"Vintage" Helmet for safety?

nedhoey
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Nolan

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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/hel ... red&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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jrapose
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BMW Cruiser

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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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jberzins
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I ended up with this. I think

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I ended up with this. I think I will like it! Don't I look happy?
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808Airhead
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Has a vintage look to it.

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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.
Thomas M.
R69s - R60/2 - R67/2 - R51/3

jberzins
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The shade is retractable,

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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.

mackenzie7548
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Davida Jet

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

Thomas
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Rubone
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As soon as "coolness" begins

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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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jberzins
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helmet

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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.

Barry Robin
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Here's a fun but useless

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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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808Airhead
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If ones priority in life is

Post by 808Airhead »

If ones priority in life is safety,I highly suggest staying away from motorcycles!! lol
Thomas M.
R69s - R60/2 - R67/2 - R51/3

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