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    It has been a while since I was in the market for a new helmet.. To the best of my recollection it set me back a few hundred bucks for a decent, yet basic, helmet..



    I did a search on eBay and returned endless results in the $20 - $50 dollar range.. Has technology progressed that much to the point that helmets have become that inexpensive, or are these cheap Chinese non-dot approved unsafe ones that have over run eBay? I can't see trusting my skull to a $20 or even $50 helmet..

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    A quick google shows dot and snell approved helmets anywhere from 40.00 up to 800.00 (snell helmets are usually over $80)

    Brand, style (open/full face or convertible), shell construction, reputation and quality all come into play.





    I've got a 50.00 open face helmet I play in the mountains with and a 125.00 full face helmet I street ride with.





    Spendy http://www.helmetshop.com/cgi/commer...ion&key=ST-900



    Middle http://www.cyclegear.com/spgm.cfm?L1...L_0813-0135-05



    Cheap http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...=45&zmap=16840





    Helmet thread over at ADV http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...hlight=helmets


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    Does your $50 one feel like it is well made? I was afraid I was looking at fancy bicycle helmets or something..

    I just wanted to make sure, no point in wearing a helmet if it wont help in the event of a crash..

    Thanks for the links! I will check out the info there..

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    My take on helmet shopping. YMMV. I don't think I would buy a helmet off the internet unless I knew what I was getting. Proper fit has more to do with comfort and safety than anything else. Doesn't matter if a helmet is $2000 (some are), if it doesn't fit, it won't be comfortable and it won't protect your head. Some helmets have removable liners so thin layers of extra firm upholstery foam can be added to improve fit. Some helmets have interchangable padding to adjust fit.



    A helmet that flies off on impact is useless. These make fastening the strap easy: http://www.bikersden.com/shop/shopexd.asp?id=771



    Good sources for trying on cheap helmets are Pep Boys, Rural King, Tractor Supply, some Walmart, gokart tracks, and other stores that cater to the ATV/UTV/gokart crowd.



    Generally, the better inexpensive helmets lack fancy features. An inexpensive helmet with fancy features is usually poorly built and will fall apart.



    A helmet must be DOT approved to be legal in most states.



    SNELL requirements are for high performance use, and for our purposes a helmet with DOT protection and not SNELL may provide better protection by self-destructing at lower energy levels that a SNELL approved helmet would pass on to the head. Many manufacturers of inexpensive helmets do not pursue SNELL certification even though their products do meet those requirements.



    About 30% of all crashes in which the head hits the ground include a facial impact. Full-face is a smart choice. All you have to do is see a buddy lowside and do a big faceplant once to be a believer.



    Any helmet should by replaced or returned to the manufacturer for inspection after any impact that does more than a minor scratch to the finish.



    Be sure you can buy replacement face shields to fit any helmet you are considering. A scratched face shield makes an otherwise servicable helmet useless. Wouldn't hurt to buy a spare or three, anyway.



    If you find a helmet you really like, go ahead and buy a spare or three because when you need to buy another helmet, that perfect model will be discontinued.




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    Yeah, I've been looking at full face ones.. It may not be much, but it's the only face I have! :-)

    Plus, over the years I have found I am extremely good at falling on my face.. On my fourth set of front teeth! Even my "baby" teeth didn't fall out on thier own.. I'd sure like to keep it at four though..



    Thanks again for the input! I'll probably hit up a few dealers around for some test fits..

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    I picked one up at Liepolds in Ottawa for sixty bucks off the clearance rack, original price was $139.00. May still have a few in stock can't hurt to call.

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    Motorcycle Consumer News recently (Oct 2010) tested flip-up helmets: http://www.animalnet...10OctHelmet.pdf



    I also found an interesting and informative old (1997) evaluation they did which hasa lot more info on helmets in general, including more detailed info on how to measure to get the correct size/ test for proper fit, aerodynamic drag, hearing protection, etc... : http://www.mcnews.co...cles/helmet.htm



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    Here's a dual sport helmet, the AFX FX-37.

    This is from a quick search. You may be able to find a better deal.



    http://www.amazon.com/AFX-Motorcycle.../dp/B00350GUCY



    It's been out a year, and some sizes are becoming harder to find.



    I bought one that didn't fit, but a friend of mine liked it so much I sold it to him instead of returning it.



    Whichever helmet you decide on, be sure you are able to try it on, or that the store where you purchase it has a liberal return/exchange program.



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    Quote Originally Posted by TK200 View Post
    I picked one up at Liepolds in Ottawa for sixty bucks off the clearance rack, original price was $139.00. May still have a few in stock can't hurt to call.




    I guess it would help if I posted the link, http://www.leipoldmotorsales.com/

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    jbfla,



    I'm not knocking the helmet, it just reminds me so much of the Star Wars Storm Trooper helmets. Especially with the white colour.
    Hidden Content A ride in the woods helps me relax and release tension. The fact I'm dragging a body should be entirely irrelevant?

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