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Old 01-14-2012, 05:22 PM   #1
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Buying A New Helmet?

I habitually scour the major internet discounters for great deals on gear and I always read the product descriptions to learn as much as I can about the features of items offered.

The following helmets are being offered by KneeDraggers and I have no beef with them. I've ordered from them before and have received good service and good products at good prices but they don't make it easy.

Are you interested in a new
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Icon Airframe Helmet - Claymore Chrome Blue/Chrome


The price is good
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ON SALE:
$184.50
Regularly $360.00, you save $175.50!
And here are the helmets features
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Icon Airframe Helmet - Claymore Chrome Blue/Chrome Features:

The electroplating process leaves behind an energy that never truly dissipates. An energy best described as a soulless mercurial void. Both engaging and rebuking the envious stares of caged drivers, the Claymore Chrome glides through the jagged chasms of modern urbania. It passes no judgement, resigned to merely observe and note. It is the mirrored enabler - acknowledge and move on.
Just in case you want one

http://www.kneedraggers.com/product/...me-Blue/Chrome

However, if you're interested in the
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Icon Domain 2 Helmet


You will find it attractively price at
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ON SALE:
$181.86
Regularly $390.00, you save $208.14!
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Icon Domain 2 Helmet - Sha_Do Black Features:

It's cool to like fictional Japanese space robots. They've got future swords and cosmic powers and stuff. Some of 'em can even destroy entire planets. We don't know about this stuff ourselves. We knew a guy who was into robots back in the day.

SNELL M2005 and DOT FMVSS 218 approved
Dyneema/Carbon fiber/Aramid composite shell
Wind tunnel tested and refined
Imported
http://www.kneedraggers.com/product/...t-Sha-Do-Black

Well, at least we got some data there but makes me wonder who would buy them with the lack of data available and how are their sales with these juvenile descriptions.

I'll be honest, those "soulless mercurial voids" are pretty appealing to me.
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Old 01-14-2012, 05:33 PM   #2
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Icon makes a big, heavy bucket.... more geared towards looking cool than anything else...
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Old 01-14-2012, 05:46 PM   #3
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Anyone know where the best place to get the best deal on Shoei helments? From talking to a few different riders, Shoei keeps coming up as one of the better helments out there. Any opinions?
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Old 01-14-2012, 06:17 PM   #4
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I don't have any info on that but I note that Competition Accessories is having a clearance sale on Arai and, I believe, they are comparable in quality.

http://www.compacc.com/Arai-Clearance
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Old 01-14-2012, 08:04 PM   #5
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I am in the market for a new helmet too. Decided to go with http://www.speedaddictcycles.com/pro...ce-Helmet.html which comes with extra free tinted visor (you need to call those guys).
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Old 01-14-2012, 08:25 PM   #6
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Speaking of tint - what brands have built-in sun visors?
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Old 01-14-2012, 08:49 PM   #7
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This place has knowledgeable people who can advise you by phone. They are riders, have good prices and are easy to deal with.

http://www.helmetshop.com/fullface.html
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Old 01-14-2012, 09:18 PM   #8
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I just bought a new helmet today - well had my dealer order it but I prefer to give my local shop business when I can and I get a discount since I'm one of their Platinum customers . They actually had several of the new Scorpion 1100's in and had the women's purple one but I wanted the women's black with pink of course. I kind of wish the purple had had pink on it because I really liked the purple background over the black background that the pink one has. Nice thing is it will be in this week and since they'll probably still have the purple I can decide which one then.

Shoei has a good helmet if a bit pricy but Scorpion also has a good helmet and they fit almost identically for my head anyway.

Scorpion 1000 is my current helmet and it has the built in sun visor and I love that as it's always there when you need it. It also has a built in pump to pump up the cheeks for a better fit. My only issue with the Scorpion is that the 1st opening of the visor is a little wider than I would like. I have gotten around that by adding an extra notch into the side plates so that at least at slower speeds it will stay open only about 1/2 inch or so. Mostly though their little lever to open the visor just a bit on 1 side is enough air for me at speeds.

However my new helmet is going to be the new Scorpion 1100 which is a newer version of the 1000 and is several ounces lighter than the previous model.

Another place I highly recommend for great prices, free shipping and no hassle returns is http://www.motorcyclegear.com/street/closeouts/helmets/ and even bargin basement closeouts - http://www.motorcyclegear.com/street...ance_bargains/ which used to be called New Enough. I had almost bought one of their closeout Scorpion 1000's but decided to hold out for whatever it was they were clearancing them out for.
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Old 01-14-2012, 09:24 PM   #9
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+1 on Motorcycle Gear. Best online experience of all online MC sites in my experience.
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Old 01-14-2012, 10:49 PM   #10
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I recently bought this Bell Star helmet and faceshield from Sportbike Track Gear. I have bought several things from them and never had an issue.

http://stores.sportbiketrackgear.com/Detail.bok?no=7301

http://stores.sportbiketrackgear.com/Detail.bok?no=7702

The helmet is very comfortable and vents great. No fogging issues at all. It is a bit noisy though. Bought it to replace a Shoei RF1000. No regrets at all.
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Old 01-15-2012, 08:13 AM   #11
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I own an older Shoei, an Icon, an HJC, and a Scorpion, and I can say overall the HJC seems to be the nicest one of my few, but this is a very small sample of helmets, and my newest is only 2005 DOT certified.

No doubt there are lots better helmets out there now. I guess it all depends on what you think your head is worth.

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Old 01-15-2012, 08:42 AM   #12
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Fit should come first. Helmet/head - same shape, same size. You won't know till you try it on.
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Old 01-15-2012, 09:51 AM   #13
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look into shoei Qwest . Its a pretty quiet helmet . Typical shoei quality is always there.
Been getting my stuff lately from revzilla or motorcyclecloseouts.
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Old 01-16-2012, 05:01 PM   #14
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In my opinion, nothing comes close to Arai.
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Old 01-16-2012, 05:05 PM   #15
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I have a size Medium KBC VR1 for sale that I would sell to you for $80 been worn maybe 5 times has clear and Tinted visor...

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Old 01-16-2012, 05:50 PM   #16
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Fit should come first. Helmet/head - same shape, same size. You won't know till you try it on.
you are right, If it's not comfortable nothing else matters.
once you find one that fits your head try to find out how well it actualy absorbs impact energy. They all meet minimum standards of DOT and some meet the minimum standards of SNEL. You can use this link to discover wich brands just meet the minimum standard and wich ones go above and beyond.
http://sharp.direct.gov.uk/
all helmets on this website meet ECE standards (higher then DOT. Similar to SNEL 2010) and rate them on there energy absorbing capabilities on a scale of 1-5. 1 being the minimum requirement.
not all helmets tested are available in the US and some have slightly different names. The Shoei xr1100 is called a rf1100 in America.
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Old 01-23-2012, 11:43 AM   #17
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In my opinion, nothing comes close to Arai.
C'mon...nothing comes "close"? Shoei, Schuberth, Shark and some others sure do. I switched from Arai Q2 to Shoei RF1100 and like the Shoei better.

As many have said, assuming the quality is there it's all about fit. Maybe an Arai fits you better but that doesn't suddenly make all other brands B grade lids.
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Old 01-23-2012, 03:41 PM   #18
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In my opinion, nothing comes close to Arai.
I own 2 Arais(yeah i gave them another chance) and for the life of me can not figure out why these helmets are considered by many to be a premium brand the way stuff falls apart on them.
Shoei is the only brand that doesnt piss me off,ever .
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Old 01-23-2012, 03:51 PM   #19
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How long should you expect to get out of a helmet?

My Shoei Multitec is showing a good bit of wear and tear, but has been worn pretty much exclusively for 2 years - ~16,000 miles. Lots of errand running/short rides, almost daily if weather is conducive, so I've probably put it on 2-3000 times.
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Old 01-23-2012, 05:16 PM   #20
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I think they recommend that you replace them at least every 5 years or if they have been crashed or dropped really hard.
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