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Helmets

Postby Keith.owen » Mon May 13, 2013 9:37 am

HI,
I need to purchase a new helmet. The open faced helmet I used to use during the 70's is just not suitable (made of paper mache me thinks) and should be replaced if nothing else down to sheer age.

I have started looking into what is available and although there would appear to be a lot of choice, none of it seems to suit my conservative tastes. I went to a local motorcycle store and it was like going to a childrens toy shop / fancy dress hire shop. Unless one wants to look like Stig in that ludicrous TV program or Darth Vader........

Can anyone recommend / know where I could get a sober, conservative full face helmet in one colour (preferebly white) without fins and things (recalling Peter Gabriel of Genesis and his costumes) that wouldn't make me look like a complete prat on the back of a 63 year old bike? I do want something that is both safe and comfortable, though. Any thougts, anyone.

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Postby Leslie.Ore » Mon May 13, 2013 9:40 am

Cromwell?

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Postby Keith.owen » Mon May 13, 2013 9:47 am

Who is Cromwell?

Are you suggesting I find a statue of our beloved Olver and nick his helmet?
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Re: Helmets

Postby Eero.Korhonen » Mon May 13, 2013 10:00 am

Hi,
I have Shoei S-20:
http://www.shoei-europe.com/uk/products/S-20/
It is light and fits good in head (for mine at least).
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Postby pete.collings » Mon May 13, 2013 10:21 am

On occasions, the cut price supermarket stores Lidl and Aldi sell motorcycling gear at very reasonable prices. I have brought (and still use) a jacket and boots, but they also offer helmets, which some of our local branch members has brought and found to be good.

You need to keep an eye open in the local papers (?online?) to see when motorcycling gear is on offer (usually for just a week or so), and get there reasonably promptly to have a choice of sizes. They don't tend to restock once a size has sold out.

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Re: Helmets

Postby john.nash » Mon May 13, 2013 10:38 am

I have an old kevlar Frank Thomas Open face.
I also have a "flip front" non-descript thing for higher speeds and very bad weather

It's catch-22
the shops just sell power ranger stuff but you need to try one on ....

Davida:
http://davida.co.uk/category.php?id=helmets
nice helmets; nice prices

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Quite like Caberg Jet:
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I think Cromwell are owned out in the far east now ?
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Postby Keith.owen » Mon May 13, 2013 11:38 am

Hi John,
I'm somewhat coming to the conclusion that I might not get a suitable full face helmet that easily.

My son gave up power rangers a long tome ago and I lost interest as soon as he did (if you get the drift) I much prefer being able to have a pint with him, as we do these days.

I suppose this modern stuff is alright on a modern sports bike, but some of the footwear does look rather, might I say it, 'gay'. Again, just want some old fashioned boots.

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Postby simon.holyfield » Mon May 13, 2013 12:01 pm

Where are you in the full face/open face/flip front debate?

I use a flip front Airoh Mathisse myself. Allows you to appear human at the petrol station!
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Re: Helmets

Postby Keith.owen » Mon May 13, 2013 2:18 pm

Hi Simon,
Not so much of a debate really, more a matter of sourceing a helmet (preferably full face) that doesn't look like something out of power rangers as our web master succinctly described the latest fashion statement of helmets.

I guess aflip face is not a bad idea.

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Postby simon.holyfield » Mon May 13, 2013 2:24 pm

The problem with a flip is that it makes you realise what you are missing in an open face. The experience is so much more enclosed, like being in a car, because there is less visor area than a regular full face.

I'm hankering after an open face...
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