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Old 10-16-2012, 01:29 PM   #21
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I like my duckbill helmet in the summer. But it's back to my normal full face in the winter to keep the rain and cold out.

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Old 10-16-2012, 01:30 PM   #22
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Simple... better ventilation, better vision, stops the roost when you tilt head forward slightly and the number one reason if it gets scratched who cares, it's a dirt helmet hehe

But they suck at 90 + mph as your neck gets like so tired

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Old 10-16-2012, 02:52 PM   #23
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heavy breathing.
Is that why you wear one all the time?

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Old 10-16-2012, 02:59 PM   #24
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Is that why you wear one all the time?
yes.

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Old 10-16-2012, 05:52 PM   #25
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also, because retards need special helmets
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Old 10-16-2012, 07:51 PM   #26
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I've always thought wearing a dirt helmet on a sumo was akin to putting a mohawk on your helmet. Very poser-ish. They're not made for hitting pavement, and the wind will catch your visor at higher speeds. All in all, they suck.

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Old 10-16-2012, 08:00 PM   #27
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Mohawks are fucking sweet. I want it on my helmet so I won't have to shave my mullet!

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Old 10-16-2012, 08:48 PM   #28
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I've always thought wearing a dirt helmet on a sumo was akin to putting a mohawk on your helmet. Very poser-ish. They're not made for hitting pavement, and the wind will catch your visor at higher speeds. All in all, they suck.
I agree that dirt helmets aren't designed for hitting the pavement, but I believe all these new generation of SM helmets are street Snell rated. To me its all about ventilation, summer time I wear googles and my dirt helmet, spring, fall and winter its the street helmet. 60 is the highest speed I see on my commute and it lasts for about two miles, most is below 45 so the visor does not affect me. The visors are vented through the back of them and the only way they really catch the wind is if you have your head tilted up for some reason, otherwise I don't really even notice it except for being able to tilt my head down to block out head on sun.

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Old 10-17-2012, 03:17 AM   #29
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I've always thought wearing a dirt helmet on a sumo was akin to putting a mohawk on your helmet. Very poser-ish. They're not made for hitting pavement, and the wind will catch your visor at higher speeds. All in all, they suck.
WRONG


Dirt Helmets are DOT and Snell rated and are safe on the pavement

Shhhhhhhhh But yes I do agree they do suck at speeds over 90.

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Old 10-17-2012, 12:35 PM   #30
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The combo SM helmets, with a visor and a shield, have shorter visors so they are a little less succeptable to wind. But it really isn't a problem once you get used to it, you just keep your head tilted slightly down. I won't ride in any dirt without a visor, I've taken enough rocks to the face. And for racing SM, a full dirt helmet with goggles is best because of the cooling. Also a shield will become dirty with dust much faster than goggles, besides fogging. Even at 100mph, the full dirt helmet never bothered me when racing.

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Old 10-17-2012, 03:30 PM   #31
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on the XD4, I have ridden over 8000 miles this year with mine, a few hundred of that was offroad. Still using it in the winter for my daily run to work.

For noise it is quieter than my Shoei X11 track helmet but not as good as a RF-1100. Vision is obviously excellent, the shield is "very pointy" and I have yet to get a dark one for it as they released the helmet for sale months before the dark shields were available. Not as light as a X11, but not heavy either.

I would highly recomend trying one, I have found no major downsides.

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Old 10-17-2012, 05:32 PM   #32
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I would highly recomend trying one, I have found no major downsides.
Except the price.

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Old 10-17-2012, 06:49 PM   #33
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WRONG


Dirt Helmets are DOT and Snell rated and are safe on the pavement

Shhhhhhhhh But yes I do agree they do suck at speeds over 90.
They have DOT rated half-helmets and 3/4 helmets too. So you're arguing that all DOT/SNELL helmets offer equal crash protection?

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Old 10-18-2012, 03:11 AM   #34
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They have DOT rated half-helmets and 3/4 helmets too. So you're arguing that all DOT/SNELL helmets offer equal crash protection?
I know for a "FACT" that dirt helmets hold up in tarmac crashes and offer just as much protection BTW.. i'm not talking 120 mph or over silly.


Now please explain how they don't protect as well as a street helmet














































I'm waiting

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Old 10-18-2012, 08:11 AM   #35
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They have DOT rated half-helmets and 3/4 helmets too. So you're arguing that all DOT/SNELL helmets offer equal crash protection?
my mx and ds helmets are full face helmets, not 3/4 or half helmets.

let's compare apples to apples, mmkay?

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Old 10-18-2012, 09:16 AM   #36
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Except the price.
I only have one head, so I would rather pay a bit more to protect it. I have a few old helmets I keep as a reminder as to why I will always try to buy the best I can find. My first big high speed crash on the street was with a mid range Bell helmet, saved me that day but the helmet and the bike looked really bad. I then took my time researching helmets and paid for it and new gear before going out to buy a newer faster bike.

Over the years I have been lucky and almost always been able to get up and walk away.

FYI, for the track my last crash was with a Shoei X11, my head hit the pavement hard, I got up and walked away, yes it was a bummer for the helmet but most importantly the helmet worked.

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Old 10-18-2012, 09:18 AM   #37
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it's still a tough pill to swallow.

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Old 10-18-2012, 09:23 AM   #38
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it's still a tough pill to swallow.
How much did you pay for your last bike ?

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Old 10-18-2012, 09:25 AM   #39
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$4500. but it's a ktm. i'm drawn to the orange.

i understand your point. I currently have an arai quantum 2 and my last D/S helmet was a xd3, I'm not afraid to pay the price for quality, but that doesn't make it sting less.

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Old 10-18-2012, 09:27 AM   #40
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I know the feeling, especially when you know that a single drop can result in it being worthless, at least with a bike you can repair it.

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