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Was out on the bike today & was out there longer than normal. All was well but about half an our into the ride, my head REALLY started to hurt, right on the top of the head.

The helmet was great when it was new, but now that the cheek pads have settled down, this pain starts... :crying:

In terms of helmet shape and all that, the hat fits when new. I had the same problem on an over sized hat supplied by the motorcycling school, so what do I do now? Try a smaller hat?
 

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Usually its the pressure along forehead that gives you the pain....all you have to do is press the foam in to make it a better fit........ can't say ihave never experianced the top of the helmet causing probs
 

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Even when the cheekpads settle down they should still push your cheeks up - if your cheek pads are only gripping your face and not making your cheeks bulge upwards slightly then the helmet is too big. And that's probably why your head hurts - you're doing the lid up more tightly to make it feel snug on your head, but all you're doing is pulling it down harder onto the top of your head.

Helmets should be tight to get on and off - kinda like a struggle to get them off, but not so tight that it hurts your head.
 

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Was out on the bike today & was out there longer than normal. All was well but about half an our into the ride, my head REALLY started to hurt, right on the top of the head.

The helmet was great when it was new, but now that the cheek pads have settled down, this pain starts... :crying:

In terms of helmet shape and all that, the hat fits when new. I had the same problem on an over sized hat supplied by the motorcycling school, so what do I do now? Try a smaller hat?
I had the same problem with a helmet I won on Ebay.:confused: Even though it was the same size and make as my other helmet, it was slightly bigger.:huh: Me being a carpet layer, I have access to a number of different thickness underlay's, so I repacked the lining with different pieces to get the right fit.;) I now do this to all my helmets, maybe I have a weird shaped head. :rotfl:
 

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Even when the cheekpads settle down they should still push your cheeks up ... you're doing the lid up more tightly to make it feel snug on your head, but all you're doing is pulling it down harder onto the top of your head.

Helmets should be tight to get on and off - kinda like a struggle to get them off, but not so tight that it hurts your head.
It's less of a struggle to get in and out of it now, than when I first got it.

...different thickness underlay's, so I repacked the lining with different pieces to get the right fit.;) I now do this to all my helmets, maybe I have a weird shaped head. :rotfl:
Not impossible, but I might start getting myself some foam sponge & carving out pieces to pad up my lid!
 

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Sounds like the helemt is slightly too big for you if it's now less of a struggle. I've learnt over the years that a helmet, when new, is a right struggle to get on, but once on should feel very snug, but not painfull. As it gets worn then it should ease a little to get on, but not by much.
 

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It's less of a struggle to get in and out of it now, than when I first got it.
:eek: I'm not going to say the first thing that popped into my dirty little mind.:evilaugh: :eyebrows:
 

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:eek: I'm not going to say the first thing that popped into my dirty little mind.:evilaugh: :eyebrows:
:rotfl:

Thanks for sharing! :smilebig:

Sounds like the helemt is slightly too big for you if it's now less of a struggle. I've learnt over the years that a helmet, when new, is a right struggle to get on, but once on should feel very snug, but not painfull. As it gets worn then it should ease a little to get on, but not by much.
Thanks for the tip.
 

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:D @ Macca9540.

Yep, my Arai is still tight to get on and off, to the extent that you don't want to keep taking it on and off all day 'cos your ears will start hurting. And it's 3 years old.

But, it's good when it's on - fits everywhere, but is very snug, and pushes my cheeks up towards my eyes. Not in a painful way.

HTH - I know what you're going through though - it took me 3-4 helemets to work out what was good and what wasn't. Trouble is my 3-4 helmets started cheap and then ended at Arai.:idunno:
 

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HTH - I know what you're going through though - it took me 3-4 helemets to work out what was good and what wasn't. Trouble is my 3-4 helmets started cheap and then ended at Arai.:idunno:
LOL. Guess I should open a bike shop near you!! ;)
 

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I have the same problem. After about a half hour to an hour the top of my head hurts. It feels as if someone is tugging on my hair. I will continually throughout the ride lift it up a little to relieve the pain but once it settles the pain starts all over again. The helmet is a tight fit and doesn't hurt anywhere else. I have tried playing with the padding on the inside to see if that would help but after an eight hour road trip yesterday (no, it was not a solid eight hours) I couldn't wait to rip the helmet off my head.:confused:
 

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Never experienced the top of my head hurting with a helmet but I guess if the helmet is too loose you will have 1500grams/3.3lbs pressing down on your head all day instead of distributed around your head.

Also a loose helmet will be ripping at your head all day long with buffetting and lift - horrible.

The crazy thing is that you can try helmets all day long but until you ride with them you can't tell whst they are like and you've spent your money.

A helmet has to be tight but not too tight and it's hard to judge. If the helmet feels nice when you put it on it's probably loose and you need a smaller one. If it feels slightly tight that feeling goes away after a few minutes.

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The helmet isn't loose. It is very snug but I didn't think it was too snug. I don't get a pressure feeling, just as if my hair is being pulled. Is this a problem with people that have long hair only or is it something with the helmet?
 

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I am wonder what Dakota60 did to fix the problem with your helmet. I have (2) Arai helmets and the same happens to me. I was told to buy a thicker liner. It worked for a while then back to the same problem where it feels like my hair is being pulled out on the top or back of my head.

I believe this is rare because of the looks I get when I am asking around. ANy feedback is apprciated.
 

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I am wonder what Dakota60 did to fix the problem with your helmet. I have (2) Arai helmets and the same happens to me. I was told to buy a thicker liner. It worked for a while then back to the same problem where it feels like my hair is being pulled out on the top or back of my head.

I believe this is rare because of the looks I get when I am asking around. ANy feedback is apprciated.
How long after new lid/padding did this start? Have you maybe tried removing the lining and running it through a washing machine? I do this every 6 months when it starts feeling a little loose. Feels like New again and smells nice, better than that sweaty head smell anyway. I've also found that having you hair cut or growing it longer makes a difference as well, makes the helmet feel tighter or looser.
 

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Oh Dakota60! Please tell me you worked out what the problem was? I read your post going "oh this is completely verbatim what I've been saying for the last three years". Thank you for sharing because I now don't feel completely crazy, knowing others have had the exact same experience.

My motorcycle helmet seems to fit fine when I pull it on - but about 30 minutes to an hour after starting to ride (I only ride pillion) the top of my head begins to hurt. Subtly at first but it just gets worse and worse until it feels like someone is holding me aloft by a chunk of hair on the crown of my head. Right on top - not the forehead, literally at the crown. It gets worse more quickly if we are going at high speeds - like on the highway, but it eventually occurs no matter what speed we're going.

I only go on the bike a few times a year, so I have just put up with it so far, but it's excruciating and is stopping me enjoying long rides which kind of defeats the purpose, really! I'd love to fix teh problem but can't work out what I'm trying to fix.

Is anyone able to shed light on this for me? I've asked staff at the motorcycle store, who just looked at me blankly, said they'd never heard of this problem before and suggested padding the top of the helmet more (we tried this and it doesn't work unfortunately).

My latest theory is that the helmet is slightly too large around the circumference of my head, and that because my face and jaw aren't taking enough of the weight of the helmet, the pressure on the helmet when riding is transferred in a concentrated point where it is making contact with my head most, because the rest isn't tight enough. Does this sound reasonable? Or is it more likely to be a brand/shape of head issue?
 

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The poster you are inquiring about hasn't been on since they posted that almost two years ago.

Not all helmets are created equal and not all fit the same. Helmets are typically categorized in round heads and oval heads for fit. If you have a round head, you need a helmet designed for a round head. Some manufacturers produce both (usually different lines) or just one.

1) Look at your head shape
2) Look at the fit of the helmet
3) Look to see if any of the padding can be replaced that is thicker or thinner depending on what you need

It sounds like the helmet that you have doesn't fit properly. Maybe it can be changed to get it to fit properly but if you have an oval head and it is going in a round helmet, it will never fit properly.
 

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Thanks Ian - really appreciate the reply. I'll look into this. Didn't even realise there were head shapes involved! Thought it was as simple as sizes, but of course it makes sense that there is more to it than that.

Again - thanks. Much appreciated!
 

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his name isn't Ian :nono: :smilebig:

...and hopefully this will help some. I have had difficulting finding that "perfect" fitting helmet for years. I've tried different manufacturers, interchanged cheekpads and "crown" inserts, amongst other things. I've since PERSONALIZED the styrofoam (sp?) inside ALL of my helmets to (near) perfectly fit my head. Using carpentry tools to shape the foam (little by little), then a heat gun to "cure" and smooth the material, I ended up with products that enable me to wear helmets for hours without the discomfort I once had.

I realize I may have compromised the structural integrity of the foam on some small scale, but the result is a comfortable and PROPER fitting helmet... and IMO is a greater gain.

I hope this helps some folks who suffer from helmet brain cramping.
 
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