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  • Helmet legality & custom paint schemes..

    This is two questions really, but I couldn't be arsed putting it into two separate threads. So sue me..

    Anyway, my AGV lid is starting to get a bit long in the tooth so it's about time to upgrade. The thing is, though, I've got a ├╝ber-expensive Shoei lid that I bought for car racing. It's got cool stuff like a Nomex lining (in case my head ever catches fire), much more comfortable inner materials, and other stuff.

    Now the problem is, it's Snell approved (which doesn't mean Jack Sheet for this argument) but it's NOT Australian Standards approved. Which means, technically, that it's illegal for use on Australian public roads. Now, rather than pretty much throw away the cash I spent on it, what're the dangers of me using it on the road? Obviously I'm open to the possibility I can score a $150 fine and 3 demerit points for not using an approved helmet, though I'd probably be the first person in the history of the world to ever be caught for doing that. My main concern is liability.. is there anything stupid like my insurance company would say "Eh, you weren't wearing an approved helmet, so you were riding illegally, thus we're not paying out on your accident" should anything bad happen to me?

    And secondly, the helmet is a rather unceremoniously homosexual white colour. No design, no nothing. So I'm thinking of either a sticker kit (ho hum), or a custom paint job (sweet!). Being in WA I guess the only option is Awesome Air. I gotta say, though, that their gallery looks pretty impressive, I'd just need enough of a clue to come up with a good design. So has anyone ever had their lid, girlfriend or whatever done by Awesome Airbrushing? Comments? Suggestions for a paint scheme?

    Cheers,


    #9

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    A officer of da law was at a certain crash scene not long ago taking pictures of a helmet worn by one of da riders so yes if u do come off u prob will need AS helmet. i know some people who dont, so its up to you.

    Paint your helmet Matt black iv done it a couple of times now and looks trick if u use a few creative stickers and it costs fuck all. and yes awesome air are good and their reasonably priced, anywhere between 300 - $600.

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    • #3
      digidyPBR: Yeah, I want some kind of legal clarification on it.. the only reason that the helmet isn't AS-approved is that, being a race-use lid, it wasn't supplied for testing. I think the model is RVF9 or something similar, there's a road-going equivalent (minus the Nomex lining) that's illegal.

      Matt black you say.. hmm, I'll check out some sticker kits. I know www.tapeworks.com has a bunch on their website...

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      • #4
        you ride a ducati dude!
        surely you could afford another bike helmet??
        :shock:

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        • #5
          zipdrive: I think you completely missed the point dude..

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          • #6
            Why not paint it black, and have a yellow number 9 done using a chinese character or sumthing, then pretty it up with some geometric design (or carbon fibre-like design) as a faint background..

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            • #7
              Hey.. that's a pretty cool idea! I don't mind something like this, the two on the right-hand side:



              Or there's this one with carbon-fibre lookalike stuff..



              (stolen from tapeworks.com)

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              • #8
                zipdrive: I think you completely missed the point dude..
                yep i did.. apologies..i have a really short attention span, can't read posts longer then couple lines...

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                • #9
                  yep i did.. apologies..i have a really short attention span, can't read posts longer then couple lines...

                  hence the NOS on an R1?????



                  #9 just peel the AS sticka off ya old lid and put it on ya new lid
                  Spike

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                  • #10
                    Spike: Negative.. the stickers are designed so that you can't do that. Not that there's anything to stop me making up a new sticker *coughs*

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                    • #11
                      when i had my accident the cop made a point of checking my helmet for the sticker and so did the medical staff in the hospital..... dude maybe u can get it approved... cause i know u can get ur helmets tested after an accident for stress fractures (y u'd even think about wearing a helmet after u smashed it onto the road is beyond me)



                      food for thought anywayz...

                      I'm the noob you all pwn!

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                      • #12
                        On a similar note.. what are the implications on removing that sticker to leave the 'Void' like I have done because I didn't want that sticker there. Obviously my helmet is AS approved, but just doesn't have the stickder
                        Right now Im having amnesia and deja vu at the same time. I think Ive forgotten this before.

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                        • #13
                          ChOOkie wrote:
                          On a similar note.. what are the implications on removing that sticker to leave the 'Void' like I have done because I didn't want that sticker there. Obviously my helmet is AS approved, but just doesn't have the stickder
                          well yer helmet is now deemed unroadworthy.... that is a very special sticker...and you must be a very SPECIAL yellow school bus kinda guy to have removed it... bring on the pig fest! if they wanna be pricks about it...they can

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                          • #14
                            PS- no wanneroo race track riding for you.... :cry: :cry:

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                            • #15
                              if you have your helmet painted proffesionally do they "re sticker " it on completion or do they just paint around it :?


                              #9 would standards Australia be worth a call ? they might know of a way round the problem :idea:

                              I also wondered if you bought a helmet from overseas like the UK or UK would that have a sticker that was valid for Aus roads :?:

                              50Cents - 3 Questions

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