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    Default Half helmet rec.?

    Anyone have a recommendation for a half helmet? I've got a great Shoei full-face, and a Zox beanie that looks like a mushroom.
    I just want something that I can wear when I'm blasting out to the bar downtown without looking like a Q-tip. I'm talking about a jeans & t-shirt run to DQ.

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    The daytona lids are probably the smallest and come in a lot of dif styles
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    No manufacturers recommendation here, I'm in the same boat. One thing I've learned is stay away from thermoplastic helmets, those are the biggest shells, or as my kid calls them, a bobblehead. The material isn't very strong so it requires a thicker lining. Then comes fiberglass, which is smaller and lighter. The smallest and lightest shells will be Kevlar, Carbon, or a combination. They're also a lot more money, maybe too much for a trip to DQ.


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    I own 3 helmets for me.

    1/2 Choko which I wear most of the time.
    3/4 Daytona which I wear for long road trips for hearing protection vs ear plugs
    full face modular nolan which I haven't wore in a long time.

    All full DOT so I always have a big head. Bottom line is, if you really want the protection, you need the padding. PERIOD. If you have the proper padding, your helmet shell will be larger than you prefer for looks.

    That being said... I do know that if you are say a XL head. You can buy a M DOT helmet, take out the cloth liner, hit the foam cells with a heat gun and as they melt they will shrink. Collapsing the cells is why they are shrinking. Do it enough and your XL head will fit inside that M. You won't look like a mushroom/bobble/qtip/whatever head. You killed the foam cells that were there to protect your squash but its still a DOT helmet.
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    One I've ben looking at is the GMax GM55s. It's small, although they don't say what material it's made out of. One nice feature is a built-in half shield in case you want one, it's completely hidden when you don't. Nice feature if you get caught in the rain. Sells for about $75 and available in flat black, gloss black, or designs if that's what you want.

    Here's a link to the one on JP's site, shows it with the shield up and down.

    http://www.jpcycles.com/product/136-...ement_search=1


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    That's a cool lookin helmet tele!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gas Man View Post
    All full DOT so I always have a big head. Bottom line is, if you really want the protection, you need the padding. PERIOD. If you have the proper padding, your helmet shell will be larger than you prefer for looks.
    Nah, all of the ones I mentioned above are full DOT approved. The amount of padding is based on the strength of the outer shell.


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    Shoei is the only brand I've owned for street helmets and I can tell you they are great. I can't see going to any other brand right now. Well maybe Shark but I'm not sure they make half or 3/4 helmets so that might not work for you.

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    Interesting. I found the Gmax about a mile away at Zack's Cycle in Milan. I'm going to go try one on when he opens, will report back.


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    Ok, I bought one. Plain flat black. Nice helmet, small and light.

    Before you ask, I bought the hidden shield version because my glasses are glass, not plastic. I needed something to stop a bouncing stone from taking out the lens.

    Here's the one I bought last year, a Scorpion EXO100 with hidden shield. This was the first and only one that had the hidden shield last year, this year there are a few more, Gmax and HD to name two. The shield is spring loaded, push the tab and it pops down, or at least it did at first. Now it only pops down about halfway and you have to pull it the rest of the way. Push up on the shield and it locks in place with a spring latch. It comes with a removable visor and removable ear/neck flaps for cold weather. I really didn't like all the plastic trim and shit on this one but it was the only game in town.



    Her's the GMax. On this one you pull or push for the up and down. It locks up with a detent so less to go wrong. It's probably a half pound lighter than the Scorpion and about 3/4" narrower, doesn't sound like much until you put it on your head. It's also a lot shorter from top to bottom. It also comes with removable ear/neck flaps but no visor. Who cares.



    Both come with a smoked shield. The Scorpion was $110 + $15 for a clear shield, the GMax was $75 + $17 for the clear shield. Both shields are pretty much invisible when up, only a small tab shows. Now that I have the overglasses from Don I won't need the shield for everyday, but since it's invisible when up it's a nice feature to have if I get caught in the rain.
    Last edited by telecast; 04-17-2010 at 01:35 PM.


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