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Helmet Recommendation

Discussion in 'Destinations Tips HowTo's and Safety' started by mouldman1, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. smurfslayer

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    They look to be ECE certified which is on par with and in some cases better than Snell.
    I don’t have one but you can still get decent noggin protection without spending over a grand.
     
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    As someone that spent many years racing bikes, between what I've experienced myself and what I have seen in other crash results, I would not trust my head to anything other than top line helmets. Such as Bell, Simpson, Arai, Stilo. I honestly look at Snell or ECE certs as being a starting point. They are also tremendously more comfortable once you find a model that fits your head. I've never met anyone who regretted buying a high quality lid.
     
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    I don’t disagree, but there’s a lot of racers out there - Moto-gp, and under card, World Superbike, AMA, BSB campaigning less than Arai/Shoei lids who have had spectacular get offs and survived relatively unscathed, head fully intact. The certs just tell us how the helmet absorbs impact forces. One of the Snell tests was surviving 2 impacts to a corner surface like a curb and was transmitting more force to the wearer as a result. I understand they’ve amended their certification to be more inline with DOT and ECE, but I think they’re still mutually exclusive.
     
  4. zombiekiller

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    the way I look at it is when considering what sort of helmet to buy, plan to spend as much as you think your intellect and brain function are worth in comparison to the money that you earn and more importantly, in comparison to what you'd value your life at.

    I don't expect everyone to drop $1000+ on a brain bucket, but do the research and buy the best that you can afford.

    a helmet is more worthwhile than built rite panels, or ceramic coating, or fancy new wheels, ( or whatever else might look "cool". )

    as someone who has survived 3 pretty serious motorsports crashes, I won't ever skimp on safety gear.

    I was smart enough to follow the advice of someone who said, " don't set a budget or price limit on safety equipment. brains and spinal cords don't grow back. arms, legs, fingers, noses, ears... once they're gone, they're gone, no matter how much money you have left, you can't buy a new brain. you can't buy a new back. you can't buy a new life. "

    To put it in perspective, the person that said this to me lost a leg in a racing accident. He has since passed, but he was always thankful that his safety equipment " gave him the opportunity to raise my kids as an active participant, even though I could no longer outrun them."

    Your back and your brain are two things that will never be the same after even a single injury. I still have C5 problems and nerve pain from my last wreck ( 3 years ago) and I was in a race vehicle with: HANS, Arm tethers, Full cage ( tagged as well), and was making a full Nomex fashion statement.

    when I think about it, I feel like the $25K that I spent on refreshing ALL of the safety gear in that car 3 months before I crashed it was the best money that I've ever spent on any automotive hobby. It was a tiny dollar amount compared to what I value my life and general well-being at.

    Please take your safety seriously. And if you don't really care about what would happen to just you, please consider what happens to your family's life if you end up seriously injured, disabled, or worse.

    It's been just about a year since we lost Pistol Pete. Every year we lose another person or persons. Every time it happens, it breaks hearts.

    I get freaked out every so often when that little jimminy cricket voice makes me feel like the boogeyman is around the corner if I don't wise up.

    In the past year, no less than 6 of my friends have crashed a truck and have gotten extremely lucky. No matter how much you spend on safety, you will never feel like you wasted money. It is probably the only set of parts that I've always felt that way about.

    You can never become lax on safety.

    c/n: spend as much as you possibly can on safety equipment that fits properly. Never be lax on using the safety gear.
     
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    You obviously don't know as much as you think you know. These are quality helmets. To each his own...
     
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    All other commentaries aside, I personally wouldn't use a motorcycle helmet for four-wheeled autosports.

    I like impact and stilo helmets. But, once you're talking a wired side or top draft, carbon helmet, Not everyone wants to drop $1500.

    Pyrotect is a quality, yet affordable helmet and the company makes an open face helmet that is less than $400. They also sell a model that is full face with a visor and without a shield. ( this is what I usually have in my truck for passengers .)

    I also like the Stilo WRC helmet (really handy if you have an intercom in the truck), which again isn't crazy expensive.

    If you need gold flake, there is always a wrap or a quick trip to an airbrusher.
     
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    I certainly don't know everything, but I've been wearing and testing helmets the hard way for over 50 years, I know a fair amount. I have a scar on my forehead where my head hit a piece of armco at a track and split open an approved lower quality helmet and fractured my skull. I have crashed more than once or twice over the years to test my knowledge. Do yourself a favor and try a quality helmet some time. HJC makes some nice lids if you want to take it easy with money. You'll find out how nice it is to have things like vents and a high quality interior when you get a helmet that isn't built mainly to meet a retro aesthetic for cafe/bobber guys, and is instead built to be a good helmet.
     
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