I have owned several Bieffes over the years, but not a B20. They are a good value but they are not top-of-the-line, by any means. For that, stick to AGV, Shoei and Arai. Bieffes will provide good protection, but you won't get the plush comfort and quietness you get with the better helmets.
Also, be aware of the buckles. Personally, I like them. I wish all helmets had buckles instead of D-rings. You can snap or unsnap them with gloves on. I can't take off a helmet with D-rings without taking my gloves off first. But some people don't like the buckles. Matter of personal preference.
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Aril, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by motociclista: Also, be aware of the buckles. Personally, I like them. I wish all helmets had buckles instead of D-rings. You can snap or unsnap them with gloves on. I can't take off a helmet with D-rings without taking my gloves off first. But some people don't like the buckles. Matter of personal preference.
i hear the buckles can come undone in crashes. my beiffe helmet saved my life. it's not as nice as my last two agv's, but it worked, and that's all that matters.
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Counting you, I now know of two people who were in crashes involving a head impact while wearing a Bieffe and came out unscathed -- and without the buckle coming undone. Not a good statistical sample, but I tend to trust the buckles on those helmets.
I put an aftermarket buckle fastener on my AGV, and while it is easier to use than the Bieffe buckles, I have less confidence in it staying attached under severe stress.
On my old Bieffe, the trick to keeping it from sticking is to apply some sideways pressure when pushing on the red buckle tab. It's easier to show than describe, but think of bending the attached buckle outward away from your face. When I do that, it pops right open and never sticks. When someone else uses the helmet for the first time and doesn't know the drill, it always sticks and they're stuck with the helmet on their head.
I too am thinking about a Bieffe, but I'm looking at the GPR. The thing that pisses me off is that I can't find a local retailer that carries Bieffe lids so I can try one on. I don't want to order one and then have to be stuck with a lid that I don't like.
Anyone in Phoenix know of any Bieffe dealers. If I can't try one on, I'm gonna an HJC AC-10
I owned 2 Bieffe helmets, B9 and BR15-GP both are great. I like the quick release buckles. I now have a Shoei RF800. The Shoei has more padding but the fits is about the same. the wind noise is less with the Shoei, but these are the only differances. As for size, I have the same size in the Bieffe and Shoei so they are close.
As for the crash rating, if the Snell number is the same then the protection should be also.
Several years ago I bought a Bieffe helmet to use as a commuter or spare helmet.
It was one of their "lower" level helmets and SURE acted the part.
If they put as little effort/quality into their lower budget helmets,as they did this one,then I would NEVER buy one of their "better" helmets.
I will stick with my Arai or Shoei helmets and feel much better for doing so.
How much is your head worth?????
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