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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 04-17-2011, 01:05 PM Thread Starter
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I have a few half helmets, and a 3/4 with face shield for cold days. The half helmets I own were all cheap - around $30. One of them (an HJC) fits the greatest, looks okay, and as a drawback to me, it's black. Another one (an Outlaw) is chromed, which is my preferred finish for a helmet, but it doesn't fit as well - it's comfortable, but not as comfortable as the black one, and it also looks okay.

I am starting to think that maybe a German Style half helmet, chromed, might be a good fit, but since I'm so bad at chosing a helmet (given all the mediocre choices I've made so far helmet wise) I decided to ask for some advice.

- Do you guys think a German style half helmet would look good with the XR?

- Is there anything (good or bad) about the German style helmets I should know before I add yet another shell to my garage shelf?

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Well, you asked....


All a half helmet is good for is keeping your hair in place. God forbid a cager takes you down. Full face is the only real protection for your head, and for the skin & bone on your face.

While I'm not a proponent of 3/4 helmets either, at least you get a lot more protection for your head and side of your face than with a crappy half helmet.

Look up some accident reports on the net and some pictures and you'll see I'm right. I hope you reconsider.

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Contrary to popular belief, half helmets provide more protection than just your hair. However, obviously, the more helmet there is, the more of the head is covered.

Anyway, I have a german halfy I use normally when it's really warm out. Most people get a kick out it. Don't go putting a spike on it, though. Completely eliminates any safety. I picked mine up at Jafrum.com. One of the few DOT I've seen. Last I checked, they have many options, including a chrome one.

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I realize half helmets offer the least protection and I appreciate showing concern over my safety. However, without being rude, I didn't ask about safety of half helmets. Full face will always offer more protection (a lot more) but by the same token, my cage offers the most protection. I'm not comparing halfs with others, but rather I am trying to figure out if I should add another half helmet to my collection or stick to the mediocre halfs I already own.

And no, I would not put a spike on it! :-)

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Sorry, just tryin to help based on your query of good and bad about them, I assumed you needed proper info.

I've learned to not try and talk to those disillusioned by old wives tales, and bad-boy biker tales of how safe half helmets are. Almost as silly as those who actually believe DOT ratings mean anything at all.

We all make personal choices, and many of those choices are cited in police reports and memorialized in eulogies. My choice is Snell rated or ECE, others choose to gamble. To each their own.

Best of luck finding what you want. Safety and all that aside, your choice of spending more than $30 now is a good one.

Check out helmetharbor.com kneedraggers.com revzilla.com for quality helmets, and video reviews of many of them... Halfies included.

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How do they look? Is the mushrooming minimized? I like the concept of half helmets but most don't look that great IMO. I like the helmets on jafrum just trying to find a picture of it on someone.
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I have many friends that ride all kinds of cruisers and almost all of them wear half helmets, including the novelty german half ones and they look fine. In fact I have one of those too that I wear while I'm riding short distances.
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Sorry, just tryin to help based on your query of good and bad about them, I assumed you needed proper info.

I've learned to not try and talk to those disillusioned by old wives tales, and bad-boy biker tales of how safe half helmets are. Almost as silly as those who actually believe DOT ratings mean anything at all.

We all make personal choices, and many of those choices are cited in police reports and memorialized in eulogies. My choice is Snell rated or ECE, others choose to gamble. To each their own.

Best of luck finding what you want. Safety and all that aside, your choice of spending more than $30 now is a good one.

Check out helmetharbor.com kneedraggers.com revzilla.com for quality helmets, and video reviews of many of them... Halfies included.
Sorry, didn't mean to sound like I am "disillusioned by old wives tales." I did acknowledge that half helmets offer the least protection - I am by no means disputing that. My concern is if that look would match with what I'm riding.


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How do they look? Is the mushrooming minimized? I like the concept of half helmets but most don't look that great IMO. I like the helmets on jafrum just trying to find a picture of it on someone.
They look something like this when worn:
german-style-dot-helmet-1.jpggerman-style-dot-helmet.jpg

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If you were riding a Ural or a true home garage built junkyard-parts Harley bobber... It would fit the look.

But you ride a very modern looking Crossroads, I don't see the fit.

I also would not want the stigma of the Nazis alive and well on my head. Some folks carry stereotypes wayyyy too far and might view that as offensive. 1%ers have worn these for decades, but most folks wouldn't be confronting them. Us normal looking, non-killer looking types however... might get some flak.

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Any real helmet is gonna be on the large side. Novelty helmets are the only helmet that is slim, but then why bother.

BTW asking about how cool a helmet would look on a bike; is as bad as asking if this dress makes you ass look fat

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