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Old 6th May 2010, 11:58   #121
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The reason I always wear Helmet is that I started driving bike big time in Hyderabad. And there if you don't keep a handkerchief on your face while driving then your lungs will get clogged with dust. So I started tying it on my face and putting one on my head (Yes two !!) and then putting my helmet over. Believe me guys, If you have hair problems then try putting handkerchief over you head before putting the helmet on. That sweat should not accumulate on the lining of your helmet. I still got my hair intact
Try getting yourself a top-end full-face helmet. These extend till below your chin and as such provide dust-protection too.
If you have space inside your helmet for the knot in the kerchief on your head, your helmet is not quite as fitting as it should be. Check it out once. Ideally, your helmet should be a tight fit over a balaclava.
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Thanks bblost for the insights; the passive and active methods you mentioned are really useful.

Your presence of mind to take photogrphs after an accident to post it here is owesome. Sure it will encourage more people around to follow the above methods more religiously.

By the way, I bought a 'Studds Supreme' helmet and wear full shoes too during city rides. Will look around for some nice gloves as well.


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Crap Happens!
People can survive a fall from a highrise but get seriously injured by falling of a chair.

What is important is to never let down your guard.
Always be prepared for the worst.

There are two ways of ensuring this.

Passive Methods:

Helmet: choose the best you can buy. Before buying a helmet do as much research as you can. Find one that is EcE certified. Do not buy an ordinary ISI helmet as IMHO they are very inadequate. Full face helmet is a must. If you look at my helmet you will notice that the face shield took a lot of scratches. This shield itself cost me about 500 bucks. I have pampered it and use only microfiber cloth to clean it. So despite it being 2+ years old its relatively good and clear. My helmet is never left in the sun tied to my bike. This preserves its integrity.

Gloves: I used the simple Rs 100-150 fake leather gloves. They covered my palm. So my palm escaped relatively unharmed. But my little finger lost some flesh. Full gloves with soem protection would have been good, but these gloves were fine.

Knee guards: It costs about 1.5k. Now I am seriously considering that I get them. They do not protect you from a fracture, but save you from road rash.

Riding Boots: Not really needed for city riding but please wear full shoes. Slippers are quite bad at offering any form of protection.

Active Methods
Never break the law.
Do not ride or drive on the wrong side of the road.
Do not use a mobile phone while driving. In fact put it on silent and lock it in your glove box.
Maintain your bike well. Check brake wear periodically.
Pay attention on the road.
Do not drive under intoxication or heavy stress.
Leave early and ride easy.


If all active methods fail, passive methods are your fallback. Since its your last line of defence, Get the best kits you can afford.

This is the road where I crashed.
The scrape marks are almost 10 feet long.
I walked away because of my Helmet.
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Old 28th May 2010, 21:55   #123
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I Have had 3 Major falls from a 2 wheeler,and all three times,my head hit the road directly.
I am typing this,as every time one of My AGV's saved me
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When a person is riding at slow speeds say 20 kms or so because of traffic or other conditions, do not revv the engine unnecessarily. I have seen many a persons waiting at signal turning their accelerator - if your vehicle is adjusted well for slow speed this is absolutely not necessary - it puts stress on engine and also affects mileage.

IMPORTANT: WHEN YOU REVV THE ENGINE YOUR BACK TYRE STARTS TO ROTATE FASTER MAKING YOU TO TRIP AND LOOSE BALANCE - THIS I HAVE FOUND PARTICULARLY IN SUZUKI (TVS) VEHICLES.

DRIVE FAST BUT SAFER. RESPECT OTHER ROAD USERS.
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IMPORTANT: WHEN YOU REVV THE ENGINE YOUR BACK TYRE STARTS TO ROTATE FASTER MAKING YOU TO TRIP AND LOOSE BALANCE - THIS I HAVE FOUND PARTICULARLY IN SUZUKI (TVS) VEHICLES.
You lost me there. Mind elaborating?
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I recently bought an LS2 helmet (full face ECE 22.05 certified) and it fit well and was very snug.

Now i guess it has broken in very well and the pad's have got compressed. The helmet feels a bit loose even with the skull cap worn.

What can I do to retain the tight feel as before? Lets leave out the option of buying another smaller size helmet for now.

I was thinking of a balaclava... any suggestions? Where in Blore can i source a balaclava? I dont need a branded one but a good quality breathable one is what I am looking for.

Any other suggestions?
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Old 2nd June 2010, 16:26   #127
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I was thinking of a balaclava... any suggestions? Where in Blore can i source a balaclava? I dont need a branded one but a good quality breathable one is what I am looking for.

Any other suggestions?
Depending on my mood I either use a Keffiyeh - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Worn in such a way that my hair (what little there is) and my nose downwards is covered. Leaving just my eyes exposed.

Or I wear a Buff.


Keffiyeh, buy a really cheap one as the fabric is thinner. Costs about Rs 60. With a couple of washes becomes really soft and comfortable.

Buff will cost you about 400+.
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Buff will cost you about 400+.
Where can you source a buff in India? Can i order somewhere online?
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Old 2nd June 2010, 16:52   #129
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I bought mine from On The Rocks - Adventure Store
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@aditya--most prolly your helmet is a size or two above,

when i was buying a helmet recently, i was buying size XL, whereas my head size was 54 cms which equated to size S, but i was having problems with XL even and in no way i was going to try the S size, but the good folks(PRS) from where i got the helmet, made me wear size S and after donning it for a good ~15mins, i felt comfy and went for S and now i can't even wear a balaclava
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Old 22nd November 2010, 21:43   #131
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guys, I am looking to buy a buff in bangalore. Any place where I can find one?

i checked in cramster and wildcraft showrooms, they don't have one.
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Its not the real stuff. evn i have one.. the real buff is a lot better quality when compared to this what you and me have bnought.... you can order it from the buff uk website they ship it free for orders more than 22 pounds i think...


http://www.buffwear.co.uk/pages/othe...y-discount.php


check the link above they supply buff.. you would be amazed to see the real range of Buff.

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My need is to cover my neck and nose while I ride in the night. I ride everyday late night at 12 and its difficult to ride without covering your neck at this time of the year, too cold.

even if it's not the original one, how's the one you have? Will it fit my requirement?

Does anyone have any better suggestion? I tried a shawl, too cumbersome.
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The one I have, which was purchased from the website mentioned before, works fine for your requirement.

In fact I use it for the same.

I don't know if its the original or not. Will and try and check it with what I find in the US as I am currently here.

The website does shipping in India and its based out of Hyderabad.
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To summarize, wear a full face helmet.
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