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I'm about due for a new helmet. My current one is 5 years old and the liners getting pretty worn.

I'm looking for a nice light-weight helmet. Also (VERY IMPORTANT) I am quite thin... 5' 10" and 160 pounds... so i'd like to find a helmet that isn't the width of my shoulders! Any helmets I put on make me look like an alien because they're huge; so does anyone make a helmet that is comfortable and doesn't have 3" thick padding on either side of my head?

I've been looking at Scorpion helmets and Arai... but I can't seem to find the weights of them. The HJC hemlet im looking at (which is just an upgraded version of what i have now) is 3.6 pounds. I'm not sure where that stands in the way of weights...

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I have always worn Arai or Shoei because they are supposed to be the best. However, a couple years ago, there was a pretty extensive test done on many many helmets and the X1R's were proven to protect the best. They allowed fewer G's to reach the head/brain then any of the far more expensive helmets. And They're only between $100-200. I still wear my Arai for now, but when it's time for a new one. I'm getting an X1R. As far as making your head look to big. I don't know. You'd probably just have to try a bunch on and see what you like.

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The Hjc helmets are pretty light weight. If money is no object. Get a Shoei. Best helmet I ever owned.
 

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If your looking for a full face i would give some thought to the modular / flip face helmets they have out now. The added conveince of being able to get a drink, get a little air or whatever w/o having to remove the whole helmet is great. There a quite a few to choose from from different companies. I sell the one from DaytonaHelmets with the dual shield system for $89.95

 

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yea i was looking at those modular helmets a few years back before i bought my HJC.. back then they were huge, i guess because of the added plastic/mechanisms? maybe they've improved since then..

and if it comes down to looks vs protection, ill take protection any day; so im going to check out those XR1's too

thanks for the input guys, i appreciate it!
 

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Another vote for Shoei, I love my RF1000!! While a lot of lower priced helmets will protect as good (or maybe even slightly better?) the difference is in the comfort. Once you wear a quality helmet you will wonder how you ever put up with a cheap one? Maybe if those who don't like to wear helmets tried a good one they might change their mind? IMO my Shoei is far more comfortable than going without.
 

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I have a Shoei M2000 (great helmet, had it for years) , an HJC , and a Fulmer Modus, love them all for different reasons.
In the Summertime, the Fulmer wins hands down. Can't beat a flip up helmet.
Although the new Nolan N42 is pretty sweet..I've been eye balling one of those..


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man you guys really got me thinking of a flip-up helmet again..

this one looks pretty sweet. they sure have come a far way since 5 years ago when i was shopping around! http://www.helmetcity.com/page/HC/PROD/ ... rlmtfreeze

I'm gonna have to find somewhere local that carries a lot of helmets and try a bunch on

If i go HJC, I know which one i'm getting. But now i'd really like to try on a scorpion and a shoei at least.
 

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Go with the Scorpion EXO-700, great and light weight helmet. 3lbs 13oz, and it protects very well and was one of the best that were tested, plus MUCH cheaper than Arai.
 
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I just bought the SHOEI RF-1000 and it's super. Haven't worn it all that much, but, do like it when I ride the VFR. It is lighter than my really old Bieffe helmet. Tried on the modular helmets and it didn't fit me well at all.
 

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I got a Shoei TZ-R at the beginning of the season and I'm pretty happy with it. Weight has not been an issue. It vents really well and is very quiet, in fact the quietest I've tried. One problem is that with the speakers from my Chatterbox in the ear space, I feel pressure against my ears. I need to slightly modify the liner. Other than that it's been great.
My primary reason for picking this one was noise level. It was rated one of the best. I read that most of the comparably priced modulars were noisy. No good for my tinnitus.
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Just a word of caution regarding fiip-up helmets. Because of the way they are attached to the helmet (swivel hinges are made of plastic), NONE that I have found are certified for "Frontal Impact". It's like you're wearing a half helmet if you go down, don't expect the jaw wrap around to help out much.
 

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Shoei RF-1000 is the full coverage I've stayed with due to comfort and
weight. Tried 3 or 4 others and always go back to it. Kept shopping and
found a disc. color/pattern on ebay (brand new dealer display) for $225.
 

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Wouldn't it be more like a 3/4 helmet if you go down?

I have a Shoei RF1000, and love it. It's the 4th Shoei I've had. I get them because of how they fit.

Personally, I'd go look at helmets in your price range and try them on from multiple manufacturers. You're better off spending $100 more than you wanted for a helmet that FITS COMFORTABLY than you are in saving the money.
 

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The price tag is the last thing I'll look at once I have it narrowed down to a few helmets. Not that money isn't an issue, but I just bought a $13k motorcycle... and the difference between $150 and $500 isn't much in the scheme of things when you consider the cost of the bike, not to mention the cost of comfort and protection.

Don't get me wrong, if the $150 HJC fits the best and protects as well as a $500 shoei... i'll get the HJC. I really need to go try some of these on to decide though.

From some searching i've done it seems like the Shoei RF1000 and the Scorpion EXO-700 have tons of good reviews. I'll probably start with those two, and if they're not comfortable i'll look at some others.

Thanks again for everyones input!
 

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Actually I do have a question for the shoei RF1000 users. The visor mechanism/lock looks very similar to that of my current HJC design. That's the one gripe i have with my current helmet is that the mechanism is cheap and I've had to replace them twice. now when i lift my visor the left side usually pops out (needs to be replaced again)

Has anyone had a similar problem with the shoei design? i'd hate to pay $450+ for a helmet and have the same issues....
 

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I have 13 helmets. All different brands. I can tell you that the best buy for your money is an Icon. If money is no object, then Suomy is at the top of my list. I have Arai and Shoei too. I wear my Icon a lot. :D
 
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