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    What helmet looks best with the 9?
    I like some of the scorpions good for hwy and city


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    Quote Originally Posted by punkbober View Post
    What helmet looks best with the 9?
    I like some of the scorpions good for hwy and city


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    This one. :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by punkbober View Post
    What helmet looks best with the 9?
    I like some of the scorpions good for hwy and city


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    If you like the Scorpion helmets then the one you like best is your answer. There’s so many helmets out there to choose from, and the only one that can make that decision for you is you.

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    Liked Scorpion (EXO-AT950 w Peak Delete...) and a Shark (Evoline) but ended up with a Bell SRT Modular (XL) as the only one which would fit my enormous melon. Sadly I couldn't hardly even get a Shark ON my head! #shapeMatters... Fortunately the Bell turned out to be wildly comfortable with a huge *crystal clear* visor with super solid detents. Never occurred to me to pick a helmet which might look better or worse with my bike. I suspect everyone is looking at my bike not me anyway.

    Good luck with your pick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NoSetFine View Post
    ended up with a Bell SRT Modular (XL) as the only one which would fit my enormous melon. Sadly I couldn't hardly even get a Shark ON my head! #shapeMatters
    I have this same problem but on a bit larger scale I guess.

    Tried ordering my last helmet online and had to send it back twice before I ended up with something I could live with.

    I have the HJC Modular and started off at 2XL....nope this was not going to work way to tight on my head.

    Sent it back and got the the 3XL.....better but still no way could I ride long distance with it on.

    Sent if back and got the 4XL......which I decided was comfortable enough to keep, but it still leaves an imprint on my forehead for an hour after I take it off.

    I am about due for another soon and think I am going to try the 5XL this time.

    Love the modular helmet though.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bering_C_Sparky View Post

    I have this same problem but on a bit larger scale I guess.

    Tried ordering my last helmet online and had to send it back twice before I ended up with something I could live with.

    I have the HJC Modular and started off at 2XL....nope this was not going to work way to tight on my head.

    Sent it back and got the the 3XL.....better but still no way could I ride long distance with it on.

    Sent if back and got the 4XL......which I decided was comfortable enough to keep, but it still leaves an imprint on my forehead for an hour after I take it off.

    I am about due for another soon and think I am going to try the 5XL this time.

    Love the modular helmet though.

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    Omigosh I got to 3XL and was laughing out loud unaware I had up to 2 more "X's" to go.

    Wow. Do skulls swell in the presence of seawater or what?! Lol.

    I am routinely chastised for my 7 5/8 hat size but I got nuthin' on you my friend!
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    [QUOTE=Bering_C_Sparky;3975492]I have this same problem but on a bit larger scale I guess.

    Tried ordering my last helmet online and had to send it back twice before I ended up with something I could live with.

    I have the HJC Modular and started off at 2XL....nope this was not going to work way to tight on my head.

    Sent it back and got the the 3XL.....better but still no way could I ride long distance with it on.

    Sent if back and got the 4XL......which I decided was comfortable enough to keep, but it still leaves an imprint on my forehead for an hour after I take it off.

    I am about due for another soon and think I am going to try the 5XL this time.

    Love the modular helmet though.


    Sounds like you have an Alien shaped head like me. Longer front to back. I have an Arai and love it. It's made specifically for oblong heads so it's not tight on the forehead

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyingCircus View Post
    Sounds like you have an Alien shaped head like me. Longer front to back. I have an Arai and love it. It's made specifically for oblong heads so it's not tight on the forehead
    Yep, exactly.

    I have been in 2 really bad automobile accidents in my life.

    First one I was plastered into the windshield head first.

    The second I took on a interstate light pole, sliding my car sideways into it.

    It folded the car in half and I was pinned between the drivers door and passenger door, which the pole pushed all the way across the car leaving just enough room for me to survive.

    Both times I broke my skull and the back of my skull does actually come to a point and protrude like an alien.

    Lost the hearing in my right ear from the 2nd wreck also.

    Always wore my hair long to cover this up when I was younger but now that I am in my 50's its thinning out quite a bit and starting to reveal my alien skull.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyingCircus View Post
    I have an Arai and love it.
    I had an Arai full face helmet back in my FJ1200 days, was a great helmet. ( I probably still have it in storage someplace)

    I remember they wanted like $450 for it way back then. It was just a bit small for me also, but it was the only one on the shelf and had a small scratch so they gave me $100 off and I just had to have it.

    Rode with it smashed onto my melon head for years.

    That was a lot of cash for helmet 25 + years ago, at least for me it was. (heck it still is for me today I gave less than $200 for the HJC modular)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bering_C_Sparky View Post
    I had an Arai full face helmet back in my FJ1200 days, was a great helmet. ( I probably still have it in storage someplace)

    I remember they wanted like $450 for it way back then. It was just a bit small for me also, but it was the only one on the shelf and had a small scratch so they gave me $100 off and I just had to have it.

    Rode with it smashed onto my melon head for years.

    That was a lot of cash for helmet 25 + years ago, at least for me it was. (heck it still is for me today I gave less than $200 for the HJC modular)

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    I bought my first street bike in '78 for $700, got an Arai helmet at the same time and paid $350 for it so half the price of the bike .


    The one I have now was $1100 in Canada. I found it on sale from one of the American sites, J&P or Revzilla. $450 American 3 years ago. My cousin was at his place in Scottsdale so I had it shipped there as he was coming back to Canada that week. He takes it the Airport flying home and leaves it in the box and runs it through the Xray. It gets stuck in the machine and totally shuts down the line up. Everyone behind him losing their minds cause they were scared they wouldn't make their flights. Man I miss that guy, he died of cancer a few months later
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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyingCircus View Post
    I bought my first street bike in '78 for $700, got an Arai helmet at the same time and paid $350 for it so half the price of the bike .


    The one I have now was $1100 in Canada. I found it on sale from one of the American sites, J&P or Revzilla. $450 American 3 years ago. My cousin was at his place in Scottsdale so I had it shipped there as he was coming back to Canada that week. He takes it the Airport flying home and leaves it in the box and runs it through the Xray. It gets stuck in the machine and totally shuts down the line up. Everyone behind him losing their minds cause they were scared they wouldn't make their flights. Man I miss that guy, he died of cancer a few months later
    You get what you pay for and Arai makes a great product.

    After riding with a modular helmet it would be hard to go back to wearing a normal full face.

    I know they probably off a bit more protection but being able to flip up the front of the helmet to talk, get a drink or just get some air at a light is a real plus.

    I am also surprised they let me get away with drag racing at the track with that modular helmet. I would have thought for sure the safety standards at the track would be on a higher level.....but they don't really look at anything other than if you paid and signed your waiver form.

    Sorry to hear about your cousin passing.

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    Personal opinion. I came from sport bikes so I only wear full face.
    I love my AGV. I have a pumpkin head so different helmets will fit your head very differently. My advise is to try on a bunch and not just randomly buy one online. I liked the scorpion but it didn't fit my head well. Bell and Arai was hit n miss too. AGV, Suomy and HJC fit my big head best.
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    I have a rather small head, as I wear a size medium helmet. I love the fit of the AGV Full Face Helmets. I had a really nice flat black polycarbonate synthetic resin full face helmet with a smoked face shield, but I gave it away several years ago, after I sold my Kaw ZX14-R. I should have just kept that darn thing. It was really nice, fit perfectly, and was practically brand new, because I hardly wore the thing. I wore my open face helmet most of the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JUDAH-9 View Post
    I have a rather small head, as I wear a size medium helmet. I love the fit of the AGV Full Face Helmets. I had a really nice flat black polycarbonate synthetic resin full face helmet with a smoked face shield, but I gave it away several years ago, after I sold my Kaw ZX14-R. I should have just kept that darn thing. It was really nice, fit perfectly, and was practically brand new, because I hardly wore the thing. I wore my open face helmet most of the time.
    I have a small head as well and my Arai is medium but with the setup they offer fits perfect and doesn't put pressure front to back so can wear it for 8 plus hour days riding. If I would have to go larger to accommodate my alien head it would be sloppy on the sides

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    Quote Originally Posted by Psycho1000R View Post
    Personal opinion. I came from sport bikes so I only wear full face.
    I love my AGV. I have a pumpkin head so different helmets will fit your head very differently. My advise is to try on a bunch and not just randomly buy one online. I liked the scorpion but it didn't fit my head well. Bell and Arai was hit n miss too. AGV, Suomy and HJC fit my big head best.

    I wouldn't have anything but full face for the 40 years I've been riding. When the internet first got popular in the mid to late 90s there was a website called ogerish and it showed a big burly biker with his jaw torn off and just meat hanging there below his nose. Confirmed my choice of a full face and not a beanie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Psycho1000R View Post
    Personal opinion. I came from sport bikes so I only wear full face.
    I love my AGV. I have a pumpkin head so different helmets will fit your head very differently. My advise is to try on a bunch and not just randomly buy one online. I liked the scorpion but it didn't fit my head well. Bell and Arai was hit n miss too. AGV, Suomy and HJC fit my big head best.
    I agree. I bought my helmet from the dealer when I bought my bike because they gave me 25% off my accessory purchases. Also, I couldn't imagine ordering online only to have to send it back numerous times. I was leaning towards Scorpion but they didn't fit right. Bell and Arai were horrible for me. HJC wasn't bad but the Shoei RF-1200 fit perfectly. Just like 25 years ago, Shoei was the best fit for me. It also had a matte grey pattern that matched the bike. Another thing to look at is ease of use when changing visors, if you do that sort of thing. I can swap out the Shoei visor in about 10 seconds. They also make a photochromatic visor which is perfect for evening rides that start out sunny but go into the night.

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    ^^ Agreed...I have a Shoei RF-1100 and the visor opening is crazy big. And yes, you can swap the visor out in about 10 seconds.
    Super convenient for cleaning as well.
    I've only ever worn a full face, so I can't imagine wearing anything else though.
    But they say you need to have a "Shoei head" in order to wear a Shoei helmet.
    I find that people that don't have a Shoei head say that the helmet puts a lot of pressure on their forehead.

    For helmets I look at the safety rating first, then go from there.
    At the time i got my Shoei it was either a DOT rating, or a DOT and Snell rating.
    The Shoei was rated very well for safety, hence why I went with it.
    I see now there is some ECE rating...or something like that.
    I will need to research more before my next helmet.
    While I plan to never field test a helmets safety, it's nice to know the safety factor is there.
    Anything you pick up should be at least DOT rated...so I'm usually looking for the extra ratings.
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    I am not real thrilled about ordering helmets (or anything for that matter) online either.

    But I live in a very small, rural, podunk town so there is not a lot of options.

    Our local dealer has helmets but 95% of what he has in the show room is for dirt bike (off road) so not a lot of choice there either.

    Even when I can make it over to the Helmet Shop in Daytona (3 hours away) they have lots of helmets but almost none stocked in a size that fits me, so I can pick a style but still end up having to order the helmet most times.

    Its the same as buying shoes for me.....its not "Do you have this in a 14"......its "What do you have in a 14".....and you buy what you can get.....not what you want.

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    I also have a medium Shoei RF-1200, but in Matte Black. And I had a Shoei X-11 Kagayama before this. They do fit quite well. More importantly, they can take a hell of an impact/slide and keep your skull intact. I also like that Shoei makes many different shell sizes. I believe my medium has its own shell size. So I don’t look like a bobble head by wearing a large or XL shell! I always go by safety & fit first. Everything else will follow. But I do understand where the OP is coming from. I would feel a bit out of place wearing the Kagayama on my 109. Although, the blues do match pretty well. 😉
    Damn. Now I want a new helmet!

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    I've been asked many times if mine was painted to match the bike...nope, it's the Shoei RF-1200 Rumpus and damn if it doesn't look sharp with the 2012 LE paint.

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    I like this Bell Rogue helmet, but coming from many years of riding SS's I find that this gets a lot of shelf time while I mostly ride with my shoei 1100 and 1200 helmets.

    I always picture myself rocking a half helmet with a leather vest, but feel naked without a full face and a full leather with extra protection jacket....I guess old habits are hard to break.
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    I have AGV sport modular. Looks great with my 9 but it is little bit noisy.


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    Quote Originally Posted by W8INLINE View Post

    I like this Bell Rogue helmet, but coming from many years of riding SS's I find that this gets a lot of shelf time while I mostly ride with my shoei 1100 and 1200 helmets.

    I always picture myself rocking a half helmet with a leather vest, but feel naked without a full face and a full leather with extra protection jacket....I guess old habits are hard to break.
    I want the rouge but some reason I don't feel right wearing it

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    I have the 1st version of the Shark Evo and love it. I will be getting the updated one this summer hopefully

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    Just my two cent's worth. Buy a quality Helmet. Brain scramble is not good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leaf Fan View Post
    Just my two cent's worth. Buy a quality Helmet. Brain scramble is not good.

    Yep Arai

    don't feel safe without a full face quality helmet

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    I have a Scorpion half helmet with a flip down face shield. The helmet works very well at all speeds with a windshield, but when riding without a windshield at high speeds, it tends to rise, bobble, and otherwise move around. For high speed riding without a windshield a full face helmet is best for me.

    I feel more protected with a full face helmet and therefore I think I tend to ride more aggressively.

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