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Full Face or Open Face Helmets for classic bikes

Postby nickphipps » Sat Feb 25, 2012 6:20 pm

Hi all, i am going to be changing my helmet very shortly, i was wondering what peoples opinions were on whether full face/ open face......My previous one was a full face one, but was seriously considering an open face for riding the ariel, something that lets you feel the wind a bit more, something with a bit of character like the bikes we ride........i am well aware of the safety issues..........just curious to others opinions.......Nick

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Re: Full Face or Open Face Helmets for classic bikes

Postby Steven.Carter » Sat Feb 25, 2012 6:45 pm

Schuberth C3 Flip lid is the one for me, gives you the best of both worlds.

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Postby p tuxworth » Sat Feb 25, 2012 8:08 pm

open face , i like to be able to scrach me head as im riding , so the car boots the best place expect to pay @£5 for one thats been sprayed and kicked round a field

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Postby robin.parker » Sat Feb 25, 2012 8:16 pm

Hi Nick, I settled on cheap polycarbonate open-face helmet for all my riding, on ancient and modern, I team that with a Bob Heath Flip Visor, I wear specs and ride all year/all weather, that combination works fine for me. Now if I were to buy anything more rapid than my 650 Transalp, maybe I'd think again, but then, how fast can we (afford to) go?
I replace my cheapo lid every 2 years.
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Postby nevhunter » Sat Feb 25, 2012 9:00 pm

I've tried full face a couple of times and can't stand the fogging up at lights. All my riding is done with an open face these days, but it is not ideal at 110 kph into a strong headwind where the thing wants to lift and pull my head off. For club riding I like to be able to work out what people look like, and they are unrecognisable in a full face. Nev

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Re: Full Face or Open Face Helmets for classic bikes

Postby john.nash » Sat Feb 25, 2012 10:35 pm

Anything with sh*te brakes and sub 60mph - it's an open-faced helmet (which is 9/11th's of the current selection). I am favouring the ability to see and hear, and generally be aware and take avoiding action/start braking way way early, over protection.

Anything that stops and goes quite well - then it's a flip front.
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Postby simon.holyfield » Sun Feb 26, 2012 7:32 am

Safe biking is all about being aware of what is happening around you.

Enjoying biking for me has a lot to do with being out in the open - can you really look over your shoulder in a full face, much less a flip front?
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Postby chris.vredenbregt » Sun Feb 26, 2012 7:59 am

We had some accidents on the classic races with open face helmets and they ended up with face injuries, so now fullface helmets are a must instead.
On the public road driving my 30"s I do not want to be seen with a fullface, but on a modern suzuki it is another story I think...
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Postby nevhunter » Sun Feb 26, 2012 8:33 am

Well, we seem to be in Furious agreement on that. I can recall the days when we didn't wear them. You are MUCH more aware of other traffic, but are much more susceptible to head injuries..
50 MPH was fast in those days and the speed limit was 30 mph. The nut that holds the handlebars is the most important item, and a bit of luck where tin-top drivers don't look out for you at all. Nev

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Postby Vincent.vanGinneke » Mon Feb 27, 2012 12:28 am

Yes, I agree I do look silly with my Schubert C1 on my '45 NG.
So now I am about to buy a Premier Vintage open face helmet, price diffrence between www. shops and 'normal' shops is about 50 Euro.
Tried to find one at the largest motorshow held this weekend in Holland but all dealers seem to have the same collection.
Most open face helmets I'd seen are spiced up moped ones, and NO, I dont want a pink one with flower motif.
Anyone know of another brand ? Davida does not fit me, me ears got crumbled and I could not get them in the right position anymore........

Vincent


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