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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-28-2006, 02:42 AM Thread Starter
 
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when in doubt about a helmet?

ok ive had the same helmet since i started riding street a few years ago

ive dropped it here and there from waist level or what have you, not some incredible impact though ive heard from many a rider that they will immediately discard a helmet thats had any sort of impact

couple weeks ago at autobahn north i finally had somewhat of an impact with it... stood the bike up in turn 7 for whatever reason, went off into the grass, hit front brake ( ) and im pretty sure my head hit the ground pretty hard

its an hjc cl-14 and im thinking about picking another off newenough closeout, which im most likely going to do, but heres what im wondering for all you fellow track nuts:

what is your threshold for replacing a helmet? if its low (i.e. omg i think i set my helmet down on the ground too hard its time for a new one) do you go for a cheaper helmet? if your threshold is high do you just buy whatever you like no matter the cost and just whore it out?

"how much is your head worth to you" is something ive contemplated kthx
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-28-2006, 06:55 AM
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not sure about HJC, but some of the other manufacturers like Shoei allow you to send your helmet in for an eval and they'll tell you whether or not the helmet is still viable for use after going through an impact.
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generally speaking, there is the HARD impact foam inside the helmet most helmets have it painted black, and by design when it is impacted, it will expand and knock the paint off and show the white through (That or your head will expose the paint) somebody with more experience could probably give you a better idea of how to inspect this then you

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Try to send it in to them if you can and they will check it for you. I dropped my Arai about 3 or 4 feet onto concrete, sent it in, and got it back saying there was nothing to worry about. Cost was $10 for return shipping, and the cost of shipping the helmet to them.

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As mentioned, a lot of manufactures offer an inspection service to determine if the helmet is still safe.

As far as price goes, all helmets sold in the U.S. must pass the same standards, no matter the price, so a $600 DOT and Snell approved helmet offers no more protection than a $150 DOT and Snell approved helmet. From what I've read, the additional Snell approval doesn't add much more in terms of protection than the DOT standards, so take that for what it's worth. Most of the additional cost of a helmet is in features, and graphics. Only you can decide what that stuff is worth to you.
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Yeah, If I drop it from anywhere on a hard surface such as concrete, I replace it immediatly. It's just not worth it in my opinion.
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Yeah, If I drop it from anywhere on a hard surface such as concrete, I replace it immediatly. It's just not worth it in my opinion.
how many helmets have you replaced
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Sevral drops and a hard impact ..... no question in my mind, replace it.


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As mentioned, a lot of manufactures offer an inspection service to determine if the helmet is still safe.

As far as price goes, all helmets sold in the U.S. must pass the same standards, no matter the price, so a $600 DOT and Snell approved helmet offers no more protection than a $150 DOT and Snell approved helmet. From what I've read, the additional Snell approval doesn't add much more in terms of protection than the DOT standards, so take that for what it's worth. Most of the additional cost of a helmet is in features, and graphics. Only you can decide what that stuff is worth to you.

alot of people would disagree with you. I personally user HJC, they fit my head well, and vent well enough for me, however if I were to buy a new helmet tomorrow the scorpion EXO700 would be my choice, it also fits my head and is very highly rated.

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how many helmets have you replaced
3!! Note to self, stop hanging it off the mirror while stopped!!!!

Also, I have the Scorpion EXO700. For 200 bucks it is really a great helmet.

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is hitting grass really that hard though?

i want to do blackhawk this weekend and buying a helmet now would send me to the poor house, but of course the ol' "what is your head worth to you" thing comes up everytime...
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is hitting grass really that hard though?

i want to do blackhawk this weekend and buying a helmet now would send me to the poor house, but of course the ol' "what is your head worth to you" thing comes up everytime...
That's a decision you will have to make. If I thought my helmet was compromised, I would either A, replace it, or B not do the track day.
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Do the trackday then get a helmet. Yours would most likely work if it had to - but I wouldn't want to find out the hard way that it was compromised. On the brightside, you have more than enough hair to help cushion the blow!

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i have enough monies to do bof
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i hope they werent too expensive
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Sevral drops and a hard impact ..... no question in my mind, replace it.


Your head is worth it. Isn't it??

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If you're questioning the safety of the helmet, I'd get the head in the helmet checked!!! It should be a no-brainer. It's only money, and you always have the winter to pay off the credit card.

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