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Fbomaaahhh
post Jul 19 2005, 07:03 PM
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Just curious if anyone has one of these helmets from carbonfiberhelmets.com and if so how you like it... http://www.carbonfiberhelmets.com/news.htm

I have a collection of DOT helmets and am considering buying the extended half shell...

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post Jul 19 2005, 07:23 PM
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This is not a DOT helmet. It is pretty damn strong, from what I've heard, but the protection from a head injury comes from the lining more than the shell. The high density foam lining cushions the head against impact while the shell protects the lining. Which is tougher, a pillow or a steel can? Put a raw egg in the middle of each and drop them and you'll see what I mean. That dorky "Great Kazoo" look is for a reason.
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post Jul 19 2005, 07:28 PM
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Love riding in Arizona, NO HELMET LAW! The police have better things to do than force my well being.

Can I get a carbon fiber doo rag?
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post Jul 19 2005, 07:29 PM
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glb... sounds like your not a fan of this helmet... but I hear ya... not much lining for sure.... I have been on the fence on this item for a while... hope I never have to test the structure of any of my helmets...
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post Jul 19 2005, 07:34 PM
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Carbon Fiber Doo Rag? I heard those give ya wicked bad hat head and make your ass look big...
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I to have been curious of the function/safety of this helmet. I prefer to wear a DOT helmet but don't like that "mushroom" effect. I found the Fulmer Hombre that is better than the other DOT's but still it is kinda big. I would love to hear other's opinion of this carbon fiber helmet.
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post Jul 19 2005, 08:18 PM
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Bro, I think it looks cool as hell but there's only two reasons to wear a helmet.
1. To offer some measure of protection in a crash.
2. To appease a helmet law made by either a government or a spouse.

If you are wearing a helmet for protection, it should meet DOT specifications, that's all I'm saying. Otherwise this helmet might fool the wife, but not the police.
BTW- helmets are only rated "safe" for blunt impacts of a couple of miles an hour which is the calculated descent speed of going from the saddle to the ground. Kind of like falling off a bar stool. A carbon fiber helmet would resist sharp punctures more and would offer much more skid resilliance which is only helpful if you survive the initial blow to the head. If you are going to wear a non DOT helmet, this seems like the best choice. To put it all into perspective, let's say that DOT helmets offer about 60% protection and novelty helmets offer 1% protection, a carbon fiber helmet would offer maybe 2-3% protection from crashes. Then again, it is probably the best helmet to wear if someone is shooting at you!!! LOL.
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post Jul 19 2005, 08:23 PM
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glb - best analogy and helmet analysis I've read in a 100 report's... thanks man...
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post Jul 19 2005, 08:48 PM
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Thanks fbomer, but I could be full of shit with my numbers. My info is based on several sources and bits and pieces I've gleaned from over the years. One of those sources was from about a month ago with a biker who has opened up a retail store that sold them. They are very light weight and probably comfy as hell to wear ( his sample was too small for my xxl melon). But if you wear a helmet for protection, take a look at what the thickness is that the professionals (fighter pilots, race car drivers, SWAT teams, soldiers) wear and compare the look to the carbon fiber. Ok, one last analogy and I'm done. Imagine that someone is going to hit you over the head with a canoe paddle. Which helmet would you prefer to be wearing, the dorky DOT mushroom or the slick looking carbon fiber?
It's an interesting subject and I'm glad you brought it up.
BTW- I HATE the way my DOT helmet looks.
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Damn G....great posts! Think I'll stick with my DOT for now! Even though I get hounded for it.
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I have one of these helmets and I love it. Extremely light and tuff. No matter what they are all brain buckets.
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post Jul 20 2005, 12:14 AM
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My very illegal, non-DOT, unsafe helmet. 'ya don't want to be standing in front of me if I fly off my bike. Screwball, the human dart!

Thanks for the pix Gary


I HATE HELMET LAWS!

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post Jul 20 2005, 08:51 AM
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MLH and I were just discussing these helmets a few days ago. I was really thinking about moving to carbon for my next one, but now I'm rethinking that decission.

That's why I love this place, great info and discussions.
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post Jul 20 2005, 10:55 AM
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Folks, they do make a DOT certified one, and it is not much bigger than the non DOT one. I have the non DOT one and it is definately one of the most comfortable half helmets I have ever ridden with. No bobble head riding whatsoever. I found all my DOT half helmets were a detriment to my riding simply beacuse of my head bouncing all over the place from the wind. Now I can focus on all the crazy drivers that are around here. If I grow up and get worried about really protecting my melon then I'll get a full face DOT helmet just like the ones the race car drivers wear!
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I came across this...

http://www.carbonfiberhelmets.com/read_me_first.htm
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Good link Topshelf, I'll try attaching the side by side picture of the non- & DOT version of the carbon fiber helmets. I too have been considering one as of late and am going to decide shortly.

tallytom

http://www.carbonfiberhelmets.com/DOT%20dual%20web.jpg
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post Jul 20 2005, 07:43 PM
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I think this thread educated me the way I needed to make an informed decsion... thanks for the replies everyone...

It seems there is a time and purpose for everything... Ima add a Carbon Fifber helmet to my collection...
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fbomer, dot or non dot?
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post Jul 20 2005, 07:57 PM
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Tally -- ima go non-dot on this on purchase...

I guess... all logic and caution aside... I like it... soemtimes I don't wear a seatbelt either... and as a catcher growing up, I rarely wore a cup... Ya win some, and ya loose some...

Im going out with a smile on my face either way...
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for what it's worth, i just purchased the DOT carbon fiber helmet...extremely happy with the low profile look and fit of it:)
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Mikey, its been over a year. You still like the head trip DOT helmet? I was thinking about getting one. Looking for feedback. This picture Chilhowee is of a head trip helmet.
(IMG:http://www.chilhowee.net/images/thumbs/080617005_3l.jpg)


Anybody else got input? What about Daytona helmets? Thanks.

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post Mar 23 2009, 07:31 PM
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I came back too late to edit my post again.



FGOWI, you had a really compact helmet in St. Charles. Wasn't it DOT? What kind is it? Thanks.
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Is it possible to like the fit of a helmet??
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I wrote that? Damn, I think Kansas has dumbed me down some 'cuz that sounds more intelligent than my posts of late. That was when I was still in LA and was forced into wearing a mushroom helmet. I have rarely worn any helmet since.
They only offer some protection in a crash, and unless road / weather / lid law conditions warrant it, I don't like wearing them. I know of a guy who lost it on a curve and crashed into a tree. Good news? He was wearing a full face helmet and it kept him alive. Bad news? It took him 18 hours to die from the rest of his injuries. And he was alert right up to the end. No thanks. I already have enough aches and pains. I figure if I only survive a wreck because I was wearing a lid, the rest of my body would be so fucked up that I wouldn't be happy to still be alive.
One indisputable fact about helmets- They don't do any good unless you crash. So... don't crash. Pay attention and expect everything around you to suddenly go bad. When it does, and eventually it will, you'll be prepared. Everyone who has an accident, must share at least some of the blame. There is almost always an out that wasn't utilized. I'm sure saying that will piss some people off, but it's true in almost every case.

So anyways, F & Mikey, whad'ja think of the helmets?

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QUOTE(G MAN @ Mar 23 2009, 08:17 PM) *
One indisputable fact about helmets- They don't do any good unless you crash. So... don't crash. Pay attention and expect everything around you to suddenly go bad. When it does, and eventually it will, you'll be prepared. Everyone who has an accident, must share at least some of the blame. There is almost always an out that wasn't utilized. I'm sure saying that will piss some people off, but it's true in almost every case.

So anyways, F & Mikey, whad'ja think of the helmets?

Ride safe!

G


I dispute that they are worthless except in a crash Gary. I appreciate my half helmet when I get stuck riding in the rain...and especially when I've run into hail. On top of that, no hat I've warn has proven as good at keeping my head warm in cold weather, as the helmet has....but when it's warm and dry I hate wearing it.
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post Mar 23 2009, 09:29 PM
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we have no choice in massachusetts whether we can or can't wear a helmet... so i might as well wear a comfortable one! i love the fit of the head trip DOT helmet... doesn't move around on me like my old one did and make me be a bobble head...
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I've got three helmets. A DOT aproved Shoei 3/4 I wore on duty, an illegal novelty helmet, and one of those DOT approved carbon fiber helmets. As you would expect the Shoei gives me the most protection and is the most uncomfortable, the novelty helmet gives me the least protection and is the most comfortable, and the carbon fiber one gives me the minimal protection possible and is kinda comfortable. The carbon fiber one is BARE BONES. There is NO liner, your head sits on foam pads velcroed into the helmet. If you sweat there is nothing to absorb it so I am sometimes forced to wear a bandanna. The chin strap on mine works loose while riding. Some have sent theirs back for a traditional Double D Ring instead of the quick disconnect chin strap system.
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Good info all. Thanks.
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QUOTE(G MAN @ Jul 19 2005, 09:48 PM) *
Thanks fbomer, but I could be full of shit with my numbers. My info is based on several sources and bits and pieces I've gleaned from over the years. One of those sources was from about a month ago with a biker who has opened up a retail store that sold them. They are very light weight and probably comfy as hell to wear ( his sample was too small for my xxl melon). But if you wear a helmet for protection, take a look at what the thickness is that the professionals (fighter pilots, race car drivers, SWAT teams, soldiers) wear and compare the look to the carbon fiber. Ok, one last analogy and I'm done. Imagine that someone is going to hit you over the head with a canoe paddle. Which helmet would you prefer to be wearing, the dorky DOT mushroom or the slick looking carbon fiber?
It's an interesting subject and I'm glad you brought it up.
BTW- I HATE the way my DOT helmet looks.
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Correction Gary. Go to the carbonfiber website. They DO sell a DOT. The one in the pic is not. The one you saw me wearing at the rally IS. I love it! WELL worth the money!!
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QUOTE(Blackcloud @ Mar 23 2009, 08:31 PM) *
I came back too late to edit my post again.



FGOWI, you had a really compact helmet in St. Charles. Wasn't it DOT? What kind is it? Thanks.


Same one I have. DOT rated made by carbonfiberhelmets.

http://www.carbonfiberhelmets.com/dothelmets.htm

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i'm not too sure the DOT helmet was available when my dad got his carbon fiber helmet...
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I like the carbon fiber helmets if I have to wear one. Being from Texas we have no helmet law, but I travel the country for work. Most of the time my sticker covered novelty helmet keeps me from getting a ticket. I have a couple of DOT helmets and they all suck. As far as comparing them to the ARMY issue on I wore in IRAQ, that thing had about 8 1/2 inch thick foam pads in it and basically was to keep things from penetrating my skull. Wind resistance, comfort and weight is what I consider when getting one. HELMET LAWS SUCK !!!!!!!
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QUOTE(G MAN @ Mar 23 2009, 09:17 PM) *
So anyways, F & Mikey, whad'ja think of the helmets?

Ride safe!

G



I bought the the NON-DOT version and it is by far the most comfortable helmet I own... the DOT version wasn't available when I purchased. After 3 seasons of wear though... the lining is starting to fall apart at the forhead area, and kinda rubs me the wrong way... ima have to fix that shit soon....

Mike likes his DOT version and I'll likely buy that one day... Way better fittingfuckinghelmets than the others I own.
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<------- Always wears a FULL FACE HELMET


I promised the Wife and Kids!

I never wore a Helmet until I got married...Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr (over 30 years of riding)

But NOW... I LIKE IT! I have grown to like it much better then without. (to each its own)

FULL FACE HELMET... NO WIND. Kind of nice when your traveling about 80-85


thats it 2 pennies worth.




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QUOTE(Walkafire @ Mar 24 2009, 06:33 PM) *
<------- Always wears a FULL FACE HELMET
I promised the Wife and Kids!

I never wore a Helmet until I got married...Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr (over 30 years of riding)

But NOW... I LIKE IT! I have grown to like it much better then without. (to each its own)

FULL FACE HELMET... NO WIND. Kind of nice when your traveling about 80-85
thats it 2 pennies worth.
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I would have to agree because this year im thinking about going back to full face helmet.
Which i think is more comfortable then those 1/2 helmets,I have been whacked in the face from road debris so many times im lucky to have not been knocked off the bike. But to each his own as was said above.
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.... Besides there are some butt ugly mutha fuckers out there...

That right there is a good reason for a helmet.... (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/hysterical.gif) (full face of course)


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I tried on a DOT Carbon Fiber helmet a couple of weeks ago. It was very comfortable, but I was amazed at how little padding was in it. I figured if I was going to pay that much for a helmet, I wanted to know it would do the job if needed.

Left the place that carried it and went to a local shop that carries a larger variety of helmets. MLH and I both bought helmets for cheaper than the Carbon Fiber and the padding is much thicker. I figure I'm gonna look dumb in a helmet regardless, so might as well be safe and safe some $$.
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QUOTE(Walkafire @ Mar 24 2009, 05:33 PM) *
<------- Always wears a FULL FACE HELMET


I promised the Wife and Kids!

I never wore a Helmet until I got married...Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr (over 30 years of riding)

But NOW... I LIKE IT! I have grown to like it much better then without. (to each its own)

FULL FACE HELMET... NO WIND. Kind of nice when your traveling about 80-85


thats it 2 pennies worth.




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whatever ... probably more likely cuz you were profiles again last night on America's Most Wanted and you do not want anyone to see your face .....
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Walkafire
post Mar 28 2009, 08:53 AM
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YEAR: 2004
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Yep Your on to me....


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They got me for Stealing FROGS!



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Blackcloud
post Mar 29 2011, 08:51 PM
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BIKE: FLHTCUI Ultra Classic Electra Glide EFI
YEAR: 2009
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Just FYI.

Advanced Carbon Composites, the makers of Head Trip helmets and the owner of what used to be carbonfiberhelmets.com has closed shop. That massive recall forced upon them by the NHTSA was too tough on them. They have re-opened a new website under www.headtriphelmets.com but they no longer offer DOT helmets.
They are technically a different company now, under a new name (Composite Craft).
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