I just bought this puch moped, its fucking awesome, but I need to cop a helmet. Is there any specific style I should go for? What's a fair price to pay?
I was thinking of getting a full faced helmet, would 100$ be enough?
youre not going down hard on a moped if you go down at all. get a cheap helmet that will prevent stitches if you faceplant
i used a bmx helmet when i used to have a tomos targa lx, didnt use it one.
>full face on a moped is kinda stupid.
you can still eat a bee or a face full of dirt
>also a good full face is like $450+
$150 will get you a decent lid
my personal choice is open face as it offers a better field of view than a full face lid, and yeah i know i'm playing a risk game with the lower half of my face should i come off face first, and lets face it tarmac at 35 is still nasty, not as nasty as 150mph, but still fuckin sore.
alternatively you could opt for a flip up lid, bear in mind though those helmets are designed to be strong in the down position only.
You wear a full face helmet on your bike, too? Sure, a full face helmet is always safest, but at scooter speeds you're more likely to get concussed on the side or back of your head than the front. It's pretty hard to do an endo on a scooter desu; the center of gravity is pretty low.
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if you want a real helmet get a real bike
a decent bell/hjc/scorpion runs for $100, get a measuring tape and measure your head out, if you're in between sizes go a size down, they'll break in and feel "snug".
check out eBay and a few other sites:
www.motorcyclecloseouts.com (usually has bell vortexes and lower end scorpion/hjcs for $80-120)
www.motorcycle-superstore.com (i bought a bell mx9 adventure off them for $75, they also have a bell qualifier dlx for $45 which is a better helmet than any kind of half/3/4 face)
http://www.ebay.com/usr/motorheadzone (i seriously recommend these guys, awesome return policy and have a ton of bell helmets on closeout, they have RS1s for $160-190 which is considered their "top of the line" helmet for $400 msrp, and a bunch of vortex/mx9s for $75-100)
if you were going on a motorcycle (faster speeds, more potential to crash hard from improper cornering/idiots going into you) i'd get a snell/ece rated helmet.
Do that, I suggest doing it at a place like Cycle Gear just to get a "rough" idea of your sizing. Alternatively a dealer/shop, but they might not be as "enthusiastic" to help like Cycle Gear usually is.
Personally, I wouldn't buy a helmet from them just because they all sell either $60-200 Bilt/Sedicis (Rebranded Chinese Crap with little to no R&D) or $300-600 Arais/Shoeis. I thought I was a Medium when I first measured my head using a tape measure, but actually fitting helmets I was closer to a small.
Cycle Gear's Bilt/Sedici store brand is generally shit quality and won't last, to add I'd personally would trust more a company that's in the business of making helmets (and likely has in house testing rigs, R&D facilities, etc to ensure its safe in any kind of impact like Bell/HJC/Scorpion) than a company who just rebrands them. Bell/Scorpion at least has a decent warranty on their stuff, and all 3 brands are used frequently in motorcycle racing (so if its good for a racer on a track who expects to go down at some point, it'll probably be fine for you).
Forgot to add generally helmets "break in" so if it feels snug and the helmet has a even pressure surrounding your head (but not excessive) the cheekpads will eventually start breaking in and forming to your face/head. The Bell I bought at first felt like it cut circulation, but after I wore it for 2 hours around the house it felt "just right" (another reason to order online: a lot of retailers follow a policy that once that helmet leaves the store, it can't get returned).