Holy shmokes - I been violating the helmet standards in the U.S. for the past eight years!!! Yikes!! Coulda sworn the helmets I've worn were DOT approved. My Nolan's and the new Caberg have 'em, and they both are labeled DOT approved. Guess them Shoei folks know sumpthin' the others don't!
I can understand a CYA statement recommending against the use of quick release chinstraps, and then stating Shoei doesn't offer 'em; butt to say that "helmets sold here do not have quick release straps" isn't correct. (Unless he meant to say "*Shoei*
helmets sold here........")
Anybody else wearing helmets with non-DOT-approved chinstraps?
Shoei's reply to my e-mail inquiry.
The reason that the quick release strap is shown, is because that's how the helmet is sold in Europe. In Europe, the helmets are built to meet different safety standards than here in the US.
The quick release strap meets standards in Europe, but not here in the US, so the helmets sold here do not have quick release straps. We do not suggest the use of any quick release straps for use here in the US.
Shoei Safety Helmet Corp.
(714) 730-0941 ext 101
My original message (edited) -----
To: <[email protected]
Sent: Fri, 20 Jul 2007 17:04:48 -0500
Subject: Multitec chinstrap question.
Last week, I purchased a Shoei Multitec flip-front helmet. The selling dealership installed a headset speaker/mic unit for me, and so far, I truly like everything about the helmet, except..... I've ridden a BMW K1200LT motorcycle since 1999, and have always used either a Nolan flip, or lately, an HJC flip. I liked both of those helmets also, but on the advice of a riding friend, I decided to try the Shoei this time. And like I said, I do like it; the fit is right for me; the noise factor is good; the flip operation is good; the ventilation is good; and the comfort is good.
However .... I'm not into D-ring chinstraps. I've been spoiled by the Nolans and the HJC, and my ATGATT dress-up and ride routine is pretty habitual. Soooo - I'm asking, is there a modification to the Multitec that will allow me
to install and use the 'buckle' type chinstrap closing system, as on the Nolans and HJCs? I don't want to cut-n-sew the existing strap material in order to install one of the clip-in/out units. I hate to violate any of the existing helmet parts.
I saw the diagram and instructions of the 'buckle' type unit, as printed in
your 'user's manual', you may have a retro-fit system that takes care of my desire. Yes???? From you? From my dealer (Lone Star BMW/Triumph in Austin, TX)? From anyone?
Thank you for taking the time to read thru this - I look forward to your advice and solution.