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Re: Jay Leno on Helmet Fitting
« Reply #25 on: June 24, 2013, 07:17:02 pm »
Very disappointing, I was hoping to see someone from engineering give a step by step procedure to get the right size helmet, instead, I watched the Director of Marketing spending 10 minutes telling me how great Arai is. There was no factual information on how to get the right size helmet that I could see.

Seems to be a problem these days that marketing fluff is passed off as "information". You see that a lot on these "car repair" shows that are really just product showcases for aftermarket parts. Not trying to diss Arai, I own a couple of their helmets because they fit my oval noggin better than the other brands. I just don't like being told that marketing BS is real information. (disclaimer: I work in the marketing dept at a large corporation, so I'm probably more sensitive than most about the difference between engineering (facts) and marketing (illusion).)

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Re: Jay Leno on Helmet Fitting
« Reply #26 on: June 29, 2013, 12:58:18 pm »
Your right about that, I noticed that also in print media, you can't open a magazine anymore without seeing some article telling you what to buy, while trying to pass itself off as tech. Even Boys Life is full of what I guess you'd call product placement articles. I picked one up and read it while waiting for my boys at the dentist the other day, and that's what struck me most.
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Re: Jay Leno on Helmet Fitting
« Reply #27 on: January 30, 2015, 11:53:46 pm »
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Re: Jay Leno on Helmet Fitting
« Reply #28 on: February 14, 2015, 01:04:48 am »
My #1 frustration with helmet manufacturers is they don't freaking state what shape head they're made for. How the heck are you going to know? Thankfully there'e a resource, although not perfect, it's BIG help to know where to start looking. Here's the link:

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

Arai used to make an 'extreme' long-oval helmet, but not anymore. They quietly discontinued it, and supposedly replace it with the 'Profile', which fitted me like crap. Plus I never liked Arais. Ventilation is awful for the hot desert, and that retarded visor system is enough to remove it from consideration after owning 3 of them. And to finish, their system to attach cheekpads is crap as well; do it twice, and there goes the fastener.

There're almost an infinite number of shapes you can make out of an 'x' inches of circumference, so that's useless by itself IMO. And since you can't expect a manufacturer to make 20 different head shapes, it's almost impossible to have the exact right size helmet right out of the box. And that's when compressing the foam with a large socket (to be very even), or even your thumb if you're careful, is needed for proper fit. Nobody acknowledges that, but as it was mentioned, you're decreasing the compression ability of the liner maybe 5% tops. That's MUCH better than using a freaking helmet one size larger, which is what manufacturers are suggesting when saying you can't compress the liner at all. I was doing just that in my early riding days, but learned it was much worse than a little compression. Of course, you can't compress your way from a M to an XL, but just a little to match your head is fine in my book. Hope that link helps folks.
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Re: Jay Leno on Helmet Fitting
« Reply #29 on: April 10, 2015, 04:00:36 am »
link above no longer works, try this one

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ovd3KGu6BgU
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Re: Jay Leno on Helmet Fitting
« Reply #30 on: July 27, 2015, 01:25:42 pm »
Great reference!  While it's nice that fitment in good helmets can be adjusted, that "noggin' shape" definitely is a factor.  I've found my head is happiest when wearing a Shoei or HJC so far.  I remember buying a Nolan N100 that I loved... until I had to wear it for my first extended ride.  Man.  After 2 hours there was a pressure point directly in front of my forehead that became pure agony.  That's probably the trickiest thing about getting the right fit when purchasing.  I suppose you could just walk around the shop with the helmet on for an hour though... ;-)
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Re: Jay Leno on Helmet Fitting
« Reply #31 on: October 28, 2015, 02:29:11 pm »
More good brain bucket fitting advise from Arai expert.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bw6E5ki7jQ0
« Last Edit: October 28, 2015, 02:43:05 pm by JoshG, Reason: removed redundant info. »

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Re: Jay Leno on Helmet Fitting
« Reply #32 on: October 28, 2015, 03:58:26 pm »
Brand comparison fitment guide.      Stole this from advrider.com

http://www.lidpicker.com/free-data/
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Re: Jay Leno on Helmet Fitting
« Reply #33 on: October 28, 2015, 11:30:02 pm »
Ive tried pretty much everything available. Shoei, Arai, HJC, Scorpion, etc. Nothing was ever quite right. I wore a large hjc, that was too big, or a medium shoei that was too small.

  I finally decided to try a Bell custom fit.  To make  a long story short, the guy did his measurements and asked, "Have you ever tried our medium?"

He handed me the revolver evo, size medium,  and I would have believed this was my custom helmet.  We stopped right there as there was no way to make it much better, if any.

We replaced the cheek pads with  a different size, but I was out the door for under 250.

Worth a try if you are one of those kids where you mom left you, for extended periods of time, plat on your back so the back of your head is goofed. I later learned mom drank because I cried.   Still, the bell is worth a try.


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Re: Jay Leno on Helmet Fitting
« Reply #34 on: November 08, 2015, 12:42:37 am »

Did you know that 8 out of 10 riders are wearing the wrong size helmet?  Jay Leno visits wit Arai to discuss proper fit.

http://www.jaylenosgarage.com/video/arai-helmets/283819/

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Re: Jay Leno on Helmet Fitting
« Reply #35 on: May 06, 2016, 02:12:03 pm »
They moved the video I guess.  Had to Google it - here is a link.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ovd3KGu6BgU
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