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Mr Intruder
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PostSubject: Looking for a new Helmet    Mon Apr 15, 2013 4:16 pm

I am looking for a new helmet and need a little help finding a normal half faced helmet. Not German military type, just normal 70/80' style open face.
I want an open face helmet, sounds easy enough one would think but it's not so easy as it sounds. I want one that is more in keeping with the helmets of yesteryear. The reason for this is that although I know helmets are there to protect your brains, I just don't want one that looks like I have half a bowling ball strapped to my head. All the helmets I have seen lately seem to have to much packing and I don't want to look any more like Bod than I already do!



So if anyone knows of a DOT legal somewhere helmet that doesn't cost the earth, that makes you look less like an alien and more like a biker please let me know.

PS. The reason I say DOT legal somewhere is because I don't care if it's not DOT UK. I just want to know that the DOT in a first world country somewhere feels they offer a reasonable level of protection.
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a new Helmet    Mon Apr 15, 2013 5:31 pm

I've used these before for helmets and find them pretty reasonable, but I tend to find one I like in a shop first and then buy off the net.
http://www.sportsbikeshop.co.uk/motorcycle_parts/content_cat/799
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a new Helmet    Mon Apr 15, 2013 5:42 pm

Do you know which if any of them are more in keeping with my requirements for a helmet that doesn't make you look like an alien?
So far over the last few weeks I have been in 5 bike shops and all the helmets I have come across have too much padding to give the style that I am after.
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a new Helmet    Mon Apr 15, 2013 5:48 pm

Bloody brilliant, my mate has just emailed me a link to the style I am after. They are not DOT UK but they are DOT USA. So unless something else comes up, it looks like I have found what I am after. LINK

As you can see, much closer fitting around the face, nice thin layer of padding next to the face.

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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a new Helmet    Mon Apr 15, 2013 5:49 pm

Here's all of them - well a lot of them. Find the one you sort of fancy and go to the website. I quite like the German soldier style.

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=open%20face%20helmet&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=wC5sUcnVMMzMPf22gNgK&biw=1920&bih=897&sei=xC5sUemLNMel0QXRp4DgDQ
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a new Helmet    Mon Apr 15, 2013 6:24 pm

if i had to pick one from sim's link probaly go for the arai freeway 2 black frost or the rp60 .
no wander your haveing trouble picking one there are some real shit lookin lids (open face) good luck getting what you want something will turn up
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a new Helmet    Mon Apr 15, 2013 6:43 pm

Mr Intruder wrote:
Yeah I can see why you were previously after a helmet like the one you have now found now in this picture now, cause this has probably got half the face padding of most modern helmets. I see they are selling them as low profile helmets from the link you put up
Like it
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a new Helmet    Mon Apr 15, 2013 7:31 pm

Mr Intruder wrote:
I just want to know that the DOT in a first world country somewhere feels they offer a reasonable level of protection.
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Open face helmets no matter how well specified will only afford protection to the back of your head. Your face receives 0%! Having said this, I rode around happily with one on for 2 years. My main reason for wearing one was it looked cool. My only concern is flying insects, especially riding without a screen so some form of eye protection would be wise. Shades look cool too!
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a new Helmet    Mon Apr 15, 2013 7:53 pm

These helmets are by far my favorite style.

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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a new Helmet    Mon Apr 15, 2013 7:58 pm

Good choice there Dave I think putting a leak on it will make it look even narrower.
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a new Helmet    Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:05 pm

simbo wrote:
Good choice there Dave I think putting a leak on it will make it look even narrower.
Just had a look at the link dave put up and it actually comes with a peak and a pair of sunglasses thrown in as well
Must agree with you Sim I think it was a good choice of classic helmet as well. I never realized until it was mentioned here how much helmets had got so big with the extra padding they now have. and by going for that style even though they aint legal in the uk you get the classic look but won't get pulled over for having an illegal helmet on, good compromise
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a new Helmet    Tue Apr 16, 2013 12:26 am

I am going to buy the one I have shown above, for the money its a steal and it is just what I was looking for, the retro look.
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a new Helmet    Tue Apr 16, 2013 7:19 am

Just been reading the various reviews on the Daytona helmet I am getting and they seem to really rated by all, thats a good start at least.
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PostSubject: need helmet   Tue Apr 16, 2013 9:19 am

Hi give this site ago i have the plain matte black one and its great
http://www.fatskeleton.co.uk/
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a new Helmet    Tue Apr 16, 2013 9:29 am

I was gonna say fat skeleton you beat me to it Jason.
I tried some of their open face helmets on at a bike show they were comfortable and low profile style
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a new Helmet    Tue Apr 16, 2013 9:36 am

I've used them for years all there stuff is great and always good service mine is the daytona
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a new Helmet    Tue Apr 16, 2013 10:03 am

My Shoei open face (RJ Platinum) is great although it does have the comfy padding.

Loving your choice Dave...now get some aviator googles to go with it ;D
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a new Helmet    Tue Apr 16, 2013 1:48 pm

I'm with Simbo on this - whatever you choose, try one on first. I always buy slightly tighter than I need - they always give.
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a new Helmet    Tue Apr 16, 2013 6:48 pm

That's a great link, never seen them before. They also sell the Daytona which is handy.
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a new Helmet    Tue Apr 16, 2013 11:10 pm

Never really took any notice of these daytona lids before but they seam to be very popular from the searches I have just been doing. and I agree they look so much better
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a new Helmet    Fri Apr 19, 2013 7:45 pm

You might be banned from the French trip if you get a swanky new helmet - can't have you showing the rest of us up
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a new Helmet    Sun Apr 28, 2013 5:12 pm

Bit the bullet today and ordered the Daytona custom low profile helmet that I posted a pic of above. I went to there UK supplier for a gander but found that the ebay link I posted above was a better buy with a peak and sunglasses as part of the deal.
Really looking forward to having a helmet that doesn't give you the head of an alien look that all modern UK legal lids give.
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a new Helmet    Sun Apr 28, 2013 8:48 pm

Thats cool
Only thing is now, when you get it your going to have to model it so we can see the difference lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a new Helmet    Sun Apr 28, 2013 9:07 pm

Did you go shiny or matt? Like Crash says :ttiwwp: No pics? you ain't got it!
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a new Helmet    Sun Apr 28, 2013 9:24 pm

Went for the matt black, I will start my modelling career as soon as it arrives.
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a new Helmet    Sun Apr 28, 2013 9:31 pm

could you do a catalog pose youno lookin at your watch or maybe lookin off into the distance
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a new Helmet    Sun Apr 28, 2013 10:06 pm

Nice one Dave...now you need to start practising the "do not approach, I'm a badass biker" look in front of the mirror


I kind of like the way Bell made this...


And as a sci-fi fan, I think this one is fantastic....would not suit a cruiser well though. Predator!
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a new Helmet    Sun Apr 28, 2013 10:09 pm

MarcinG wrote:
One of my mates has the helmet, very cool indeed.
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a new Helmet    Sun Apr 28, 2013 10:12 pm

Makes you wonder why the design is not more popular...re the hard face protector..
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a new Helmet    Sun Apr 28, 2013 10:43 pm

I think it is that they are not legal in the UK and to pay that much money for a non legal UK helmet kind of hurts a bit.
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a new Helmet    Sun Apr 28, 2013 10:53 pm

Satisfaction is worth the price in most cases... :bike5:
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a new Helmet    Mon Apr 29, 2013 6:51 pm

fat intruder wrote:
could you do a catalog pose youno lookin at your watch or maybe lookin off into the distance
Ha Ha yeah, no catalouge poses meand you don't own it
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