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May 3rd, 2006, 07:32 AM   #11
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Re: Own a cheap helmet? Throw it away right now!

I checked the TLD site and this is what they listed in their specifications:

"Exceeds Snell M2000, M2005, US DOT, and ECE standards" I am sure that there are helmets that have the same safety rating that don't have the same price tag as the "name brand" helmets. There is no question that the safety rating is the only important aspect when buying a helmet.

My point is that there are alot of things that you can save money on but a helmet purchase is not the time to try and be thrifty. Aside from the safety aspects, the high end helmets from all the manufacturers are usually lighter and have more ventilation. This is a real advantage if you ride for long periods or if you race.

The right fit is also key. I have grumbled to many people that the Troy Lee helmet always seemed a little tight on me when I first put it on compared to my Arai. I never noticed it while riding...just when I first put it on. It is size L. When we were at the dealer meeting in Reno, NV last fall, I tried on Fryguy's helmet. His is the same model and color but it is an XL. I thought it seemed to fit me better and was more comfortable. I was thinking of selling mine and getting an XL. I am really glad that I did not do that because the extra room may really have worked against me in this crash. I have always been told that the helmet should be snug.

The other guy was bruised and sore but was okay. In terms of my 550, it snapped the front fender off but that was it. Amazing!

In terms of my twisted screen name...Coffin...those of you that know me are aware that it is actually my last name. Sad but true. It is actually fun...I love hearing people's reactions when they ask me for the spelling as I am making reservations, etc
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First of all glad to hear that you are going to be okay.

There was an excellent article in Moto Cross Action last month on helmets, I enthusiastically ecourage all to read it, it was very thorough.

Just for the record, I have been wearing Arai helmets for the last 10 years. My friend has always worn them, and they have saved his butt as well as mine.

Bell used to have a great add that said "If you have a $10 dollar head, then wear a $10 dollar helmet".
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Clad to here your OK Coffin,
I have been wearing the top of the line HJC helmets the last 4 years, I am on my 3rd helmet, once took a low speed knock down fall in the mud at the Prairie City GP, got hit by another out of control rider, went off the side and landed on my back, hit head on a rock, saw blackthen alot of stars, staggered to my feet, picked up the bike, sat there for few minutes then said "I'm gonna finish this damn race) I was only about 20 minutes into a 1.5-2hr race, after not being able to stay on course I went back to the truck, helmet had a nice chip in it.

When I got home (my buddy finally had to drive instead of sleeping while I drove, me they kept me awake!!!) I told my wife I needed a new helmt, told her what haopened, she looked at my helmet and said "looks ok to me, you don't need a new helmet!!!) So I bought a new helmet against her sincere wishes.

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On a sad note!
Was at Sandhill Ranch for an MX race back in the late 70's, a young man had a brand new FMF?/Honda or it might have been a DG/Yamaha, these were totally tricked out package bikes you could buy, motor mods, suspension, pipes etc... cost way more then a stocker. The start of the 125 novice class went up a hill, there was a crash and a bikes footpeg broke through his helmet and dug into his scull, needless to say he did not make it. The poor kid was wearing a cheap helmet from Kmart,

Save your money elsewhere, please buy good helmets.

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Glad to hear your good to go. Amazing what a good helmet can do.
Several years ago I got off trying to pass a guy in the dust I caught a big rock and over the bars I went at about 60mph. Broke the ball off left shoulder all the ribs in the back and in the front on the left side also when the bike finally found me. Long story short when I finally got ready to go ridding again I was all suited up and bike was warmed up when I noticed a hole in the left side of my Bell helmet. Never even knew I hit my head. Well I have been told it is like a rock. :P
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What is the difference between a $400 TLD SE and a $300 One Industries Trooper?

The Trooper has all the certifications you can expect from a $300 helmet and so far I have read some great "crash reviews".

I too wear the $200 HJC helmets and I do not feel like spending $200 more if it is just a question of style. Maybe $100, but after a reasonable limit you have to stop using the "more bucks = more security" when all you get for the extra bucks really is more bling bling (there, I said it).

Of course you don't want to pick up one of these crappy $40 helmets from Pep Boys (those would be illegal to sell in Europe), but those are just Darwinian devices if you ask me.
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There is a lot of different opinions on helmets and standards.My observations are most people wear helmets too big for them,measure your head and go with the correct size recommended from that helmet maker.If you don't think you like the fit try another brand,not another size.Do not keep your helmet any longer than two years if you use it on a regular basis.
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Re: Own a cheap helmet? Throw it away right now!

Originally Posted by UnkleMoose
On a sad note!
Was at Sandhill Ranch for an MX race back in the late 70's, a young man had a brand new FMF?/Honda or it might have been a DG/Yamaha, these were totally tricked out package bikes you could buy, motor mods, suspension, pipes etc... cost way more then a stocker. The start of the 125 novice class went up a hill, there was a crash and a bikes footpeg broke through his helmet and dug into his scull, needless to say he did not make it. The poor kid was wearing a cheap helmet from Kmart,

Save your money elsewhere, please buy good helmets.

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Hi Kraig,
I was on the starting line of the following 250 moto and witnessed the incident. It haunts me to this day.

Glad your OK Coffin.

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This ONE Industries, Trooper helmet as seen after my crash. It held together very well. From this freak accident all I can remember is ripping it in third gear and the aftermath. The cracks are on the face shield guard. Almost three months and still recovering from back pains. There was a Vet Pro who sheared the face guard off his Troy-Lee helmet, after landing on his handle bar..
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About 15 years ago I was riding a suzuki lt500r, two stroke single four wheeler. I was cranking in fourth, to hit a jump for the first time. I preloaded the suspension to get max air. Hidden in the grass at or near the base of the approach was a rut caused by water erosion, running from left to right. Next thing I knew, I was going over the bars. Many things go through one's mind very rapidly in these situations. My choice was to bail. Had I been on a bike, no problem. Friggin wheeler! The action of me tossing the bars to my right caused the right rear wheel to make contact with the ground, (65' from said jump). The wheeler then ran me over for the next 35' or so. During this, I distinctly remember the frame coming down on my head, hard! At that very moment, I thought to myself, "damn, I'm glad I bought a good helmet, (arai vx pro). I was wearing full motocross gear, which suffered various nicks and dings. I walked with only one broken rib! Buy the best helmet you can afford, or better. Choose the brand that fits your head shape the best. Each brand will fit slightly differently. Arai works best for me, and I love them! Good luck, and happy ripping!
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