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I've always been a cheap bastard, I love to spend money and get things but I'll always go for the price over quality. Or should I say I'll buy the least expensive item that is going to fit my needs. In my later years I've noticed a shift in my "thinking" about what I buy.
Let's talk motorcycle gear, what I've realized is that by cheaping out, I've given up a lot of comfort, functionality and reliability. As an example, I bought premium TCX Gore-Tex lined riding boots...The are super comfortable, completely waterproof and show no real ware after thousands of miles use. I would have gone through two pairs of the $100 SWAT boots I used to use by now and had wet feet...I've tried several cheaper "rain gloves" NONE of them ever kept my hands dry/warm. I decided to invest in a pair of true Gore-Tex gloves. They came in yesterday, I put them on and ran them under the kitchen sink full blast for a few minutes...hands perfectly dry.

Too the real point of this post ...I have several "non-premium" helmets I bought over the years, none of them fit all my wants and needs. So I started looking where I'd never go before...Premium Helmets.. I've been going to shops, fit testing and eyeballing these Arai's and Shoei's(I know there's other premium brands but these two make proper touring helmets and offer shapes to fit my head) and damn it, I'm impressed. I've found the right bucket and something I didn't know I wanted an integrated comms system..
Shoei GT-Air 2 with the Sena SRL2 ... If I'm dropping big bucks I have to get the graphic that reverse matches my bike, just have too....The helmet and comms will cost ~$960 ...This is big hump for a chronically cheap bastard like me to get over. But if it proves out like the other premium gear I've purchased it'll be worth it in the long run..

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Hope it works out for you. The last time I tried on a Shoei, it fit great but I didn't want to spend that much money on it. I may rethink this.



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Helmets are disposable so I'm not sure that I would spend that much. I typically max out around $300. I've always read to replace a helmet every 5 years and I'm just too cheap to spend that much.

Other gear items I have no issues spending more. My cheap jackets and gloves have lasted fine 7 years and probably be fine several more years.

I too am in the SWAT style boot club, never tried actual motorcycle boots. I've been in crazy rain though with zero problems this season.
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Hope it works out for you. The last time I tried on a Shoei, it fit great but I didn't want to spend that much money on it. I may rethink this.
We know the bell didn't quite fit BUT I'll have the freshly shampooed XL Shoei Quest for sale soon enough and you'll think nothing of the cost if it fits you.

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Helmets are disposable so I'm not sure that I would spend that much. I typically max out around $300. I've always read to replace a helmet every 5 years and I'm just too cheap to spend that much.

Other gear items I have no issues spending more. My cheap jackets and gloves have lasted fine 7 years and probably be fine several more years.

I too am in the SWAT style boot club, never tried actual motorcycle boots. I've been in crazy rain though with zero problems this season.
I thought the same way, but like I said that's changing. At least in the case of motorcycle gear I'm finding spending more up front is better.
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I was with you. I was buying cheap helmets and jacket and such that just didn't last. I ponied up for the Shark EVO-line and couldn't be happier. Same thing with jackets .. I was buying clearance models and finally bought the Victory hybrid leather/mesh jacket with all the armour and it's been great. Now .. onto boots and pants and gloves!

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I was with you. I was buying cheap helmets and jacket and such that just didn't last. I ponied up for the Shark EVO-line and couldn't be happier. Same thing with jackets .. I was buying clearance models and finally bought the Victory hybrid leather/mesh jacket with all the armour and it's been great. Now .. onto boots and pants and gloves!

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I was with you. I was buying cheap helmets and jacket and such that just didn't last. I ponied up for the Shark EVO-line and couldn't be happier. Same thing with jackets .. I was buying clearance models and finally bought the Victory hybrid leather/mesh jacket with all the armour and it's been great. Now .. onto boots and pants and gloves!

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Have you looked into the Shoei Neotech modular, since you have a "Shoei Head?" I find mine not only comfortable, but also so quiet, I seldom use ear plugs - just for longer rides.
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Have you looked into the Shoei Neotech modular, since you have a "Shoei Head?" I find mine not only comfortable, but also so quiet, I seldom use ear plugs - just for longer rides.
Yes, but the Neotech 2 is heavier and more expensive than the GT-Air2...Plus I'm not a fan of modular helmets, for me they have no real use.

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