Really Pricy Helmets - TwoWheelForum: Motorcycle and Sportbike forums
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-16-2008, 05:39 PM Thread Starter
Squidly
 
Brads500isslow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 41
Really Pricy Helmets

Helmets that are really expensive they worth the $800? i was looking at some with a little spoiler...i spend a redicoulous amount of time on the bike and i find my Icon Mainframe fairly comfy but is a shark rs8 and shoei x11 much better and worth the extra stack of cash? also are any more safe than others i value my head and dont feel much like dieing cuz i hear thats no fun so is any specific model better than others?
Brads500isslow is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-16-2008, 05:44 PM
Tank Slapper
 
Mrs. Colleen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Goleta, CA
Posts: 284
I think most of them are more expensive because they are lighter and quieter. Also, little features can add to the price...like fully removable liners.
Mrs. Colleen is offline  
post #3 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-16-2008, 05:45 PM
Banned
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 11,673
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mrs. Colleen View Post
I think most of them are more expensive because they are lighter and quieter. Also, little features can add to the price...like fully removable liners.
Pretty much... Some people think the more expensive ones protect better, but I've never seen that quantified with any real fact... just opinion.
OneSickPsycho is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-16-2008, 05:46 PM
Banned
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 11,673
And for the record... I heard dying is no fun too.
OneSickPsycho is offline  
post #5 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-16-2008, 06:36 PM
TWF Board Of Directors

 
Trip's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Knoxville, TN
Posts: 11,484
Send a message via AIM to Trip
I paid in the 300 range for my shoei X-11. No way in hell I would pay $800 for a helmet.

I have a KBC VR2 and the X11 is much better as far as comfort, fit, and how it feels at speed. Its as close as you can get to not wearing a helmet to me, plus it cuts through the air perfect and you can turn to the side and not feel like your head is blown off.

2005 Honda CRF88RR - 2007 Honda CBR600RR
Trip is offline  
post #6 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-16-2008, 06:45 PM
 
PiZdETS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 912
Pricey helmets are charging you extra for spiffyness, nothing else. The cheaper helmets can be SAFER!
If you're up for a looong article, check this one out. Totally changed my view of helmet design and safety.


Quote:
Patience is something you admire in the driver behind you and scorn in the one ahead. ~Mac McCleary
PiZdETS is offline  
post #7 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-16-2008, 06:56 PM
TWF Board Of Directors

 
Trip's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Knoxville, TN
Posts: 11,484
Send a message via AIM to Trip
Quote:
Originally Posted by PiZdETS View Post
Pricey helmets are charging you extra for spiffyness, nothing else. The cheaper helmets can be SAFER!
If you're up for a looong article, check this one out. Totally changed my view of helmet design and safety.
Tis true, some of the best testing helmets I have seen test results for are basic brands you can get at walmart for $80.

2005 Honda CRF88RR - 2007 Honda CBR600RR
Trip is offline  
post #8 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-16-2008, 09:35 PM
TWF Champion
 
Phenix_Rider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: SouthWest, PA
Posts: 3,230
Send a message via AIM to Phenix_Rider
I've ridden with two helmets. A cheap loaner for the MSF and my Shoei RF-1000. The loaner was light enough, but I didn't feel safe riding in a parking lot with it. My Shoei cost probably $300 more, but it's light, has good ventilation, will protect me in a crash and still smells a hell of a lot better even after riding 6 months in all weather without washing it.

As far as the difference between a $400 helmet and an $800 one, most of that is paint and graphics. There's more of a difference between a $150 Scorpion or HJC or KBC and a $400 Shoei or Arai- things like weight and fit and vents and name. You can get a good basic Scorpion or SparX that will protect you just as well as anything pricier.

Check This: Hot New Artist Sailing up the charts!

'07 Ninja 650R Candy Plasma Blue
Got Gear?

Quote:
Originally Posted by NONE_too_SOFT View Post
All riders take risks- what you wear usually reflects your respect for the bike and general knowledge of riding.
Phenix_Rider is offline  
post #9 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-16-2008, 10:05 PM
Tank Slapper
 
JoJoYZF's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Cleveland, OH
Posts: 241
Send a message via AIM to JoJoYZF Send a message via Yahoo to JoJoYZF
One of the keys to good protection from any helmet is the fit. It doesnt matter what the helmet costs, as long as it fits your head the best it can.
JoJoYZF is offline  
post #10 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-17-2008, 02:19 PM
Contest Winner
'07 Rally Veteran
November 2007 BOTM Winner!
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Cbus, OH, and about 100,000 posts behind the post whore
Posts: 7,649
Send a message via AIM to drewpy
having a comfy helmet is priceless, the lighter the better



"It takes alot of anything to make my bike to something"
2001 RC51
drewpy is offline  
post #11 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-17-2008, 02:48 PM
Chicken Strip
 
Moto-Madness.com's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Lindenhurst, NY
Posts: 66
I've tried all helmets from HJC to KBC to Shoei. Its all about what fits you the best. I don't like Shoei because of the way it fits on my. I've had several JKC's that I have loved. My new helmet the is awesome and comfy is the Craft.



Moto-Madness.com is offline  
post #12 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-17-2008, 03:53 PM
Factory Racer
 
Daveon2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Cherry hill nj
Posts: 1,127
Send a message via AIM to Daveon2 Send a message via Yahoo to Daveon2
Arise Lord Vader!
Daveon2 is offline  
post #13 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-17-2008, 04:10 PM
Chicken Strip
 
Moto-Madness.com's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Lindenhurst, NY
Posts: 66
Quote:
Originally Posted by Daveon2 View Post
Arise Lord Vader!

Haha I get that alot. "I am your father Luke" haha or people just look at me like what the f. It looks pretty crazy to wen I wear it on my Buell.


You can check the writeups here if you like them

http://www.webbikeworld.com/r2/motor...craft-helmets/

Last edited by Moto-Madness.com; 02-17-2008 at 04:26 PM.
Moto-Madness.com is offline  
post #14 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-17-2008, 06:23 PM
Banned
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 11,673
Quote:
Originally Posted by Moto-Madness.com View Post
Haha I get that alot. "I am your father Luke" haha or people just look at me like what the f. It looks pretty crazy to wen I wear it on my Buell.


You can check the writeups here if you like them

http://www.webbikeworld.com/r2/motor...craft-helmets/
I think your AV pic is what my pumpkin is going to look like next Halloween.
OneSickPsycho is offline  
post #15 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-17-2008, 06:26 PM
Chicken Strip
 
Moto-Madness.com's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Lindenhurst, NY
Posts: 66
Quote:
Originally Posted by OneSickPsycho View Post
I think your AV pic is what my pumpkin is going to look like next Halloween.
That is my pumpkin. The pic came out awesome haha
Moto-Madness.com is offline  
post #16 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-17-2008, 08:23 PM
Lifetime Premium

 
vabarber2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: VA, but currently in the sand!
Posts: 3,693
Send a message via AIM to vabarber2 Send a message via Yahoo to vabarber2 Send a message via Skype™ to vabarber2
Theyre more expinsive because of lighter material and a Name Tag!!

ICON FTW!!!

Quote:
Originally Posted by vabarber2 View Post
~Riding is you making sweet love with the bike and the road! Dont let no girl get between that!
vabarber2 is offline  
post #17 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-18-2008, 01:38 AM
Factory Racer
 
fnfalman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 1,030
The British bike mags always test for helmets and the ones that fared the best tend to be the better ones like Arai, Shoei, Vemar, Shark, etc.

Just remember that a Honda Civic meets DOT minimum crash requirement, as is a Volvo. But which one is really better for protection in a collision? It ain't the Honda.

Why do you guys think that the racers don't wear Icon or Sparx or Z1R?

A cheap helmet is better than no helmet, but don't be fooled about expensive helmets only have fancier liners and better ventilations.

fnfalman is offline  
post #18 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-18-2008, 02:37 AM
Chicken Strip
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Savannah, GA
Posts: 85
Quote:
Originally Posted by PiZdETS View Post
Pricey helmets are charging you extra for spiffyness, nothing else. The cheaper helmets can be SAFER!
If you're up for a looong article, check this one out. Totally changed my view of helmet design and safety.
My eyes are burning from reading that article. However it was completely worth the read. I am going to recommend that to everyone I meet from now on.

-Alex-
2006 GSXR 600
2001 Mustang GT
Pootiestang is offline  
post #19 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-18-2008, 07:42 AM
Banned
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 11,673
Quote:
Originally Posted by fnfalman View Post
The British bike mags always test for helmets and the ones that fared the best tend to be the better ones like Arai, Shoei, Vemar, Shark, etc.

Just remember that a Honda Civic meets DOT minimum crash requirement, as is a Volvo. But which one is really better for protection in a collision? It ain't the Honda.

Why do you guys think that the racers don't wear Icon or Sparx or Z1R?

A cheap helmet is better than no helmet, but don't be fooled about expensive helmets only have fancier liners and better ventilations.
Cause they get their chit for free and the helmet companies want to market their highest priced lid.
OneSickPsycho is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the TwoWheelForum: Motorcycle and Sportbike forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome