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Those look nice. Curious how much a decent job typically costs? I always figured it was cost-prohibitive based on a 5-year replacement cycle. It would still make a nice display once expired, though.
 

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That's like everything else what you want & who's doing it, I have somewhere around 15 helmets from dirt bike to boat racing over the last 40 years of punishing my body (& wallet) one of my desert truck racing helmets cost a grand & took him 2 months of air brushing, that black one pictured has gold leaf in the lettering & Sylvester the cat rubbing his hands together was my painters idea cause I'm always scheming up crazy ideas while riding that one took all of a day & cost $400 (gold leaf)
It's whatever you want to spend if you do the troy Lee thing it starts around a grand & goes up from there plus a year wait if he's never done one before.

Everytime I walk into cycle gear some tight azz is bickering about helmet costs & me being me blurts out while walking past "if you have a $100 head buy a $100 helmet" witch usually gets me the evil eye from the customer I don't even know.

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...based on a 5-year replacement cycle...
Yeah but... the five year cycle is dictated by the manufacturers who a) want to sell you another helmet & b) want to cover their arse just in case...
 

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It's the stratosphere with lightning bolts going down to other casinos & a couple houses of ill repute

My bad it was 1999 Baja 1000
 

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In 1995 this us what happens on a 500XC 6 speed husky when your tapped out on a lake bed when you go "speed blind" thinking you've scrubbed off enough speed before the road crossing in goldfield Nevada & clearing the other side by oh idk 100' doing somewhere around 70 when you THOUGH you were doing 30 hitting the flat ground bottoming out everything including your footpegs then bouncing over the bars into more pavement with your head stopping the fall then braking a collar bone, 3 ribs & my right wrist.
Shoei wanted it back for display purposes but I couldn't part with it (it
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So the moral of the story is buy the best helmet money can buy if you can't afford one you shouldn't be on ANY motorcycle.

All I've ever owned is Shoei helmets..... PERIOD!
 
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So the moral of the story is buy the best helmet money can buy if you can't afford one you shouldn't be on ANY motorcycle.
Don't get me wrong; I'm not arguing against spending money on good safety equipment. Just curious how much it costs to make it look purdy. I've thought about doing it, but haven't found the perfect lid just yet. Plus I'd want to find someone local that I could chat with beforehand

I dig the lighting bolts.
 

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Like anything: how bad do you want to be “you”? What does it mean? I mean some folks are happy to ride around on what is Ducati’s version of a bike, other’s want to make it their own.
Same for a helmet, if you feel something extra just picking up/wearing/looking at a custom helmet, what price do you put on that? Only you will know.
Nice hearing @JEFFRPM talk about his helmets, even now long after last use, he is getting enjoyment from them.
 

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A little background on mine..
I came up with the original concept back in the winter of '04/05 while spending too much time in a work truck in northern Alberta while working the pipeline. I had a felt marker and my hard hat and started doodling.. I've always been a huge Joey Dunlop fan ( as well as Doohan and Rossi ) but have never felt comfortable wearing a replica lid. Especially with Joey whose yellow and black Arai is just so iconic and instantly recognizable.., but that's Joey's lid, and I just wouldn't feel comfortable riding with his lid on my head. A helmet is a very personal thing, or it can be, and with a design as connected to a particular rider as Joey's is too him it just wouldn't be right. In my opinion for me. No judgement ( well maybe a little ;) ) on those that think and do differently..

Anyway, I still wanted to pay my respect and homage to the greatest road racer of them all and my hard hat doodlings yielded a Joey inspired design that incorporated some of my own "hippy dippy" beliefs about balance and flow in life and the universe etc, hence the ying yang. The original painted helmet on an Arai Quantum in '06 was red on black. It had the prancing horse on the back, not specifically a Ferrari thing.., I mean it kind of is, of course, but it's more about the power and strength of the stallion, of the machine, and that of the rider to control and be in balance with that power. I did a second version on an Arai Corsair in 2010, almost identical to the first.

This latest version just completed I decided to increase the connection to the original Joey Dunlop inspiration by dropping the red for yellow on black, or carbon in this case. I also changed one of the side ying yangs for the sun/moon motif. A nod to Rossi, of course, but more of a nod to the circle of life, death, etc, that as riders we must have full appreciation of and respect for if we're to be "successful" in our passion. The hindu swastika on the forhead is a humble request to the "gods" for good luck and good fortune as my steed and I ride forth into the challenging beyond.

I received quotes ranging from 1000- 1800 cdn $ for the job. Then a close friend of mine who has been airbrushing metal airplane models that he builds offered to take on the job. He did it for $600 cdn, a little under valued for the time it took, but a bit of a friend price taking into account that he's not super experienced painting helmets. I'm very very pleased with the final result, especially with the fact that such a personal and meaningful project was completed by a close friend who I've known for over 23 years, and is also a keen sportbike enthusiast ( he owned a 996 for 12 years ) An appreciative tip of my hat to Peter Rice for the work he did.
 

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Was an article a while back in Cycle World; female artist sharpie'd her helmet, then her Ducati. Seems like another cool option.
Damn that's pretty cool in it's own way, hope she clear coated it after!!
 
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I always wear a full face helmet when I'm on my Duc and usually when on the vintage bikes. However, we wanted something that looked rather vintage when taking the Norton to classic stuff. Bought Bell open face helmets and had a local sign painter/striper add some details to them.
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