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post #1 of 10 Old 09-28-2011, 05:45 PM Thread Starter
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Setting up a Dual Sport Helmet

I know this isn't inventing the wheel but with some new gear in hand I thought I'd do a how to video on setting up an MX helmet for dual sport riding.


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Nice, thanks man!

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Good video! I don't use goggles, but I do use a quick-release buckle on my helmet chin strap and really like it.



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Agreed, very cool. Where did you get the quick straps? I haven't seen them in Cycle Gear or the MC Dealerships, of course I haven't looked for them either.

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Agreed, very cool. Where did you get the quick straps? I haven't seen them in Cycle Gear or the MC Dealerships, of course I haven't looked for them either.
In Ohio we're blessed with one of the nations largest outlet stores for MC gear called Iron Pony. When it comes to cloths, protective equipment and swag it's about the only place I shop. It is great to be able to walk into a K mart sized building and try stuff on before you buy. For parts, tires and such online store seem to have the upper hand.

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I know this isn't inventing the wheel but with some new gear in hand I thought I'd do a how to video on setting up an MX helmet for dual sport riding.

Why would you cut off the D-rings? They have to be way stronger than the plastic connector.

You mention moving your goggles around to the back of the helmet when off-road? That's when you need them the most.

Sorry but you're not giving good advice.

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Dang,
I thought you were adding a lineman's facemask to a helmet for moto-football.
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Why would you cut off the D-rings? They have to be way stronger than the plastic connector.

You mention moving your goggles around to the back of the helmet when off-road? That's when you need them the most.

Sorry but you're not giving good advice.
I left the D-rings on my helmet strap in case I ever decided to remove my Studebaker quick-release buckle, but I would imagine if you ever encounter forces strong enough to make the quick-release buckle fail, you're not going to have a head left on top of your neck to protect, anyway.

Subjected to a load test vs. the stock helmet D-rings, I'm sure the QR buckle would fail first, but I think it's still plenty strong enough to do its intended job and is safe to use.

These Echo buckles seem really nice and meet some kind of DOT standard if anybody's looking for a QR buckle but is concerned about their safety and reliability.

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Why would you cut off the D-rings? They have to be way stronger than the plastic connector.

You mention moving your goggles around to the back of the helmet when off-road? That's when you need them the most.

Sorry but you're not giving good advice.
Sorry you don't like it. Everyone has an preferred setup. I cut the rings off because they get in the way and with the wet riding I do tend to rust. As for reversing the goggles, when it's 95 degrees out, your in two feet of mud and moving at 4mph. Goggles are useless. I find it better to get them out of the way so I can get air on my face to help cool off.

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I left the D-rings on my helmet strap in case I ever decided to remove my Studebaker quick-release buckle, but I would imagine if you ever encounter forces strong enough to make the quick-release buckle fail, you're not going to have a head left on top of your neck to protect, anyway.

Subjected to a load test vs. the stock helmet D-rings, I'm sure the QR buckle would fail first, but I think it's still plenty strong enough to do its intended job and is safe to use.

These Echo buckles seem really nice and meet some kind of DOT standard if anybody's looking for a QR buckle but is concerned about their safety and reliability.

http://www.webbikeworld.com/r4/echo-quick-release/
Good info. I don't have a preferred brand. What I showed just happened to be what was available and I've used them before with no issues.

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