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Motorcyclist Magazine helmet article

6162 Views 22 Replies 18 Participants Last post by  gnarly sprockets
Anyone see this? It sort of bashes Snell. A Pep Boys helmet did better than Scorpion? WTF? Your thoughts?

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FYI: There are only a few "true" helmet companies out there. All the others are made by KBC helmets, and sold to "aftermarket" companies to have "custom" foam and color put on. The companies that I know truly make there own are: Arai, KBC (of course)-which is the largest helmet comp. I'm told,HJC, Shoei--I believe, and a couple others that I can't recall right now. Every one else is a KBC in other clothing. Those KBC's are nice and they are not too expensive. That being said, I do not own one, other than a THOR (which is a KBC) and an O'Neil (which is also a KBC). The Thor has had three direct face hits on the pavement (one real hard, that brought out a red flag at horsethief) and the visor only has scrapes on it!!! The fit and feel is superb!! I get a deal on the top of the line THOR products, and my helmet was $300. + retail (not my cost) and is a phenominal helmet. My O'neil had one dirt face plant and the visor shattered. Hope this story helps. By the way, I've always been partial to Arai for the street and road racing. Just my $.02 SLIDEWAYS
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