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Offline Kristian

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Re: Good affordable helmets?
« Reply #30 on: December 09, 2018, 06:28:51 PM »
I discovered the portuguese brand "Nexx" by change. Many of their helmets are made in a combination of Kevlar, Carbon and Glass fiber, and tests show they are astonishing good in comparison to well-known brands. I for example have some X70 jet helms in different colours. I like them.

Just OK-but same rating as my Shoei GT Air...

https://sharp.dft.gov.uk/helmets/?manufacturer=Nexx&model=All&type=1

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Re: Good affordable helmets?
« Reply #31 on: December 09, 2018, 09:05:36 PM »
I used to subscribe to the big $$ helmets, but my last 3 Helmets (since 06) were: Scorpion Exo (400), AGV Skyline, Nolan N44. These were all less than $225 and all were well made, comfortable and serviceable.

I bought the Scorpion on a fluke in 2006. While moving, I lost track of my big $$ Shoe RF and didn't want to spend a lot on a short term replacement. I liked the Scorpion so much I never wore the Shoe again and it became the 'guest helmet.'

I wore the Scorpion exclusively up till 2015 when I bought the AGV which I liked, but didn't love. It is hot in the summer, so just recently picked up the Nolan N44 which has amazing visibility but seems a bit noisy. I've only wore it 3x so far, has been a cold we fall/winter.

I used to look for a Snell foundation helmet, but DOT rating has improved so I am comfortable with it.



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Re: Good affordable helmets?
« Reply #32 on: December 10, 2018, 11:55:43 PM »
Revzilla is selling on "closeout" Shubert helmets for about half price.
My riding buddy just bought one and says it is the quietest helmet he has ever had.
But it does fold his ears down when he puts it on.  :weiner:
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Re: Good affordable helmets?
« Reply #33 on: December 11, 2018, 12:07:55 AM »
Just OK-but same rating as my Shoei GT Air...

https://sharp.dft.gov.uk/helmets/?manufacturer=Nexx&model=All&type=1

Well, in a comparison (full style, with impact tests and so on) in our German magazine "Motorrad" the Nexx XR1.R was by far the best. And nobody expected it.
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Re: Good affordable helmets?
« Reply #34 on: December 11, 2018, 07:14:49 AM »
I have been using a Shoei RF helmet like forever.  But I buy the soon to be replaced model with unpopular graphics on closeout.  It's a brand new helmet at less than half the price!

https://www.motorcyclecloseouts.com/hot+deals/huge+helmet+blowout+sale/f/brand-227
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Re: Good affordable helmets?
« Reply #35 on: December 11, 2018, 07:38:34 AM »
Well, in a comparison (full style, with impact tests and so on) in our German magazine "Motorrad" the Nexx XR1.R was by far the best. And nobody expected it.

My cousin wore Nexx when he was racing. He had good things to say about them.

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Re: Good affordable helmets?
« Reply #36 on: December 11, 2018, 11:22:17 AM »
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But it does fold his ears down when he puts it on.  :weiner:

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Re: Good affordable helmets?
« Reply #37 on: December 11, 2018, 04:17:44 PM »
A lot of good suggestions, but not the most obvious.  Go to a large motorcycle store and try them on, don't order via the Internet w/o making sure it fits your head shape correctly.  It doesn't matter how good a review a particular helmet gets, if it doesn't fit you right it will be noisy, create pressure points or even be downright dangerous, as it may come off in a crash and not do what it was bought for. 

Take a look at this resource on WebBikeWorld that is the only one that classifies helmets by head shape:

https://www.webbikeworld.com/motorcycle-helmet-reviews-by-internal-shape/


This list may not include every single helmet you will find, but it's a good start to see what should fit similarly.  And as always, take all reviews with a grain of salt.  It's one man's impression and opinion, which may not be the same as yours.  I've found that even within the "right" groups for my head shape, not all helmets fit as well.


If you have an oval-ish (aka narrow) head, Scorpion makes some good options in full face and modular helmets at very reasonable prices. 

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Re: Good affordable helmets?
« Reply #38 on: December 12, 2018, 07:43:10 AM »
RevZilla categorizes helmets by head shape. Also, refinements with fit are possible with cheek pads of various widths.
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Re: Good affordable helmets?
« Reply #39 on: December 12, 2018, 08:01:46 AM »
RevZilla categorizes helmets by head shape. Also, refinements with fit are possible with cheek pads of various widths.

Not only that they'll take any helmet back (that hasn't been worn on a ride) and exchange for different model or size.

Also, if you're lucky enough to be in the greater Philly area you can go to their showroom and try most on. Or if it's one they don't stock in the showroom you can order 2-3 sizes and show up to try them on, then instantly return the ones you don't want/need.

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Re: Good affordable helmets?
« Reply #40 on: December 16, 2018, 03:55:55 AM »
The shape of your head reflects the shape of your brain, and I came across an article online this morning saying that studies show that those with a more oval brain have been found to have 2% Neanderthal dna.
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Re: Good affordable helmets?
« Reply #41 on: December 16, 2018, 07:16:34 AM »
Neanderthal had brains that were larger than modern Sapiens. Maybe those without the Neanderthal DNA are the Harley riders.

Anecdote, BTW I have an oval head and never owned a Harley. I don't know if I have any Neanderthal DNA in me but I might be willing to share my DNA with her if I met an attractive Neanderthal  :azn:

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Re: Good affordable helmets?
« Reply #42 on: December 16, 2018, 11:17:54 AM »
The things I have to add have already been said on this thread:  Motorcyclecloseouts .com and consider a helmet with a drop down sun visor.  A couple months ago I bought a Shoei GT Air for about $380 in a discontinued graphic pattern and it is by far the best helmet I've ever owned.  I thought the Quest was good but the GT Air is much quieter and the drop down shade is a game changer, especially if you're riding as the sun is coming up or going down.  I bought my wife a Shoei RF SR and suddenly she likes to ride with me longer and more often than she did with the cheaper helmets that came before.

A lot of good, inexpensive helmets have already been mentioned but if you really need a cheaper helmet you should toss AGV in the ring also, I wore out several AGV modular helmets before switching to Shoei.  They are well made, safe helmets, just not as quiet or comfortable as the top shelf stuff.

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Re: Good affordable helmets?
« Reply #43 on: December 16, 2018, 02:41:56 PM »
OK, ive been out of the loop for over a decade!!  Just picked up a new to me 02 Cal stone, and seeing that I need a new helmet..  I LOVE my old Shoei RF108V that ive had since the late 80's....  as i grab it off the shelf I see the padding has deteriorated. Well searching for new i see....  $400+!!!  OK.. so here is what I want..  Full face, solid color, and nothing too fancy..  vents are nice, but I dont need all the bells...  I also prefer a fiberglass shell..  I just think its the best for impacts.  Whats out there thats basic, solid, and affordable? Any advice for me?

What size helmet are you looking for?  I've got two for Sale now in the Classified Section, one Nolan and one Nexx...let me know if either of those work for you.  Great prices...much cheaper than new!
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Re: Good affordable helmets?
« Reply #44 on: December 17, 2018, 06:38:01 PM »
Info on internal shapes of helmets, it's all relative.

http://www.lidpicker.com/free-data/








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Re: Good affordable helmets?
« Reply #45 on: December 18, 2018, 06:17:46 AM »
Info on internal shapes of helmets, it's all relative.

http://www.lidpicker.com/free-data/









Whaaaa...  Ya I need to get to a shop and try some on...   
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Re: Good affordable helmets?
« Reply #46 on: December 18, 2018, 06:42:05 AM »
Protection, or style? Decisions, decisions.  :undecided:




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Re: Good affordable helmets?
« Reply #47 on: December 18, 2018, 07:58:01 AM »
Protection, or style? Decisions, decisions.  :undecided:





Style is not high on the list...  OK, maybe a little... I like solid color, and dont like the modern dull paint fad....  other then that.. I loved my old Shoei RF108V...  its just too old..  Just good, basic, do it all full face... 
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Re: Good affordable helmets?
« Reply #48 on: December 18, 2018, 08:15:46 AM »
The shape of your head reflects the shape of your brain, and I came across an article online this morning saying that studies show that those with a more oval brain have been found to have 2% Neanderthal dna.
Jpv7, shouldn't you be riding a Harley?
Lol...my wife would argue in favour of that theory.  No Harleys for me, thanks.

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