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Hi there! I've joined this forum as an aspiring rider from the UK. I realise I may have offended some of you by barging in and posting my dissertation survey about helmet design. To be honest, I just assumed it worked like Reddit and didn't even think about introducing myself 馃槄 Anyway, hope this clears things up! Thanks for being patient with a dumb youngster like me 馃槀
 

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Do you plan to design helmets?

Make them uber light and not obstruct your peripheral view in any way, vent it on the top and not at your temples, give it a removable washable liner, with a spare one in the box when you buy it. Needs to be FIM approved. It's likely going to be expensive. Expensive compulsory consumable products (y) sounds like a good business to be in.
 

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Welcome. Yeah, different than Reddit. No anonymity in a massive member base. More of a small town type thing where you know most everyone. What type of bike do you ride or want?

Helmet design will be very different for different riding styles. I am a sport bike guy and looking for a full face helmet that is light and quiet at highway speeds and will keep my melon in one piece if I end up doing the worm on the highway at 100mph.

Trials spends literally hours every day off road in the woods. Likely wears a helmet more hours than most. He is gonna want light and comfortable with really wide field of vision and likely a visor peak for rain and to deflect raspberry brambles up and over the helmet.
 

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Do you plan to design helmets?

Make them uber light and not obstruct your peripheral view in any way, vent it on the top and not at your temples, give it a removable washable liner, with a spare one in the box when you buy it. Needs to be FIM approved. It's likely going to be expensive. Expensive compulsory consumable products (y) sounds like a good business to be in.
I was planning to design a helmet (or an add-on) for my final uni project but soon realised it would be a lot of hassle 馃槅 Just soo much to consider and I would have to get external companies involved making it very expensive etc. so I chose to opt for something completely different. Thanks for the info though!

On the other hand, it would be soo fun to design helmet liveries and airbrush them by hand. Would definitely be a cool craft to get into, but it's probably not possible for me 馃槄
 

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Welcome. Yeah, different than Reddit. No anonymity in a massive member base. More of a small town type thing where you know most everyone. What type of bike do you ride or want?

Helmet design will be very different for different riding styles. I am a sport bike guy and looking for a full face helmet that is light and quiet at highway speeds and will keep my melon in one piece if I end up doing the worm on the highway at 100mph.

Trials spends literally hours every day off road in the woods. Likely wears a helmet more hours than most. He is gonna want light and comfortable with really wide field of vision and likely a visor peak for rain and to deflect raspberry brambles up and over the helmet.
My dad has always ridden bikes and bought an Aprilia RS125 to fix up around 4 years ago for both of us to ride about. I was too much of a chicken to actually apply for my test, so he just ended up selling it after a while. I definitely want to ride in the near future but haven't really got to that stage of evaluating exactly what bike I want. Probably a sports bike of some sort though! Always been a fan of racing like MotoGP, World Superbikes, so if I can have something that just resembles those badass machines I would be super happy 馃槀

Haha thanks for the info on helmet design. Raspberry brambles and tree branches do not sound fun... 馃槵
 

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I exited a VW beatle from the back seat in a 35mph head on collision once, that was way worse. That time I got a needle at the hospital.

... my error should have had my helmet on at the time but back then we didn't even use seat belts on a 1965 Beatle
 

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chicken to actually apply for my test
.... What ! :unsure: What kind of tests do they want to do on you, if it includes long needles I can totally understand it.
I hope not :oops: Nah nothing like that - I was just dealing with huge anxiety at the time so anything to do with socialising was out of the question, and that ultimately got in the way of me doing my CBT in the first place. Really sucked but I've still got my whole life to decide when I want to ride!

That collision sounds brutal 馃槯 Sorry you had to go through that
 

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@Trials Unless T stands for Therapy then I am gonna say no. No it doesn't. Damn Son, your browser history though...never mind, I don't wanna know.

@CNewtonDesign that little Aprillia is a great bike to start on. I still want one of those now for cripes sakes and I have an 1100 in the garage. They are cool no matter what your skill level. It is capable enough that you will learn a ton and it fits the whole MotoGP look with out the power that the bigger inline four cylinder engines put out.

A motorcycle riding course is a great way to gain both skills and knowledge which directly equate to confidence. Most places that do these courses (at least here in Canada) have a bunch of small bikes in all shapes and sizes. You can try them all and see what you like best before you buy. Can make your insurance a bit cheaper as well and that is an issue for first time riders.
 

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@Trials Unless T stands for Therapy then I am gonna say no. No it doesn't. Damn Son, your browser history though...never mind, I don't wanna know.

@CNewtonDesign that little Aprillia is a great bike to start on. I still want one of those now for cripes sakes and I have an 1100 in the garage. They are cool no matter what your skill level. It is capable enough that you will learn a ton and it fits the whole MotoGP look with out the power that the bigger inline four cylinder engines put out.

A motorcycle riding course is a great way to gain both skills and knowledge which directly equate to confidence. Most places that do these courses (at least here in Canada) have a bunch of small bikes in all shapes and sizes. You can try them all and see what you like best before you buy. Can make your insurance a bit cheaper as well and that is an issue for first time riders.
I would definitely need a lot of practice in terms of gaining confidence so courses sound like a great place to start! As long as I pass my CBT (Compulsory Basic Training) then I can practice out on the road for up to 2 years with learner plates before taking my final test. Money is one of the main things stopping me from going for it. Insurance is a killer and I wanna invest in good gear too so it'll take some time to build up to that.
 

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Okay you guys are totally out of control again. Welcome CNewton
 
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