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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-16-2006, 10:08 PM Thread Starter
 
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just bought a bike and looking to buy a helmet. i don't want to spend over $250. any suggestions? what is the big difference between a $150 helmet and a $400 helmet? i just wan't something to protect me that isn't too heavy.
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-26-2006, 08:53 PM
 
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I haven't been riding to long but the biggest difference I can find between helmet and their prices would be were they are rated for as well as the name. If you look at alot of helmets with there ratings, DOT, SNELL, and european ones, the european ones cost more but the rating is alot better. Europes tests are more strict. The name also affects the selling price, Shoei, Suomy, and Aria are at the top. I hope that answers the price question. If your looking for a good cheap first helmet look at HJC. HJC owns Shoei (or vise versa) so it is a good helmet. My current helmet is an HJC but I'm looking to replace it with something lighter and a little plusher inside. What ever you do just make sure that it is atleast DOT approved. Most if not all HJCs are both DOT and SNELL approved. I wouldn't reccomend spending big bucks on a first helmet, you will probly hit the ground a few times and scuff up your helmet, atleast I did. The best prices I've found on a helmet have been at helmetcity.com or Ebay. Just buy new.

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post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-27-2006, 07:29 AM
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Price has a lot to do with features of helmets. Like venting, anti scratch/fog face shields, padding and weight... stuff like that. More money equals more comfort in a lot of them.
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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-27-2006, 08:00 AM
 
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I got the HJC CS-12. It was only 90 dollars. As far as wieght goes I don't think its very heavy and its confortable enough for me, but maybe I just have a strong neck. However I will say that it isnt ventalated very well.
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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-27-2006, 08:03 AM
 
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I suggest you look at the scorpion brand. Great product for your money.
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post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-27-2006, 08:18 AM Thread Starter
 
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helmets

thanx everyone. info was great, i had a hjc dirt bike helmet and liked it, i think im gonna start there. thanks for everything.
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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-27-2006, 12:23 PM
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I've also got an HJC. It's an LT-12. No complaints, but it's my first helmet. I'll be spending more $$$ next time.




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post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-27-2006, 01:35 PM
 
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Shoei. You get what you pay for. You are going to be wearing this thing a great deal, get something thats going to be comfy.



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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-28-2006, 04:35 PM
 
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Definitely agree thta you get what you pay for. Helmets are good for five years or until they take an impact. Spending $100 a year on a helmet isn't a big deal when you've spent thousands on the bike. Get one that's comfy or you won't want to wear it.
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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-30-2006, 06:38 PM
 
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u can get icon's mainframe series for a little under your budget.
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