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OK a Burgman folks! I've got enough info from all of you to go ahead with my purchase of the Burgman 400. Now I've got to choose a helmet. I would appreciate any input on make and model, characteristics, etc.... Things I should consider in buying a helmet. Thanks in advance for your input! Bob Dorsett
 

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Choosing a helmet

Well, the first thing is to make sure it's a DOT approved helmet (if you're in the USA). All sold in stores will be, I think, but on the Internet you can't be sure. I've even heard of some made-in-China helmets that have DOT stickers on them, but have really never been tested. Buyer beware. Better than DOT approval is the more rigid Snell Memorial Foundation approval.

Next you have to decide on a level of coverage: half helmet, 3/4 helmet, or full face. If full face, you have to decide on a one piece or modular (flip-up chin guard). I prefer a modular for the extra protection over a 3/4, but some find them too confining. Half helmets are only slighter better than no helmet. I don't recommend them.

Next, you have to find a size that fits; snug for safety, but not too tight for comfort.

Really, it's a pretty personal matter. I suggest going to a large dealer and looking at several styles and models. If they have a helmet specialist on site he or she can help you get the one most right for you. Even if you later decide to buy on the Internet, shopping at a dealer where you can see them up close and personal will be helpful. (I would buy some small item from the salesperson if one helps you. Gloves or a Throttle Rocker or something, and tell him or her that you're just thinking about a new helmet at this time).
 

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make sure it fits snug...

First thing is the size. The helmet will fit snug at first but will loosen up with use. If you do not use the helmet it will always be uncomfortable.

Next is manufacture all sizes are not the same

Check this site out for some good service when you decide on a size and model http://www.motorcyclehelmets.net
 

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YES, do make sure the helmet fits, we all buy from the internet but the first time helmet buyer should go to a motorcycle shop and try on not only different size helmets but different brands.
-FACT brand A's large helmet fits fine... brand B's large helmet does not fit.
Put the helmet on it should be snug
-Keep it on for at least 5 min. (even if the sales people look at you funny).
A helmet that does not fit is worse then no helmet .
When you take it off check to make sure you do not have a red mark around your forehead,
Type & price of helmet ? it's your head you decide what it's worth.
Make sure it has at least a DOT sticker 8)
 

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Good discussion. Let me add that fit is more than just size. Some models are made for folks with shorter round heads. If you have a long oval head shape, no size in that helmet model will fit you right. Some manufactures make different models for different head shapes. Some brands are only appropriate for one head shape. Trying them on is really important. And if you find one that you think you like, leave it on your head for at least 5 minutes. You might find that it isn't quite as good a fit as you thought after 3 or 4 minutes.

There is also another safety rating that goes beyond DOT - Snell-M2000. It is definitely a bonus if the helmet carries that safety rating as well.

If you find a helmet that you really like and it costs more than another helmet that is just kind of OK - buy it. I can't emphasize that enough. You are going to be spending a lot of time in that helmet and it is the most important piece of safety equipment that you will own.
 

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On the topic of size. Would it not be great if there was some type of universal sizing on things. Meaning if brand B XL shirt fit a certain way then brand brand A would fit the same because the sizes are exactly the same. I have seen some pretty rediculous sizing in some things. Some 2X sizes that fit more like a L. It would just make things so much easier. But oh well that would make too much sense.
 

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Anyone every used a Vega Datana full face helmet? I am thinking of ordering one because it looks like I can get up to a 5XL! Cool! Just wondering how they were and if the mask flipped up. :usa2:
 

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Thanks for your opinion about helmets!

This site is fabulous for shortcutting potential problems. All of your input regarding purchasing a helmet is a good example. Thanks much for taking the time! I'm really enjoying this camaraderie the centers around Burgmans! Bob Dorsett
 

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Anyone every used a Vega Datana full face helmet? I am thinking of ordering one because it looks like I can get up to a 5XL! Cool!
Be a little cautious - size designations are not standard between helmet manufacturers. Some brands run small. So a 5XL in this brand might really be similar to an XXL in another. If they have a size chart where you can measure your head and see the equivalent helmet size - that would be a start. You still likely won't know if the helmet is designed for your head shape though. I'd never recommend ordering a helmet without being able to try it on first.
 

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Hi

I have just invested in a new mid price flip up style helmet which I am very pleased with.

I am not sure if it is available in your location.

It is a Caberg Justissimo and has a neat integral sun visor.

For a flip up, it is not too noisy (can listen to my radio at 75mph) and it is not too heavy. If you can find one and it fits you, it could be worth considering

Here is a UK link anyway - so you can see what I am talking about:
http://www.fmhelmets.co.uk/caberg/justissimobody.html
 

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Nice looking helmet Norman. Too bad it's not DOT approved nor available here in the USA.
 

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Oh well - never mind, I am sure you are spoilt for choice in the States anyway ( the prices are sure better).

I wonder if the DOT/ECU/ACU standards actually translate into a real difference in safety standards (compared to each other) - I guess it is just the grind of beauracracy! :wink:

Stay safe.
 
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