Ed, do what we have all done. Go to a local shop and act like a buyer. Find the size that fits, and a brand that you like. Graphix and pretty paint should not be a concern. Features and fit are foremost. I personally settled on an HJC in a size XS, then i went online and found a great price and bought it. Obviously dont tell the shop this, they wont let you try them on then. I dont however agree on the flip up helmets, i found them to be noisy. The gap in the helmet lets in alot of ambient noise, kinda like having the visor up on a full face. Also most of them are not SNELL rated, remember, its your head...whats it worth to you? Never ever ever let a shop tell you whats good or bad, try it on and feel for yourself. If its loose or wigly, try one size smaller. More expensive is not necessarily better, some of the safest helmets are also the cheapest, so dont let the shop tell you that $400 Arai is safer, always look for SNELL, there standards are better than DOT. Try out the visor for sure, i didnt try my HJC, but i got lucky and i liked it better than some others i tryed. Try breathing through your mouth heavy and see if it fogs real bad, some helmets have breath deflectors built in, great for colder days or chilly nights. Play around, its a big purchase despite its small price, and one day it could turn out to be your best investment ever....Make it a good one!!!
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