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So, now that I am riding the old slash 2 around I need to think about a new helmet. I believe in wearing one, but I just don't feel right about wearing the Schuberth that I wear on the R1100RS on the slash 2. Has anyone found a decent half/vintage look helmet that is well made? Thanks in advance.

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I used to wear the open faced

I used to wear the open faced helmets but finally decided to get into a full-face but it's the flip-front type...not as good as the fixed chin bar full faced helmets. It also has the built in sun visor which keeps me from having to wear my sunglasses which was having a weird effect because of the polarization. I wear it on all three of my bikes.

It's obviously personal choice, but safety is kind of high on my list. I would prefer to see either the DOT or Snell standard. I don't think they have those on the half helmets.

About the only thing I can think of is the Davida line...not sure of their ratings.

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My Schuberth is as you

My Schuberth is as you described, but for around town I just feel the full face, even with the flip up is a little bulky for the slash 2. I understand the safety issue, but I am coming from a time when I never wore a helmet, so this is definitely a big step toward being a safer fellow.

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The Davida Classic Jet is an

The Davida Classic Jet is an open-face retro helmet that's DOT-approved. I wear one with a pair of French Aviator goggles when puttering around on my R50/2. Hand-made, somewhat expensive, but the only retro-type helmet I've found with DOT approval. Check out

http://davida.co.uk/products.php

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I too feel the full helmets

I too feel the full helmets dont quite do the old bike justice. I have a Davida half shell its not approved for anything really has what i would call an old football helmet suspension system . They look the part ,but not very safe and noisy as hell.
If i were go for retro and safety it would be the open face with googles.

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Thanks guys, the Davida is

Thanks guys, the Davida is certainly cool and not really inexpensive, however I guess it is my head, so...

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When I'm not using my AGV

When I'm not using my AGV full face I have a Bell "500 Series" 3/4 helmet.
For me the price vs. the minimum protection of a Davida DOT Pudding style helmet seems very high to me.
Quality looks great. And it looks great as well. I'm just not hip enough to pay and wear one.

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Vintage helmets

I honestly ALWAYS wear my 1950/60's Romer half helm with goggles, leather jacket and gloves and boots. I'm definitely NOT fully DOT protected up top! (but I look cool). I got a couple of them(a lower grade black leather one and a higher grade white leather one) on German Ebay for under $100 each. If this is what you're after make sure you get the higher grade type with the extra foam inner layer and leather lining as on the right side in pic. Ear plugs are highly recommended too because air blows right past the ear flaps. FWIW, I wrecked last summer and broke my back, neck and ribs but my noggin came away clean. Just don't lead with your head. Kidding aside, it's your head and you only have one so use what you're comfortable with.

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That is pretty sharp

That is pretty sharp Shoe'sR69

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Nice Romer

There is no doubt... you do look really cool with that ROMER. Certainly can appreciate the real thing.
Stay safe.

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When I went shopping for a new helmet for use with my R69US, I searched everywhere for a period looking helmet that was DOT that I also liked. Not easy. The Davida half shells aren't DOT. You have to go to 60's style "jet pilot" open face to get DOT approved. I went with a Nolan.There are several styles here:
http://www.nolan-usa.com/categories/helmets/open-face.html?sort=featured&page=1

While it doesn't have the full retro look I figured since my bike is late /2, a 60's design was ok AND I feel reasonably protected.

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BMW Cruiser

Actually there is one that no one has mentioned..... years ago when BMW was selling those Cruiser bikes they had a helmet in Europe that they sold as a Cruiser.... it is a retro helmet....seems less than a 3/4 and more than a 1/2 helmet.... I bought two when they were new...I totally wore one out and well into my second helmet.... never sold in the USA so I am sure they never were Snell tested or DOT but if they were sold in Europe the testing was done to their standards and not any problem.... the Europe standards are way better than anything we do.... I have seen these advertised on EBAY in Europe for very reasonable prices...

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I ended up with this. I think

I ended up with this. I think I will like it! Don't I look happy?

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Has a vintage look to it.

Has a vintage look to it. Just got to airbrush a silver frame around the goggles and..............!!! Goggles look Terminator-ish but the helmet definitely has a old school shape.

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The shade is retractable,

The shade is retractable, which is good. The helmet is called the Pit Boss by Bell and after looking at all the others out there, including the Davida I thought this was the best for the buck.

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Davida Jet

The Davida Jet is a great helmet. The quality is superb with the inteior leather lining.

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As soon as "coolness" begins

As soon as "coolness" begins to dictate safety you are lost. My wife is a deputy ME, and she has never come home and told me how "cool" the guy that they scraped off the road looked...
I ride with full modern gear no matter what I am on (so does she), and my '55 R69 is far newer than most of my other bikes.

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helmet

Rubone wrote:

As soon as "coolness" begins to dictate safety you are lost. My wife is a deputy ME, and she has never come home and told me how "cool" the guy that they scraped off the road looked...
I ride with full modern gear no matter what I am on (so does she), and my '55 R69 is far newer than most of my other bikes.

With all due respect, your response does not really apply to my question, it seems to be more of a personal statement. When I used to ride, I wore no helmet. Now I choose to wear one that I am comfortable with. The half face certainly offers more protection and it is a choice I make when riding at slow speeds on a classic bike. It isn't about being cool, it is about what works for what situation. The helmet I wear on my bicycle is no where near as sound as my half face, however it is appropriate for the use. Thanks for your opinion, I have made what I feel is a good choice.

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Here's a fun but useless

Here's a fun but useless piece of trivia: The very first DOT/SNELL approved helmet was the Cromwell "Silverstone". It looks like this:

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If ones priority in life is

If ones priority in life is safety,I highly suggest staying away from motorcycles!! lol

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Up until the late 1990s, I

Up until the late 1990s, I only rode modern bikes, and I had modern gear to go with it. Washington state mandated helmets and, with the Seattle weather, it wasn't really a bother to wear full gear; but even when I lived in California before that, and before CA had a helmet law, I always wore a modern, full face helmet. It just felt more comfortable to me, not to get hit in the face by bugs and gravel.

Now, I feel completely naked even just doing a quick test ride after a service, in front of my house. And, as you may have seen, even when I was riding my 1928 R52 twice on the Cannonball, I always wore modern gear. I have an old bomber-style leather jacket, but it's just not comfortable most of the time, either too hot or too cold, and is useless in the rain.

I won't tell you what to wear, but for me, I just don't feel right without the right gear. I love riding too much, and want to be able to do it as far into the future as I can, so it's worth it to me to take good precautions. It's why I have and use ear plugs, too.

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I think period

I think period helmets and goggles are the ticket. I did see someone mention DOT certified , that doesn't really hold water regarding safety,but The Davida Classic Jet helmet is great for what it is! Comes down to your own comfort level in the end .As to being cool the bike is a strong suit going for you . Mark

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