ran into those guys at Road Rider buying those helmets.
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Old 01-29-2013, 06:21 PM   #19
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You can not buy the helmets the pros wear. They are custom fit (that fit thing again). If you get a helmet from a pro the straps will be cut because they have not passed DOT or Snell.
Actually, I don't think that part is accurate... I know a couple of people in the industry that were given helmets used by some of the Moto GP racers over the years, and none of them had the straps cut...
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contrary to what some believe you can indeed purchase a snell non dot certified helmet here in the states look at most simpson race helmets -non dot -I have several years experience with them and will vouch for them, today I use a Shoei I have a Shoei head Arai just does not fit my melon, fit and comfort is foremost so you can concentrate on the task at hand
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Pro racers most often wear what they get paid to wear. Certainly, HJC and KBC(Mladin) amongst others, are "cheap" helmets that are very good. And yes, at that level and certainly in MGP, the ones they wear are not like the ones we can buy.
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Old 01-29-2013, 06:46 PM   #22
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You can not buy the helmets the pros wear. They are custom fit (that fit thing again). If you get a helmet from a pro the straps will be cut because they have not passed DOT or Snell.
Most of the local pros I've ever known bought their own helmets, most did not have helmet sponsors. And they generally used Arai or Shoei. I know Lorenzo and Spies aren't using off the shelf helmets.

I'll make a comparison to tires. Cheng Shin makes a usable tire that holds air very well. At 1/4 the cost if a Pirelli, Dunlop, Michelin or Bridgestone. No matter what the magazines say, you know and I know, they aren't the same. I feel the same way about helmets. A critical piece of safety gear. I'm not going to cheap out on tires, or the single most important piece of gear you wear.
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Actually, I don't think that part is accurate... I know a couple of people in the industry that were given helmets used by some of the Moto GP racers over the years, and none of them had the straps cut...
Chris Carr is a good friend and he has to cut the straps on the Arai's he gives away.
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Much depends on your individual melon and facial shape.

You should visit a moto store that stocks different brands of helmets and try them all, Bell, Shoei, Arai, Suomy, Shark, AGV, Scorpion, Icon, Nolan, HJC, KBC, .

It's a mistake to ask us to tell you what helmet fits your melon. You should try and tell us what fits your melon.
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You're right Robbie, but some people I know pick a helmet strictly by color and graphics, fit be damned.
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The Hurt report said any helmet is a good helmet, IIRC.
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The Hurt report said any helmet is a good helmet, IIRC.
They started research on the Hurt report in what, 1976? And it was published in 1981... I remember helmets from back then... there weren't a lot of differences between the brands. And yeah- compared to NO helmet, any helmet is a good helmet.

There is such a HUGE selection available today, that finding the exact right helmet for your individual head within your budget is easy to do.
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The difference between high end and middle priced helmets are about 4% more crashes result in a concussion. Are cheap helmets worth the risk?
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The difference between high end and middle priced helmets are about 4% more crashes result in a concussion. Are cheap helmets worth the risk?
Honestly, I don't think it's about safety as much as it is features and quality of materials and craftsmanship. KBC and HJC are cheaper because they're made with cheaper materials and not to the same quality standards as the big names. Does that mean they're less safe? IMO, no. However, I do have a Shoei helmet. YMMV
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