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post #1 of 14 Old 03-13-2014, 11:44 AM Thread Starter
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Choosing a Helmet (Noobish question)

Hi,

i got a KLR and need to gear up for safety. First and most important item to get is a helmet.

After visiting a shop today I'm left with well 3 Choices.
1. Standard Enduro helmet - i mean the one that requires goggles (but has chin protection). Since I'm not allowed to link so I'll name the one that fits: Madhead MexOne
2. Some Italian multifunction 6 in 1 helmet -forgot the name. It can be configured to fit outdoors, street, highway.
3. Fully closed helmet (the standard one with sliding windscreen)

How I intend to use my KLR:
- mostly to discover new places in a comfortable way
- sometimes driving to my work (40 miles) - but that is for next year
- driving around the forest I have near my home

How I do not intend to use it
- extreme rides in dirt/rain etc.
- extreme terrain
- activities that require heavy breathing (for fogging sake)

Sorry, im inexperienced so maybe You can tell me what type would fit my needs (with links/pics).

P.

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post #2 of 14 Old 03-13-2014, 12:03 PM
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Only you can tell yourself what level of performance and comfort you will put up with. For myself I will never wear anything less than a full face helmet as I've seen too many bad crashes. (I'm mainly a sportbike guy) So I know its not what you wanted to hear but get a full helmet. Even a 20mph crash into an object could ruin your face/jaw... why risk it? The other thing I would buy is a good jacket - rash is no joke. I dodged a car and fell and slid maybe 5-8 feet in my neighborhood going <15mph and lost a good chunk of skin off my arm. Not fun.

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Jazzman,

it seems I made a linguistic mistake (sorry English is not my native language). I meant a Helmet with a built in sliding windscreen.

Option 1 i mentioned in the 1 post is a normal Cross Helmet with chin protection but no windscreen hence need for goggles.
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I understand, in that case I still recommend the one with windscreen, or a full street-style helmet, unless you are not driving fast. Wind gets worse inside the helmet the higher speeds you go and anything fast and you might be wishing you had the full seal helmet if you spend much time at highway speeds.

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Highway is not my thing, but somewhere around 40 to 50 mph should be normal on my way to work. Still the idea to drive to work is to have an adventure and see new places on my way home.

Primary use: low speed on unpredictable roads and enjoying the view
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I second the full face. Your face/head is important. Unless you're gonna be thrashing offroad, a regular full face helmet will be the cheapest best bet. Check newenough.com's clearance stuff.

HJC makes good, cheap helmets.

http://www.motorcyclegear.com/street...le_helmet.html

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Make sure whatever you choose fits you so that you will be more likely to wear it. Try several brands on to determine what fits your head shape best.
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post #8 of 14 Old 03-14-2014, 01:17 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the replies.

I'll go for a standard full face. Luckily for me I have some bike shops around my workplace so fit will be checked - hopefully I'll find something that will support my glasses
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post #9 of 14 Old 03-14-2014, 11:16 AM
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the one made in italy is probably the nolan . i have the n43 and its a great helmet . fit is the most important thing . even a 1000$ helmet is useless if its really loose in a crash . and a good deal on a tight helmet will give you a headache all day long . try and match your budget with whats most important with what you need . you can find dual sport helmets with windscreens and flip down internal visors now . which is a good choice .
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Been to two shops today and tried some full face models with windscreens - felt like in a cage :/
Also got a chance to try some Dual Sports - the 150 USD range models were not convincing at all

Will have to continue my quest...

I somehow feel attracted to the dirt models (I like the fit and feeling of open space), and if all goes well I'll get a chance to try a White AGV MT-X by tommorow.
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