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I never bought a full helmet before and since I'm shopping around I want to ask you guys what you think of my problem. I'm looking into buying the Shoei RF 1000 now here's the issue. My head is between large and medium. :eek: The LG helmet kinda lose and wobble the medium is super tight but feels much lighter. I know you can replace the inside liner but how much room that will give me on a medium size?

Basically what is the MOST important feature when it comes to full helmets?
 

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Basically what is the MOST important feature when it comes to full helmets?
Fit.

If at all possible, visit a store and try on the helmet. When done up, it should not be at all loose and it shouldn't be so tight that it causes a headache. Walk around the store for 10-15 minutes while wearing it to make sure it's ok.
 

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Some models fit differently for a particular shaped head and won't fit the same even if the size is the same as opposed to another model - even in the same brand. Sounds like you might want to try a different model Shoei in a medium.

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Try an Arai. You either have a Shoei head or an arai head. If neither fit go for a more round shell like a Shark.
 

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Ditto on the Arai suggestion. Try a Bell too, they seem to fit a more rounded head.

IIRC, the Shoei has replacement cheek pads, but that's it.

As others have pointed out, fit is the most important attribute. The safest helmet in the world won't protect you as well if it doesn't fit. And an uncomfortable helmet will divert your attention when riding.
 

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Helmet Review Website

I used WebBikeWorld.com to find the best helmet for me. The guys over there that do the reviewing are thorough to say the least, and they take it very seriously. They break down the weight, wind noise, visor ease of use, peripheral visability, chin strap, actual sizing and fit, fogibility of visor, and many other variables. Once you start reading their reviews you my get paralysis by over-analysis like I did.

http://www.webbikeworld.com/motorcycle-helmets/motorcycle-helmets.htm

If you fit into a RF-1000 then you have a similar head shape to me, which is round/neutral and you should also fit into a Bell Apex, Scorpion EXO-700, Vemar VTXE, and Arai Quantum II. I bought the Bell Apex because it is very light, good safety ratings, low price and smallish shell (doesn't feel like a watermelon on the head). If you fit into both a medium and a large I would definitely go with the medium. As was said before it will loosen up a bit and you dont want it shaking around. Just make sure there are no pressure points on any part of your head face.
 

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I went from a (free) scorpion ex-400 to a arai rx7 corsair. they are both mediums but the arai is so much quiter and easier on my ears.
i tried on the arai for ****s and didnt care that it was used, it was so comfortable i bought it second hand(in good condition).
does anyone wear ear plugs while on the freeway? i dont know what it is about the thrux but it is loud as f%k over 70.
 

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Not to hijack the thread, but yes THruXTonSOON, I use earplugs on the highway. Found it made a big difference at the end of the ride.
 

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As everyone said, most imp feature is the fit - I tried all the major brands and my head shape is rounder than what arai offers in its roundest helmet - so I went with HJC - to me fit was most imp.

In my case keeping helmet on for first 15 minutes didn't create any trouble, pressure points on my head started developing after around 40-45 minutes and after an hour it started become unbearable.

Try all the brands - after you put on the helmet, try to press it from all sides and try to feel if there are any pressure points - also buy it locally so that you can return/exchange it.

Good luck !
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Might seem wierd, but do talk to a specialist about that. In some stores, there's a person who specialize in helmets and can really recommend you. I had my eyes on a Arai Profile, and when i went in the store, the girl suggested a Vector instead and she was right; although the Profile was comfortable, the Vector was that much better and a tighter fit. Now if only i could afford the Corsair ;)
 

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Cheek pads -

IMHO - the cheek pads in my Shoei are the biggest contributing factor to fit. I fit in a small helmet, but the cheek pads killed me. Made the helmet fit way too tight. Went down two sizes in the cheek pads and the thing fits like a glove.

I recommend trying the Shoei on with different cheek pad thicknesses to see if that changes your opinion about the fit

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Here's my imput

I have 4 different helmets i wear on my thruxton,
An Arai Quantum in M Doohan Model
A Suomy Gunwind in M Bostrom Model
An AGV XR2 in ML Rossi Model
and a half face AGV Dragon on M Black Eagle Model

They all fit differently but i have just one style head, my head is kind of oval but not squared so Shoei helmets dont fit me at all, they're not for rounder faces, as they're narrower, I wear a size 7 1/8" to 7 1/4" fitted baseball cap and all of these fit great on me. Noise Wise the AGV-XR2 is the best to dampen it without the need of earplugs, The Gunwind is the lightest of them and has a good balance in boh comfort and ventilation. The Arai gets high marks on everything (then again you dont pay that much for an ok helmet) If you're on a budget, i would suggest to look into a Suomy as they're very good safety and comfort wise and you can get a good deal on a Gunwind as their higher end models are the rage now. here's some pics of each.

Suomy Gunwind

Arai Quantum

AGV XR2

AGV Dragon


Hope this helps you.
 

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Try some different helmet makes. I'm with Zizou on the AGV's. I have a Dragon that I use around town (or when it not cold or raining) and I had an old AGV full face I used for years until the lining fell apart. Right now I use an O'Neal Crossfire full face in flat black, which is O'Neal's first street helmet. Dirt cheap, Snell/DOT and looks amazing. I've never seen another one on the road.
 

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I have a Scorpion axo 1000. It seemed to fit my head better. It also has inflatable cheeckpads so as it loosens up, it still fits great. If it moves around, what's the use!
 

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Helmet too tight.

Try an Arai. You either have a Shoei head or an arai head. If neither fit go for a more round shell like a Shark.
I bought a Shark Helmet a week ago and while it fit okay in the store (previous helmet was also a Shark and fit really well), it now feels too tight in the forehead and it's too late to return it. I was clearly a bit impetuous. Damn thing is giving me a headache and is distracting. It has only one main pressure point just on the forehead. Is there some way to press the foam in a couple of millimeters or get it adjusted to fit better? I cannot imagine it would need too much adustment as it feels pretty good all around, apart from the forehead. Or shall I write off the hard earned cash to experience and go shopping again?
 

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Try a Scorpion helmet. I found the shape is similar to the Shoei RF series, but is a bit snugger when comparing like sizes.
 

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It looks like I may be echoing what is being said, but you may not have a Shoei head. Different brands will have a different shape, so you may need to check a different brand. For example, I found out when I started dirt biking, that Shoei helmets fit me really well and Arai helmets just can't seem to fit me properly.
 

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I like the Scorpion helmets. I have a Shoei (XL) and needed an XXL in the Scorpion. I find the Scorpion to be just as quiet but with better venting and overall more comfortable feel.

I always wear custom ear plugs.
 
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