Sunday, March 4, 2007

AGV .. why ?

Now that the helmet rule is goin to be enforced in our state , everyone who rides or even sits pillion on a two-wheeler would have to wear a helmet compulsorily . our govt even went the extra mile by making helmets mandatory even for pillion riders , cos i guess in all other cities like bangalore for example , the rule exists only for the rider not the pillion , not that i'm cribbing about the pillion having to wear a helmet , cos in the event of a crash the pillion has a equal chance of injury , in some cases a greater chance. but i just feel some people might find it too cumbersome. but now as no one has a choice really , cos once the final date passes cops will be around every corner to make some easy bucks. i guess everybody will be running around to buy a helmet these days . and the rules requires the riders to wear a ISI certified helmet .. now i'm sure everybody is in a dilemma about which one to buy and most of them consider this expenditure to be a waste of money really and end up buying helmets which no way serves the basic purpose - safety . people are ready to compromise on safety for saving those extra bucks .. but i'm sure there will be many who decide to invest in a good quality helmet. and i hope this post gives a prospective buyer some information they need to have in mind before buying a helmet.

If you decide to buy indian brands , the choice you have are the ones like STUDDS , VEGA , AEROSTAR etc , and imported brands like AGV , GP one , vemar , INDEX .

the difference b/w the indian made and the imported ones are the padding , finish and ofcourse more safety , the imported ones are better designed and stay stable even at high speeds , also features like air vents , removable cheek pads will defn. come handy . also the imported helmets have better quality visors which are shatter proof and also scratchproof to and extent . the padding inside the helmets is thicker and therefore more comfortable and also safer. one more advantages is the visor design, the visors in the brands like AGV etc can be left open at high speeds , which will never be possible on most other brands, this becomes important cos sometimes the rider might want to ride with the visor up during nights , or on roads where visiblity is low .

now that we have seen the advantages of the branded helmets , we'll get to the minuses , first one would ofcourse would be the high price tag , these helmets might set you back by anythin between 1500 - 2500 bucks , but they surely are worth every extra penny i feel , also gettin spare visors etc used to be a problem earlier , but now most spares are easily available anywhere .

all said , now its time for everybody to decide how important their head is , and i guess answering that question will make you decide which helmet to buy . hope this post makes some sense to a prospective buyer and mebbe he would choose a branded helmet over a unbranded one , that will serve the purpose of this post ..

phew ! that was tiring really , i never knew i could write up so much about these damn helmets , what started off as a small paragraph about my helmet has become this huge article on watever ..

i own a AGV pacific helmet , i bought it for 1600 bucks and like i said i feel its worth the money i put in , so if you can buy one then go for it ..


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