Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Product Review - KBC Helmets
It's the time old question of what is too much to spend on a motorcycle helmet. You could just drop $70 and ride with a DOT approved helmet that comes with the bare essentials. Or you could go out and find a helmet that will cost you closer to $1,000 and have more bells and whistles than you know what to do with.
But what it really comes down to is quality and safety. How much do you need to spend to have a helmet that not only has great quality but will give you the best protection in a worst case scenario possible?
We decided to check out the KBC V Zero Motorcycle Helmet and the KBC V Solid Motorcycle Helmet, both of which just joined the BikeBandit.com Motorcycle Helmet line up. Why? Simply put, both of these KBC Motorcycle Helmets have a price tag that won't force you to also buy a saw to cut off your arm and leg for payment but they both promise to give a lot of the features promised in higher costing helmets. Plus they don't look too shabby.
Of course, the first and biggest pro about this helmet it the price. Before you even slap on the KBC V Zero Motorcycle Helmet or the KBC V Solid Motorcycle Helmet you can't help but feel the motorcycle-helmet-price weight lifted. Both helmets hover around $100 with the KBC V Zero Motorcycle Helmet at $102.60 and the KBC V Solid Motorcycle Helmet at $93.60.
But that low of a price always makes us wonder what our customers are losing in quality and protection when they buy such an inexpensive helmet. After all, don't you get what you pay for? Not with the KBC Helmet line. We compared the KBC V Zero Motorcycle Helmet and the KBC V Solid Motorcycle Helmet to some of our favorite mid to higher priced helmets and found that both offered a lot of the same features despite the lower price.
Against a $700 and a $500 helmet (which shall both remain unnamed to reduce brand bias), we found that the KBC V Zero Motorcycle Helmet and the KBC V Solid Motorcycle Helmet had a larger eye ports, which allowed quite a bit more use of peripheral vision. And both also came stock with a very handy chin wind guard that did a great job of cutting down on cold air flow. Plus the visors were simple and speedy to swap in and out, which is convenient if you start riding during daylight and find yourself finishing your ride at night. With the KBC V Zero Motorcycle Helmet we were also particularly impressed with the quality and look of the graphics and paint job.
Of course, you can't really expect to get the better quality of a $100 helmet than a $700 or $500 helmet. So we found a few downfalls such as the helmets to felt a little less aerodynamic and the air vents were a little less sturdy than on the higher end helmets. Plus there seemed to be less plush and soft padding and a lack of enough room for headphones. But both of these slight issues can be fixed by swapping out the stock padding with some replacements, an easy modification that will probably cost less than stepping up to the $500 helmet.
Would we buy it?
Buying the KBC V Zero Motorcycle Helmet or the KBC V Solid Motorcycle Helmet really comes down to whether or not you have $500 - $700 to drop on a helmet. If you do, go for it. But be sure to check out the KBC VR-4R Carbon Fiber Helmet first, which is KBC's next step up. However, most of us run on a budget but still want good quality. If you're one of those people, these helmets are perfect. For about $100, the KBC V Zero Motorcycle Helmet and the KBC V Solid Motorcycle Helmet won't disappoint. Each may come with a dainty price tag but can easily rival most of the helmets sold for around $300.
These helmets are a great buy for someone who is just starting out riding and needs to start from scratch on their gear collection. A jacket, gloves and boots can really add up, so a pricey helmet will only make the initial cost of getting on the road even harder to swallow. Instead, the KBC V Zero Motorcycle Helmet or the KBC V Solid Motorcycle Helmet is a great starter helmet that gives all the features a rider needs without costing half of what you paid for your first bike.
Bottom line? The KBC V Zero Motorcycle Helmet and the KBC V Solid Motorcycle Helmet are both realistically affordable helmets that are just as good as some of the more expensive helmets sold.