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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Brian UK Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Dec 2017 at 08:17
Price isn't always a guarantee of better protection though.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Hbhonda Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Dec 2017 at 12:10
Get a full face helmet that fits so as to protect as much as possible in a spill. Most of us are old(er) and I suspect pretty ugly so we have to look after what we've got, cos in my case it's not much
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote iansoady Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Dec 2017 at 12:13
I don't see there's any point in telling other people what they "should" do. On the other hand, it's quite interesting to see others' choices and their reasoning.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Brian UK Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Dec 2017 at 12:21
This is getting like a tyre or oil thread.
 
Ask 20 people and get 30 different answers.
 
It's a personal choice.
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote red leader one Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Dec 2017 at 15:10
This is what I have.
 The daughter has a full face Arai.
It was a custom fit with an Arai technician.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote TooJuicy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Dec 2017 at 16:50
Without prejudice to anyone's opinion, I don't buy in to any argument that goes "I been riding for XX years and come to no harm". I'm not sure what meaningful conclusion you can draw from this.
 
I have been riding almost 45 years and could have ridden all that time in just Speedo trunks, flip flops, and a tea-towel on my head. But that doesn't mean that's a good choice for my ride tomorrow.
 
Yesterday I was riding in Croydon and a car came shooting out of an unsighted side road without looking or slowing down. I came damn' close to chewing off several inches of his A-pillar. I certainly soiled my Speedos. Still, I survived so it's proven a tea towel on my head is all you need, ya bunch of nambie-pambies!
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Omobono Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Dec 2017 at 18:42
The only open face helmet I had on the bike was only used to stroll around a limited number of times. For proper motorcycling it's only full face helmet for me. Call me vain, but a bike accident where I fall on my face can leave me disfigured for life and I'd like to avoid it. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Omobono Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Dec 2017 at 18:45
P.S. never understood why Arai wouldn't sell flip-up helmets (not safe enough apparently) but then they sell you the open ones... 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Blind Lemon Ade Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Dec 2017 at 20:40
In my days of commuting, then racing, it was always full-face: Griffin, Bell, Shoei, Arai, Shark. Some succumbed to old age, some to impacts with the track surface...

More recently, I had a Shoei flip-front, which was heavy and noisy, if convenient with specs.

It went, for a FF Shoei "GT-Air", which was a bit too snug. So, I bought a cheapo polycarbonate Nolan N43 "Air", a convertible open face with a removable chin bar. Light, good visibility, but...

I always wear earplugs, and I thought they were no good, until one day I put the FF Shoei back on - bliss! Near-silence! So it's back to FF, for the sake of my ears!
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I have been riding almost 45 years and could have ridden all that time in just Speedo trunks, flip flops, and a tea-towel on my head. But that doesn't mean that's a good choice for my ride tomorrow.
 
I've ridden in shorts and flip flops, helmetless too!

I wonder what the statistics for people losing their faces, compared to those being paralysed are?

Riding a motorbike involves risk and I believe to a certain extent you can mitigate that risk by not riding like a twat. There is always the chance that the worst will happen, but the nanny state ( dayglo, full face, armour plating and a Honda 50 with riding modes, cornering abs,traction control etc etc) aint going to save you  if fate is against you.
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Full face in winter.
 Schuberth J1 in summer, best of both worlds, shame they don't make them anymore.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Mike H Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Jan 2018 at 12:15
Originally posted by jmee54 jmee54 wrote:

Riding a motorbike involves risk and I believe to a certain extent you can mitigate that risk by not riding like a twat.




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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote cugsy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Jan 2018 at 14:24
Riding like a twat...hmmm

Yonks ago, when I had my 750 slabby I had 2 lids. A full face for riding to work and back in winter and my black piss pot and sun glasses for scratching and when the sun came out. My missus would give me the 'I'll wait for the phone call from the hospital' speech whenever the piss pot and shades went on.  Mind you the lid did have a very short word written in luminous orange paint on it ....but it wasn't twat!  It meant the same...They were the days eh?   Now I ride according to my blood pressure. The bottom number not the upper one...like 140/80 or 120/65..Tongue
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I have just bought a Davida open face ,which I love but it's the first open face crash helmet I have owned in thirty five years riding! Always had a full face & I was the original importer of the Roof Boxer back in the late 90's which made the flip up lid cool as opposed to looking like a German copper. I have ridden all over Europe with a flip front lid and rarely closing it. The strange thing is I now feel claustrophobic when shut up. Jet face lid is an entirely different experience and I do ride a fair bit slower, perhaps due to the enhanced feeling of speed? Older,wiser, slower, safer? Certainly don't take silly risks like I used to on an almost daily basis.
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I bought a Roof helmet when I had my Buell - I loved that bike. My son, who was at the time in a bad place with drugs, decided to take it for a joy ride (no license, no insurance and only experience of a 50cc kiddies off road bike when he was about 9 or 10). He dropped it on a roundabout, wrote it off and my Roof helmet. (no damage to the front) It took me two days to find him. He had managed to get the bike back home and left it with blood down the side outside the house. I had no idea if he was alive or dead. This was one of a number of near unbelievable things he did whilst under the influence. I was so relieved to find him hid up in a pub, somewhat dented, but alive, that I couldn't then kill him.
He is a good father and changed beyond belief now, but it was a very expensive and painful road to recovery.

Anyway I bought another Roof a year or so ago, due to its open or shut capability. I think I have worn it once. It doesn't feel right on the Guzzis and it is so much heavier too. I have a new V Strom 650 on the magic money scheme, so might use it again, but my open face helmet is so much nicer to wear - I don't know if I will.
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