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That's all very well, but do that too often, and the local motorcycle shop might not be there any more. Which would be a shame, 'cos it's handy to have a local shop for things you run out of and need in a hurry, or just to have a browse in (or size a helmet ).
I do see your point and I do buy a lot of stuff at the local dealerships.
But there are big savings on quality helmets elsewheres. My loyalty to the the local HD dealership runs as deep as their loyalty to me.
I don't know how things were in the UK in past years. But here in the USA I vividly remember walking into my local HD dealership and seeing the bike I ordered sitting on the showroom floor. I also remember hearing the sales staff tell me that is not the bike I ordered but one of the extras produced and award to the dealership by HD. Of course it was available for sale at $5,000 over retail if I didn't want to remain on the waiting list.
I had been dealing with the local HD dealership since 1979.
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I was thinking of 'proper' motorcycle shops, rather than H-D dealers!
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I was thinking of 'proper' motorcycle shops, rather than H-D dealers!
Now that makes perfect sense and it's funny too!
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I never had a helmet with a shield on it. I finally sprung for one and use it regularly in Washington State with the cold and rain as I have two bikes without windshields, my Sporty and Fat Boy. The one I bought is not a full face but has the shield that you can raise and lower. I prefer it to a windshield as you get a better riding experience. I would try that first as you may not want the windshield after using it. Thus, the $$ could go for more power or chrome!!
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That's all very well, but do that too often, and the local motorcycle shop might not be there any more. Which would be a shame, 'cos it's handy to have a local shop for things you run out of and need in a hurry, or just to have a browse in (or size a helmet ).
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I did just the thing you were addressing today. Went to the local shop and ordered a new helmet, even though I could have save 30 US online. The great news is that it should be in tomorrow, which I could not have accomplished at the same price.

I wanted a half helmet in a lighter color for hot days. I love my black Shoei full face, but when it is hot my head would bake, which I don't consider a safety feature.

I probably could have just ordered the same size since I was going with Shoei for the half helmet as well, but decided to stop in at the shop to make sure it would fit right. Two days later I find myself back at the shop ordering the color I wanted. I love online shopping, if for no other reason than I hate regular shopping, but for things that really need to fit right (like a helmet), or that you need right away (like oil) there is no substitute for retail space.

After trying on the helmet I could have just ordered online, but like you say, if I did that shop just might not be there the next time.
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my windshield has saved my from a lot of rock, but my FF has taken a few too. I would go with the FF first then go with the windshield after that.
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There are probably more than a dozen motorcycle shops in short proximity to my home. I deal with about six of them on a fairly often basis. I have spent hundreds at some and thousands at others not taking into account the price of the bikes I've bought. Trust me, no one needs to convince me they need support. My other helmets (DOT half shells) were bought locally. But you know what, you'd be a damn fool to not look for a break when you can get it. A FF helmet of the quality I have is not cheap ($10 head, $10 helmet).
It's been quite awhile since I bought my Arai Quantum-E and my wife's Arai Quantum-F helmets. And I don't remember the exact prices, but both retailed was around $500 USD each and I bought each helmet for around $350 USD shipped to the door. For research purposes I made the assumption the Quantum-2 is the replacement for our helmets, but I did not verify it with Arai.
Did a quick search on the net and found a Black pearl Quantum-2 at kneedraggers.com (first search page) for $428.36 shipped to my door. The retail price at the local dealerships is $543.51 out the door. I was a little disappointed I wasn't able to find a better price on a solid black helmet like mine, but $115.15 savings per helmet isn't too bad really. Most of the advertisers in the motorcycle magazines have websites as you'd expect. I believe we bought our helmets at Competition Accessories. Their prices are very good, especially in the bargain room.
I realizes evalea mentioned she was on a limited budget. So buying a better quality helmet may not be affordable. But someone who wants and can afford a quality FF, buying it on-line may leave you enough money to buy a windshield too.
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I took a rock or something to the glass of my street car yesterday that would have cleaned me off the bike with at least missing teeth or a broken eye socket. My eyes picked up the rock at about the time it came over the front bumper and from above. I never even ride around the sub division without the full face on and closed. I also have a windshiel that is adjusted for air flow management. The air flow of the nose of my Sporty may even be cleaner than the air flow off my Honda ST1300.

I only use M2000 and later Snell FF stuff for my family. Generally we tend to use the SA rated stuff in the racecars.

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I've got both a 1/2 helmet and a 3/4 witha face shield and added a windshield to mine, I use the 3/4 helmet for running down the road and sometimes I've ducked down a little on a cool evening when I'm heading back home at night.
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