Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Marshall, MO, USA, 65340
I too am a new rider, and since I don't know a single person that rides, I wasnt really sure about getting my first helmet. Unfortunatly finding a helmet in the middle of the "cornbelt" of Missouri is a problem.
I ended up getting a Vega multi color (red/black/white/silver). It is Snell 2000 and DOT approved, and has 4 vents....chin, one on each cheek, and a top one. I payed $129.99 for it.
But....now that I have ridden for a while, I realize why it was so cheap. The helmet is LOUD on the highway...really at anything over 50 mph, its too loud. Also, the visor doesnt seal tight at all. It has never blown open or anything like that, it just doesnt seal the air out very well, there is a draft by my right eye that is irritating but I usually wear sunglasses so it doesnt bother me.
If you just want a cheap helmet and are willing to wear ear plugs, the Vega does pass the Snell test, so it is safe.
Now that I have this helmet, I plan to upgrade to a much better Aria helmet in the future, keeping this one for my passenger or as a backup.
One last note. If the helmet is Snell approved, and it fits right, it will protect you. Most of the money is for comfort and looks when you get up to the $400+ helmets. But....if you ride a lot it is money well spent, since being comfortable allows you to focus better on riding, rather than a splitting headache.
1997 Yamaha YZF600R