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Re: Looking for an old school, vintage helmet, DOT if possible
« Reply #15 on: Dec 25, 2012, 07:43:34 PM »
Here's some better poses for the right look:


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Re: Looking for an old school, vintage helmet, DOT if possible
« Reply #16 on: Jan 01, 2013, 09:36:01 PM »
Now I only have to find the scarf for early Spring riding.  ;D

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Re: Looking for an old school, vintage helmet, DOT if possible
« Reply #17 on: Jan 01, 2013, 09:42:25 PM »
Awesone Wolf, that is the perfect fit and I think you're right it only needs the right scarf...  :thumbs:

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Re: Looking for an old school, vintage helmet, DOT if possible
« Reply #18 on: Jan 01, 2013, 10:14:49 PM »
Sweet, I like
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Re: Looking for an old school, vintage helmet, DOT if possible
« Reply #19 on: Jan 02, 2013, 06:40:55 AM »
Looks like the same helmet I wore back in the 50's.  We bought them at the Army Surplus Store.  The goggles are much nicer however.  Does keep the ears warm and think it really fits with your bike. 

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Re: Looking for an old school, vintage helmet, DOT if possible
« Reply #20 on: Jan 02, 2013, 09:29:35 AM »
Try a strange mustache with a scarf. That would complete the look.

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Re: Looking for an old school, vintage helmet, DOT if possible
« Reply #21 on: Jan 02, 2013, 09:44:16 AM »
And the scraggly beard!

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Re: Looking for an old school, vintage helmet, DOT if possible
« Reply #22 on: Jan 02, 2013, 01:33:39 PM »
Sweet.  How is the quality of the goggles?  do they fog up?  Are they real leather and glass or just cheap stuff.  I've been thinking of getting a pair for myself but have been hesitant.  Would be pairing them up with my WWII looking Giro/Bell Bad Leutenent helmets for snowboarding and motorcycling.

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Re: Looking for an old school, vintage helmet, DOT if possible
« Reply #23 on: Jan 02, 2013, 07:20:12 PM »
Hey Zoom!
These goggles are the real thing. Real brass frame, hand stitched leather, and removable lenses.
Made still the same way as during WWII.
Also available in different finishes.



Go to: http://www.lowbrowcustoms.com/c23/buy/goggles/

What's the helmet you're mentioning? I'm still looking for something from the 50's.

I found Davida helmets, but they are around 300 - 350 bucks. They look great, but it's too much for a novelty helmet IMO.



Any help or lead is appreciated.
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Re: Looking for an old school, vintage helmet, DOT if possible
« Reply #24 on: Jan 02, 2013, 08:20:02 PM »
I have the Drifter helmet in mat black (without star).  Works well for me since I been using the snowboarding version for nearly a decade.  Ear flaps are removable.  I have speakers in my snow one's but they don't fit on the street (different button size).  Might have to mod a set.


Here's the snow version.  Ear pads are removable and replaceable with one's that have integrated speakers (not bluetooth).


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Re: Looking for an old school, vintage helmet, DOT if possible
« Reply #26 on: Jan 03, 2013, 07:24:32 PM »
Thanks JazzyzGurl!
I'm looking to find an original helmet from the 40's to 50's.
If I can't, I'll take a look at those retro helmets again.
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Re: Looking for an old school, vintage helmet, DOT if possible
« Reply #27 on: Jan 26, 2013, 03:58:11 PM »
Took some spray paint and steel wool to my goggles to make them look old.
They were too shiny for my taste and didn't look vintage enough.
Like them much better now!



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Re: Looking for an old school, vintage helmet, DOT if possible
« Reply #28 on: Jan 26, 2013, 08:22:39 PM »
Sorry guys, but I'm bored out of my whits. Too cold to ride and time is moving slow, so please bear with me.  ;)

I didn't find a vintage helmet I liked, they were either too expensive or too fake, and all non-DOT.
So I thought, if I have to fake it anyway, I'll take a helmet I already have and make it look old.
I bought a Fulmer AF-81 two years ago and wore it only a few times because it made me look like a mushroom.



If the project fails, all I would loose is a little time, a few dollars for supplies, and a helmet I didn't like anyway. So what the heck!

I ordered a bunch of helmet stickers last week, got a piece of old looking cowhide yesterday at a leather store in town, had some spray paint and steel wool left from my bobber built in the fall, and went at it.

I carefully removed the fabric liner, then cut with a utility knife a 1 1/2 strip of the styrofoam liner around the inside rim.
I removed that part also and was able to create some glue surface on the inside for the leather neck cover.
After making a paper template to be able to work around the straps, I cut the leather and glued it around the inside with some 3M spray glue.
I glued the piece of styrofoam liner back in place and covered everything with the fabric liner. I looks like it was always made that way.

It was a lot of fun to put all the stickers on to the helmet and I felt that was the most creative part of the whole project.
The utility knife was a helpful tool to scratch up the stickers and create a worn appearance.
Using the spray paint and steel wool with a little "magic rub" added some patina and sense of age.

An added benefit of the leather neck cover is, that I can attach my SCALA G9 to it. I love the vintage look, but also modern technology.  ;D
The dreaded "mushroom look" is gone and I'm very happy with the result.

Here are some mugshots:














Your thoughts and comments are greatly appreciated!
 
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Re: Looking for an old school, vintage helmet, DOT if possible
« Reply #29 on: Jan 26, 2013, 08:30:36 PM »
looks great there wolfraider, but your electronics need to be like this to make it complete  :P :P

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