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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-06-2009, 01:07 PM Thread Starter
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Question Closeout on KBC helmet

i was looking around at some closeouts and found a KBC full face VR-2R for only $80.00... its like normally a $200 helmet.. i think.

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...Closeouts.aspx

do you think this is an actual good deal? i've got a KBC that is an 'ok' helmet that is a little to small and was looking at getting an ARAI or SHOEI... but this one looks pretty good.
it says it exceeds SNELL, and has removable washable lining.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-06-2009, 01:27 PM
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I know nothing specifically about this helmet but would be leery of any helmet that claimed to "exceed" Snell standards. Too strong a shell, resulting in too much force transferred to your grey matter rather than being absorbed by the shell. It's a sacrificial piece of gear in a crash, you don't want it that durable! Just my two cents.

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I`m most leery of getting a good fit for clothing or helmets online. It is probably as good a helmet as others in that price range, if you can find a retailer who sells that model, so you can try it on for fit. It would only be fair to give him the opportunity to match the online price for you too.

The ad says it meets or exceeds the snell/DOT standards. That is a pretty standard phrase used on all sorts of products. I don`t read the same risk or danger into it that fc does. But that is just my 2 cents worth too.

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Just a few thoughts..

If it is a close-out, does that mean the helmet is being discontinued? May make finding parts of visors for it later difficult.

They did not mention which SNELL rating it had. They have changed their rating system a couple of times over the past few years. The most recent one to comnply more with the european standard and to address the questions that Flightcontrol mentioned.

I do know of only one person that has one of these, and they said it was a noisy helmet.

I personaly would not buy another KBC myself, they are as mentioned ,"O.K..."
but now I am spoiled with my Shoei RF1000, which is alot quieter than MY old KBC and alot more comfy. (And Pinlock makes visors for it)

So, if you want to spend your money on another "just OK " helmet, it does sound like a good deal, but there are quiet a few makers now with helmets in that price range that might offer more features.

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yeah, thats kind of why i asked... since its just an 'ok' helmet.. but the closeout price on their 'top of the line' model had me tempted.
i think i stick to my original intent to get an Arai.
thanks for the thoughts..

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well, ARAI's are just to darn expensive...

i tried on some helmets at the local dealers and i've decided on a SHOEI RF-1000.
very, very comfortable.. and all the reviews seem to be positive about it.

and i gave the dealer the option to meet the online price.. but they won't budge from MSRP... PLUS.. i just plopped down $28 for 2 little orings and an aluminum washer for the rear drive drain plug.. so they are getting plenty of profit out of me on the little stuff.

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