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Old 11-14-2012, 01:04 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Best expensive Helm I've owned is a bell star.

I've used soumy and a older shoes and the bell has better air flow and fits my head better. But the shoes and soumy are a few years older then my bell.

Icon Alliance ssr line is a good entry level helm but I wouldn't do much tracking or touring in it. There a bit heavy. I have crash tested it and it worked out just fine.

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Are you reviewing helmets or asking for a suggestion for buying a new one? It seem like you've had quite a few helmets already.


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Old 11-14-2012, 09:47 AM   #18 (permalink)
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I have a ICON alliance and like it. Its not Snell rated but if your not going to be doing track days then it will be fine. Try on the Speed & Strength brand, the padding on those is awesome. Also look at the Scorpion and Bell line of helmets. I'd only go with Shoei or Arai if I was going to do some hardcore riding or alot of track days as those helmets are top of the line and can get a bit expensive.
The helmet nor the ground give one flying fuck if you are doing a track day or just commuting to work.

A five mph fall fak snap your neck... Buy a well rated helmet and make sure it fits.

Bell star is a nice helmet. I only use mine I'm good weather- it fogs like a mother fucker on me (this is not something any one else here seems to struggle with but it is for me. My other helmet is a scorpion... I love it... Paid 75$ for it.

But my.shoei was hands down the best. I'll probably buy another in two or tjree years I like it that much.
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I like Shoei, but have switched to the Bell RS-1. Awesome air flow and I love the transitions shield that autotints


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The helmet nor the ground give one flying fuck if you are doing a track day or just commuting to work.

A five mph fall fak snap your neck... Buy a well rated helmet and make sure it fits.

Bell star is a nice helmet. I only use mine I'm good weather- it fogs like a mother fucker on me (this is not something any one else here seems to struggle with but it is for me. My other helmet is a scorpion... I love it... Paid 75$ for it.

But my.shoei was hands down the best. I'll probably buy another in two or tjree years I like it that much.
My RS1 shield fogs in the cold way quicker and severely than any other helmet I've had. The shield seems thinner when compared to my other helmets which may be why it fogs up so bad. I put some anti fog spray on it and it helped this morning.

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New rider on a not-made-for-beginners GSXR600? I hope you're not asking for help in just the helmet buying because you already have a full set of leathers, boots, and gloves.
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:40 PM   #22 (permalink)
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The helmet nor the ground give one flying fuck if you are doing a track day or just commuting to work.

A five mph fall fak snap your neck... Buy a well rated helmet and make sure it fits.

Bell star is a nice helmet. I only use mine I'm good weather- it fogs like a mother fucker on me (this is not something any one else here seems to struggle with but it is for me. My other helmet is a scorpion... I love it... Paid 75$ for it.

But my.shoei was hands down the best. I'll probably buy another in two or tjree years I like it that much.
Yea, I was simply saying that if he was doing track, a Snell rating is required if im not mistaken.
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Old 11-15-2012, 02:02 PM   #23 (permalink)
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As far as helmets go, as long as it is SNELL rated it is fine.

A lot of people question why I refuse to buy a DOT only helmet, and quite simply it is for security. DOT helmets are inspected and claim to have met that requirement from the manufacturer, it is not independently tested. However, to obtain a SNELL rating, the SNELL Organization independently tests helmets and provides them with this.

So, why do I wear only SNELL, regardless of on the street or track? Because I trust an independent agency over the corporation trying to sell its helmet. Additionally, what happens if they claim it is DOT and it isn't? They get fined, and told to meet the standards. That's it, not a huge punishment.

So, who will you put your head in? A company's trust, or an outside, noninterested investigative third party?

To answer your question, helmets that I've had:

Bell Star - fantastic helmet. Runs big.
Shoei X-11 - probably my favorite helmet, helped me survive a 90 mph bump on the head.
Scorpion EXO-1000 - heavy, not that great. Only feature I liked was the drop down sun visor. Held up to two crashes (120mph and 95mph), although I shouldn't have been wearing it in the second one .I was very lucky.
HJC CL-16 - good street helmet, wouldn't track it personally.
HJC RPS-10 - probably the only helmet that comes remotely close to the X11. Best thing about it is how wide the visor is, I can see soooooo much more (although, for a street rider this isn't as important)
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I don't believe any AGV helmet is Snell certified, but mine worked well in a crash, and many top racers wear them. They just build to Euro standards which many say are better than Snell. So don't let Snell be a dealbreaker, do some research.

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Old 11-15-2012, 03:46 PM   #25 (permalink)
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I don't believe any AGV helmet is Snell certified, but mine worked well in a crash, and many top racers wear them. They just build to Euro standards which many say are better than Snell. So don't let Snell be a dealbreaker, do some research.

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I just said SNELL because I figure anyone who does enough research to learn about the ECU standard and decide whether they prefer it to SNELL, doesn't need my $.02 about new rider helmets any more.

I did have an ECU-rated helmet (Shark) fail tech at a local drag strip where they specifically required SNELL, but it hasn't been an issue for trackdays.

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I don't believe any AGV helmet is Snell certified, but mine worked well in a crash, and many top racers wear them. They just build to Euro standards which many say are better than Snell. So don't let Snell be a dealbreaker, do some research.

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True, I honestly forget about the Euro standards at times, which are better than Snell. But, sometimes this isn't on the US helmets so its easier to go with the Snell ones. Pretty much, since races orgs require Snell or Euro specs, that's what I go with.
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This Snell and European standards talk is starting to make me question my purchase with the ICON.
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SHARP Helmets - THE HELMET SAFETY SCHEME

This helps also. ECE rating is good to have as well.
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This Snell and European standards talk is starting to make me question my purchase with the ICON.
I mean, I'm sure 99.9% of full face helmets out there are good, and you'd have to buy some really odd off brand to get something bad. Its just that the Snell and European standards are a fool proof guarantee. Additionally, since I ride track, I like knowing that they can absorb higher impact levels (because the standards are higher) than just a DOT helmet. Who knows, my 100+ mph crashes could have been much worse.
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