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I've always used a full face modular helmet.
I just ordered a half face helmet..
I think a major difference would be the weight of the helmet.
If the open face helmet is DOT certified, then it shouldn't be an issue..
Or is my assumption wrong??

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D.O.T. is minimum standards, they certify an armored kippa as "good enough."

SNELL is real-world safety, like when a driver is about to go pavement surfing with their face.

My helmet? When I wear one, it's a WW-II pilot's helmet (I got to pick the sheep). My sunglasses probably provide as much protection, so no judgement here as to what you should get.


 

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I am considering to buy a new motorcycle helmet.
I have heard multiple reasons why a full-face is worse than a open face helmet.
Daniel, this is a very difficult questions to answer too many variables. After 40 years of riding some 30 different motorcycles I have come to some conclusions hope they help.
-The more helmet you wear the greater the protection and the more isolated you are from the environment.
- Wear a helmet that at minimum is DOT approved.
- Never Never Never wear a helmet that is for NOVELTY use (a favorite among HD riders).
-The only SNELL approved helmets are full face not modular.
I have as of now about excluded the 2 for passengers at least 8 for myself, from 1/2 helmets all the way to a NOLAN yellow modular.
I use what ever will make me comfortable at that moment with complete understanding of its protecting limits.
Good Luck.
 

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I've always used a full face modular helmet.
I just ordered a half face helmet..
I think a major difference would be the weight of the helmet.
If the open face helmet is DOT certified, then it shouldn't be an issue..
Or is my assumption wrong??

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Full face for me. Also, the face flips up, and then the visor flips up separately. Kinda handy when in cold weather and I'm going slow and need a small venting to keep from fogging up.



Truth be told, I have a half helmet for around town, but that's 35mph max. If I hit the highway, like heading to work, it's full face all the way.
I bought this one and I like it.

As much as I wanted an open face, I feel I may as well not wear one, which let's face it, the best feeling on a cruiser is no helmet but it's just too crazy out there.
 

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If you like the taste of handlebars, cars and or pavement, go with the open face brain bucket.:biggrin:
 

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I've owned a Fury for 8 years. I've been riding a lot longer than that. I never wore a helmet. Didn't like them, My state (IL) doesn't require them.
That Being said, Ive decided that with all the distracted driving going on, texting and crap, Now is a prudent time to start. I feel like my head needs to be on a swivel, looking for a missile.
I bought a Modular helmet, I like the many options it gives you. However, I do lose peripheral vision with the helmet. I'm sure I'll get used to it eventually, as I am committed to riding with one now.
 

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I do lose peripheral vision with the helmet.
Gotta step up your mirror checks and shoulder checks. I know I have. Two wheel survivor for 56 years :surprise: Make sure you have good convex mirrors adjusted so you can just barely see your shoulders. Factory mirrors are probably the safest (best coverage).
 

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Welcome Jake! Some helmets have more visibility than others, and they're not necessarily expensive. Squirrel has a flip-up one that has great visibility, built-in sun shield, and tons of other features, plus was affordable, but it weighs more...

I don't wear a helmet, but have strongly considered it on many occasions. I do wear armored clothing in Winter, and am moving towards a hard lid also.

Again, welcome to the forum, lots of great people here.
 

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I own 2 helmets full face for safety because I'm to good looking to get gravel rash face >:) , the other is half helmet I only wear on scorching hot days if only traveling mile or two and traveling slow because at 70/80 mph those damn things try pulling your head off.
 

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My wife wrecked her bike one week after she got her endorsement and a full face saved her beautiful face as well as the protective gear she was wearing. I came off of sport bikes and sport touring bikes before I got the Fury and have used Shoei full face helmets for years. The advantage of a full face on a "naked" bike like the Fury negates the need for a windscreen for most legal speeds. :>) The better the helmet the lighter it is and the better the ventilation is for those long rides. Have fun!
 

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Full face here. I've done partials, wrecked a few times, and that last time I lost some teeth, so I just always ride full now. And yeah, I, too, am too pretty to grow a beard.
 
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