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Cycle Gear came out with their own line of riding gear called Bilt. The line includes affordable helmets, but I am not sure of the quality. I just picked one up and mean to try it out tonight. Does anybody have an opinion on them?
 

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I have not tried one of their helmets. But, as long as the helmet is DOT rated and fits properly, it should be fine. A proper fit is snug front to back and side to side.

IIRC, Revzilla has some helmet fitting videos. Check out revzilla.com, before purchasing a helmet, for how it should fit info.
 

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Ive found after about $100 your really only paying for comfort. That being said. I hate Bilt helmets. Worst helmet I ever bought.

I have no doubt it will save me if I go down.... But blew air in my eyes, loud, and the visor scratched for anything.

I would recommend getting something better than Bilt. But if its all you can afford than get one for now than keep it for a backup when you get a better helmet.
 

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I think that's what my plan will be. It was affordable for the initial buying spree (I just bought my bike last weekend) but in the future I'll probably invest in something better. Isaacm12 I noticed that it did blow air in my eyes and was loud unless I tucked.
 

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I think that's what my plan will be. It was affordable for the initial buying spree (I just bought my bike last weekend) but in the future I'll probably invest in something better. Isaacm12 I noticed that it did blow air in my eyes and was loud unless I tucked.
You should always ride with ear plugs. It's better for the ears.
 

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Honestly, I'm not a big Bilt fan, but you could search around for reviews from owners to see what they think.

I'd look around for closeouts or discontinued name-brand helmets - HJC, Scorpion, AGV, etc.

Styles and graphics change yearly, so there are always dated models that are being sold at discount prices.

I recently purchased this HJC from Riders Discount for under $100. They are a sponsor here, and at another site where I'm a member, and can usually give you a special price if you PM them from the site as a member.

 

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The Bilt helmet I bought when I first got to Japan is utter ********************. I bought it because I needed a helmet for the military riding courses & it was the only one available at the NEX. Loud, windy, uncomfortable, and heavy! Ugh.

But it only cost $75 and it was DOT rated. I'm now wearing a Kamui Ibuki flip-up. Love it for the most part, but eyeing the Shoei modular.
 

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I am using a bilt blaze now, got it from CG for around 60 bucks... First helmet i ever bought since i am a new rider. I'm looking to upgrade!
 

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plenty of good helmets around today
and on special if you keep an eye out..

good idea to check helmet weight lists
to see what potential helmets weigh..

a good helmet costing $500 say, is still
only 25c a day over five years..

shark r imo are very good helmets
worth whatever you can get one for..
it comes down to what may seem
minor things, such as good strong
well padded d ring straps, or provision
for your glasses or sunnies frames,
or closure systems simple to use
while riding, and suchlike..

some helmets come in different shell shapes,
for different shaped heads [pinheads to oval heads etc]
so its worth matching the shell to your head
whatever the helmet, or its cost etc..

some have different size etc internal padding
such as cheek pads etc, to further refine
personal fit and comfort..
also channels for glasses/sunnies frames..
type of padding is important, for comfort
and for shaping to your head and for
ease of washing and drying etc..

helmets should feel like a good fit first go,
but should also allow for wearing in..
ie, they should fit nicely, but be a touch tight
rather than loose fitting to start with..
this is before, fastening the strap..

think of it like test riding potential bikes
where you can visit helmet outlets and
test fit them,, including expert advice
from helmet experts..

any helmets with racers designs etc
will cost that much more, so unless youre
a big fan of rossi or whoever, go for the
less popular designs/colours, especially
at runout time..

also some helmets visual field is placed for
riding in upright sitting positions, some for
more like tucking positions, thus the top of
the opening is higher up..
check for things like that to suit
your riding style and positions..
 

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plenty of good helmets around today
and on special if you keep an eye out..

good idea to check helmet weight lists
to see what potential helmets weigh..

a good helmet costing $500 say, is still
only 25c a day over five years..

shark r imo are very good helmets
worth whatever you can get one for..
it comes down to what may seem
minor things, such as good strong
well padded d ring straps, or provision
for your glasses or sunnies frames,
or closure systems simple to use
while riding, and suchlike..

some helmets come in different shell shapes,
for different shaped heads [pinheads to oval heads etc]
so its worth matching the shell to your head
whatever the helmet, or its cost etc..

some have different size etc internal padding
such as cheek pads etc, to further refine
personal fit and comfort..
also channels for glasses/sunnies frames..
type of padding is important, for comfort
and for shaping to your head and for
ease of washing and drying etc..

helmets should feel like a good fit first go,
but should also allow for wearing in..
ie, they should fit nicely, but be a touch tight
rather than loose fitting to start with..
this is before, fastening the strap..

think of it like test riding potential bikes
where you can visit helmet outlets and
test fit them,, including expert advice
from helmet experts..

any helmets with racers designs etc
will cost that much more, so unless youre
a big fan of rossi or whoever, go for the
less popular designs/colours, especially
at runout time..

also some helmets visual field is placed for
riding in upright sitting positions, some for
more like tucking positions, thus the top of
the opening is higher up..
check for things like that to suit
your riding style and positions..
Awseome. Well said!

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Buy the best you can afford! When I bought the Honda, I picked up a Shark S900 for ~$300AUD. Not a bad helmet, but it had flaws. The vents blew wind in my eyes when they were open, and the visor didn't lock snuggly. I've since upgraded to a Bell Star Carbon that I picked up on closeout for $500. It is a beauty! $0.28/day over its 5 year service life. What price do you place on your head?
 

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I bought a Bilt modular helmet last year. It's solid. Reasonable wind noise but no direct wind on face. The modular piece clamps down with dual metal clips. With a barcalava I can use it in near freezing temps. The main thing was finding one that fit perfectly, because a too-loose or too-tight fitting will make it a bad helmet.
 

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Good helmets don't have to cost 500$. I've got a Nolan N86 for 179€ and it get's the job done. I wear ear plugs so wind noise isn't much of a concern for me though the helmet is reasonably quiet. It's comfortable, has good ventilation and an integrated sun visor (a must in my humble opinion).

Nolan N86 Helmet Review - webBikeWorld
 

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Good helmets don't have to cost 500$. I've got a Nolan N86 for 179€ and it get's the job done. I wear ear plugs so wind noise isn't much of a concern for me though the helmet is reasonably quiet. It's comfortable, has good ventilation and an integrated sun visor (a must in my humble opinion).

Nolan N86 Helmet Review - webBikeWorld
I agree, especially about having an integrated sun visor! Its a must, i really dont like wearing sunglasses with my helmet.
 

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Old thread here I know. Just thought I'd chime in that I've had pretty good luck with Bilt helmets having owned two so far. They're great for the money, especially for a new rider that is not sure they're going to stick with the sport. I think the biggest issue with helmets is finding one that really fits (have an experienced rider/salesperson help you find a helmet that fits) and being able to endure them at the beginning when they're a bit too tight (even though they will loosen over time). Most helmets fog up. I learned how to deal with it. If you want better ventilation, open the visor a notch. Not saying there aren't more satisfying helmets but the Bilt helmets are decent for the money.
 

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I've never worn anything but a Bell helmet, from my first Bell Star in the 1980s to today. I've tried a lot of others, but none have ever come close to the bang for the buck of a Bell and they've always fit me perfectly.
There are currently closeouts available of several designs of the Bell Qualifier helmet (normally $109.99) for only $49.95 from J & P Cycles. You can't beat that deal with a stick.
 

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I've never worn anything but a Bell helmet, from my first Bell Star in the 1980s to today. I've tried a lot of others, but none have ever come close to the bang for the buck of a Bell and they've always fit me perfectly.
There are currently closeouts available of several designs of the Bell Qualifier helmet (normally $109.99) for only $49.95 from J & P Cycles. You can't beat that deal with a stick.
I too had a few Bell helmets back in the late 70's & 80's. Funny, I remember some of Bell's marketing included the tag line "If you have a $49 head, wear a $49 helmet.", or something to that effect. Anyway, back then Bell was among the few 'top shelf' helmet brands... fiberglass shells, rubber trim around the eye port and bottom edge, premium interior padding. I recall paying something like $150... of course in today's money that would be in the same retail price range of the current top offerings from Shoei, Arai, Schubert, etc.

Right now it seems nearly every online retailer of motorcycle helmets has clearance deals going on... in addition to the usual discontinued helmet models & graphics, I suspect that this is also partly due to time running out on the current Snell M2015 certification. I'd imagine that we'll see the next Snell certification M2020 starting next year. So it makes sense that retailers with warehouses brimming with non-current helmets will want to blow them out the door.

Here's a link to some great deals on closeout, name brand helmets... https://www.motorcyclecloseouts.com/insanity?catid=15
 

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Yeah, Mike. Bell had some really cute advertising tag lines back then, like full page ads with Eddie Lawson saying "I wear a Bell Star because I can't afford anything else."
That first Bell Star I owned in the 80s sure looks dated today, but it was state-of-the-art and then some back in the day. Bell was practically the ONLY helmet to wear back then, when they brought the first full-face helmet to the motorcycling market. Even before I started riding I was using an open-face Bell R/T when I dallied with Sport Parachuting in the 70s and I've lost count of all of the different Bell bicycling helmets I've owned over the years. They lost quite a bit of their market share for a while there with all of the competition, but they clawed their way back and if money were no object I'd still plunk my money down on a new Bell Race Star Flex or Bell Star MIPS Torsion helmet in a heartbeat. Brand loyalty may not have the importance it once did, but I've never felt that I was getting anything but a lot more for my money every time I bought a new Bell helmet.
 
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