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My KLR 650 will be delivered this Thurs. I've been looking at helmets for the past week and thought I'd put the question to you experts.

What's a great helmet to buy? I plan on doing 50/50 road/trail riding. Is a "street" helmet good for this? Or would a motocross helmet with goggles be more useful?

What helmets have a good field of vision? The safest? Problems?

How about the best bang for the buck? Or ones I should stay away from?

Looking forward to your suggestions.

-- Ed
 

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Truth is, when you go to the store, only one will actually fit perfect. Another will have some features you think you want and may look awesome, but you'll ponder whether it's worth it to give up the best fit just to pay 3 times at much. Most likely, it's not worth it!

The best decision I made was getting the flip up. If I suggest anything that you actually listen too, I would hope it was the flip up. Makes talking at intersections and off-road trails much easier. Makes drinking a lot easier. Makes going through drive thru's much easier. Probably hundreds of reasons that I can't even think of.

I would really like to have a removable visor, but not a necessity.

I don't like motocross helmets. I use one for my KDX because it's made to grip the head better and stays put while getting beat up off-road. I would not like wearing it for street.

A good fitting street helmet will function fine for the level of off-roading people do on KLR's. Snug up the chin strap and they do fine.

There are crossbreed helmets, I believe arau makes the most popular, but also pretty expensive.
http://www.motorcyclistonline.com/escape/goodsnservices/123_0444_arau_xd_dual_sport_helmet/index.html

Some advice on buying.
http://www.flamesonmytank.co.za/helmets.htm

It can get as ugly as you want!! Or, just go to the store, get that one flip up helmet that fits perfectly and is pretty reasonably priced, and go ride.
 

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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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If you read correctly the article clearly states that as far as they can see, SNELL and DOT helmets both offer the same level of protection. I'll stick with SNELL thanks. Either way, fit and feel are still foremost. If the helmet is not comfortable, it can impact your riding.
 

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I don't care what you do personally foretwoone, but in this thread you made it sound like DOT helmets are shit and SNELL is the only way to go. Far from the truth and that's the reason for posting the article.

Oh.. and it wasn't "as far as they can see", it was a flat out NO!
did a Snell-certified helmet work better at protecting a person in the real world than a plain old DOT-certified or equivalent helmet? The answer was no. In real street conditions, the DOT or equivalent helmets worked just as well as the Snell-certified helmets.

I've seen your type in many other activities, climbing being one of them. Go to the store, waste their time pretending to be a paying customer and then leave them hanging and go buy online. What a jerk! Why don't you try asking if they'll match online pricing and support the people who helped you out. I bought my helmet locally and glad to do it. Saved me a lot of hassle trying to find one that fits. If you don't want to buy from them, stay out of their store. You are part of the reason why stores start gettting bad attitudes and become less helpful to the rest of us.
 

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Wanderer, im not trying to start an argument. Im not against asking for a price match, and many times when you buy more than one item they will do that. Im saying you need to feel the helmet. I dont think anyone else here will diagree. If a half face helmet is comfortable, so be it, at least its comfortable. When i was shoping around i tried on helmets at the shop because i was there looking for a bike too, they knew they were getting my business either way. So no, im not one of those people that piss of shop owners. As far as the SNELL stuff, i'll stay out of it, the experts in the article say more than i ever could.
 

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I'm not trying to start an argument either, just clarifying some false claims.

You didn't say anything about buying a motorcycle the first time. You said..."Go to a local shop and act like a buyer". Walks like duck, sounds like a duck... probably a duck.

FYI... A half face helmet can be more then just comfortable, it can be DOT approved and comfortable.

Yeah, the experts definately said more about DOT helmets being safe then you ever could.
 

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I like my Arai XD!

Also, the only flip up helmet that "might" recieve a Snell Certification as a full face is the ROOF Boxer V. Because of it's postitive dual latching chin bar. But that's really just a rumor from an independent Snell testing facility.
 

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edcincy,I have a flipup,and agreeing with wanderer,it makes alot of things easier on those short stops.I do alot of dual riding and find the flipup fits my riding style.One thing you didn't mention was if you wear glasses.A flipup makes putting on your helmet alot easier as you can spread it by the bottom to go over the temples of the glasses.When back roading and stopping to check maps,get a quick drink,etc. flipping the whole front up lets in fresh air,easier to read maps,and on slow trails is an open face with a breeze.20 to 30 mph you can leave your visor open (with glasses) and have a breeze,pick up speed,drop the face shield and your in biz.I am not sure of the safety factor of a flipup over a full face,but I would imagine it is not as tough.The one thing I do know for sure is a flipup is a little noisier than a full face at higher speeds.The bottom line is that it's your noggin,and do what you feel comfortable with.Hope this helps



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The XD is definately a neat helmet. Wish the price was about 1/3rd of what it is. Maybe in time when they payoff of the development expense.

I think the whole Snell thing is similiar to a Microsoft Certification. It costs manufacturers money and doesn't necessarily transmit in to more sales or higher profits. I don't blame companies for not submitting their flipups for Snell certification. First, it's not required and second the flipups meet DOT standards which for all general riding purposes has been proven 100% safe. If somebody wants to drag race while wearing only a DOT approved helmet.... well, that's not what DOT standards are about and is a whole other subject entirely.
 

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Marushin makes a helmet similar to the XD, better price too and it comes with tinted shield.

I read that article from motorcyclist, very informative. I tend to agree, the DOT only helmet is actually safer for your melon than a snell, when the military dictates it's flight helmets to have a max g-loading of 175, that has to tell you something, anything much higher and you get scrambled eggs, your typical snell transmits 300 g's to the head, do the math, it's not hard to see what's actually better in the real world. Just my opinion, do what you feel is best for yourself.
 

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Which ever one you decide on make sure it FITS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11
 

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Ye thats basically what i was trying to get at.
 

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I made the guys over at webbikeworld.com buy that helmet so they can add it to their list of Dual Sport helmets.

Expect a review in a few weeks!
 

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My KLR 650 will be delivered this Thurs. I've been looking at helmets for the past week and thought I'd put the question to you experts.

What's a great helmet to buy? I plan on doing 50/50 road/trail riding. Is a "street" helmet good for this? Or would a motocross helmet with goggles be more useful?

What helmets have a good field of vision? The safest? Problems?

How about the best bang for the buck? Or ones I should stay away from?

Looking forward to your suggestions.

-- Ed
I started riding 2.5 years ago and was a novice at everything then. I ended up getting a full face street helmet which has worked fine. If you are riding off road then an open face helmet should be ruled out. I am currently looking at buying a dual sport type helmet, mainly the AFX-39DS since it is reasonably priced. I would like to have the bill on the helmet to block the sun on rides and the visor will come off if you want to wear googles. The street helmet opening is too tight for goggles. I did buy a SuperVisor that attaches to the top of my visor to block some of the sun and it works great. As far as color, the lighter colors are better for others to see you while on the road.
 

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Without belaboring the point, neither Snell or Dot tests indicate actual testing of helmets, only that they conform to industry standards.

I will say that I use two helmets, one that's heavier but works better in cold weather (more fog resistant) and a summer helmet (lighter and better ventilated).
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