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Old 11-24-2012, 11:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone have any experience with either Hawk or Torc helmets. Need to buy a new helmet without breaking the bank. Saw these brands on the web, but all the reviews sound like spam. Any help is greatly appreciated

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Old 11-24-2012, 11:44 AM   #2 (permalink)
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HJC offers a good 3/4 with shield.. I hate lids but this is what I wear when I wear one
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I like G Max, for my everyday lid, 3/4 helmet. When its cold and wet I wear a HJC modular. Never heard of the brands you are asking about, wally world sells helmets fairly cheap, check them out. But you best bet is a local bike shop, they will take care of you. And is your head worth a quality lid or just a cheapy?
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I have never owned a hawk, but they are at my local bike shop. And they are junk! Remember you get what you pay for. Never buy the most expensive or the cheapest. Good luck.
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i've had a hawk or two... and just bought two modulars for $75 each from leather up. the bike shop had a modular for 200+. so i'm good with the hawk. i ride mostly without a lid but on interstate and/or in cold weather i like the modular type full face. i know the hawk will probably not last as long as the top shelf but its 1/3 the price. i am happy with them... but that's me.
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Old 11-24-2012, 12:47 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I'm not familiar with those two brands, sorry.

As stated before, HJC makes darn good helmets at reasonable prices.

Do you have a Cycle Gear near you? They have pretty good prices on their store brand DOT helmets...Sometimes very good prices when they are on sale. I own two of them myself. Nothing fancy, but I've had no problems with them, either.

My totally unsolicited opinion on purchasing helmets: Go someplace where you can try them on rather than ordering online. Nothing against online dealers...But a helmet that doesn't fit properly is a bad helmet at any price.
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Thanks for all the input everyone. I knew I would get honest opinions here instead of overblown reviews on the same website selling the stuff.

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i've had a hawk or two... and just bought two modulars for $75 each from leather up. the bike shop had a modular for 200+. so i'm good with the hawk. i ride mostly without a lid but on interstate and/or in cold weather i like the modular type full face. i know the hawk will probably not last as long as the top shelf but its 1/3 the price. i am happy with them... but that's me.
Question for you, would you let your 13 year old ride with you wearing that helmet? I ask because my daughter really likes one of them but I am a little hesitant to buy her a helmet that I can't put my hands on first.

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I like G Max, for my everyday lid, 3/4 helmet. When its cold and wet I wear a HJC modular. Never heard of the brands you are asking about, wally world sells helmets fairly cheap, check them out. But you best bet is a local bike shop, they will take care of you. And is your head worth a quality lid or just a cheapy?
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I checked out a gmax at my local bike shop. Seemed like a decent helmet.

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I had a Hawk modular a few years back! I wore it once! Ended up selling it! Made me look like Darth Vader and wasn't very comfortable! Full face Shoei for me,until it gets too hot!
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