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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
I totally recommend a one piece full face helmet, and won't wear anything else. Way back when I was a teenager I wore a 3/4 helmet with a 5 snap face shield. Sometime in my mid 20s, after seeing a picture of a motorcycle rider who crashed and landed on his face while wearing one of those, I switched to a full face.
I've been noticing that like motorcycles, helmets are getting more and more expensive, some of them approaching $1000. Sales people sell these super expensive helmets by asking a customer how much their head is worth. Well, I still consider my head to be worth a lot more than $1000, even though it is 61 years old. To me that kind of blows that sales tactic out of the water.
I wear a size 2XL (depending on the brand) About 7 years ago, I found a site that had the HJC CS-R2 in my size for sale at a pretty deep discount, I believe they were $119. I ordered one. It was a perfect fit, and I loved the way it looked. I immediately turned around and ordered the last two they had in that size. Just a few weeks ago I threw away my first one as it began to get a bit loose. I started wearing one of the other two brand new ones. I doubt I will still be riding long enough to wear out both of those. If you find a good helmet at a good price, I recommend getting a couple more while you can, leave them in the box, and put them in the closet. That eliminates paying a lot more for a new one years later that may not fit as well or that you may not like as well. You also won't have to search forever to find one that fits and that you like, and can afford.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike