Old Squid on a Blade
Join Date: Apr 2002
Sportbike: 2000 929
Years Riding: Longer than most of you have been alive. And I'm still slow.
How you found us: The voices in my head told me to come here
I'm with Rick on this. I've crashed out in HJC and it saved my head no problem. IMO they are not as quiet, but work just fine. There have been several studies that show that the cheaper lids (as long as they fit) are just as good if not better in the crash. The liner does most of the work, not the shell. If you hit anything hard enough to trash even the cheapest Snell or DOT shell the Gs will scramble you brains anyway. I've gone through 6 to 8 brands over the years and truth be told really liked my Arai, but they are just too expensive. I even got "OK" on the Jedi visor thing. I'm currently in a KBC that is light, fits great, pretty quiet and I got it for a song on close out. IMO, the only right answer is always wear a lid. After that, it is budget and personal preference.
There is nothing firm, nothing balanced, nothing durable in all the universe. Nothing remains in its original state, each day, each hour, each moment, there is change. Change is the essence of life. Embrace change as you do life. To fight change is to live in the past.