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    Which Helmet Would You Use?

    Ok, I'm pretty sure I have made up my mind but...

    You have two helmet options.

    One was a reasonably expensive Shoei. It's a top quality lid, even if a little older. But he has taken some hits. Not little hits, but it's not yet cracked. The last couple of bell ringers you took in it may have left that bell vibrating for a little longer than you may have expected. It's hit the ground 10-20 times. 5-10 of them being pretty solid wacks.

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    Then you have a newer HJC. It's not an expensive lid, but not a bottom of the barrel one either. It's crashed only twice and neither one took a solid impact, just some scuffing.

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    The game plan was originally to save the HJC exclusively for road racing and keep it nice so that it continues to be able to pass tech.

    Moving forward with the Speedway season when you are almost guaranteed to crash. Do you keep running the pre-crashed lid taking comfort in the fact that it's a high quality helmet. Or do you swap over to the cleaner, newer HJC, if it may not be as high a quality and run that because it's been crashed less, even though you may end up just crashing that one and not being able to have a helmet to pass tech if you go road racing?

    At some point a Motocross style helmet will be coming to take the place if the road helmets, but no time soon unless we get like mid summer tax returns or something.


    What do you guy think.

    Oh, and yes, I have the internet, I know how to use Google, I have read all about helmets and how they are built, what an impact does to the structure and foam, and all ...

    I'm not asking for a lesson in helmets or copy pasted info from another site. I'm curious what you would actually do if this was you.

    Last edited by 6; 06-15-2021, 07:50 PM.
    Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

    #2
    I would go with the newer one myself and retire that Shoei. Too old and too many crashes. I value my brain and I've already had a head injury.
    Brian - Richland, WA
    1991 Hawk GT
    1997 VFR

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      #3
      Yeah, mx the HJC. Too many conks and crashes on the Shoei...
      My pronouns are she/hers.

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        #4
        What size helmet do you use? I have a Shoei that I have retired. Probably in the neighborhood of 10 years old but stored indoors. It is a large. I'm small but I have a big head, lol. Be happy to mail it to you for free.
        Last edited by bk94si; 06-15-2021, 08:33 PM.
        Brian - Richland, WA
        1991 Hawk GT
        1997 VFR

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          #5
          Time is the enemy of all helmets. Even without crashes after a while the foam can start to break down and deteriorate, depending on weather conditions and humidity in your neck of the woods. As others have indicated I would ditch the older unit that has crash history.
          88 Blue Hawk GT - Under construction but rideable (guest approved)
          89 BlackHawk 2.0 - On the lift and being assembled
          90 Hawk GT (color as to yet be determined) - Still on the shelf in crates

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            #6
            HJC too much beating on the old Shoei
            Retired AFM / WERA #555

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              #7
              HJC.
              ASMA #139

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                #8
                HJC
                Suzondacati Build Thread

                Chain rollers, swing arm chain guides, brake hangers, etc.

                Various parts for sale

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                  #9
                  A, B, C, 1, 2, 3, Baby HJC!

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                    #10
                    I'm cheap, but I do spend money on quality new 1) tires, and 2) helmets. Then there's the old Scottish joke about the regiment that was so cheap they shared a reused condom.

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                      #11
                      I'd say the Shoei was a good choice once, but ain't anymore. The Shoei's a doorstop now, probably should've been replaced 19 crashes ago, but you know that already. Run the HJC. Also, remind us what size you are.
                      1988 "BlackHawk" project
                      1989 "RallyHawk" is Chuck's now!
                      1988 "The Gray" Tempest Gray Metallic stocker

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                        #12
                        I’d go with a hollowed out watermelon

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                          #13
                          Are you serious about these? If you showed up to tech with that Shoei, I doubt they would pass it. Maybe with the HJC.

                          EXO-420 are ~$150, and Scorpion make solid helmets all around. Track days are already expensive and risky, why skimp out on the protection for the most important part of your body?

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                            #14
                            Originally Posted by joel View Post
                            I’d go with a hollowed out watermelon

                            Gets my vote!!
                            88 Blue Hawk GT - Under construction but rideable (guest approved)
                            89 BlackHawk 2.0 - On the lift and being assembled
                            90 Hawk GT (color as to yet be determined) - Still on the shelf in crates

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                              #15
                              Originally Posted by Yoshihns View Post
                              why skimp out on the protection for the most important part of your body?

                              Andy might skimp on helmets but he always wears a cup.

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