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    Question Helmet Woes . . .

    Looking for input on helmet selection. I am familiar with DOT/Snell and SHARP ratings. I currently use a Schuberth C1 and its in need of replacement since; a) I just want a new helmet, b) its is getting a little old and c) I was recently fitted by the Arai factory guy at the DC show and now know my C1 is way to big--and I really just want a new helmet.

    I am at about 59.5cm and the Arai guy recommended the Profile as I have sort of a long oval head. I tried the Profile, but it seems to fit a tad (not terribly) tight in the rear of my head (maybe needs "broken in??"). My other choice seems to be the Shoei RF-1000 (I had an RF-900--now I know it was too big too) and I liked it at the time. I have been somewhat taken in by the flip-up style, but can't find one I feel comfortable with (that I can afford or is sold in the US), and from what I'm reading, I'm leaning for more of the safey angle of the traditional full face.

    I am overwhelmed with info at this point (I think I've burned out Webbikeworld's helmet page) but would still like to hear from others' experiences.

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    I just bought a scorpion evo 1000. Love it. But it's such a personal choice, I would recommend that you find a store that has a large selection and try on everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emperkin View Post
    I just bought a scorpion evo 1000. Love it. But it's such a personal choice, I would recommend that you find a store that has a large selection and try on everything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 108625 View Post
    I wear an Arai Profile, and would mention (if the tech didn't) that they have different thickness removeable comfort liners and cheekpads. Maybe the thinner one would do the trick for you. I do think you're right to keep shopping until you find one that is the right shape, as well as size.
    My Scorpion EX0 1000 has besides a flip down sun visor, inflatable liners which can be pumped up to complete the fit of the cheek pads.
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    Broke Down

    I finally broke down and ordered a Vemar Jiano. Will advise how it works out. BTW--ordered from extremesupply, same price as motonation, but free shipping.

    We'll see. . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by mypetersahn View Post
    I finally broke down and ordered a Vemar Jiano. Will advise how it works out. BTW--ordered from extremesupply, same price as motonation, but free shipping.

    We'll see. . .
    Can't waite to see what you think of it. I'm sure you will be riding long before us up here.
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    Depending on when it gets here--maybe this weekend!

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    This VEMAR is going to be my next helmet. I tried one on and liked it. I will be getting the one with the Bluetooth installed. Its advertised in the MOA ON. Good luck in you search and welcome aboard. We RT riders need to stick together.
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    heat and humidity

    I like my Nolan flip-up, especially during the Chicago summers. Pulling up the chin bar really helps mitigate the heat and humidity which, as you know, is wonderfully amplified in slow traffic.

    It's hard for me to believe flip ups would be given any good safety rating if they weren't actually safe. And no manufacturer would leve himself open to liability.

    Your helmet ought to be a bit snug at first. After several hours of wear, the liner will conform to your head and you should find it more comfortable. If it moves around on your head, it's not safe. If it's comfortable when you first try it on, it's the wrong size. If you're faced with the choice of one that's a little too tight or one that's comfortable right away, go with a little too tight.

    This is what I've heard for years and it makes sense to me. Hope it's helpful to you.
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    My Nolan flip up has been very good, wife and I have the intercom, use it on a RT both local and far.
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    Shoei Multitec... huge fan... have two after being so impressed with the first... wow!

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    I wear an Arai Profile, and would mention (if the tech didn't) that they have different thickness removeable comfort liners and cheekpads. Maybe the thinner one would do the trick for you. I do think you're right to keep shopping until you find one that is the right shape, as well as size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmwbhw View Post
    Shoei Multitec... huge fan... have two after being so impressed with the first... wow!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 26667 View Post
    It's hard for me to believe flip ups would be given any good safety rating if they weren't actually safe. And no manufacturer would leve himself open to liability.

    Your helmet ought to be a bit snug at first. After several hours of wear, the liner will conform to your head and you should find it more comfortable. If it moves around on your head, it's not safe. If it's comfortable when you first try it on, it's the wrong size. If you're faced with the choice of one that's a little too tight or one that's comfortable right away, go with a little too tight.

    This is what I've heard for years and it makes sense to me. Hope it's helpful to you.
    #1) which fip-up has been given a good safety rating, and by whom? DOT? DOT just asks the manufacturer "do your helmets comply with our standards?". company says "yes they do" and they get a DOT sticker. SNELL actually tests helmets, and when/if they pass, they become Snell Certified. Only 1 flipup helmet has even been given to Snell for testing, and is about to receive certification. I have not yet been given definitive info, but i believe it to be AGV's Longville.

    #2) if the choice is between "too tight" or "too loose"... go to a different store that sells a different line of helmets. every amnufacturer builds to a different shell, and sometimes more than one within a brand (I have several AGVs, and they all fit a bit differently, and all are the same size).

    Your final fit should pretty much be Goldilocks- "just right". if it's a FF lid, maybe a tad snug in the cheek pads. everywhere else should fit correctly, right from the get-go. the padding around the majority of the shell has very little real give to it. when it finally stretches out- it's time to be replaced.
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    Funny we should have the exact same head size and with an elongated head. You've already been given the advice I would give so I'll just add that I've been riding with an HJC flip up for almost a year and am quite happy with it. I like the flip-up and I know it is not as safe as the full face. However it's better than the open face and I'll just have to take the chance. I like the flip up. It's perfect for me around town with the shield up or on the road with the shield down. Works great for freezing weather too.

    The full face is just way too confining for me. My proferial vision is restricted to the point that I fell it unsafe to use. I can also use the flip up for a sun visor and that's very important to me. I rode from Atlanta Ga. to Mederian Miss. one time with the full face on, with no way to shield the sun except with my hands. I was straight into the sun.
    Dangerous and I'll never to that again. My flip up goes with me now. I have an open face with kinda a visor but the temps were below freezing that day so it was out.

    Try a bunch on and buy the one that fits.

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