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

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  1. 7VSdar208
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    I have an HJC sy-max II modular full face that has the opening chin bar on it. I catch alot of flak from my cruiser buddies, but in my line of work I have seen way too many bike wrecks where chins have come off.

  2. BainDramake
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    Full-face.

    Arai Vector.

    I went down once under a tractor-trailer rig at over 55MPH. Totalled the bike and the helmet - but I walked away unharmed.

    I would never wear one of those half-lids, but then many people would never ride a M/C.

  3. BucJeeber
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    I wear a half, Skid Lid, that a friend gave me when I started shopping for a bike. I have been wanting to get a new GMax GM68. Full-face with TONS of vents and pretty well received from what I've read and only like $100-$120. Only problem is, the place I rodered from didn't tell me they were on a two month back-order.

  4. zumnckuj
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    funny 07vstar1300 should say that. I went to the Star bbq last weekend and was told of such a horror .... Ill spare the details.

  5. wzdarpiger54
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    I've been wearing an 'open face'3/4, and just ordered a 'full face' from Leather Up.

  6. SdeweinFL
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    I wear a full-face Arai (DOT & Snell approved) and I also wear a mesh jacket (w/ leather overlay at shoulders and elbows) and CE armor, etc.

    Why? Because I wouldn't want to look myself in the mirror, or my wife in the eye, if I was hurt in an accident, and wasn't wearing protection that could have prevented or reduced my injuries.

    And I always put it all on - even for the short trips - because 95% of fatal accidents occur on the short trips, within 12 miles of home.

  7. yajpirt246
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    I've got a Nolan Modular, and I love it. I can flip it up and go like that till about 35-40mph when the wind gets to be annoying, and then flip it down and I'm good to go. I wear glasses and haven't gotten any prescription sunglasses yet, so this is my best option. It's probably not as impact resistant as a solid full face, but in Tx in the summer, who would want one...it's hot here.

  8. zliter986
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    i use a Zeus full with the flip-up front, myself. luckily i haven't had to test its protective limits yet....knock on wood!

  9. ttt153
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    I just bought a Daytona carbon fiber half-helmet and it looks so cool. Love it.

    Protection? Probably none.

    I do own a full face HJC Symax 2 but only use it in the winter because it's about 85+ in the summer here. It's been very humid summer in socal (unusual) so it's been even harder to ride with full face.

    I think there has to be a balance between safety and comfort, but lately, I said screw it and been a bit daring with the humidity. I do feel guilty though

  10. BucJeeber
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    Just got word that my GMax full-face has shipped. I got the blue crusader model. Can't wait to get that sucker for highway riding. Will probably still wear the half for cruising around town and listening to tunes, but I feel like I need the full while hitting the interstate on the way to work.

  11. zumnckuj
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    I responded to this post already with my preference ... I think Im moving towards being a full face advocate ..but still believe that it should be the riders choice.

    My wifes coworkers husband went down. The two went out on the bike for dinner. It started to rain, moma called son to pick her up because she didnt want to ride home in the rain. Hubby said, Ill meet you back at the house. Wifey waited a while and hubby never got home. She figured out that he had went over to a buddy's house. She went after him. When she got there, she noticed they had a few and told him to get his butt home. He jumped on the bike pissed off, she chased in the truck. She said while following him, he was reaching speeds of 80 mph .... in the rain with drinks on him mind you, He turned a corner, the bike went one way and he went another.

    After lingering for about a week, He lost the fight. The dude shattered his jaw and was on a respiratory. His wife said that when she got to him, his breathing was erratic and he was "girgling".

    No one can be certain for sure. But I think that most would agree, at the very least, that if he had a full face on the head trauma would most likely have been alot less then what it was.

    In this particular crash, I personally am convinced, after hearing in detail about the injuries, my wife is a nurse as is her coworker, that a full face helmet would have saved this guys life. He had no other significant injuries.

  12. ttt153
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    I responded to this post already with my preference ... I think Im moving towards being a full face advocate ..but still believe that it should be the riders choice. My wifes coworkers husband went down. The two went out on the bike for dinner. It started to rain, moma called son to pick her up because she didnt want to ride home in the rain. Hubby said, Ill meet you back at the house. Wifey waited a while and hubby never got home. She figured out that he had went over to a buddy's house. She went after him. When she got there, she noticed they had a few and told him to get his butt home. He jumped on the bike pissed off, she chased in the truck. She said while following him, he was reaching speeds of 80 mph .... in the rain with drinks on him mind you, He turned a corner, the bike went one way and he went another. After lingering for about a week, He lost the fight. The dude shattered his jaw and was on a respiratory. His wife said that when she got to him, his breathing was erratic and he was "girgling". No one can be certain for sure. But I think that most would agree, at the very least, that if he had a full face on the head trauma would most likely have been alot less then what it was. In this particular crash, I personally am convinced, after hearing in detail about the injuries, my wife is a nurse as is her coworker, that a full face helmet would have saved this guys life. He had no other significant injuries.
    I feel for the family...

    Helmet could have saved him, but I see two things wrong here. He's been drinking... Isn't it better that he left the bike at his friend's house and just ride back with his wife? Second, it's raining and I assume the friends house is relatively close-by for his wife to come look for him. Once again, they could have left the bike at his friends house and rode back together.

    I see the helmet as an insurance when things go wrong, but this situation went wrong from the get go. No disrespect to the family, I'm just frustrated that they decided to take a chance like that. but yes, the helmet could have saved him.

    I feel that the full face helmet is the way to go. It's just that in certain weather, it's very uncomfortable to ride all covered up. I'm already torn up about the helmet choices and I stand in front of my 3 helmets and stare at them for about a minute before choosing the one for the day.

  13. zumnckuj
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    I dont want to steal the thread ...

    I hear ya ttt153 ... the ironic part is that another guy went down the week before. He lost control, regained, went off the edge of the road into a rut, over the bars, slid down an embankment into traffic heading in the opposite direction was run over and killed.

    The wifes friends husband ... went to this guys funeral the week before.

  14. ttt153
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    Wow. That's two in a week? Feel sorry for their friends and families. To endure two tragedies must be difficult.

    My thoughts and prayers to the families.

  15. wzdarpiger54
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    I bought a full face online(not expensive) to wear in the cooler temps, wore it last night, I don't if I like it, I wear glasses, its hard to get my glasses in, and it fits kind of snug, I think a size bigger would have been too big.

  16. ttt153
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    I bought a full face online(not expensive) to wear in the cooler temps, wore it last night, I don't if I like it, I wear glasses, its hard to get my glasses in, and it fits kind of snug, I think a size bigger would have been too big.
    A flip-up helmet works good if you wear glasses. The whole front side lifts up to fit your head in and close back to lock as one. I have this model and works great with my glasses on.

    oneidasuzuki.com

  17. QHztoidall
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    My Shoei full face works great with glasses. I tried on many helmets just for that reason. The problem I run into is fogging the glasses at rest and then the shield. I put Cat Crap on the glasses to help the glasses fogging and run the shield slightly open at < 45 mph to keep it clear. I'm going to buy a Pinlock anti-fog lens to fix the shield fogging. One thing for sure is with the colder weather and the full face, my face is a lot warmer.

  18. ttt153
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    Oh crap.... another spam.

  19. wzdarpiger54
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    Can't an administrator block this or delete postings?????

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