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Old 08-10-2010, 06:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am looking to get a 3/4 helmet with a face shield for highway/rain protection. Have seem some here but the ones that interest me are not being sold in the states or in the $500. range. Also I am sick of the cheap neck straps they call chin strap on most helmets. I am more comfortable with a chin cup attached to the strap. That way I do not feel like I am being strangled. Does anyone wear a chin cup on the strap or know of on produced for motorcycle helmets?
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I don't know about the US, but here in the UK no helmets have been sold with chin cups for many years. The reason is that they are dangerous: in a crash, the chin cup can't keep the helmet on your head. The only way that a chin cup can be made safe if it is backed up with a proper strap under the jaw, which will keep the helmet in position, and some helmets were sold like this, but were not popular. My advice would be to look for a helmet with a padded panel on the chinstrap, which will prevent chafing of the neck, and then get it adjusted properly. You should be able to get a finger underneath it, but you must not be able to roll the helmet off forwards (or any other way). My full face is like that (double D-ring, so it gets adjusted every time I put it on) and I don't notice the strap at all. My open-face lifts at higher speeds and the strap can dig in, giving the choking feeling. But better a bit of discomfort than a helmet that goes walkabout just when you need it most.
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Same in the USA. No chin cups, too dangerous. Although I think they look cool.

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Hi,what I do with my shorty helmet is pull my neck warmer up over my chin then tighten the strap,its comfy in winter and summer J.B.
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