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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Jun 2nd, 2013, 3:08 pm Thread Starter
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Something scary about my helmet fastener.

I do not change gear that often, but something scary has happened a few times which I have just figured out.

My previous helmets were both BMW types, with the black click lock on the strap. No problem with those.

Then a couple of years ago I switched to Shoei which came with a double 'D' ring fastener. The shop told me I would need to have a few goes to get used to it, but it was the safest fastener you could have (?)

Yes, at the beginning I found it a pain hooking up the chin strap. However, on at least 5 occasions too many I have felt the strap flapping against my neck, stopped the bike and found the strap undone - scary eh?

I finally worked out that it is too easy to get the first 'D' ring hinged up out of the way, so when feeling with your finger you think the chin strap is locked into 2 rings, when it is actually just threaded through one.

So if this is supposed to be the safest chin strap system, am I the only one that has this happen and ends up riding with the wind tugging at the helmet and no chin strap holding?



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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Jun 2nd, 2013, 6:10 pm
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Yes you are, maybe not. The double D ring fastener has been used for helmets for decades.
Simply pull on the chin strap after you've fastened it to be sure you got it right. You'll get it sooner than you think.
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I'm doing that everytime now.

But you can get caught out say in a shop and get distracted. I thought at first it was me forgetting to fit the strap, Now I know it is the tendency for the first D ring to ride up and pushing the strap through one ring can feel the same as two.



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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old Jun 3rd, 2013, 4:29 pm
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So if this is supposed to be the safest chin strap system, am I the only one that has this happen and ends up riding with the wind tugging at the helmet and no chin strap holding?
As others have chimed in, it's easy to miss the proper strap threading through the D-rings - always do the pull-check before heading out.

I've used a number of different helmet strap fasteners over the years with my Nolan click-to-tighten on the current model. As many have said over the years, D-rings are almost foolproof.

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Double d-ring system

Hey Vox,

I hate to say it too, but you may be one of VERY few people that don't have this down.

I'm looking at your 2nd post about being distracted. That's a big part of the issue right there, believe it or not. How many times, in 34 years of riding have I been distracted while either prepping for a ride, or getting off my bike (no, I've never forgotten to put the side stand down !!)

But here's the thing. And you, as a long time rider should have this down by now. Get yourself into a pattern or ritual with how you "get set " to go. For example, if I'm leaving somewhere and talking with someone, sooner or later (depending on cute she is !!), I'm going to have to put my earplugs in and tune out what he/she is saying. I also have two Velcro straps on EACH glove. I also have a side stand to retract before I roll away.
But hey, the bike won't let me get very far with the stand down and in 1st gear !
Your bike does the thinking there.

This is where you have to do the thinking.

So if you think about your helmet, and the purpose it serves, you may want to pay especially close attention to this aspect of "gearing up". It's so easy to miss something, but you have to not be casual about these things and focus on the tasks
at hand. Speaking of hands, a loose Velcro strap is easy to manage once underway, but don't get in the habit.

Hell, I even pat my pockets (all those wonderful zips and buttons on BMW jackets) just to make sure nothing is hanging out, or undone.

So my point is not so much about the double d-ring, but about how you prepare.

I know you're top notch with all the mechanical stuff, now you need to apply that attention to detail with your safety gear.

[Can you tell I used to teach riding ?]

Hope some of this helps.
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