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      09-07-2011, 07:05 PM   #1
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Helmet Advice

Buying my first helmet....is there a difference between a "Motorcycle" helmet and "Car" helmet or are they the same thing?

Also does it make a difference if it is Snell vs DOT certified?

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      09-07-2011, 09:39 PM   #2
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Buying my first helmet....is there a difference between a "Motorcycle" helmet and "Car" helmet or are they the same thing?

Also does it make a difference if it is Snell vs DOT certified?

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I believe one difference is Car helmets (or was it Snell) have fire protection (nomex).
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      09-07-2011, 10:11 PM   #3
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The auto helmets are all fireproof and genreally offer less visibility. Motorcycle helmets offer more visibility and are not fireproof.

Think about it, you'd be hard-pressed to get trapped inside a burning motorcycle.

Don't skimp on the helmet - This isn't the place to save money.
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The auto helmets are all fireproof and genreally offer less visibility. Motorcycle helmets offer more visibility and are not fireproof.

Think about it, you'd be hard-pressed to get trapped inside a burning motorcycle.

Don't skimp on the helmet - This isn't the place to save money.
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SNELL vs DOT
http://www.smf.org/docs/articles/dot

SNELL 2010 Helmet Standard For Use in Motorcycling
http://www.smf.org/standards/m/2010/...al_booklet.pdf

SNELL 2010 Helmet Standard For Use in Competitive Automotive Sports
http://www.smf.org/standards/sa/SA20...2010_final.pdf
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Don't skimp on the helmet - This isn't the place to save money.
One of the best quotes I've heard regarding the above: "If you have a 10 dollar head, buy a 10 dollar helmet..."
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Ok so after some reading it seems the difference between the SA2010(Automobile class helmet) vs M2010(Motorcycle Helmet):

1. SA2010 is fire retardant
2. SA2010 is tested against roll bar impact - basically getting hit with small pointed object vs the M2010 when you fall of your motorcycle you would be hitting large flat object such as the ground
3. SA2010 has a smaller visor opening area
4. Some race tracks and race organizations require a SA rated helmet in the car and will not allow a M rated helmet

DOT vs SNELL
1. In a nutshell SNELL is much stricter certification than DOT
2. DOT certification is done on the honor system by the manufacturer - no actual verification by DOT that the helmet is what it says it is

hope this helps other looking for this info!
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Get a gp6 and be done with it. Sure bet.
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Get a gp6 and be done with it. Sure bet.
Great helmet, that's what I'm getting.. I have an Arai Corsair-V that I use now for both my bike and car but the bike is about to go.
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Great helmet, that's what I'm getting.. I have an Arai Corsair-V that I use now for both my bike and car but the bike is about to go.
Bring the bike to the track and lets ride it the way it should be ...........Phil
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An Arai GP5W is SA rated and comes with a wide opening.
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Bring the bike to the track and lets ride it the way it should be ...........Phil
I want to but it's too hot for full leathers!
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