Helmet recommendations and reviews are very difficult to make, and even harder to make so that they are applicable to all riders.
The criteria for selecting a helmet for me has changed over the years. 40 years ago, I had a metal flake painted, open face legal helmet that would accommodate my head. All the necessary criteria at the time. I think I got it in trade for a used tire. Then there were some years I didn't wear a helmet. Depended on the state I lived in. When I got involved with the sport bikes and into the sport touring bikes, I became more interested in safety. Which has brought me to the criteria I use today for selecting a helmet.
Current criteria, based on DOT certified helmets: FIT
Price, looks, noise factors, accessories, cool factor all are secondary to fit. While there are no doubt many helmets on the market that surpass my current helmet in every aspect of helmet protection, they do me little good if they don't fit my head. And thats what makes it hard to recommend a helmet to someone else. We all have different shapes of heads. If Acme Helmet makes a brain bucket for the round headed biker, the oval headed rider will need to look elsewhere, if fit is any concern to the buyer. I used to think a large helmet was a large helmet was a large helmet. I was wrong. There are large helmets for egg heads, large helmets for punkin heads, large helmets for Neanderthal heads. I have an "oval / long oval" head. Shoei makes helmets that contour to my head type fairly well, so many of their helmets fit me, and therefor are options for me.
Oval - Sometimes known as "long oval", said to be the most common American head shape
Earth - The Earth shaped head is somewhat wider in the middle, approx near the temples;
Egg - Wider at the top and narrower at the bottom.
Reverse Egg - Slightly narrower at the top than at the bottom.
My everyday helmet is a Shoei Multitech. It may not be the perfect dual sport helmet, but I am so used to it, I can't even entertain the thought of replacing it. This may be it's last season. I like the flip up face feature. It is quiet. The only complaint I have had is the nylon screws that hold the shield flip up ratcheting device to the helmet work out and get lost. Shoei is the only place that has replacement screws. You must order the entire ratcheting device to get the screws. After a few go rounds of that, I found out about Loctite for plastic fasteners. That put an end to that drama.
Anyway. IMHO. A helmet may be uber cool, wash your bike, fetch your slippers and be free plus a $100.00 rebate, but if it don't fit your head, you may be putting on more danger than safety.
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