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Anyone have a safety preference when choosing a helmet & why? There is a ton of info on this topic online but I'm still confused.:confused: I am in the market for a new helmet I like the new dual sport helmet coming out by afx. I currently have a gmax dot.
 

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I am also in the market for a DS helmet, but I am looking at the MSR Expedition Helmet, any one have this one?
 

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I just got the afx fx-50 and a gotta say it is really comfy and fits great. I got it from the motorcycle super store on sale for 89...it's a open face with the inner sun shield.
 

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I have the GMax also. The shield goes up higher than any other. The shield can be closed while wearing goggles. Many DS'ers on group rides find alternating between open and closed shield while wearing goggles to be desirable. Some of the DS helmets have a distortion when wearing goggles under the shield. The GMax does not.

I researched all of the above before buying it. I like it.

I know all about the $100 helmet on the $10,000 head but even so, I'm personally ok with DOT. On a race track I might go with a Snell.
 

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DOT, Snell, ECE - whatever - what is important is that you wear a helmet and it fits correctly. Personally I'm ok with DOT and like aspects of ECE certification. Snell certification never struck me as essential (and even arguments out there that it could be detrimental) but if I found one I liked I wouldn't hesitate to wear it.
 

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SNELL is for fit young people with hard heads taking blows at high energy levels not likely to be encountered by anyone riding a TW. A SNELL helmet can easily transmit enough force to harm an old fart before self-destructing. It is the destruction of the helmet that absorbs the energy that harms the head. SNELL helmets are generally harder and transmit more energy. I won't buy a SNELL helmet for street use, though I have a couple for racing where a DOT helmet would probably be destroyed by the higher energies of faster speeds and not get the job done. Which is better? Depends on the circumstances.

HH's advice is the best--fit is critical. Comfort is also critical or the helmet won't be worn. Also, fastening the strap is critical--no helmet will work after parting company with the head.
 
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SNELL is for fit young people with hard heads taking blows at high energy levels not likely to be encountered by anyone riding a TW. A SNELL helmet can easily transmit enough force to harm an old fart before self-destructing. It is the destruction of the helmet that absorbs the energy that harms the head. SNELL helmets are generally harder and transmit more energy. I won't buy a SNELL helmet for street use, though I have a couple for racing where a DOT helmet would probably be destroyed by the higher energies of faster speeds and not get the job done. Which is better? Depends on the circumstances.

HH's advice is the best--fit is critical. Comfort is also critical or the helmet won't be worn. Also, fastening the strap is critical--no helmet will work after parting company with the head.
So god forbid if you got in an accident on the street you would rather have a dot on then a snell?
 

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qwerty's comment about fastening helmet is no joke. Last fall a local kid on atv hit deer and flipped on our blacktop, unsecured brain-bucket went flying as he bounced off road.Was not pretty. My wife was first on scene and rendered first aid. Kid survived, deer did not.
In Brazil where full face skid-lids seem mandatory I saw most of the Moto-boy urban delivery bikers with helmets 3/4 way off with only jaw piece over forehead, looked like good way to break neck. In the heat there they should allow open faced helmets, but never saw one not even in stores.Go figure.
 

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So god forbid if you got in an accident on the street you would rather have a dot on then a snell?
Yes. Most DOT helmets dissipate energy by falling apart. Unless there have been major changes in standards, SNELL requires helmets to withstand repeated impacts to the same location, which means they can't fall apart. In real life repeated impacts in the same location are not common. Now, when I was racing anything that ran over 120mph I always chose SNELL. An equivalent impact on the street is head on, both vehicles at 60mph. A head on at 120mph closing speed, doesn't matter whether or not you even have a helmet on, you can kiss your ass goodbye as it splatters around your head--you're dead no matter what. Unless you are riding really fast on the street, a non-SNELL but DOT helmet will protect your brain better most of the time. I have no idea what ECE is and really don't care.
 

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Unless you are riding really fast on the street, a non-SNELL but DOT helmet will protect your brain better most of the time.

I'm in total agreement. I do know what ECE is...and I really don't care.
 
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