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I am close to fifty and I just bought my first full face helmet,new no less,I had been considering going to one for awhile and seriously thought about buying one of the modular helmets,but after reading a post on here ,I think it was by Knife Maker,where he was wondering how well they would hold up in a face first crash.And I also have a friend whose 19 year old cousin in OH is in a coma and has been for several days now and the only place on him besides the head injury is a laceration on his ankle. This boy was wearing a high quality ,name brand full face helmet I am told and it broke or split.It told me that at my age I better buy the real deal.So after much searching and trying on,I found one that fit my melon right an that is going by what the video with Jay Leno and the Arai Rep ,I believe that is the right brand I bought a Vega with the removable washable liners/pads.It is a far cry more protective than what I have been wearing even if it isn't the most expensive helmet made.Any body had any experience with the Jafrum Leather Jackets with the CE armor in the elbows,shoulders and back?




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3/4 or full face?

hi denny...
i was going to post a question about helmets, but since you started this, i'll just add to it.
i've got a full face KBC that is a little to small, so i am going to get a new helmet.
i've been riding since early 70s and most of the time used a 3/4 helmet. i've been in lots of wrecks on my dirt bikes, and have always hit the back or top or sides of my head. never hit my face on anything.
so, i know a full face is the way to go if i was racing, but i'm thinking about going back to a 3/4 on the new helmet.
what are everybodys thoughts on the two for just street riding.
is a full face more for looks/style and a 3/4 more than adequate for the actual way my head might hit something?
has anybody actually had an accident where the 3/4 wouldn't have been enough?
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ok heres my take..... with those brands you are doing almost that.... paying for the name.. i have a scorpion helmet... not the top of the line but it meets dot and snell standards so they have to be good... i have a power trip jacket that has kevlar reinforced back and elbow and forearm pads....

i too was in the modular helmet boat too and also had the same feelings but i have a friend who crashed and he had one on... destroyed the helmet but he came out ok... didnt flip open or break..

i see it this way..... id rather have a full face because asphalt is very unforgiving...... dirt gives a little bit but will still give ya a nice brush burn..... road rash on my face is not something id like to deal with..

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hi denny...

has anybody actually had an accident where the 3/4 wouldn't have been enough?
I believe 750Doug may have an opinion on this, if memory serves me.

I first bought a 3/4 but am now looking at adding a full face, especially since I'm a new rider.

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hi denny...
i was going to post a question about helmets, but since you started this, i'll just add to it.
i've got a full face KBC that is a little to small, so i am going to get a new helmet.
i've been riding since early 70s and most of the time used a 3/4 helmet. i've been in lots of wrecks on my dirt bikes, and have always hit the back or top or sides of my head. never hit my face on anything.
so, i know a full face is the way to go if i was racing, but i'm thinking about going back to a 3/4 on the new helmet.
what are everybodys thoughts on the two for just street riding.
is a full face more for looks/style and a 3/4 more than adequate for the actual way my head might hit something?
has anybody actually had an accident where the 3/4 wouldn't have been enough?

instead of buying a new helmet get a size smaller "guts" you should be able to swap out the cheek pads and cradle or whatever they call it pretty easily.. take it to a dealer and see if they can help you out.....
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ok, thats a good idea i didn't think of... i'll see if i can get smaller pads.. i guess my head is getting bigger
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hahahah dont let it go to your head!!
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hi denny...
i was going to post a question about helmets, but since you started this, i'll just add to it.
i've got a full face KBC that is a little to small, so i am going to get a new helmet.
i've been riding since early 70s and most of the time used a 3/4 helmet. i've been in lots of wrecks on my dirt bikes, and have always hit the back or top or sides of my head. never hit my face on anything.
so, i know a full face is the way to go if i was racing, but i'm thinking about going back to a 3/4 on the new helmet.
what are everybodys thoughts on the two for just street riding.
is a full face more for looks/style and a 3/4 more than adequate for the actual way my head might hit something?
has anybody actually had an accident where the 3/4 wouldn't have been enough?

IIRC, Jay Leno said it best in the video denny is referring to. He talked about seeing the pavement go by through his face shield in one of his crashes rather than [I]feeling[I] it. You have no control over how you're going to make contact. Having everything on your head inside the helmet is the best insurance.

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IIRC, Jay Leno said it best in the video denny is referring to. He talked about seeing the pavement go by through his face shield in one of his crashes rather than [I]feeling[I] it. You have no control over how you're going to make contact. Having everything on your head inside the helmet is the best insurance.
It was enough to convince me and I just ordered a new leather riding jacket with the armor in it and am looking at some kevlar jeans to go with them,I remember road rash and still have scars on my arm from19 years of age when I was bullet proof I don't heal as fast as when I was young either,Denny




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I went the opposite, I went from a full face to a shorty half helmet and could not be happier. JMO The Plexistar 2 Shield does make a difference!!!


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