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Rode many many bikes in Aus for many years - first one was an old postie step-through when I was about 10. When I got into my late 50s there was a definite reduction in reaction time and anticipation - no more track days after that - and the sports bike was replaced by a tourer.  Fast forward a few years to living in Thailand - after driving around Chiang Mai for a week, there was no way I was going to ride a bike in Thiland. One of the few advantages of living in Aust while I wait to qualify for the pension so we can then get another place in Thailand - the roads are very safe.  But if I ever was to get a bike in Thailand, it would be only 1 of 2 things. Either a big tourer that I would only ride with mates on trips, or a 3 wheeler scooter for short trips around.  Plus a proper summer helmet, lightweight gloves and lightweight boots for the scooter - full kit for the tourer.  The worst fall I ever had was many years ago at about 80kph around a corner when I hit some oil on the road - the bike hit the armco so hard it was a right off - but the expensive gear paid for itself right there and then - sore has hell for weeks with several big bruises - but lesson learned. Never ride a bike without a helmet - it happens so fast and the first thing that hits the road is your helmet (then hips and arms/shoulders). Hips arms and shoulders bounce and can usually be repaired - but the old noggin does not - it breaks. 

 

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38 minutes ago, Lacessit said:

I'd say everyone should drive a bike that fits their capabilities. I'd no more think of getting on a big bike than going for a swim off Lady Julia Percy island.

Had to look that up - man that is not a place anyone should go to swim 🙂

 

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2 hours ago, Is this real said:

Good helmets here?  I've tried for 10 years.  Not possible to find one that will fit. 

Better look again, or import if necessary.

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On 2/28/2020 at 5:36 PM, Gervais Bilodeau said:

It is going backward...more and more motorcyclists are not using helmet. No law enforcers on roads anymore.

Nah, there's a lot more people wearing helmets these days.

Also, there's quite a few shops that sell top of the range helmets now.

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6 hours ago, Is this real said:

Where, exactly, do you buy a helmet in Thailand that will actually offer some protection, smart ass?

Don't be so ignorant.

Prasut Big Bike in Kathu's just one of a few places.

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18 hours ago, Gweiloman said:

Considering that one can buy a HJC or Arai or Shoei or AGV or Schuberth here, I guess the problem must be your head. Can you buy boots to fit?

Yet, you still do not say where such a helmet in a grown up size can be purchased.  You don't know because you've never tried.  I've rarely seen, in Phuket, a Shoei or Arai.  And, never in a larger or larger.

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47 minutes ago, Is this real said:

Yet, you still do not say where such a helmet in a grown up size can be purchased.  You don't know because you've never tried.  I've rarely seen, in Phuket, a Shoei or Arai.  And, never in a larger or larger.

You have been given many suggestions on here, also on Phuket.

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56 minutes ago, Is this real said:

Yet, you still do not say where such a helmet in a grown up size can be purchased.  You don't know because you've never tried.  I've rarely seen, in Phuket, a Shoei or Arai.  And, never in a larger or larger.

Find the size that is best for you and order from Lazada, they got it all. 

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On 2/28/2020 at 8:56 AM, BritManToo said:

I hope I finish fast.

that's why I don't wear the crash helmet when I go down the stairs...

 

I have noticed an increase in the pull of gravity over the last six months... 

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I owned Honda dealerships in America and sold many helmets.

Learned many things about buying a helmet.

1. Always try on the one you are going to buy.  This means no mail order.  If it doesn't fit, it's not good for you.  The same brand, style, and size helmets can fit differently.

2. An inexpensive helmet will do nothing more than make you look better in the casket.  It will do nothing if your head actually has a hard impact.

3. If the helmet is in a crash, throw it away.  They are only made to protect one time.

4.  Even the best helmets lose their protection capabilities after 4-5 years even without ever being in a crash.

 

Shops in Thailand don't carry XL and larger helmets because there is no real market for them.  Smaller people have smaller heads and Thais are never going to pay B15,000+ for a helmet.

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5 minutes ago, Is this real said:

I owned Honda dealerships in America and sold many helmets.

Learned many things about buying a helmet.

1. Always try on the one you are going to buy.  This means no mail order.  If it doesn't fit, it's not good for you.  The same brand, style, and size helmets can fit differently.

2. An inexpensive helmet will do nothing more than make you look better in the casket.  It will do nothing if your head actually has a hard impact.

3. If the helmet is in a crash, throw it away.  They are only made to protect one time.

4.  Even the best helmets lose their protection capabilities after 4-5 years even without ever being in a crash.

 

Shops in Thailand don't carry XL and larger helmets because there is no real market for them.  Smaller people have smaller heads and Thais are never going to pay B15,000+ for a helmet.

And again you're wilfully ignoring suggestions made. On top of that, you keep spouting nonsense, 'shops in Thailand don't carry xl and larger helmets'.

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On 3/1/2020 at 9:30 PM, Is this real said:

I owned Honda dealerships in America and sold many helmets.

Learned many things about buying a helmet.

1. Always try on the one you are going to buy.  This means no mail order.  If it doesn't fit, it's not good for you.  The same brand, style, and size helmets can fit differently.

2. An inexpensive helmet will do nothing more than make you look better in the casket.  It will do nothing if your head actually has a hard impact.

3. If the helmet is in a crash, throw it away.  They are only made to protect one time.

4.  Even the best helmets lose their protection capabilities after 4-5 years even without ever being in a crash.

 

Shops in Thailand don't carry XL and larger helmets because there is no real market for them.  Smaller people have smaller heads and Thais are never going to pay B15,000+ for a helmet.


No problem getting helmets here. 

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On 2/28/2020 at 6:51 PM, stevenl said:

That is contrary to the impression I have. Compared to 10 or 20 years ago many more people are wearing helmets.

They only wear them to avoid a fine. If there were no road blocks and fines, very, very few would wear a helmet.

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49 minutes ago, sharktooth said:

They only wear them to avoid a fine. If there were no road blocks and fines, very, very few would wear a helmet.

Much like Americans then who only wear seat belts/helmets to avoid fines 

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