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Hey I'm lookin for a new passenger helmet. I've got the really old nasty Fulmer that came with the bike, and I use an RF1000. When my girl rides I give her my shoei and I'm stuck with the Fulmer. Its old and doesnt fit right, and it sucks. So I'm lookin for a new helmet for $100-$150 probably a solid, no graphics. Preferably snell approved....

Any recomendations?
 

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HJC CL-14 for at max $150. i got mine for $139.99. It's SNELL and DOT approved and the one I got was with a design so a solid would be cheaper.
 

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Ca$h said:
HJC CL-14 for at max $150. i got mine for $139.99. It's SNELL and DOT approved and the one I got was with a design so a solid would be cheaper.
I have the same. Paid 136.
Good venting and a good seal on the visor. Looks good and feels comfortable (for my mishapen head).
 

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What do you guys think about KBC helmets? They're pretty cheap, usually about $100 or less.
Most KBC's are probably fine helmets. I had a VR-1, and it worked like it was supposed to in a crash. Other KBC models have failed the Snell tests, so research the model/year you're planning to buy.

I would seriously reconsider buying a used helmet. One of the most important aspects of a helmet's ability to protect your head is how well it fits YOUR HEAD. When a helmet is worn, the interior padding begins to change shape to fit the wearer's head. And it doesn't go back when they take it off. No two heads are exactly the same shape. A helmet that has already been worn has already started to form to someone else's head shape and thus, it's lost some of its ability to protect yours--even if they only wore it "3 or 4 times".

You might be just fine with a used helmet, but it's a chance I wouldn't recommend you take. You should be able to find a decent Snell and DOT-approved full-face helmet on closeout for around $100 or so. And before you buy ANY helmet, try it on to make sure it fits properly. At least try on the exact same size/model to make sure it fits your head shape before you order one online.
 

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I'm sure KBC makes some OK stuff... but the TK-8 I had was absolute garbage in comparison to my Scorpion EXO-400... AND it cost more! I never tried out any of the more expensive helmets that KBC makes.

soupersnake was right on, and I have only this to add... you don't know if the used helmet has ever been dropped.
 

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http://www.terra-powersports.com/browse.aspx/sid/1/mfr/145
The solids start at $129 and the graphics are $139 for the scorpion exo 400. I was going to buy another hjc but I think this is the helmet I'm going to get. I've also found some good deals on ebay for these helmets but didn't have the cash and those deals come and go so you could do a search on there too.
 

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I have 3 KBC VR1 helmets. they are good helmets. I bought 2 mediums for me and a passenger. after a couple of rides I realized the medium was too big for the passenger so I got her a small. they are nice and I get complimented on it a lot. removable liners, snell, dot, ec standard. but it fits my head really well, you need to try one on before you buy, that is the only way to know. they run large. my head fits a shoei large, but kbc vr1 medium. don't get the kbc tk8 or tk9. they are not as good. but I think kbc is making VR3 helmets now. but if I were to get another KBC check out the Racer and vision helmets, they were built using the VR1 technology, only they are better and probably lighter. here's a review of the VR1 http://www.webbikeworld.com/Reviewed-motorcycle-products/kbc/

this place has great prices on new KBC helmets and HJC http://www.motorcyclecloseouts.com/prod_category.asp?ManId=166

here's link to KBC to view entire selection http://www.kbc-helmet.com/

don't buy a used helmet


edit more info is from helmet harbor, they do a good job of rating helmets http://www.helmetharbor.com/streethelmets/helmets/kbc/opening.htm http://www.helmetharbor.com/streethelmets/helmets/kbc/opening.htm

2nd edit: i see you are in dayton. in ohio a couple of years ago not many places carried KBC so it was hard to try one on. I tried on on at ASK http://www.askpowersports.com/Default.asp?sid=868478700X10K29K2002J2I49I19JPMQ557R0 a dealer in Columbus. I think other places around here where you can try one on is at Iron Pony http://www.ironpony.com/ and Hinds( http://www.hindsmotorsports.com/ dealer, but never buy from them or have you bike serviced there) Call these places before you make the trip just to be sure they carry them. I can help with phone numbers and websites if you need.

if you go to Iron Pony, they have a huge selection to try on, but expensive to buy. find one that fits then seach for the best price online.

or closer to you is competition accessories, they carry kbc and others http://www.compacc.com/storelocation.cfm
 

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I have 3 KBC VR1 helmets. they are good helmets. I bought 2 mediums for me and a passenger. after a couple of rides I realized the medium was too big for the passenger so I got her a small. they are nice and I get complimented on it a lot. removable liners, snell, dot, ec standard. but it fits my head really well, you need to try one on before you buy, that is the only way to know. they run large. my head fits a shoei large, but kbc vr1 medium. don't get the kbc tk8 or tk9. they are not as good. but I think kbc is making VR3 helmets now. but if I were to get another KBC check out the Racer and vision helmets, they were built using the VR1 technology, only they are better and probably lighter. here's a review of the VR1 http://www.webbikeworld.com/Reviewed-motorcycle-products/kbc/

this place has great prices on new KBC helmets and HJC http://www.motorcyclecloseouts.com/prod_category.asp?ManId=166

here's link to KBC to view entire selection http://www.kbc-helmet.com/

don't buy a used helmet


edit more info is from helmet harbor, they do a good job of rating helmets http://www.helmetharbor.com/streethelmets/helmets/kbc/opening.htm http://www.helmetharbor.com/streethelmets/helmets/kbc/opening.htm

2nd edit: i see you are in dayton. in ohio a couple of years ago not many places carried KBC so it was hard to try one on. I tried on on at ASK http://www.askpowersports.com/Default.asp?sid=868478700X10K29K2002J2I49I19JPMQ557R0 a dealer in Columbus. I think other places around here where you can try one on is at Iron Pony http://www.ironpony.com/ and Hinds( http://www.hindsmotorsports.com/ dealer, but never buy from them or have you bike serviced there) Call these places before you make the trip just to be sure they carry them. I can help with phone numbers and websites if you need.

if you go to Iron Pony, they have a huge selection to try on, but expensive to buy. find one that fits then seach for the best price online.

or closer to you is competition accessories, they carry kbc and others http://www.compacc.com/storelocation.cfm
Wow, quite informative. Yeah I've been up to Competition Accessories a few times before.... its one of my favorite toy stores (along with Best Buy) Its fun to walk around and look at all the bikes and bike stuff.

I think I'll definitely be going with one of the KBC's or the EXO400.... depending on what my girlfriend wants...
 
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