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My helmet specs
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rotor Online
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My helmet specs
I am unable to find a helmet I want. The specifications are quite simple:

1) Full face
2) As low mass (weight) as possible
3) White, with no graphics and lettering on it
4) Reasonable cost

The specifications are listed in order of importance. Please note that I do not believe any one particular helmet make/model will offer significantly better protection than another in case of a crash. I do not need any formal "certification" as I have yet to observe it be examined on the road by an agent of the government in any jurisdiction I have been riding in.

Specifically, if you own a full-face helmet and weighting scale, and if your helmet weights less than 1250 grams (2.75 pounds) please post the make/model and mass in either metric or imperial measure.

TIA
08-30-2017 04:14 AM
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alprider Offline
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RE: My helmet specs
The color you can make self for 2-3 bugs in case of case
08-30-2017 05:07 AM
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The ferret Online
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RE: My helmet specs
http://www.webbikeworld.com/motorcycle-h...eights.htm

You can probably get 3 of the 4 things you want.. due to the rule of life (you can never get everything you want)

You can get light, you can get white, you can get full face..... but it won't be cheap

you can get cheap, you can get white, you can get full face....... but it won't be light

you will probably have to make a choice between light and cheap lol

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08-30-2017 05:10 AM
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EmptySea Offline
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RE: My helmet specs
Weight and noise are the factors driving price. Pretty much what Ferret said. "Reasonable cost" is a completely subjective term -- I assure you that Ferret's "reasonable" is different than my "reasonable". I like my Shoei x14. It is white. I could have peeled off the Shoei logos. It is light, although I'm going to leave it to you to reasearch the exact weight. Problem is that it's probably not priced right for you. As far as the certifications, well, it's your noggin.

HJC and their RPHA line have good quality products at what I would call "reasonable" prices. Not as light as some, though

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08-30-2017 06:14 AM
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Houtman Offline
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RE: My helmet specs
Kenny Roberts said a long time ago : " if you have a $ 5 head , buy a
$ 5 helmet "
Cheap is never good and good is never cheap.
I only have one head and bought (in my opinion ) the best helmet for my head . ARAI Signature X
(This post was last modified: 08-30-2017 06:39 AM by Houtman.)
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RE: My helmet specs
I believe that was an '80's marketing slogan by Bell Helmets, not by Kenny Roberts. I'm sure I still have the magazines with the ads.

For cheap, white, full face, check JC Whitney or Cycle Gear. They carry inexpensive off-brand helmets which will likely meet your requirements. As far as weight, you'll need to rely on the manufacturer's specs and do your own comparisons.

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08-30-2017 07:27 AM
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rotor Online
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RE: My helmet specs
Quote:Cheap is never good and good is never cheap.
In my experience this is far from a universal rule. But note that the price was specifically placed on the last position in my list.

There is no statistical data to prove that a more expensive helmet will substantially reduce the probability of an injury, at least not that I know off. Until I see some, I will assume that price is in more direct correlation with the marketing expenditure than it is with the quality of the product. But I don't mind paying a premium for comfort, which to me means low weight and good fit.

(08-30-2017 07:27 AM)LongRanger Wrote:  For cheap, white, full face, check JC Whitney or Cycle Gear. They carry inexpensive off-brand helmets which will likely meet your requirements. As far as weight, you'll need to rely on the manufacturer's specs and do your own comparisons.

Thanks. I note however that weight is hardly ever published by the helmet makers, and even when it is, it appears that around 3 pounds is the norm. This is why I was wandering if anybody on the forum has a helmet that I would consider "light".
(This post was last modified: 08-30-2017 07:39 AM by rotor.)
08-30-2017 07:31 AM
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The ferret Online
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RE: My helmet specs
https://sharp.dft.gov.uk/

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08-30-2017 07:42 AM
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rotor Online
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RE: My helmet specs
(08-30-2017 05:10 AM)The ferret Wrote:  http://www.webbikeworld.com/motorcycle-h...eights.htm
[...]
you will probably have to make a choice between light and cheap lol
I am prepared to pay for "light". I am however not prepared to swallow murketing fluff such as: "The center of gravity of a motorcycle helmet will affect how the weight is carried, which can make a lighter weight helmet feel heavy and vice versa."
With due respect to the retailer, this is nonsense.
Or:
"The fit of the helmet is paramount, because a proper fit will distribute the weight more evenly around the head and down through the shoulders".
Fit is important, but it will not do much to solve the problems caused by a heavy helmet. The weight causes fatigue and after a time pain in the base of the skull and shoulders, not on the top of the head where a bad fit will cause discomfort - a different problem altogether. At least, this has been my experience.
08-30-2017 08:00 AM
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Cormanus Offline
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My helmet specs
(08-30-2017 07:42 AM)The ferret Wrote:  https://sharp.dft.gov.uk/

The SHARP site and this one too, https://www.crash.org.au/ratings.php lend weight to the view that safety and cost are not correlated. As I recall, the SHARP site shows a number of inexpensive helmets with very high safety ratings.
08-30-2017 08:40 AM
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