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Weakness in flip-front Nitro helmet...

Discussion in 'Riding Gear and Bike Accessories/Parts' at netrider.net.au started by hornet, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. I bought an N-317V Nitro flip-font helmet about a year ago, and the other night when I pressed the big red button to release the flip mechanism, it popped stright up and stayed there. I couldn't get it to budge and was forced to get the helmet off normal fashion, which resulted in a nasty gouge in my forehead. Flip-front helmets, it seems, are not meant to be taken off without flipping.



    I dismantled the front section and found that the two catches are released by a piece of wire which is attached to both catches and is lifted by the big red button. The wire had broken.

    Before I get the "Well, that's what you get for buying a cheap helmet" mantra, I'm not complaining, just informing other owners (or potential owners) of this design problem, and suggesting that they check the wire now and get it fixed while the helmet is still in warranty (if, of course, it is). If it isn't (mine is) I suggest that with a little ingenuity it could easily be fixed, and probably with a more robust wire into the bargain.
     
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  2. cheap or not. its had to pass a standard to protect you. Helmets that have to pass standards will should protect you all the same no matter the cost. In saying this, obviously there are deluxe models that come with little perks, but like car manufacturers, they all ensure they meet the minimum requirements to poretect you, at the cheapest possible cost.

    Moving parts in any device will almost always result in breakage eventually, wearing out etc. Regardless how much teh helmet cost you, if it has a moving part, ur doomed...

    I wouldn't try and fix it though, it may bust when u come off and injure you more.
    Cheers.
     
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  3. My riding instructor had that happen to his. He's got an HJC flip face (same as mine) and just fixed it with a bit of fishing line.
     
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  4. Tsk Tsk Hornet :LOL: I can't resist...

    T&C's are quite clear. General Discussion Dumping - your topic will be removed. Please post in the correct forum in future.

    https://netrider.net.au/forums/viewtopic.php?t=7569

    :p
     
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  5. lol
    :eek:wned:
     
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  6. happy now :p??? :LOL:
     
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  9. The exact same thing happened with my Nitro flip up helmet, except that I think I got closer to two years use out of it. Could there be something fishy about this design?
     
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  10. Bad design, I fear.

    Whatever WG do about the helmet, I'm certainly going to follow the advice above and manufacture another setup using heavy-duty fishing line instead....
     
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