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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 09-05-2017, 06:28 PM Thread Starter
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I want to buy a new helmet (or good second-hand) to wear when riding my High-Ball here in Taiwan.

Two questions: I always used to strongly advise my motorcycling soldiers to wear full-face helmets having lost too many guys to traffic accidents, but now I am in this hot and humid weather of Taiwan I am myself currently wearing an open-face helmet. Any strong opinions? I should add that I am not a "road-racer" - I am simply enjoying riding my bike, learning about it, stopping to admire the views when I feel like it, etc, although it has to be said that other road users here can do absolutely anything, any time, often totally unbelievably or illogically!

Secondly - sizing. My head size is 59cm (23 1/8") and I have previously warn size L, although here in Asia the sizes aren't quite so clear! But when I checked on the Vic website it seems to suggest I should have XL. Are Vic sizes typically one up from normal?

......... and if anyone has a good/new helmet and could be prepared to ship to TW please get in touch.

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For your first question I look at your picture and think don't worry about a full face helmet.

For your second question, there's a big difference in sizes and shapes of helmets even within the same manufacturer. Different models are made to different shapes so they get more customers. I have an Arai but not all the models fit and some even the same size were impossible to get on.

Short answer is you are going to have to try a bunch on and leave them on for awhile. Settling for something that seems to feel fine trying it on may not be so comfortable after an hour. Hit one of the larger shops that carry helmets and they should have someone who can get you going in the right direction.

PS Seriously though, full face, 3/4, etc is a personal choice. I'd be using a full face on the highway and a 3/4 or half on the low speed sightseeing trips.
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Try a modular helmet. At least at stops you can open it and get lots of air.
I wear All The Gear All The Time (ATGATT - gloves, jacket, boots, full face helmet, kevlar jeans) and on the hot days I am soaking wet. But I would rather sweat than bleed.

As a wise man once said - you don't need to wear all the gear all the time... you only need to wear them when you are in an accident.

And as @53canuck says: you have to go and try them on. It's the only way you will get one that properly fits you.
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I want to buy a new helmet (or good second-hand) to wear when riding my High-Ball here in Taiwan.
Buying a used helmet is.....nasty. Buy new then you know it's history (dropped) and it won't have someone else's sweat, coughs and sneezes in it.
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Thanks guys. Yes, I have three helmets, all supposedly the same size, but all fit my face quite differently. I don't actually think any of them are too big/too small, just the design of the padding is different and what seemed comfortable and "right" enough when I tried them on in the shops feels very different after an hour or so on the bike. They are all "ok" but just started looking at the Vic branded helmets and wondered whether to go for one of them, although maybe I would be paying over the odds just for the badge!
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Personally I would never buy a used helmet. I want to know its history.

As for the Vic helmets I just bought one and found it to fit fine. I usually wear a medium and the Vic medium fits great. It also has a adjustable knob in the back that allows you to dial it in. Overall I've been very happy with it. I bought the Shortie helmet and I'm thinking about getting the 3/4 because of its price.
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First time in my life I have a open helmet, and I like it, fits perfectly.... Delivery to your door...



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VicVisionBulldog - second-hand helmets, yes I hear you. I guess I only said that because I cannot get the great discounts you guys can currently get from Victory over there, but you are completely correct of course.

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Looking good Andre!

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Vic helmets do fit on the small side. I normally wear a medium in a Bell, large in most others but an XL in Vic/Indian helmets. I didn't believe it myself until I went to the dealership to try one on before doing the mail order thing.
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