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Old 10-15-2012, 07:01 PM   #21
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Well, that is a pretty amazing record for one helmet. However, I know they say the crush zone inside should be a one use only in a hard fall---not that I have ever followed those instructions---but, it does make sense. I guess, just don't fall that same way each time.

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I have replaced the helmet each time. Which is why I said it is unfortunate for me that the X-12 fits the best, because it is freaking $600+. I won't skimp on a helmet though.

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Old 10-16-2012, 07:57 AM   #22
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Good helmets are expensive.
You get what you pay for.
Is your head important?

Seriously, you gotta look at your personal protection as a "consumable" cost if you are going to spend a lot of time riding near your limits.

I have crashed too many times to count.
Boken bones and concussions?
Sure.

Arai for me.
Bzzzt. Wrong.

http://www.webbikeworld.com/motorcyc...helmet-faq.htm

Inexpensive does not mean cheap. If it has certification (and almost all of them do, watch out for cheap knock offs, though), there is no way to determine what is better in a crash, they all meet the same criteria. Hell, a lot of the AMA road racers, at least, were Scorpions. *cough* Josh Hayes *cough*, and they crash a lot. The most important thing would be to replace it, though, if you're in a crash where it hits the ground, or even if you drop it more than a couple feet.

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Old 10-16-2012, 11:13 AM   #23
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Actually, what I think I need for a bad getoff----is a MARS lander airbag system---just bounce down the track surrounded by an airbag after a crash. Nice and soft. No need for bulky leathers and high tech helmets---just some NASA technology. Hey, I am a good little taxpayer, probably cheaper than my medical bills for crashing.

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Old 10-16-2012, 12:22 PM   #24
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My personal opinion, if the helmet is certified, then buy what fits best. Here's my comparison. I have an Arai Signet that I wear for track days and street riding, but not for racing. It's lightweight, well ventilated, but just doesn't feel like it fits just perfect.
On the other hand, I have a Scorpion ex700, much heavier, doesn't flow/breathe as well, tends to fog faster, but fits my head like it's custom made. This is what I wear for racing, and most of my track days.

The 'quality' difference in my mind being, Arai uses more expensive/better materials that will last longer, that weigh less, but aren't inherently safer for the rider. The Arai has a much nicer finish, and has obviously had R&D to enable it to breathe/flow air as well as it does. But none of this helps protect me any better or worse then the Scorpion for the single hard impact that the helmets are designed for.

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Old 10-16-2012, 07:34 PM   #25
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I liked my Bell Star, for the most part. The aerodynamics of it were a HUGE improvement over my scorpion and lower-end Bell, that alone was worth the money to me - my neck has taken a beating over the years. It also did it's job and protected my head in a high speed crash. I was knocked out for 5-15minutes but I don't notice any difference in my brain function/memory after returning to school, which says all I need to know, IMO.

My only complaint with the star was its cheapy vent closure system, the plastic was constantly chattering when I had it closed.

That said, I'd probably spend as much money as I could afford on getting the best helmet I could. And I would get one that's SNELL rated. As others have said, the fact is, you get what you pay for.

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Old 10-16-2012, 08:45 PM   #26
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Bzzzt. Wrong.

http://www.webbikeworld.com/motorcyc...helmet-faq.htm

Inexpensive does not mean cheap. If it has certification (and almost all of them do, watch out for cheap knock offs, though), there is no way to determine what is better in a crash, they all meet the same criteria. Hell, a lot of the AMA road racers, at least, were Scorpions. *cough* Josh Hayes *cough*, and they crash a lot. The most important thing would be to replace it, though, if you're in a crash where it hits the ground, or even if you drop it more than a couple feet.
Your are right, I am wrong.

You are handsome, I am homely.

You are the light of the world, I am dirt.

You are...

Well, you get the idea.

I know, I know.

But I think I'll stick with my arai.

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Old 10-17-2012, 10:36 AM   #27
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Long and detailed article from Motorcyclist magazine about helmet testing. The second half of it is Snell's response to it.

http://www.westcoastweasels.com/arch...he_Lid_Off.pdf

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Old 10-22-2012, 08:39 AM   #28
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Your are right, I am wrong.

You are handsome, I am homely.

You are the light of the world, I am dirt.

You are...

Well, you get the idea.

I know, I know.

But I think I'll stick with my arai.
It's the difference between believing what you see/experience, and believing what you read.

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