best thing you can do is get somewhere and try some on. whats important is it fits right. should be very snug. like give you fish lips snug. you dont want any movement if you grap the chin guard and try moving it left and right while holding your head str8t. they dont all have the same shape so get one that fits you best. if you cant afford a 600$ helmet thats ok just dont buy a budget buster 60$ no name waste of money. like with most things you get what you pay for. just get the best one you can afford. imo the lighter the better. ive got a joe rocket carbon fiber lid thats really nice n was under 400$. its nice and light.
I had a shark s900. Internal tinted shades, pretty cool. Saved my life, I now have a found love for shark lids, don't think I'll go else where, personal experience the lid stood up to a crazy height fall and I'm still here to laugh about the tale.
Hey! I wear a shoei nxr.... the lightest and most comfortable helmet that I have ever owned! The safety features are fab too. Not amazingly quiet but the build quality feels great. I'm not an expert but would definately recommend
It's all about what fits and what is comfortable. I used to wear a Shoei Multitec but it's hopeless on a sportsbike, the field of view is too low. My current lid is an Arai Axces which is Arai's entry level helmet, I've been wearing it for about 4 years and I love it, it's so comfortable you really don't know that you are wearing it.
The Chevron stickers are from MoGlo and are brilliant, they look OEM but really give you some night time visibility without looking like a tit!
Money spent doesn't always equate to safety when buying a helmet.
I used to wear a Scorpion EXO-700. Fit like a glove but it was overdue for replacement. I hate helmet shopping but found the HJC RPHA10 gave me a good fit but I didn't like the colors they had in stock. When I went online to HJCs website I saw the RPHA11 was coming out in 2 weeks, so I ordered it. I hate that helmet. I've had it a year, which is too long.
I bought the EXO-700's successor, the 710- doesn't fit so it's going back.
I went in the store and submitted to purchasing a Shoei RF-1200. Had to order it and it's on the way to my house as I type this. I have a trackday next week.
I hate the fact that there is no standardization in helmets and manufacturers change shell shape or size without notice to the consumer. A Shoei RF-1200 could be fine for me this year, but in a couple years when it's time for replacement I cannot assume that a new RF-1200 will fit the same...and at my age, my head isn't growing anymore.
I also purchased a new helmet for my son. He's almost 5. It's disappointing that I HAD to spend 3 figures and go back-forth to stores to get him a good fit AND knowing that his head is still growing. We'll be doing the helmet shopping thing again soon; a process I do not like AT ALL!
I've been entrusting AGV with my egg-shaped noggin even before Valentino Rossi won his 125cc Grand Prix Championship. Although my first (street) helmet was an "R1", I've been wearing Rossi replicas on multiple shells ever since. I don't usually use a helmet more than 2 Summers and am currently protected by this K3 (non-SV):
If you want a quiet helmet, go for Schubert but they are F#$%^& expensive and look like you should be on a BMW boxer. Having said that, I have a C3 and use it for long touring trips when I don't want to be fiddling around with eurplugs the whole time. I won't buy the top brands, I don't believe they offer value for money. I get HJC stuff, a bit noisy but they work. Currently an RPHA70. Good visor mechanism, good shade visor mechanism, good latch. Noisy compared to a Schubert.
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