What kinda lid are you wearing these days?

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I always stop using my helmets once they pass 5 years old. But being the cheap fuck that I am I always wondered if this is just a way for the helmet manufactures to sell more helmets?

By the way, I've used a lot of brands in the past and I'm not loyal to any of them. I've had really nice helmets from KBC and Shoie and used both for many years. The Shoie GT Air is a great helmet, but a bit pricey. I've had a few Shoies in the RF line and they were always good as well.

I had really bad experience with Suomy and would never buy another. I had a few of them that I crashed in and had concussions when I don't think I should have.

I've was using a cheap AGV K3 SV for the last five years and it sucked. I didn't like the lining, it was SUPER noisy, and had crappy build quality. I hated it from the day I got it but used it for five years cause, like I said, I'm cheap as hell :) I'm sure the higher end AGV helmets are much better, at least I hope they are. I really like the graphics on my old helmet and a lot of the other AGVs though.
 

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Graphics are only somewhat on my radar- another of my lids is semigloss black- I like some pizzaz, but don't want some idiot to run over me because they were fixated on my helmet.

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This topic is intriguing, seeing the variety.

I wore this 1100 well past it's freshness date, would have bought one again. A little noisier and heavier than the 1400, and the 1400 has better aeros but the 1100 vents were superior:

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Ed hit on something here....it's hard to make a quiet helmet with good ventilation. The more vents you have, the more noise is going to get in.

I've worn Arai pretty much exclusively after '91, which is when I started selling helmets at the shop*. I found out I have an Arai head, and I measure all other helmets against them.

*(we sold Arai, Shoei, AGV, HJC and a couple cheaper brands for the $50 head crowd)
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Shoei GT Air II when riding the 14, LS 2 when riding my KTM and I may head off to play in the dirt.
 

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Was out fucking with the helmets a few minutes ago- my #2 is a Shoei Qwest in black semigloss:

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This one is noisier still than the 1400, but the top-of-head vent catches more breeze on my more-upright bikes (a plus)... it also lets me run an NOJ helmet skirt which won't work with the 1400 and is a real plus in cold or shit weather. Keeps a lot of bugs out in the summer as well.

You gain or give up things on each type of helmet
Agree 100%, it's always a trade-off.

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Ed hit on something here....it's hard to make a quiet helmet with good ventilation. The more vents you have, the more noise is going to get in.

I've worn Arai pretty much exclusively after '91, which is when I started selling helmets at the shop*. I found out I have an Arai head, and I measure all other helmets against them.

*(we sold Arai, Shoei, AGV, HJC and a couple cheaper brands for the $50 head crowd)
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plain white no matter which style keeps the heat our better … one thin blue line K9 decal on the back of the helmet of every helmet I have,,
 

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My buddy Steve contacted Shoei about his GT Air. I think he got a smart ass answer....but I still love my Shoei.
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So I've been using the new HJC helmet for a few weeks now pretty much every day. At first the cheek pads were just a little tight, but after wearing it for a while they have broken in and this helmet is VERY comfortable. I also like how light it is, it is noticeably lighter than pretty much any helmet I've had before. The visor also seals very well and the helmet is very quiet.

The only downside I've noticed is the ventilation on the chin bar that covers your mouth doesn't flow very well and doesn't direct much airflow onto the face shield so the shield fogs pretty easily when stopped and doesn't clear quickly when you start moving. The helmet came with pin locks so I might install that...

If you are looking for a new street helmet I would highly recommend you check out the HJC RPHA 70.
 

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Just got this for XC and DH mountain biking. I hit a tree with my face wearing a traditional helmet. Shit hurt. 2 loose teeth. Stopped XC until this came in

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I was standing in the Arai building inside the Pit Area at Daytona one day during Speed Week back in the early '90s, talking to the head tech on duty about something when a woman came in and asked him a question.

She said her son was getting into a new sport called Mountain Biking, and they came down the hills pretty fast. She wanted to know if Arai made a special helmet for that.

He asked how fast they were going, and when she said "Pretty damn fast...", he said then they just need to wear a MX helmet..... :lol:
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I was standing in the Arai building inside the Pit Area at Daytona one day during Speed Week back in the early '90s, talking to the head tech on duty about something when a woman came in and asked him a question.

She said her son was getting into a new sport called Mountain Biking, and they came down the hills pretty fast. She wanted to know if Arai made a special helmet for that.

He asked how fast they were going, and when she said "Pretty damn fast...", he said then they just need to wear a MX helmet..... :lol:
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MX helmets are much heavier than a MTB helmet and don’t flow air as well

Speeds for me on a MTB will never approach the speeds on the dirtbike

Different equipment for different sports
 

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Arai Quantum/F Nori Haga replica from.....2001? Lot of miles and memories with that one, sitting in a helmet bag on a shelf.

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Arai Vector from 2008, Phil Read Replica. Wore it about 7 times that summer and it's been in the helmet bag on the shelf next to the Haga ever since.

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Arai Defiant from 2015, some red/white/black graphic that went half decently with my then new Super Tenere. Great for an upright riding position, lots of air flow at regular speed.

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Why doesn't anyone produce a strong (NTSB approved or whatever it needs) perforated motorcycle helmet ? i think you could sell a shit load of em. Try riding with a black full helmet in 110 degrees.
…tons of air flow is what’s needed, helmet with holes :D
 
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