Editor Note: I asked reader Steve Parvin to share his recent bout of helmet shopping. The opinions below are those of Steve alone… If you wanna share your gear reviews or tips, email firstname.lastname@example.org
I haven’t ridden since 1989. From 1977 until then I only had a motorcycle. No other mode of transportation.
In all that time, I never wore a helmet…
Living in the state of California – which has more laws than sense – everything has changed. So when I picked up my latest ride, a 2003 Triumph America, I had to start the search for a helmet.
I went down to the huge motorcycle box store, that must be a block long, to try on helmets. Terrifying.
The selection was immense. I like the wind in my face and the sounds of the road, so narrowed my choices to open face helmets. Tried on a lot of helmets. It was overwhelming. So I left.
Went back the the next day with purpose. Found two helmets I liked the Biltwell Bonanza and the Bell 500
Lets look at the pros and cons of each.
The Bell 500
Pros: Beautiful finish,leather liner,classic look.
Cons: D-ring is uncomfortable, fits like a vise around cap line, weird noises over 50 mph.
The fit is the major problem for me a medium too tight,a large too loose.
Conclusion: Both are really nice helmets but it comes down to comfort so whichever helmets fits the best.
Picked up a Biltwell Gringo, a full face retro for the kids and have rocked it myself on the freeway a few times.
Very comfortable and not claustrophobic. Also super cool looking for a full face, highly recommend it.