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What helmet do you wear? and why?

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Personally I prefer the full face, I believe it's the safest
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I use large (#150) rubber bands to blouse my trouser legs in the Winter, amazingly it really helps .
All my helmets are Bell for street , MX , Racing .... I do have some cheapies just for shop use . FOX , HJC , Shoei ....
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Oh, one more thing I like about a modular helmet. With the chin bar down it keeps your whiskers from blowing back and jabbing you right in the face.
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Oh, one more thing I like about a modular helmet. With the chin bar down it keeps your whiskers from blowing back and jabbing you right in the face.
Ain't got that problem...
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I had to shave so much as a job requirement, it got to be a real PIA. But now I'm retired, I'll shave when I feel like it and as much as I feel like shaving. Whiskers gives some people a hint that you might not be a lady.
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30 years ago, I had a 3/4 or "open faced" helmet that I liked...
and a brand new full-face BELL helmet that fit me perfectly --that I didn't like. I only bought it because my parents insisted on it, although I didn't realize how much I would dislike it after some use.

Why not?

Fogging of the lens, the clear plastic face shield!!

I recall that I would usually ride around with the shield wide-open as high as it could go at any speed under 55 mph (because I was always wearing prescription eyeglasses anyway).

Only at Interstate highway speeds would I flip the visor down to give my face better protection and to stop the wind from shaking my eyeglasses so much.


NOW AFTER A 25+ year PAUSE IN MY RIDING, I recently acquired a motorcycle and went out to get some helmets I did my shopping at Goodwill and found a couple of used ones for about 15 bucks each. They're probably 10 years old but they'll do until I decide what my ideal helmet should be.

Well, once again the full face helmet is constantly giving me trouble with the face shield fogging up from my own breath or just the perspiration coming off of my skin and my eyeballs.
I'm always riding it partially cracked open-- I think there are 3 positions where it can be partially open and I'm usually using one or two of those settings. This causes a lot of wind noise but the circulating air keeps the glass clean.

I strongly prefer my three-quarter helmet for any speed under 50 miles an hour, but at 55 or more that's when I would prefer the full face helmet with the front shield down
(or at least fully down for as long as I can have it down until it starts fogging over and then I have to partially open it. Depending on the humidity that day that could be 10 seconds or 45 seconds before I have to lift it up a fraction of an inch to let in some fresh air.)




P.S. I know these helmets have sliding air vents or ports. And yes, on both of them, every air vent cover is slid to the "open" position to maximize airflow.
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Arai Defiant full face. It's my 2nd one. I've probably owned most brands over the years, but this one is the best fitting I've ever had.
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You might consider a modular design ideal for yourself. I've been using Shoei modular helmets for years but recently bought a new HJC i100 modular. About half the cost of the Shoei. And it has a neat feature where you can raise the chin bar and move it all the way to the rear of the helmet so that it does not catch the wind as it would with most modulars. Shark makes a model that does the same as well. With the windscreen on my bike I find that I use this modular in the fully open position almost all the time, but could lower the chin bar and get full coverage if the temp dropped or rain started. Another suggestion is that you get a full face helmet with a pinlock insert for the face shield, which would prevent the fogging that you find so annoying.

FWIW, you have no idea what happened with those $15 helmets from Goodwill and they might be providing a far less than acceptable level of protection in the case of a crash. But its your head and brain, so of course its your decision. Personally I think a low cost, i.e., under $100 DOT approved ull face helmet from Walmart or someplace similar is a far safer choice until you decide on your ideal helmet.
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Getting a couple of new bad habits.
I had never ridden a bike with a fairing until I got this one. A BMW GS.
I have a tendency to go a bit faster. Look down after a while, ohhh, better roll of a bit.
hopefully nobody with blue lights noticed.
I often opened my visor at the lights.
Now it鈥檚 tending to stay open between lights.
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I wear a full face helmet for safety; an HJC i10. I also wear this one because it fits, has got a D.O.T. and a Snell safety rating and it didn't cost me an arm and a leg.
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I have a few different ones to suit the weather occasion or my mood

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I want a helmet that protects my face and chin, the parts of my head most likely to be impacted in an accident. So, I used to wear a full face HJC. Then I switched to a modular Sedici I purchased at my local Cycle Gear. This model is ECE rated, which IMHO is better than Snell. The modular allows me to take hydration breaks without the need to remove my helmet.

The face shield is Pinlock compatible, and I bought the Pinlock insert for it. The inside of my face shield does not fog up.
The following is taken from:


Full face
Modular
off road
half
open face
dual sport
The

Personally I prefer the full face, I believe it's the safest
Full Face Shoei since I started riding on the street. Was using the X14, NeoTec 2 right now. Looking at the new X15's.
I want a helmet that protects my face and chin, the parts of my head most likely to be impacted in an accident. So, I used to wear a full face HJC. Then I switched to a modular Sedici I purchased at my local Cycle Gear. This model is ECE rated, which IMHO is better than Snell. The modular allows me to take hydration breaks without the need to remove my helmet.

The face shield is Pinlock compatible, and I bought the Pinlock insert for it. The inside of my face shield does not fog up.
What model is that ?
HJC I90 5Xl, as far as I can tell this is my only choice in a helmet as it is the only one I have found that comes even close to fitting on my enormous noggin with just removing some of the padding.
What model is that ?
Sedici Sistema II.
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I wear a vintage Fulmer AF-20 . 3/4 Open face. While I don't really like helmets, I am resigned to wearing one as a safety measure. I am thinking of getting something more modern, but we'll see.
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