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Old 11-13-2012, 09:09 PM   #1
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Helmet for shorter rider?

My little bro just bought ninja 250 and wants a helmet for christmas. But he's about 5'4'' and doesn't want a helmet that will make him look like a bobblehead doll. Which brand makes small size helmets that look somewhat proportional to shorter riders? Any input will be great help, thanks everybody.
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Old 11-13-2012, 10:43 PM   #2
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My little bro just bought ninja 250 and wants a helmet for christmas. But he's about 5'4'' and doesn't want a helmet that will make him look like a bobblehead doll. Which brand makes small size helmets that look somewhat proportional to shorter riders? Any input will be great help, thanks everybody.
tell that skinny bitch to hit the gym, or the buffet.

its not a bobble head because your short, its because you have girl shoulders. shoulder pads help...

Is his head actaully small or an extra small? sorry I do not know what brands have a shell specificly for small.
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Old 11-13-2012, 11:53 PM   #3
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i'm 5'6" and pretty average shoulders i ride w/ a med shoei rf1100 hadron and used to use an hjc medium. the hjc was a bit big but the shoei suits me well
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Old 11-14-2012, 01:34 AM   #4
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The number one thing is that the helmet fits. Period.

A number of manufactures will change their shell size every 2nd size or so. For example, XS/S will have the same size shell but different size eps and liner. Same with M/L, XL/XXL,... you get the picture.

Long story short, if he's got a small head, he'll get the smallest shell. If not, then he's probably out of luck.

Measure his head and take him into the shop to try on as many helmets as possible. F*** ordering a helmet online.
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Old 11-14-2012, 02:17 AM   #5
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Arai Outer Shell dimensions are decent for your purpose. Shark (Specially the Vision R) will be good if he wants to go for the Darth Vader look. Both good helmets IMHO, just on opposite sides of the outer dimension scaling spectrum.
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Old 11-14-2012, 03:29 AM   #6
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The number one thing is that the helmet fits. Period.

A number of manufactures will change their shell size every 2nd size or so. For example, XS/S will have the same size shell but different size eps and liner. Same with M/L, XL/XXL,... you get the picture.

Long story short, if he's got a small head, he'll get the smallest shell. If not, then he's probably out of luck.

Measure his head and take him into the shop to try on as many helmets as possible. F*** ordering a helmet online.

I ordered mine online, first helmet i ever bought, Josh Van @ STG was so very knowledgeable that he helped pick the PRECISE helmet i needed. He insisted i go with M when i originally ordered L. due to the padding breaking in after use, and now its perfect.. all you can do is measure your melon and check the size chart.
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Old 11-14-2012, 03:39 AM   #7
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My little bro just bought ninja 250 and wants a helmet for christmas. But he's about 5'4'' and doesn't want a helmet that will make him look like a bobblehead doll. Which brand makes small size helmets that look somewhat proportional to shorter riders? Any input will be great help, thanks everybody.
Helmets don't go proportional to body vs head. Helmets match what ever your head size is, and which ever helmet gives you the best fit. I personally have a big round head so i use the RF-1100 XL and that is comfortable for me. Trying on the Icons, Arai, etc it just didn't fit my head shape.

And like other users stated, if your brother is worried about looking like a bobblehead, go to the gym and work out.
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:42 AM   #8
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At 5'7" and 140 my helmet definitely has me looking like a bobblehead, I won't deny that.

Although the medium fits nice and well, it's huge in appearance!
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Pick out a helmet and fit that will crash well and don't worry about what other people think his helmet to body ratio looks like.

Get something with stripes, I hear they're slimming.
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I say get a shoei. Because they have 5 shell sizes which will fit his head well without looking too big. Like my hjc was a med but the shell was a large/med so it was actually bigger then needed.

Also tell him to hit those traps an shoulders. :P


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Solution = add body weight instead of decreasing helmet size..

Look at the bright side, he gets a free ticket to eat junk food till his body matches the helmet!
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Old 11-14-2012, 02:09 PM   #12
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Pick out a helmet and fit that will crash well and don't worry about what other people think his helmet to body ratio looks like.

Get something with stripes, I hear they're slimming.
Vertical stripes only. Horizontal ones have the opposite effect.

Another option would be to get a helmet with transparent sides....

I'm 5'3'' and I've never even thought about this. He needs to get a helmet that fits. Look at what companies have smaller shell sizes as others have suggested.
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Old 11-14-2012, 05:14 PM   #13
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Perfect option! Set aside probably $5000 for this one:


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I say get a shoei. Because they have 5 shell sizes which will fit his head well without looking too big. Like my hjc was a med but the shell was a large/med so it was actually bigger then needed.
Yeah thinking both mine are generic large/med shells while I need a small/med!

Don't care, it does fit me, but I do acknowledge how silly it looks at the same time.

For those saying hit the gym, been the same weight since high school, am fit, just have that awesome metabolism keeping the beefcake away and preventing muscle desired.
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Perfect option! Set aside probably $5000 for this one:


More than what I payed for my RR. We may fantasize though. Sick piece of Arai lid that...
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i'm 5'6" and pretty average shoulders i ride w/ a med shoei rf1100 hadron and used to use an hjc medium. the hjc was a bit big but the shoei suits me well
hah. I like your rogan sig!
I'm 5'2" female and my Shoei is a M which makes me look like a bobblehead alien. So, I know what you're talking about.
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Perfect option! Set aside probably $5000 for this one:

Or $827 on your site
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Old 11-20-2012, 09:32 PM   #18
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Shadow6OORRider - Focus on proper fit instead of focusing primarily on looks.

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It's somewhat inevitable really, for smaller riders. Just tell him to worry about fit and function, as others have said. Especially since he's learning (I'm assuming, since he bought a 250), appearance is the last thing that he should be thinking about.

I'm 5'4" and the Bell Star isn't too bad. I'd say to avoid Icon altogether though, that will definitely present a bobblehead appearance.
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My helmet looks big on my head but in the long run it protects me, and that's all i need
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I'm 5'8" 145lb and look just fine with my AGV Grid. To all of u macho dudes saying to lift some weights, my bro has a heart condition since birth which limits him to do any vigorous exercise. So hitting the gym is out of question.
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I'm 5'8" 145lb and look just fine with my AGV Grid. To all of u macho dudes saying to lift some weights, my bro has a heart condition since birth which limits him to do any vigorous exercise. So hitting the gym is out of question.
shoulder pads help, especially with an 'american fit' jacket. and not quite 90s baggy jeans.
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