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full face, 3/4, or half?? what do you use

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  1. Requiem499
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    Full face HJC with a black visor for sunny days.The front section flips open from the red button on the chin.I also have a Scorpion with the built in retractable black visor behind the clear shield for cloudy- sunny days and night riding.I get a kick out of the intense look on those riders hanging on like hell going down the highway at 90 kmh with the open face helmets and no windshield.Doesn't look cool to me.Maybe they like to suppliment their diet on insects.
    Hahahaha.... This is awesome. I decided today to actually try my half helmet for more than motoring around the neighborhood. It was an experience to say the least. I have no windshield on my 650 custom so the bugs and everything were smacking me in the face and I knew I had inhaled and swallowed a few of them. It was a great experience that I won't be doing again. I knew there was a reason I preferred my full face helmets and now I've experienced the reason.

    I have to comment on another post as well. I did feel naked out there with only a half shell on. And I always remember back to childhood when I did BMX and did a face slide. That wasn't pretty and the recovery on that was terrible. I would hate to do a face slide going faster than a bicycle!

  2. Lrtoflamancha
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    Ever see a pro rider use anything but a full face? How about NASCAR? Any race driver at all? No??? Maybe it's because they value their heads and faces.

    just my .02 YMMV

    Rocky

  3. fupar
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    I've got a 1/2 & a 3/4.

    I wear the 3/4 most of the time.
    And the 1/2, when it's really hot.
    (In Houston, it gets pretty hot.)

    When I wear the 3/4, it's so big (it's a H J C),
    I look like the little guy Gazoo, on the Flintstones.

  4. GK
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    Has anyone heard of an Outlaw shorty?
    I have a full face that I wore for the last few mo. then got the idea of riding with out. For about a mo. and LIKED it.
    Last week went for a ride up along the North shore and were dotking deer all week then started talking to bikers up there and started hearing all the stories of the kamakase deer and bikers getting killed.
    I got back to work and found out my boss's wife dumped and the helmet helped save her, another deer story, plus the letter sent out about gear.

    so decided to look at a shorty. maybe best of both worlds? found the Outlaw and liked what it said ,but unsure of the manufacture. E-mailed the store but have not heard yet. any thoughts would help. Thanks GK

  5. rcattell
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    We have no helmet law in CT. Some people wear them, others don't. Some people believe everyone will at some point fall and need gear, others don't. I believe that someday, everyone will at least have SOME type of accident, just as with driving a car. But there are the lucky ones who ride their whole lives without incident. I will ride lidless often. I know the risk I take in doing so and I accept it. Usually these are little jaunts to the store. I have a 3/4 my friend gave me when I started. I hate it. I have a Scorpion EXO-100 half helmet with internal flip down visor and I love it. Look like a mushroom head, but on a hot day when I know I am going to be out ALL day, I wear it. I have an EXO-700 full face on order. I like the scorpion helmets. They have a lot of features and a low price tag.

  6. cjcleaxe
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    well i own a full face, half and a shell. i wear the full face in the rain and cold. otherwise i only use my shell. i know not smart, but i'm willing to take that risk.

  7. Ramon268
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    Being a rookie rider I went with the full face helmet. Now they have modular inwhich the front will hinge up with the push of a button. Makes it much easier to put on and you can open when stopped at light or want to talk. Having broke-in with a full face even in the Southern Kentucky heat, it will be awhile before I give it up for anything less.

  8. OsRop
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    I use a full face helmet after seeing the diagram in Hough's book proficient motorcycling where the percentages are listed for what part of the helmet takes damage in an accident. I need to buy something for the fog on the shield though. I usually keep it one click up.
    For the fog I use -fog tech- great stuff, better then -cat crap- which I used before. To clean the screen I use the -V2 Sponge- another great product, both purchased from Peter's Safety Solution in Oz safetysolutions.com.au also got from him the -SuperVisor- which is great when riding into the sun.

    I wear a full face (Arai Vector), like that brand / model best thus far for fit and ease of changing the screen. Color plain silver to help for sun/heat reflection.

    Have come off a few times, this is actually my second VStar 1300, the first one was a "write-off", after crashing into a car that decided not to give way. A dislocated shoulder and few cracked ribs, but my head still intact. Going by what the full face looked like after, I probably wouldn't be writing this post or at least wouldn't be able to speak properly if it wasn't for the full face part of the helmet. Wasn't going that fast probably about 70kmh.
    I ride in the tropics of Oz, so it does get hot and humid, but wouldn't dream of any less then full face, even fort short trips, as that is when the last crash happened.
    Have gone a bit OCD on safety maybe but ride more relaxed, did lighting mods and even use a -HitAir- jacket now, for all my rides. Ride daily as my bike is my main and preferred choice of transport.

    Love the VStar 1300, had a Yami cruiser 1100 and 650 before, there's just no comparison!

  9. bicancoy
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    Shoei RF-1000, Model:Cutlass TC-5

  10. chaser38
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    I use a Shoei Full Face Modular in the colder months. Frankly, I should use it on every ride. The little voice tells me to, but I have a couple of others for options, weather considerations or my varied moods. I bought the Scorpion 100 and it just doesn't feel like it fits well. Lighter padding and it hurts my ears after about 15 minutes of riding. I look like a character from the movie, Spaceballs. The design is pretty cool, though, with the touchy flip-down shade.

    My latest helmet is the Nolan N42. It's a little cooler than my Shoei and not as aerodynamic, but only by a hair. But, it is great. It has great visability, a snug fit, great padding, a flip-down sunscreen, packed with quality AND is easily adapted for communications or listening to music. So I adapted. When I talk to the office or the wifey while I'm on my bike (even at 70mph), they have no idea I'm in the middle of a ride. The filtering system on the microphone is sweet. Very clean. I like my Nolan and would recommend it. It looks decent, too, though I'm sure I don't do it justice.

    And there's my helmet story.

  11. DirdjChawes
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    Being a medic in a big city and then a tissue recovery tech on the side for an organ and tissue procurement organization, I see my fair share of bad crashes and fatalities. I purchased an Arai Vector and love it. It fits snug, isn't too warm as long as I'm moving, and it's light. I'm also a fan of my padded jacket and leather chaps. I'm glad I've worn all my gear on long rides, especially when stuck behind gravel trucks and when large bugs go splat on my faceshield...ouch!

    With that said, on shorter rides in the city for a night out on the town or running local errands, I purchased a KBC open face that pretty much only covers the top of my head. What can I say, at least it makes me feel better even though I know it serves almost no purpose.

    I've seen people walk away from bad wrecks when fully protected, so that's what I do 95% of the time, but I recommend it 100% of the time.

  12. DirdjChawes
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    So I was driving down the freeway in the company Organ Donation SUV and drove by a guy on the shoulder with severe road rash and who knows what else after dumping his custom chopper. No helmet, no protective gear; I'm surprised he was able to stand.

    Earlier in the day I was riding with my skid lid, jeans, and t-shirt on the same stretch of freeway. I'm wearing full gear from now on when not sticking to downtown streets...full helmet and all. That's the only reminder I needed that shit happens.

  13. cowenandranch
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    I have a full face/modular HJC Cy-maxll and a 1/2. Oklahoma in the summer dictates the use of the 1/2. I really feel more comfortable (safety-wise) in the full, but when it's over 100 and high humidity/heat factor over 105 the 1/2 is desirable. Thank GOD I have a windshield.

  14. zvambrad
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    I rode for a year or two with no helmet, but finally decided to get one. Currently have a 1/2 but am looking at getting a new one. Can't decide on 3/4 or full face.

    For you guys that have full face, are they any better with air flow in the helmet? My brother had a full for his katana in the 90s and I hated wearing that thing when i rode his bike because it felt like I was stuck in an oven.

  15. QHztoidall
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    I rode for a year or two with no helmet, but finally decided to get one. Currently have a 1/2 but am looking at getting a new one. Can't decide on 3/4 or full face. For you guys that have full face, are they any better with air flow in the helmet? My brother had a full for his katana in the 90s and I hated wearing that thing when i rode his bike because it felt like I was stuck in an oven.
    Depends on the helmet and the venting. I've ridden in 108 degrees low humidity with my full face and was fine. Open road is OK but once you stop then it gets hot and you open up the shield. The half helmet is fine for kicking around town but at 65+ mph I need something over my face. I don't have goggles, I have a snap on shield but that thing rattles and distorts vision. I need to pick up some goggles that fit over glasses for the 1/2 helmet. The other advantages to the full face for me is when it gets cold and I can switch out shields in seconds from plain to, light smoke, to dark smoke or a number of other shields. Fogging is an issue in < 60 degrees when stopped. My glasses more than the shield so, I just crack the shield. My Shoei has a lock position for opening the shield a tad.

  16. hovler7623
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    I have a 1/2 helmet myself, that is leather covered just like my saddle bags. I wear a leather mask during the colder days. I don't like that enclosed feeling of a full helmet.

  17. kman
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    Thank God I had my full face helmet on and riding jacket and riding boots and riding gloves. A guy pulled out in front of me, I couldn't avoid him. I flew tumbling through the air about 40 ft. The tumbling continued when I hit the ground. I'm now in a wheel chair for a time with two broken legs , but my head, face and upper body were all fine. The helmet took a beating and I'm still here to talk about it.

  18. SilweratoGurl
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    OMG kman, sorry for your pain I'll never get on the road, any road, without my full face DOT helmet, boots and gloves. What a testament to protection. I'm not gonna have my head splat like a melon.

  19. QHztoidall
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    Thank God I had my full face helmet on and riding jacket and riding boots and riding gloves. A guy pulled out in front of me, I couldn't avoid him. I flew tumbling through the air about 40 ft. The tumbling continued when I hit the ground. I'm now in a wheel chair for a time with two broken legs , but my head, face and upper body were all fine. The helmet took a beating and I'm still here to talk about it.
    Get well quick. Sorry for your accident. ATGATT is a good moto to live by and it looks like it saved you from something even worse.

  20. yuanchofer2
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    Get well soon kman. That shows that an accident can happen at any moment. We must be prepared.

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