I bought a helmet today, a Shoei TZ-R, and it fits perfectly, wore it for about 20 min and didn't have any pain on my head, but taking it off HURTS! It feels like it's gonna rip my ears off. Is this normal in a new helmet? Will it go away as the helmet gets broken in?
I'm pretty sure it's not too small... this is my first helmet ever so I can't really say, but the guy that helped me looked it over really well while it was on and got me different cheek pads to make sure it was ok. The problem seems to be that that pulling it on folds the top of my ears down, and when i take it off they kind of roll back up (painfully =p).
Should I go back and try to get even smaller cheek pads? The helmet doesn't hurt taking on/off without cheek pads but I can't wear the helmet like that.
Make sure you are gripping it by the straps, stretching it outward, when putting it on and off. Once on, wiggle it around as required to settle your ears right. If you leave your ears folded, that too will be extremely painful after a while. It should fit snug once on which means a little difficulty getting it on and off is normal.
Also, make sure you ALWAYS strap it quite snugly. Unstrapped or loosely strapped and it can come off in an accident. Hate to think you go through all of that discomfort only to have it disappear when you actually might be able to use it. Good luck.
Cool thanks guys =) I discovered that if I kind of pull my helmet on a little, tuck the tops of my ears in and wiggle it around when I get the helmet on it helps a great deal. I've been praticing putting my helmet on and taking if off (I'm a dork, I admit it ) and it's becoming a bit easier.
Have you tried pulling the chin straps outwards then sliding it on my understanding of new helmets is that they should be snug but not tight, the inner pads should mold to your face structure, but it should'nt be to tight, again try pulling on the straps to get it on. hope this helps.