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    In the market for a new helmet.
    I have been rocking the cruiser style. I really like the open face, but someone pointed out to me that "if I hit the water, I'd like to keep my grill". So here I am shopping for a full face deal.
    There are a ton of Snell approved street/motorcycle helmets out there for decent prices. All the drag helmets seem to be on the steeper side.
    I am wondering if there is any reason the street helmet should be steered away from? I suppose the restraint attachments are only as viable as the shell... no reason to think the shell is any weaker on a street helmet.

    Any opinions?

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    I think Simpson makes a great helmet, also, I see quite a few of the drivers in NJBA running the Bandit series by simpson, not to mention the weight, their helmets seem to be lighter than most others!
    Simpson World West is an outlet where you can try on their product and even purchase blems, that is where I bought my bandet, it was a blem (Paint), wich was no worry because it was gotting painted anyhow, I paid $315 OTD.
    Simpson World West 1405 West 240th Street Harbor City, CA 90710. Email: [email protected] teamsimpson.com. Toll Free 800-929-7223. Phone 310-539-2266 www.simpsonraceproducts.com ask if they have blems, I saved a good chunk!

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    I really like the Simpson helmets. The Bandit and Speedway are definitely favorites of mine. Probably the holygrail when it comes to helmets IMO.
    Sounds like you got a pretty good deal too.
    Problem is... I can get something like this for half the cost as a blemished Bandit.
    http://www.rideicon.com/product_deta...=3121&id=11195

    My worry would be installing the rings for restraints, in a helmet that technically wasn't intended for a race application.

    Safety gear is not something I want to cut corners on... but would it really be cutting a corner?

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    I would buy a good helmet. After all saftey first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ULTRA 23 View Post
    I would buy a good helmet. After all saftey first.
    X2 If anything, I would buy quality for my head, then vest, then a good pair of shit-shorts! everything else will most likely blow off when you hit the water!

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    Thanks for replies, Todd and John.
    You guys are pretty much echoing what I have been thinking.
    I keep getting stuck though...
    I have a hard time spending 2-3x times the amount for a Simpson, when something like the street Icon has the same DOT and Snell ratings. I mean street bike guys are seeing 150+.

    My gut tells me to step up, my wallet tells me to take what I can get, and my wife tells me "if you spend anymore money on boat stuff..." lol. I suppose I am trying to talk her into it more than myself.

    I did notice Simpson is doing 90 days on the Raceway... Hmmm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Constant840 View Post
    Thanks for replies, Todd and John.
    You guys are pretty much echoing what I have been thinking.
    I keep getting stuck though...
    I have a hard time spending 2-3x times the amount for a Simpson, when something like the street Icon has the same DOT and Snell ratings. I mean street bike guys are seeing 150+.

    My gut tells me to step up, my wallet tells me to take what I can get, and my wife tells me "if you spend anymore money on boat stuff..." lol. I suppose I am trying to talk her into it more than myself.

    I did notice Simpson is doing 90 days on the Raceway... Hmmm.
    Are you gonna make the May race?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Constant840 View Post
    Thanks for replies, Todd and John.
    You guys are pretty much echoing what I have been thinking.
    I keep getting stuck though...
    I have a hard time spending 2-3x times the amount for a Simpson, when something like the street Icon has the same DOT and Snell ratings. I mean street bike guys are seeing 150+.

    My gut tells me to step up, my wallet tells me to take what I can get, and my wife tells me "if you spend anymore money on boat stuff..." lol. I suppose I am trying to talk her into it more than myself.

    I did notice Simpson is doing 90 days on the Raceway... Hmmm.
    There's a pretty big price difference between the Snell Mxxxx and SAxxxx numbers. The M numbers are for motorcycle use and SA are generally considered racing helmets. The big difference seems to be Nomex lining on the SA rated hemets, though I've heard M rated hemets are also tested differently due to the types of crashes motorcycle riders endure. I used a SA rated hemet when I raced cars and would in a capsule boat as well. However, I feel fine with a M rated hemet in an open boat. I wear a Simpson.

    Edited to add: I really like open face hemets and use one testing. However, I wear a full face while racing. With all the instances of faces hitting dash boards and such, I figured a full face would help keep me beautiful in the event something goes wrong...
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    Default Cheap Helmet

    I would like to quote an old Bell Helmet add that said "If you have a $10 head then buy a $10 helmet" If I was racing that is the last place I would cut corners.
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    you can go here http://www.smf.org/ and research the differences between snell M and SA test requirements. Basically, the SA meets fire retardant requirements while M does not. As far as destructive testing, they have to meet the same standards. for an enclosed car/capsule or alky burner, SA is probably a good idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TRG View Post
    I think Simpson makes a great helmet, also, I see quite a few of the drivers in NJBA running the Bandit series by simpson, not to mention the weight, their helmets seem to be lighter than most others!
    Simpson World West is an outlet where you can try on their product and even purchase blems, that is where I bought my bandet, it was a blem (Paint), wich was no worry because it was gotting painted anyhow, I paid $315 OTD.
    Simpson World West 1405 West 240th Street Harbor City, CA 90710. Email: [email protected] teamsimpson.com. Toll Free 800-929-7223. Phone 310-539-2266 www.simpsonraceproducts.com ask if they have blems, I saved a good chunk!
    X2. Always ran their equipment in Karts, Midgets and even Motorcycles with their off-road line

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    i dont recall what brand helmet i ran, but it was a motorcycle helmet. if i remember right, after researching a bit, the only differances (safety wise) was the market. the rings will attach to the motorcycle helmet just as well as the race helmet.

    some people gave me shit for using a clamshell type helmet, because it might rip the face open and then would not work as a full face helmet. but after being told that, i told one guy (as i was picking up my jacket, at his shop, in a small town on the river); but you have no problems selling me an open face helmet? i got the "steped on your dick" look!

    one thing to look for, if i remember right, not all motorcycle helmets meet the njba requirements.

    just buy the simpson with the paint blem. todd has some polished aluminum to paint, maybe he will paint your helmet while he's doing that.

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    arent they requiring sa rated helmets now for boat racing?you might want to look into that before you buy

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    Quote Originally Posted by 77charger View Post
    arent they requiring sa rated helmets now for boat racing?you might want to look into that before you buy
    no, not for open boats. current rules say "recommended for capsules"...

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