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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 09-09-2002, 11:07 AM Thread Starter
 
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Question Half Helmet for Beginner or Full Face?

I would imagine that there are a lot of different opinions on helmets. But my question is this. For increased visibility would you recommend that a beginner use a half helmet as oppossed to a full face? I have yet to try on a full face helmet, but I would imagine that a half helmet would have a wider range of visibility, thus making a beginner feel more comfortable. Any truth in that. Opinions? Thanks
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Re: Half Helmet for Beginner or Full Face?

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I would imagine that there are a lot of different opinions on helmets. But my question is this. For increased visibility would you recommend that a beginner use a half helmet as oppossed to a full face? I have yet to try on a full face helmet, but I would imagine that a half helmet would have a wider range of visibility, thus making a beginner feel more comfortable. Any truth in that. Opinions? Thanks
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I would 100% wear a full face, and more so for a beginner cause the odds of a mishap will be greater due to experience. so go for the protection.
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All of the full face helmets I have tried on did not obstruct my vision in any way. I agree with michael, I would recommend a full face for everyone, regardless of experience level. If you put on a helmet that blocks your field of vision, chances are you have it on wrong (example: sideways or backwards)

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Re: Half Helmet for Beginner or Full Face?

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I would imagine that there are a lot of different opinions on helmets. But my question is this. For increased visibility would you recommend that a beginner use a half helmet as oppossed to a full face? I have yet to try on a full face helmet, but I would imagine that a half helmet would have a wider range of visibility, thus making a beginner feel more comfortable. Any truth in that. Opinions? Thanks
no less visibility.

But on a more serious note...you'd never see a sportbiker wearing a half helmet Cept maybe on a sport tourer...

(no insult intended to those who do!!!)
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post #5 of 21 (permalink) Old 09-09-2002, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks for the response. I personally like the look of the full face to the half helmet so I am pleased with your opinions. As I had stated early I haven't tried on any yet, so I wasn't sure about vision. But looking at some helmets on different web sites, it would appear that your peripheral vision would be blocked. This is not the case, granted you have it on correctly as Spicersh suggests? Thanks for that suggestion by the way!
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With a half helmet one will also need a set of goggles & would really suffer when up to a decent speed.
In the days of Cromwell or other 'pudding basin' helmets at 100 to 115mph the wind was really taking its toll on the facial skin.
Besides who wants a bug (or more) to SMACK into the flesh, it is a jolt wen some hit the visor or other part of the full face helmet----what a mess even at normal hwy speeds.
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post #7 of 21 (permalink) Old 09-09-2002, 02:50 PM
 
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I would say that it kinda depends on how much you like your face... I wouldn't have one today if not for the protection of a full-faced helmet.
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You do lose a few degrees of peripheral vision with a full face but not that much. Statistics have shown that a very miniscule amount of accidents occur in that area.
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I've never noticed any loss of peripheral vision with my helmet. But, for a common sence way of making the decision between a full face and a half helmet, go to a mirror, look at your face, and ask yourself how long you want it to stay that pretty....theres your answer
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A friend bought her 1st bike & an open face helmet. I encouraged her to take it back & get a full face because she is so new to riding. Fortunately she did & a couple of weeks later when she went down in a corner on Hwy 1 the full face took a terrible beating right where her jaw would have been dragging on the pavement instead of her face.
Now if I had only been able to talk to her about buying a smaller bike to start out on instead of that 1200cc sportster but that is a whole different topic.
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