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(io9)   So, it seems that one can purchase Predator motorcycle helmets. YOU HAD OVER 25 YEARS TO MAKE SOMETHING THIS COOL WTF WHY NOW   (io9.com) divider line 98
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2013-04-26 09:56:28 AM  
The new "mohawk" helmet?
 
2013-04-26 09:59:18 AM  
My helmet is way more bad ass!

t0.gstatic.com
 
2013-04-26 10:02:21 AM  

FarkedOver: My helmet is way more bad ass!

[t0.gstatic.com image 275x183]


That is frackin awesome.
 
2013-04-26 10:08:39 AM  
I have always wondered why I have never seen a Boba Fett or Stormtrooper themed helmets. I imagine they would sell pretty well. I wonder if it has to do with the irregular bulges posing a neck injury danger.
 
2013-04-26 10:08:53 AM  

FarkedOver: My helmet is way more bad ass!

[t0.gstatic.com image 275x183]


You own that?

You rule.
 
2013-04-26 10:16:06 AM  

BetterMetalSnake: I have always wondered why I have never seen a Boba Fett or Stormtrooper themed helmets. I imagine they would sell pretty well. I wonder if it has to do with the irregular bulges posing a neck injury danger.


Biker Scout.

www.starwarshelmets.com

/who needs peripheral vision when rocketing through a forest?
 
2013-04-26 10:21:55 AM  

s2s2s2: [i.huffpost.com image 570x427]

...to go with the sexiest backpack ever created:

[www.liveforfilms.com image 640x360]


What's Hawkeye doing with Bruce Wayne's stuff?
 
2013-04-26 10:26:13 AM  
I would rather have one of the UD Batman replica riding outfits than these POS

http://www.udreplicas.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article& id =8
 
2013-04-26 10:30:48 AM  

Macular Degenerate: If I saw someone riding with one of these, I would go out of my way to run them down.


That's a real nasty habit you got there.
 
2013-04-26 10:34:31 AM  

WGJ: [xaxor.com image 450x330]
GIS for funny motorcycle helmets


BTW the man pictured on that helmet is the man wearing it, Valentino Rossi.

I use a Rossi replica helmet, though not that one.
 
2013-04-26 10:50:30 AM  

Arachnophobe: BetterMetalSnake: I have always wondered why I have never seen a Boba Fett or Stormtrooper themed helmets. I imagine they would sell pretty well. I wonder if it has to do with the irregular bulges posing a neck injury danger.

Biker Scout.

[www.starwarshelmets.com image 850x845]

/who needs peripheral vision when rocketing through a forest?


Actually it's probably a good idea to focus only on what's in front of you at those speeds.

Makes me think of horse blinders.
 
2013-04-26 10:53:20 AM  
My 70+ yo father wants a helmet like the ones in Tron Legacy. Sure it would be cool, but I have a feeling either one of us wearing it would be the new Tron Legacy Guy.
 
2013-04-26 10:53:20 AM  

rynthetyn: I don't feel like tracking it down right now, but a few days ago somebody posted their review, complete with video, on r/motorcycles on Reddit about how the Predator helmets are a poorly made POS that shouldn't be trusted to protect your head on a bicycle much less a motorcycle.

In any case, I learned my lesson about not wearing full face helmets when I crashed and split my eye open when my glasses got shoved into my face. I've got a scar to remind me every morning when I put on makeup why I shouldn't be an idiot again.


It's in the comments to TFA.
 
2013-04-26 10:55:12 AM  

voodoowizard: Arachnophobe: BetterMetalSnake: I have always wondered why I have never seen a Boba Fett or Stormtrooper themed helmets. I imagine they would sell pretty well. I wonder if it has to do with the irregular bulges posing a neck injury danger.

Biker Scout.

[www.starwarshelmets.com image 850x845]

/who needs peripheral vision when rocketing through a forest?

Actually it's probably a good idea to focus only on what's in front of you at those speeds.

Makes me think of horse blinders.


I remember reading that those helmets had some sort of GPS/map display in them to help them navigate through the forest at those speeds.

/not a star wars nerd, so could be totally wrong
 
2013-04-26 11:00:05 AM  
Not DOT approved = sculpture.
 
2013-04-26 11:02:20 AM  

voodoowizard: Arachnophobe: BetterMetalSnake: I have always wondered why I have never seen a Boba Fett or Stormtrooper themed helmets. I imagine they would sell pretty well. I wonder if it has to do with the irregular bulges posing a neck injury danger.

Biker Scout.

[www.starwarshelmets.com image 850x845]

/who needs peripheral vision when rocketing through a forest?

Actually it's probably a good idea to focus only on what's in front of you at those speeds.

Makes me think of horse blinders.


That actually does make sense. Still, would be horrible for motorcycle riding.

PsyLord:

I remember reading that those helmets had some sort of GPS/map display in them to help them navigate through the forest at those speeds.

/not a star wars nerd, so could be totally wrong


Now that you mention it, I seem to recall something like that, too. Or that they had some kind of zoom involved that calculated reaction time or something.
 
2013-04-26 11:07:02 AM  

Do the needful: My 70+ yo father wants a helmet like the ones in Tron Legacy. Sure it would be cool, but I have a feeling either one of us wearing it would be the new Tron Legacy Guy.


umm... what exactly are you inferring about your 'relationship' with your father's helmet?!?
 
2013-04-26 11:11:48 AM  

farkingismybusiness: GET TO THE CHOPPA!!!!!!


Winner.
 
2013-04-26 11:46:15 AM  

rynthetyn: I don't feel like tracking it down right now, but a few days ago somebody posted their review, complete with video, on r/motorcycles on Reddit about how the Predator helmets are a poorly made POS that shouldn't be trusted to protect your head on a bicycle much less a motorcycle.

In any case, I learned my lesson about not wearing full face helmets when I crashed and split my eye open when my glasses got shoved into my face. I've got a scar to remind me every morning when I put on makeup why I shouldn't be an idiot again.


Why would you put makeup over a scar on your face?  chicks with scars are seckzy...
 
2013-04-26 12:02:59 PM  

yukichigai: Bah, they already made the coolest themed motorcycle helmet ever back in 1985

[www.imagehustler.com image 480x360]

/Kim Cattrall
//Kim Cattrall
///Kim Kim Kim Kim Kim Cattrall


Cubone?

t3.gstatic.com
 
2013-04-26 12:04:33 PM  

staplermofo: If your state has free DOT motorcycle safety classes, everyone should go to the beginners' one.  You spend a few hours going over safety and why you should wear a full face helmet with sensible design and should be alert and blah blah blah.  Then you go on motorcycles and the people who don't listen get hurt.  It is so satisfying.


I've done it twice. The first time was when I started. Then years later I took it again with me brother as a way to get his butt in there and learn. It's a great 3-4 days and you get to learn on someone else's bike, just in case something goes wrong.

Anyway, I only wear Snell rated helmets. I currently have a Bell Vortex Flying Tiger. I want a Bell star, but thems are pricey. A proper full face does not limit your field of view.

/Second class wasn't full so I wasn't taking a seat away from any newbie.
//Made sure to check
 
2013-04-26 12:07:51 PM  

Alphax: Kinda want, and I don't have a motorcycle.

 
2013-04-26 12:40:13 PM  

uttertosh: Do the needful: My 70+ yo father wants a helmet like the ones in Tron Legacy. Sure it would be cool, but I have a feeling either one of us wearing it would be the new Tron Legacy Guy.

umm... what exactly are you inferring about your 'relationship' with your father's helmet?!?


We both ride motorcycles. What I am inferring is that we both have the well sculptured body of the original Tron guy. So if either of us were caught in public wearing the new Tron Legacy helmet, the same hilarity would result.
 
2013-04-26 12:55:29 PM  

MassD: Sybarite: That's a virtual planetoid.

spherical but quite pointy at parts



Like an orange on a toothpick.
 
2013-04-26 01:24:50 PM  

Do the needful: My 70+ yo father wants a helmet like the ones in Tron Legacy. Sure it would be cool, but I have a feeling either one of us wearing it would be the new Tron Legacy Guy.


to be fair, i have deeply considered rigging the next bike i own to light up tron style.
 
2013-04-26 01:54:07 PM  

Arachnophobe: BetterMetalSnake: I have always wondered why I have never seen a Boba Fett or Stormtrooper themed helmets. I imagine they would sell pretty well. I wonder if it has to do with the irregular bulges posing a neck injury danger.

Biker Scout.

[www.starwarshelmets.com image 850x845]

/who needs peripheral vision when rocketing through a forest?


Actually that visor looks like it's hinged, at least giving them the option of increasing that. Probably intended as a hinged HUD
 
2013-04-26 01:58:12 PM  
$780 and not DOT approved?

Might as well just buy a really nice $150 predator mask from a Halloween store.  You'll look scarier and have the same level of protection.
 
2013-04-26 02:54:46 PM  

Macular Degenerate: If I saw someone riding with one of these, I would go out of my way to run them down.


hopefully his buddies will go out of their way to curb stomp you for being such a douche bag
 
2013-04-26 02:57:32 PM  

rynthetyn: I don't feel like tracking it down right now, but a few days ago somebody posted their review, complete with video, on r/motorcycles on Reddit about how the Predator helmets are a poorly made POS that shouldn't be trusted to protect your head on a bicycle much less a motorcycle.

In any case, I learned my lesson about not wearing full face helmets when I crashed and split my eye open when my glasses got shoved into my face. I've got a scar to remind me every morning when I put on makeup why I shouldn't be an idiot again.


Scars add character.  Glad you didn't lose your eye.

What's your ride?
 
2013-04-26 04:23:14 PM  
I'd like to see an Aliens helmet.

russiansf.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-04-26 04:24:31 PM  

staplermofo: If your state has free DOT motorcycle safety classes, everyone should go to the beginners' one.  You spend a few hours going over safety and why you should wear a full face helmet with sensible design and should be alert and blah blah blah.  Then you go on motorcycles and the people who don't listen get hurt.  It is so satisfying.

There was an idiot in my class who opted for the legal in my state 3/4 helmet instead of full face.  He clamped down on the front brake, went over his handlebars and landed right on his mostly unprotected face.  He broke a tooth that went through his face and had some bruises.  He had been loudly eating from a crinkly bag all day too, which added to it.


Free? That would be nice. Around here you have to pay something like $250 for the 3 day class. First day is 4 hours of safety and videos, 2nd day is 8 hours split between a couple hours classroom and the rest riding. Last day is more riding practice and the test. The way it works in WI is that if you take the class and get the certificate you only have to take the written test to get your license and the class test you take serves as your skills test.
 
2013-04-26 05:08:44 PM  

Dingleberry Dickwad: staplermofo: If your state has free DOT motorcycle safety classes, everyone should go to the beginners' one.  You spend a few hours going over safety and why you should wear a full face helmet with sensible design and should be alert and blah blah blah.  Then you go on motorcycles and the people who don't listen get hurt.  It is so satisfying.

There was an idiot in my class who opted for the legal in my state 3/4 helmet instead of full face.  He clamped down on the front brake, went over his handlebars and landed right on his mostly unprotected face.  He broke a tooth that went through his face and had some bruises.  He had been loudly eating from a crinkly bag all day too, which added to it.

Free? That would be nice. Around here you have to pay something like $250 for the 3 day class. First day is 4 hours of safety and videos, 2nd day is 8 hours split between a couple hours classroom and the rest riding. Last day is more riding practice and the test. The way it works in WI is that if you take the class and get the certificate you only have to take the written test to get your license and the class test you take serves as your skills test.


That's exactly how it is in Oregon, except the class counts for everything. Just walk into the DMV with your completion card and they give you a license with an M endorsement.
 
2013-04-26 05:37:41 PM  

Eshy: That's exactly how it is in Oregon, except the class counts for everything. Just walk into the DMV with your completion card and they give you a license with an M endorsement


same in MA
 
2013-04-26 06:16:38 PM  

orclover: rynthetyn: I don't feel like tracking it down right now, but a few days ago somebody posted their review, complete with video, on r/motorcycles on Reddit about how the Predator helmets are a poorly made POS that shouldn't be trusted to protect your head on a bicycle much less a motorcycle.

In any case, I learned my lesson about not wearing full face helmets when I crashed and split my eye open when my glasses got shoved into my face. I've got a scar to remind me every morning when I put on makeup why I shouldn't be an idiot again.

Why would you put makeup over a scar on your face?  chicks with scars are seckzy...


I don't deliberately try to hide it, but by the time I put primer and shadow on my eyelids, hiding it is a side effect. I've also got a quite lovely scar on the inside of my elbow from falling out of a jungle gym and catching my arm on a bolt on the way down back when I was 10, if that makes you happy.
 
2013-04-26 06:25:29 PM  

OgreMagi: rynthetyn: I don't feel like tracking it down right now, but a few days ago somebody posted their review, complete with video, on r/motorcycles on Reddit about how the Predator helmets are a poorly made POS that shouldn't be trusted to protect your head on a bicycle much less a motorcycle.

In any case, I learned my lesson about not wearing full face helmets when I crashed and split my eye open when my glasses got shoved into my face. I've got a scar to remind me every morning when I put on makeup why I shouldn't be an idiot again.

Scars add character.  Glad you didn't lose your eye.

What's your ride?


Shatter-resistant polycarbonate lenses are a good thing. I was debating whether to spend the extra $$$ on the polycarbonate, but after ending up with only a tiny scratch on the lens, I'm glad I did.

The bike I crashed was a 110cc Yamaha in Vietnam, right now I'm riding a Honda scooter until I finish law school (I know, I know, but in my defense I spend about $4 a month on gas) and get enough cash to upgrade to an Enfield.
 
2013-04-26 06:35:10 PM  

CtrlAltDestroy: staplermofo: If your state has free DOT motorcycle safety classes, everyone should go to the beginners' one.  You spend a few hours going over safety and why you should wear a full face helmet with sensible design and should be alert and blah blah blah.  Then you go on motorcycles and the people who don't listen get hurt.  It is so satisfying.

I've done it twice. The first time was when I started. Then years later I took it again with me brother as a way to get his butt in there and learn. It's a great 3-4 days and you get to learn on someone else's bike, just in case something goes wrong.

Anyway, I only wear Snell rated helmets. I currently have a Bell Vortex Flying Tiger. I want a Bell star, but thems are pricey. A proper full face does not limit your field of view.

/Second class wasn't full so I wasn't taking a seat away from any newbie.
//Made sure to check


My first helmet was a Bell Vortex as well... loud, heavy, bulky... but it was relatively cheap and Snell 2010 rated. It hasn't reached expiration yet so I kept it as a backup. Last fall I picked up an Arai Vector 2 which I love sooooo much. I'm a gear whore when it comes to motorcycle gear; not a nazi when it comes to others, to each their own but I'm very much an ATGATT rider.

For your next helmet purchase, you may want to consider looking at ECE 22.05 rated helmets as well as Snell rated helmets.

http://www.webbikeworld.com/motorcycle-helmets/motorcycle-helmet-faq .h tm  (scroll down to Motorcycle Helmet Standards and Certifications) and....
http://www.webbikeworld.com/motorcycle-helmets/ece-22-05.htm

My main reason for mentioning ECE is that, despite debates around the testing methods between DOT, Snell, and ECE, ECE is still considered a quality crash rating and  unlike Snell, ECE has mandatory testing per batch of helmets produced before that batch is released to the public. Snell requires random testing; once Snell certification is obtained they can release for public consumption prior to any further random testing so there's the possibility of a bad batch of helmets being released. I just consider it a higher standard for quality control than Snell rated helmets. Not to say the manufacturer doesn't perform their own batch sampling prior to shipping a batch, just that it isn't required under Snell regulations.

DOT certification is a joke. Was developed in the 70's, has not been significantly updated since then (IIRC), and uses the honor system for approval. A manufacturer has a list of regulations required to meet DOT approval, they make the helmet intended to fulfill those requirements, have it tested themselves and simply report back to DOT that it met regulations and they're free to slap the DOT sticker on the helmet. There is never any requirement to ever re-certify the helmet.
 
2013-04-26 09:39:42 PM  

Sybarite: [i522.photobucket.com image 360x270]

Spooked


totally off topic, but if they had made an x-men or wolverine movie in the 88's, this guy was my first casting choice
 
2013-04-26 09:43:18 PM  
um, 80's, not 88's

though now come to think of it, a wolverine / crazy 88's mash up sounds fun

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2013-04-26 09:51:35 PM  
I have no idea where the typing diarrhea came from. chrome on iOS issue?
 
2013-04-26 10:40:57 PM  

JohnnyC: Ummm... $780?!?!

I'm going with "no way in hell". Not even DOT approved... a "novelty" helmet... for $780 (not including any of the "extras".

[cache.ohinternet.com image 562x437]


Damn, that's Schuberth territory, and those are actual helmets.
 
2013-04-26 10:42:10 PM  

gameshowhost: ekdikeo4: Lots of neat Predator stuff happening now for some reason.  New pinball machine, too.

GIS for Predator pinball

[i40.tinypic.com image 450x472]
hehe


Nothing quite says, "I'm an unrepentant douchebag," quite like a pimped out Busa.
 
2013-04-26 10:53:50 PM  

red5ish: Not DOT approved = sculpture.


It's not even sculpture, really. Now this is sculpture.
 
2013-04-27 12:14:16 AM  

The Letter Two: My first helmet was a Bell Vortex as well... loud, heavy, bulky... but it was relatively cheap and Snell 2010 rated. It hasn't reached expiration yet so I kept it as a backup. Last fall I picked up an Arai Vector 2 which I love sooooo much. I'm a gear whore when it comes to motorcycle gear; not a nazi when it comes to others, to each their own but I'm very much an ATGATT rider.

For your next helmet purchase, you may want to consider looking at ECE 22.05 rated helmets as well as Snell rated helmets.


I got my Vortex last year. When was yours? Mine is great, imho. It's no heavier than my other helmets, although I'm sure a carbon fiber helmet would be lighter. It is kinda loud, but that's because it has great airflow. For riding in Illinois summers I'll take that trade. Plus it was only $180. I haven't had a chance to ride in a $500 helmet.

Honestly, I didn't look super hard for helmets. My head apparently doesn't sit well with many helmets. I have a couple of Icons but they're made for a narrower head shape. I've never tried a Shoei. The last Arai I tried on was ok, iirc. One day when I get a properly pricey helmet I'm sure it'll make my Vortex look poor in comparison. For now, though, Bells have been good to me. My first helmet was a Bell Sprint. It was cheap and loud, but comfy and Snell rated.

I do practice ATGATT. Armored jacket and pants, boots, armored gloves, and a helmet. I'll look into that ECE rating, thanks.
 
2013-04-27 12:22:22 AM  

Quantum Apostrophe: [www.geek.com image 850x637]


so much this, it has collapsed into a singularity.
 
2013-04-27 01:17:21 AM  

CtrlAltDestroy: The Letter Two: My first helmet was a Bell Vortex as well... loud, heavy, bulky... but it was relatively cheap and Snell 2010 rated. It hasn't reached expiration yet so I kept it as a backup. Last fall I picked up an Arai Vector 2 which I love sooooo much. I'm a gear whore when it comes to motorcycle gear; not a nazi when it comes to others, to each their own but I'm very much an ATGATT rider.

For your next helmet purchase, you may want to consider looking at ECE 22.05 rated helmets as well as Snell rated helmets.

I got my Vortex last year. When was yours? Mine is great, imho. It's no heavier than my other helmets, although I'm sure a carbon fiber helmet would be lighter. It is kinda loud, but that's because it has great airflow. For riding in Illinois summers I'll take that trade. Plus it was only $180. I haven't had a chance to ride in a $500 helmet.

Honestly, I didn't look super hard for helmets. My head apparently doesn't sit well with many helmets. I have a couple of Icons but they're made for a narrower head shape. I've never tried a Shoei. The last Arai I tried on was ok, iirc. One day when I get a properly pricey helmet I'm sure it'll make my Vortex look poor in comparison. For now, though, Bells have been good to me. My first helmet was a Bell Sprint. It was cheap and loud, but comfy and Snell rated.

I do practice ATGATT. Armored jacket and pants, boots, armored gloves, and a helmet. I'll look into that ECE rating, thanks.


I'm a novice rider (been riding for about 2 months, on a vespa which I kept for a month before buying a triumph bonneville instead, I'd always wanted one. Sucks to go from 50+ mpg to 35 though!), but when I went to the local gear supply shop, they measured my head and had a handful of helmets that would fit me. I've got a stupidly large/fat head (I pretty much XX everything).  Have you tried that? I guess there are a couple different head-styles, and it sounds like what you're describing is a shape that's not the norm.

I practice Most of the gear? I wear an armored jacket and gloves, full face helmet, and then jeans and some steel toe boots.  I did a lot of questioning at the gear shop, and the guy I was talking to basically said jeans would do a good enough job (plus I was dropping like 400-500 on my gear already).  I wear the boots at work, business casual type setting, and I do a moderate amount of walking in them, so I'm not sure about upgrading to more 'bike safe' boots.  They've got long cuffs, so general debris isn't an issue, but they don't have slide rings or plates etc.  Anyone have thoughts on that?

Or thoughts on pants? I still haven't swayed over to feeling like I need armored pants, since my bike's a daily commuter, and I wear my work clothes.
 
2013-04-27 02:27:22 AM  

kroonermanblack: I practice Most of the gear? I wear an armored jacket and gloves, full face helmet, and then jeans and some steel toe boots.


Steel toe boots are a really, really awful thing to do. In a wreck, those steel caps will very likely become a guillotine for your toes. That's why motorcycle boots don't have them. The main thing is preventing twisting, which is what actual motorcycle boots do. As for jeans, bad, bad, bad idea. Horrible idea. Denim will provide about as much protection as riding naked. Your best bet, really, is to look into an oversuit, something you can wear over your clothes.
 
2013-04-27 08:11:11 AM  

LectertheChef: kroonermanblack: I practice Most of the gear? I wear an armored jacket and gloves, full face helmet, and then jeans and some steel toe boots.

Steel toe boots are a really, really awful thing to do. In a wreck, those steel caps will very likely become a guillotine for your toes. That's why motorcycle boots don't have them. The main thing is preventing twisting, which is what actual motorcycle boots do. As for jeans, bad, bad, bad idea. Horrible idea. Denim will provide about as much protection as riding naked. Your best bet, really, is to look into an oversuit, something you can wear over your clothes.


At LEAST chaps.
 
2013-04-27 10:01:05 AM  

kroonermanblack: Or thoughts on pants? I still haven't swayed over to feeling like I need armored pants, since my bike's a daily commuter, and I wear my work clothes.


Proper motorcycle boots offer more protection and support in key areas, such as your ankles. Steel toes wont turn into guillotines. Steel toes are for dropping things on your feet. That's not a concern with motorcycles. Plus they deaden the feeling on the shifter a bit. That's why they don't have them. They don't need them.

Denim is useless if you go down. They'll last about a 1/2 second sliding at 50 mph. Get overpants. Overpants will slip on over your jeans and provide abrasion resistance and armor in important areas. Try here, Leatherup.com . They have leather and synthetic riding gear.

For your head, go to a large motorcycle shop and try on Bell and Arai. Bell fits my large-ish head well. And if Jay Leno's noggin can fit in an Arai I think that yours can too. Never trust sizing charts. Always try on a helmet. Different manufacturers helmets are shaped differently (oval, intermediate oval, etc) and sizes between the same manufacturer isn't always consistent, either. My old Bell is a large. My new one is an extra large.
 
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