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Got this today in Firenze (Florence).

The label inside states "Not legal for public use in North America." Good thing I live in Italy now. LOL.




 

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that's a "posing" helmet

crap, now I'm hungry for pizza
 

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very nice looking. very stylish. i can imagine someone sporting that on a vespa with goggles. (not trying to be sarcastic or mean or anything its just what i picture people in Italy riding and wearing. :) )
 

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you have a selection of nice helmets there, what made you buy that thing? looks a little scooterish to me!?
I wanted a Momo scooter helmet for the past few months now. This was so much more pimp since the hand made hats they sell costs up to $850.

I wanted some Italian style as I rode around my town on my F4i streetfighter terrorizing others in Vespa's. I'm still in the hunt for a original vespa, those things are $$$$.
 

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That's a really good looking helmet, and considering I am from Italy I am wondering why it wouldn't be legal in North America!! Anyone knows?
 

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That's a really good looking helmet, and considering I am from Italy I am wondering why it wouldn't be legal in North America!! Anyone knows?
If it's hand-made, then it's made in very small numbers. The DOT in America requires a bunch of helmets be given to them so they can do their own impact testing on them. If it's a small hand-made operation it just wouldn't make financial sense to give away so many helmets just to get DOT approval, since they probably wouldn't sell many in the US anyway. So that makes it not legal in the US. At least, not on public roadways in states that require DOT-approved helmets. :lol:
 

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Now that is cool you got yourself a handmade helmet but if your in the US military don't you still have to wear gear to the military standards...even though your in a different country? I am pretty sure all US military require you to wear a "DOT" approved helmet. Besidea...whats to say that "hand made' helmet would even protect your head against a bottle of beer, let alone a 80 mph highside......or even a trip and fall while walking to your bike.
 

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The helmets still complies to ECE22.05 standards. (Which can arguably be better than D.O.T.) But remember it's still classified as an open-face helmet, just like my MOMODesign Devil Helmet's. (Also, if you compare an X-11 Shoei to the X-Spirit Shoei, you will notice that the X-Spirit is the ECE approved helmet weighs less and is approved for MOTO-GP but the DOT X-11 is not.........hum...but the X-Spirit is not approved for D.O.T. use but both are Snell approved)

But NewMAX Safety Fashion makes gorgeous hand-made helmets. (They make Ferrari's Scooter Helmets, MomoDesign Helmets, Laura Smith Helmets, Borsalino Helmets, Moschino Helmets and the infamous Cromwell helmets.)
 

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Sorry man ... but I don't like it. That fabric they have sewn below the ear pieces looks like it was taken from one of my Grandpa's old suits. :rolleyes: Definately not for me or my Ninja! :D
 

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Now that is cool you got yourself a handmade helmet but if your in the US military don't you still have to wear gear to the military standards...even though your in a different country? I am pretty sure all US military require you to wear a "DOT" approved helmet. Besidea...whats to say that "hand made' helmet would even protect your head against a bottle of beer, let alone a 80 mph highside......or even a trip and fall while walking to your bike.
Just the opposite here in the UK....we can't wear DOT approved helmets. They have to be approved by the British equivalent.

I wear my American-made Shoei anyway. I'm not spending 300 pounds on a new helmet....the E-2 at the gate doesn't know the difference anyway.
 

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The helmets still complies to ECE22.05 standards. (Which can arguably be better than D.O.T.)
IIRC the ECE testing includes abrasion and repeated impact tests. It's by far a much more realistic real-world standard than the crappy DOT test.
 

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Hi,

My lovely Italian GF bought me a 71 Vespa 50, 3 speed, for Christmas. It came with the original registration form Florence. Too bad I go for training and deploy for the next 8 months. I just picked her up tonight.







 

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lol that's awesome man

Here I thought I had adapted very well to my new country (the UK) but you definitely got me beat. You could almost pass for a genuine Italian at this point :D
 

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Now that is cool you got yourself a handmade helmet but if your in the US military don't you still have to wear gear to the military standards...even though your in a different country? I am pretty sure all US military require you to wear a "DOT" approved helmet. Besidea...whats to say that "hand made' helmet would even protect your head against a bottle of beer, let alone a 80 mph highside......or even a trip and fall while walking to your bike.
I have enough "real" helmets.

 

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hahahhah... I liked this! Why?
Trust me, we have our own problems and flaws here!! ;-)
No shit just because it's "Exotic" doesnt mean it's the best place to live. I cant wait to get my ass back to the states-The only upside is the lack of inforcing of speed limits...(and it's easier to get away) as far as Italian helmets go-I would check out ASV-That has to be the best brand I've ever seen
 
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