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Hi Jim,
I recently bought a Shoei XR900, really nice helmet, quiet with good ventilation. The plain black or white without graphics are a good price for a quality helmet. <img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/smile.gif ALT=":)">

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I got my brand new Arai RX7? on Ebay for $425 shipped to my door. Normally a $700 helmet. I also got a smoked shield for an extra $35. All Arai's fit differently, so try one on first, and get on Ebay.



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Go to www.helmetharbor.com. This is pretty close to 10% over cost on helmets. We got my wife an AGV X Vent Rossi helmet and I plan on getting one next year for myself. IMO it feels EVERY bit as good as an Arai and the venilation is excellent and quiet. They feel a little tight at first but the padding will settle a little and it will be great.

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So let me get this straight. You bought a $10,000 motorcycle but don't have the funds to buy a good helmet to protect your head on a bike that will do 0 to 100mph in under 4 seconds? Is that right?
I think you see my point. Buy cheap gloves or cheap boots but NOT a lesser helmet!

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Personally, I wear an Arai Signet. Arai makes various helmet patterns (Signet, RR7?, Quantum, Astral, etc) and they all fit different shaped heads. The Signet is the only helmet which I have found which truly fits me well, even when trying on Shoei, HJC, AGV, etc.

If I am not mistaken, Arai makes three different size helmet shells, were as most other manufacutures make one shell size. As a result, you get a more properly sized helmet shell rather than somthing which is simply stuff with other "stuff". Result, Arai helmets are more balanced than the other brands IMO. Try palming an Arai helmet on your flat open hand on the side (approximately where your ear would be) of the helmet and then try another brand. The Arai stays on your hand, others tend to roll off.

Arai is in the process of doing away with mail order purchasing and is going only to dealer sold helmets. No more internet orders for Arai helmets. Each Arai dealer must stock a minimum of 12 helmets and SHOULD be knowledgable in the proper fitting of an Arai helmet. Arai is working on this at the current time. A good dealer will help you obtain the proper Arai model, as well as help you with alternate cheek pad thicknesses, and in the case of some models, help you with changable top liners.

Whatever you do, whatever brand you decide on, make sure the helmet you purchase fits correctly and is Snell safety rated. DOT safety ratings are a joke.



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With these bike's a good helmet is a must. The buffeting from the wind will wear you out on a poorly designed helmet. Shoei RF900 was the helmet that I selected. And what a difference in the way I feel when riding and when I get home. With the end of the year comming. There should be some deal's to be had.



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The shape of your head has a lot to do with the fit. I was told the Shoei is for a round head and the Arai is more for oval head. I bought an Arai rx7, it has so much ventilation that it is extremely loud at speed but the fit is incredible.I think ill also get a signet for cooler weather and longer trips.

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I am looking for a new helmet, what do you guys where? What do you recommend? I am kind of on a tight budget right now so I know Arai is out of the question for me, I have tried Soumy, and HJC and neither fit me right, I have and AGV which I like the fit quite well but the ventilation sucks, So give me your opinions please, does anyone have a KBC if so what do you think of it, thanks for your time guys, Jim

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www.dixieinternational.com/
This company has some great prices on old stock. You can get a Shoei RF200 for like $89.00! I got a Shoei X8 Air for like $160.00! These are brand new in the box if you dont mind not getting the latest gear its a great deal. They only sell to dealers but they are easy to get hooked up with ie lie on the dealer app they dont check nothing. You can thank me latter

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i got 2 helmets.

one for protection and one for pleasure!!!

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I have no doubt that the Shoei is a good helmet.. Along with several others. Personally, I've found that I don't like the fit of the Shoei. I'm sure it's just the odd size/shape of my head. None the less, I've been extreemly happy with my Arai Signet helmet. No problem wearing it and being comfortable for well over 1000 miles a day<img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/smile.gif ALT=":)"> Still, after a couple of years and 40,000 miles, I think I'm too in the market for a new helmet. You can only clean it so many times... I'm leaning at getting another Arai but would like to try on the Arai RX-7RR if I can find somebody that stocks them. Besides, the RX-7RR has removable inserts that might be a lot easier to clean. Does anybody know of an on-line shop that will sell you an Arai helmet and let you return it if you don't like it?

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Oldkneedragger, try www.helmetshop.com, you will not find helmets cheaper anywhere, you will have to call them on their Arais though for some reason they don't have the on their website, they are located in Daytona beach I went there today there are a bunch of great guys working there and I could not believe the price difference, personally I would not order a helmet online though, i was reading on Arai's website today and it basically says that try on the helmet before purchasing it because every helmet will vary in size from shift to shift hour to hour on the production line just a little fyi, I didn't buy a helmet today I have to save a few more pennies so I can buy what I really want

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jim,quit being cheap and go buy a arai.you make those big bucks,as much as you wheelie i'd get top o da line<img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/tongue.gif ALT=":b">

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If you want an Arai helmet and your trying to get one online, your time has about run out. Arai will no longer be permitting shops to sell via mail order. Some "leftover" stock, in the vendors possession prior to Arai's new selling policy, can however be sold online, but nothing "new". Get on that phone today if your looking!

Arai is making phone calls to various shops pretending to be a consumer. If they can purchase a "new" (after policy helment) from a vendor via online methods or phone call methods, Arai then eliminates that vendor from selling their helmets in the future.

The times are a changing.

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go to www.cycledepot.com you should find a good deal there
Good Luck

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I have a shoei x-tec ......I highly recommend it!

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