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Two questions probably dumb and dumber:



My new bike year's warranty is up on TW this April. No problem with the bike but not sure about anything I can take advantage of in terms of servicing the bike under terms, I saw nothing?







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My Scorpian helmet (Wrap around with the bike deal purchase) is frankly claustrophobic. I need a 3/4 helmet with options like air flow and screens.



So any recommendations?
 

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Can't help you with the servicing question. I haven't heard of any TSB's but that doesn't mean there couldn't be any, I doubt it though.



As far as the helmet, would you consider a modular design? That'll give you full face protection, but also the 3/4 option. If you ride onroad to get to your offroad destination then you could have full face protection on the way there and have the more open 3/4 protection for the trail.
 

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I'm in the same boat as you. I'm a little claustrophobic, and I actually start to panic when I get a full face on my head. I don't know why I do, and wish it wasn't the case. I would like the protection of a full face, but I just can't do it. Not even with a modular helmet when the thing is shut. Every year, I tell myself I am getting a full face helmet, and every year, I can't keep it on for more than a couple of seconds.



The 3/4 helmet I purchased, mainly for comfort reasons, was the Vega NT 200 helmet.



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Compared to all the others I tried on, this was the most comfortable and has a visor you can swap out with the shield if you wanted to and you can snap out the lining and wash it after you've sweated too much in it. It does have two vents on the top that you can switch on and off, but it doesn't make that huge of a difference. The price wasn't bad on it. Not the cheapest in the store, but definitely not the most expensive. I believe I got it on sale for about $100. I can't remember the retail price, but I don't think it was that bad either.



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SDOT sticker and a good fit. Snaps for the traditional flat shield, because accespries from a bubble shield to a visor will fit. Nothing else matters on an open face.



MX-style dirt helmets are not as crowded inside and generally hav very good ventilation. Usually helmet color has more to do with the heat retained than a couple vents.
 

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Been looking...3/4 with a snap on shield seems a good copromise...Got into riding in Idaho during the summer and bad habits developed.
 

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I'm in the same boat as you. I'm a little claustrophobic, and I actually start to panic when I get a full face on my head. I don't know why I do, and wish it wasn't the case. I would like the protection of a full face, but I just can't do it. Not even with a modular helmet when the thing is shut. Every year, I tell myself I am getting a full face helmet, and every year, I can't keep it on for more than a couple of seconds.



The 3/4 helmet I purchased, mainly for comfort reasons, was the Vega NT 200 helmet.



Click Here for a direct link to their website.

Compared to all the others I tried on, this was the most comfortable and has a visor you can swap out with the shield if you wanted to and you can snap out the lining and wash it after you've sweated too much in it. It does have two vents on the top that you can switch on and off, but it doesn't make that huge of a difference. The price wasn't bad on it. Not the cheapest in the store, but definitely not the most expensive. I believe I got it on sale for about $100. I can't remember the retail price, but I don't think it was that bad either.



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As I wear eye glasses, I mostly enjoy with 3/4 too, (I know that it is not safer than full face helmet).

But, on the city or street riding, 3/4 gives more visibilities around the traffic, easy to see side by side traffics without turning whole head.

Mostly at the slower riding and less hazardous road situations, I wear 3/4.
 

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SDOT sticker and a good fit. Snaps for the traditional flat shield, because accespries from a bubble shield to a visor will fit. Nothing else matters on an open face.



MX-style dirt helmets are not as crowded inside and generally hav very good ventilation. Usually helmet color has more to do with the heat retained than a couple vents.


Funny you mentioned color..The Scorpian is black,and a brain sauna until you're moving. The confining configuration just makes it no fun. And the worst part of the story is when in Idaho I don't want to wear it (no helmet law). At my age no need to go from dumb to dumber. Thanks I am looking into a 3/4, anything other than black, and return to a smarter person and wear it even in Idaho.
 

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May not be pretty, but it's hard to argue with a white helmet. Besides the heat thing, at dusk it's just that much easier for a cage driver to see.
 

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May not be pretty, but it's hard to argue with a white helmet. Besides the heat thing, at dusk it's just that much easier for a cage driver to see.




You don't want to land on your face. What's your face worth to you? Your jaw, teeth, bite, speech?

May I politely suggest you work on options that mitigate your claustrophobia while protecting this vital part of your head? (I work in a Level One Trauma Center, BTW, I've seen the down side.)

Thanks.

-Reverend Bill
 

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In the MSF class I took I remember the classroom instructor telling us that riders who wear a white helmet have a 25% less chance of having a collision.



I wear a white HJC modular helmet!



Also, look a Rev Bill's post above.

Notice the big numbers on the chin bar area.
 

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Folks, Everyone deserves to ride with their own level of protection. But the bottom 1/4 of my head is just as important to me (pie hole) as the top part. I find the full face helmet great, especially in winter and spring, and fall when the cold air penetrates any other type of helmet from the bottom. In fact I'll tell you I can tell major diffs between cheap full face helmets, and the quality ones which provide better coverage without sacrificing visibility, spacial freedom, or ventilation. Sure I have a 3/4 which I use when I'm primarily dirt riding or in the .3 mi driveway going for the mail, but when I'm on the highway, you won't catch me with my jaw dragging in the gravel unless you grind away the rest of the full face helmet. You are in America the land of the free, but unless you live in a bubble, the medical assistance, er or nursing homes are not free and you might want to think about the maximal amount of protection you can provide yourself. If you think a full face helmet is claustrophobic, you should try an office cubicle in a government office building. Now you know you are free. Ride on. Tom
 

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I've found a light color helmet much more tolerable in winter than a dark helmet in summer. I've also found a good amount of reflective tape will make any helmet less prone to solar heating, and much more visible at night.
 

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I hear what you all are saying about the protection of a full faced helmet. I really wish I wasn't claustrophobic, but I am. I know that the next time I go to the Yamaha shop, I will try on a modular helmet, like I do every Spring, but I know I'll panic like I do every Spring once I have it on my head. I figure wearing a 3/4 helmet is better than no helmet at all though. If there was something I could do to clear me of being claustrophobic, I'd do it.



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I hear what you all are saying about the protection of a full faced helmet. I really wish I wasn't claustrophobic, but I am. I know that the next time I go to the Yamaha shop, I will try on a modular helmet, like I do every Spring, but I know I'll panic like I do every Spring once I have it on my head. I figure wearing a 3/4 helmet is better than no helmet at all though. If there was something I could do to clear me of being claustrophobic, I'd do it.



Dan


Have you tried a psychologist? Have you tried a dirt-style helmet with the projecting chin and better ventilation?
 

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HJC CL-33. Looks good,light and very little wind noise or buffeting with the stock shield. I've worn two of them for the past several years with no complaints. In silver.
 

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Odd because I think I am extremely claustrophobic. Once my brother wanted to show me his new "mummy" type sleeping bag, he zipped me up in it and I just about lost my mind. I was literally screaming for him to get me out.



But I wear a full face helmet with no problems at all. The last time I was shopping for helmets I ruled out the Scorpion because it did not have the ability to leave the visor open just about 1/4" like every other helmet I have ever owned. To me it is a necessity just for increased ventilation, but maybe it prevents claustrophobia too? I don't know if all Scorpion helmets are like that.



Having done a face plant on asphalt, I would never ride with anything else. My only injury was that the chin guard broke my nose, but I think that was when I didn't know the importance of a properly fitting helmet and mine was too big.



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You prop your visor open a bit, too? The added ventilation is cool in the summer and reduces fogging in the winter. I buy those self-stick cork no-scratch pads people put on the bottoms of lamps and ashtrays top protect the furniture, stick one or two on the visor to hold it open when needed. They are cheap enough to be disposable. I keep a pack in my tank bag when traveling.



http://hardware.hardwarestore.com/28-453-pads-and-bumpers/cork-pads-618593.aspx
 
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