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Where do you think is the best place to buy a helmet? For the past 3-4 years I have been riding, I have always kept my helmet with my bike (attached and at the foot peg). Unfortunately last night, my helmet disappeared when I went to class.

I paid 100 dollars for the helmet, and it was a piece of crap. I think the local stores are TOO over priced, online I'm sure I can find one but with shipping it will be on avg 20 dollars more. Where would you suggest to buy a helmet?
 

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WOW! Great site, great prices. I bought my RF-1000 for $308 a couple years ago, and thought that was a great deal. These are in the $285 range and free shipping. As stated, always go to your local store to try on the sizes, then go online.
 

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i don't like to order wearable stuff from the 'net, cuz, as has been mentioned, i can't try before i buy.

i am finding that the gap between internet prices and dealer prices is narrowing considerably on lots of stuff.

somehow it doesn't seem right to me to try on a helmet at your local dealer then order it off the 'net. jmo fwiw, if .02.
 

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Competition Accessories (www.compacc.com) has Shoei RF-1000s for $275 - $299.




Motosport.com has the Joe Rocket Carbon Fiber helmet on closeout for $225!

 

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NewEnough has a good selection of HJC and Scorpion helmets, some even under $100 in the closeout. They're good helmets besides their price. I saw one of my first helmets on their the other day, an HJC I payed around $170 a couple years ago was going for $79. You could still find those in dealerships to try them on.
 

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NewEnough has a good selection of HJC and Scorpion helmets, some even under $100 in the closeout. They're good helmets besides their price. I saw one of my first helmets on their the other day, an HJC I payed around $170 a couple years ago was going for $79. You could still find those in dealerships to try them on.
did you look at newenuff's drop-down menu on colors and sizes? not much of a selection. the oddball sizes/colors can be had for such a low price - not a lot of demand.
 

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...somehow it doesn't seem right to me to try on a helmet at your local dealer then order it off the 'net...
I thought the same thing when I was looking for a new helmet last year. Then, after I walked around the bike shop looking at helmets for 20 minutes and not one employee gave me the time of day or asked if they could help, I found one I liked and sized it, went home and ordered from NewEnough.

They make no effort, they make no money...

That's my .02
 

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did you look at newenuff's drop-down menu on colors and sizes? not much of a selection. the oddball sizes/colors can be had for such a low price - not a lot of demand.
I went to their closeout and clicked on helmets and they have a large selection of HJC and suprisingly they have most in stock in all colors. I know what you're saying though, a lot of times their products are sold out or only have XXL remaining. Maybe they just put them up but check it out, most are in stock regardless of size and design and ship within 1-2 days. Wasn't there a free shipping coupon floating around on here before? Anyway, you can't beat it..
 

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I've order from:

New Enough
Helmetoutletusa.com
Thehelmetsource.com
Sportbiketrackgear.com

Go with whomever has the best deal (either price alone or not the lowest price but cheapest when combined with shipping) or the best return policy.
 

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I bought my first KBC Racer-1 (their top of the line when I bought it) from a local dealer, then I picked up some additional ones at 80% off retail. Then I contacted KBC and scored several replacement shields for the cost of shipping. I don't like to wear the same helmet every day, plus the liners need time to dry out when washed.
 

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I went to their closeout and clicked on helmets and they have a large selection of HJC and suprisingly they have most in stock in all colors. I know what you're saying though, a lot of times their products are sold out or only have XXL remaining. Maybe they just put them up but check it out, most are in stock regardless of size and design and ship within 1-2 days. Wasn't there a free shipping coupon floating around on here before? Anyway, you can't beat it..
One little trick that is apparently not well known - a LOT of helmet manufacturers use the same size shell for multiple helmet sizes, only changing the cheek pads. FOr example, the Scorpion EXO400 XL and L both use the same size shell, but the L has thicker cheek pads. It's worth looking at the MFG web site. YOu could score a closeout in the "wrong size" and replace the cheek pads and be golden.
 

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If there is a Cycle Gear store near you, they have a (I think) 7 day return policy on helmets. If you buy one and wear it for awhile and decide it isnt for you, you can return it no problems. Our local Cycle Gear has been very helpful.

My first helmet I ordered online, a Scorpion Exo-400. Despite all the sizing charts in the world, it was uncomfortably tight. I walked into Cycle Gear and started putting on lids, as soon as a properly sized RF1000 hit my head, I knew I was sold. Walked out of the store with a new RF1000 for me and one on order for my fiance.
 

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If ordering online, NewEnough.com is excellent and their returns are hassle-free.

If buying locally, check for older/discontinued models on sale/closeout.
 

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I bought my sparx at a local store for like 130. My buddy tried it on, fell in love with it and bought it on revzilla for like 80. So my suggestion if you want to be cheap; try on people's helmets and buy online. PS the sparx line is outstanding for the price.
 

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