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Old 06-27-2007, 01:54 PM   #1
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Arai Profile Italy Flag helmet (even though I'm not Italian?)

It's time for me to get a new helmet, and I'm really digging the Arai Profile with the Italy Flag graphics. Can I get this helmet even though I'm not Italian? I was thinking of getting it because of my Italian bike. And I'm not worried about having this helmet longer than my bike, or getting a non-Italian bike.

Here is a link with some pics: http://www.kneedraggers.com/details/...y--610650.html

What do you guys and gals think?

(Let's not talk about the fit of the helmet. I've tried many helmets on over the past week, and the Profile is great for my long oval head. I'm not set on this helmet only because of the graphics. I found the helmet that fit me best, then looked at colors.)
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Old 06-27-2007, 01:57 PM   #2
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Old 06-27-2007, 02:05 PM   #3
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If you like it, get it.

Although personally I wouldn't fly another countries flag that I wasn't linked to ethnically or nationally.
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Old 06-27-2007, 02:15 PM   #4
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God damn. 500 bucks for a helmet.
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Old 06-27-2007, 02:15 PM   #5
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It's not really an Italian flag. It's a checkered (or chequered) flag with the Italian flag colors (or colours) accenting it. I think it's perfect... if you ride an Italian bike.
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Old 06-27-2007, 02:44 PM   #6
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Old 06-27-2007, 02:58 PM   #7
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I think if u ride one of those tri color ducs then HELL YEA! i dont think Italy when i see it since it has the checkers..
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Old 06-27-2007, 03:00 PM   #8
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Arai's can be found for cheaper elsewhere. i got my QuantumII (more expensive model) w/ full graphics for 500$ shipped. i like the design, but from the pics, it doesnt even look like most ppl will get that its modeled after the Italian flag... theyll just wonder y your helmet is green on one side n almost orange on the other.

oh n does the shape of the Profile fit your head?? more important than color...
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Old 06-27-2007, 03:08 PM   #9
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If you like it, go for it. I dig the graphics. The front view looks nice... i don't think people's first impression of seeing it would be 'Hey, that guy's italian (or mexican), unlike seeing a Union Jack would be for Brits.

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Old 06-27-2007, 03:32 PM   #10
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If the helmet fills you with pleasure when you look at it and with pride as you strap it on, and fits your head, that's really all that matters.

As a female, I have to say I find the Italy flag design not exciting or eye-catching. And though I love red and green, the color scheme just doesn't seem balanced to me. Now the Sensu design -- that's kinda hot, with the red, yellow, black, white and silver. But with the Profile helmet you could also just get a solid red, white or yellow helmet too. Which would be more eye-catching for the typical cager and cheaper for you too.

I've heard that BMW of SF gives great prices on Arai helmets. Motostrano is having a sale on its Arai helmets, and with the 5% BARF discount you'll save a bit more. Plus get free shipping. And BARF sponsor, Moto World Online, in NY, probably currently sells Arai Profile the cheapest (insert BARF in the coupon code) @ $468, and you get free shipping.
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Old 06-27-2007, 03:43 PM   #11
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Absolutely not. Don't you dare. You'll violate an inviolable rule and you'll be supporting illegal aliens in the process.

Or get it. I don't care.
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Old 06-27-2007, 03:56 PM   #12
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I love the Flag design on the profile!!!! I really really wanted the Flag UK design because 1) i love british bikes and 2) I was born in England.

I was dead set on buying it till I tried on the Shoei RF-1000 and found that it fit my head perfectly and figured it would be a wiser choice. I say since the helmet fits you go for it!

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Old 06-27-2007, 04:32 PM   #13
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I don't see the Italian flag ... just Gucci colors. Plus if you want to be a goomba and you're not really a dago, it's like Italians who are iggers.

Maybe this is a helmet for Mexicans.

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Old 06-27-2007, 06:55 PM   #14
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Thanks for all the replies. I'll take everything in consideration (except Kameron's )
I wasn't going to buy it from kneedraggers, I just wanted to show pics from all sides.
masameet, thank for for the rec's.
Stang, the Profile does fit my head. I looked at helmet shapes before graphics.
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Old 06-28-2007, 12:13 PM   #15
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I love that helmet too and I ride an Italian bike. But it's $500 and I already have an arai profile and being in so cal they might think I'm displaying a mexican flag. LOL.
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