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Helmet question?

i got this a a gift from a co-worker who has had it for awhile and said he never used it and if i like it i could have it.

Well i liked it because i have never seen anything like it.
It is made by a company called GPA and they are located in in france, the serial number is 0000661, it was made in 03/99 and it is sweet.

But i would like to know if its a good helmet and how much one of these would cost me if i could find some one that carries them?






and the visor slides up into the shell of the helmet.

im thinking this thing is expensive but i may be wrong, can anyone help me out with the value of this lid?
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Re: Helmet question?

It looks like a storm trooper / fighter pilot hybrid helmet. Be wary, sometimes too many moving parts will compromise the integrity of the helmet. Instead of having a complete piece of molded plastic protecting your face, you have almost a puzzle like device, with various potential breaking points. It looks cool though.
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Re: Helmet question?

I'd be leary of it for 3 reasons.

1. it's 10 years old

2. if you plan on riding with a helmet that's got a flip up face or a disconjointing mouth guard like that one, what would happen if you hit your face? the integrity of that helmet could be horribly comprimised due to the "cool" factor of the helmet

3. (in my best ricky bobby voice) what have the french ever given us???

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Re: Helmet question?

helmets typically have a life span of about 5 years before the poly materials and styrofoam start to deteriorate. look cool, and i wouldn't mind having it for my future suspended light project in my garage, but i wouldn't wear it on the street..
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Re: Helmet question?

IF it has been indoors in a box since manufactured, I don't see it degrading very much. I'm not sure what to think about the mechanism. Cool but ... not.

If I was offered one, and the mechanism and closing latch seemed sturdy, AND IF IT FIT MY HEAD VERY WELL, I would probably consider using it for a year or two.

Your mileage may differ.
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Re: Helmet question?

Even if it's hardly used, I wouldn't feel safe something using something that's 10 years old to protect my skull, but that's just me
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2. if you plan on riding with a helmet that's got a flip up face or a disconjointing mouth guard like that one, what would happen if you hit your face? the integrity of that helmet could be horribly comprimised due to the "cool" factor of the helmet

I was hit from behind in '04 on the track at around 160kph.
I was knocked unconscious immediately as my lid was split open from the bottom edge behind my left ear up to the crown.
The lid was an HJC Symax flip-up.
It stayed on my head and held together just fine.
I'd have no concerns wearing another one :-)

The way the front of this one opens though is a concern.
In the US, is wearing a lid that isn't fastened or standards compliant the same offence as not wearing one at all?

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I was hit from behind in '04 on the track at around 160kph.
I was knocked unconscious immediately as my lid was split open from the bottom edge behind my left ear up to the crown.
The lid was an HJC Symax flip-up.
It stayed on my head and held together just fine.
I'd have no concerns wearing another one :-)
Well that's good for you!!!! i know in the US, the groupl NESBA will not allow any flip up face helmets on the track.

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The way the front of this one opens though is a concern.
In the US, is wearing a lid that isn't fastened or standards compliant the same offence as not wearing one at all?
It depends on the state... but i don't believe so
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Well that's good for you!!!! i know in the US, the groupl NESBA will not allow any flip up face helmets on the track
What is NESBA?

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Re: Helmet question?

Well just because something is old does'nt make it bad.
A lot of us are riding around on our 10 or so plus year old motororcycles with no issues, sometimes manufacturers convince us newer is better....even if its only by 0.50seconds or less in a quarter mile.
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Well just because something is old does'nt make it bad.
A lot of us are riding around on our 10 or so plus year old motororcycles with no issues, sometimes manufacturers convince us newer is better....even if its only by 0.50seconds or less in a quarter mile.
http://www.gpa-sport.com/en/home.php

They specialise in horse-riding lids and I can't find anything about pricing.
I did find this though which seems to indicate they're a lower-priced lid.
GPA Motorcycle Helmets & Crash Helmets at Helmets 911 -Helmets for MotorCycles

"GPA helmets are an affordable way to get a safe and snug helmet at a low cost to you. GPA helmets come in many colors. Brighter helmet colors have actually proven to be more visible by oncoming vehicles than darker ones. Amaze and awe your friends by getting a GPA motorcycle helmet. GPA helmets come in amazing designs and colors. GPA helmets also offer the same protection in a helmet that you would find at a much more expensive price."

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Well just because something is old does'nt make it bad.
Its not that its an old design, its that the materials can degrade over time.

I gather that the sun and possibly sweat are what do the damage.

You do also know that you shouldnt use old tyres...
many places consider 5 years to the life span, although that is probably conservative and Ive heard it is designed for tyres being sold - possibly assuming they could be on a vehicle for another few years.
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Well just because something is old does'nt make it bad.
A lot of us are riding around on our 10 or so plus year old motororcycles with no issues, sometimes manufacturers convince us newer is better....even if its only by 0.50seconds or less in a quarter mile.
Yes it does...and you're riding around with no problems because that helmet hasn't split open on the pavement instead of staying intact and protecting your noggin. It's not manufacture b.s., it's science.
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You do also know that you shouldnt use old tyres...many places consider 5 years to the life span,
Here in Oz the legal limit on tyres is six years from manufacture date.

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