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There's two scenarios that I absolutely love about my Gunner.

1. Riding solo, really riding hard, tearing up the twisties.

2. Riding 2 up with my wife.

Here's the problem.

My wife is suffering from migraines. She's been to the doctor a few times and now she's going to a chiropractor. She thinks it's a pinched nerve in her neck. The chiropractor says her wearing a helmet doesn't help her migraines so she has sworn off riding.

The doctor is making her an appointment with a neurologist and we hope we can find out what's really causing them.

The last thing I want is for her to be in pain but riding is one of our things (and we don't have many). We were able to get away just the two of us and really spen some quality time together.

She thinks a taller backrest would help her some. I can handle that. Also a lighter helmet. Perhaps even a neck roll of some sorts to help alleviate the pressure on her neck. She currently wears a Hawk 3/4 helmet. I suggested a small skid lid but she likes a face shield to keep the wind off her face.

So here's my question. Any suggestions on a helmet that would be really really light and still fit the bill?

Any and all suggestions are welcomed.
 
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I just picked up two new helmets for us.

We wear full face. Got this one for myself. It's a bit lighter than hers. Both helmets are very quiet and greatly improved the clarity of our T-COM headsets. Zero wind noise in the speakers.

Look at this on eBay NIB HJC Helmets RPHA MAX/RP MAX Helmet (Silver, XX-Large) Best Deal on Ebay [email protected]@K | eBay

My wife doesn't ride as much as I , so got her this one.

Look at this on eBay HJC IS-Max 2 Modular Motorcycle Street Helmet w/ Sun Visor DOT - Pick Size/Color | eBay

@blackwidov got a full face , said it was very stable when I piçhed her up from the airport. I think it was a Scorpion?

I think she'll find the better engineered helmet much better in the wind.
 

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I feel for her @cptpyro. My wife has spent days in hospital from migraines. This is what I use and I love it. Gmax half with removable foam that makes it like a 3/4 when installed. Also has speaker pockets in foam. DOT rated. Comes with this interior slide visor shown and a clear one too. Lite and comfortable. I use the foam ears when it's cold. Hope it helps and pray Dr's can help her. Migraines are very serious and beyond a vicious headache. Good luck. View attachment 494661
 

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Daytona helmets are the safest/lightest helmet on the market. Get a brain bucket and a scarf for her face. The less pressure on her head the better. Ask the doctor about a med called trileptal. Good luck.
 
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If your wife has a problem with helmets I'd like to suggest that perhaps the fit can cause problems with weight and pressure points. The right fit to spread out the load is important for long term use. I'm due for a new helmet but unfortunately for me the replacements for what I have (Arai) are rather pricey. New stock is pushing a grand while a couple of discontinued ones I can get my hands on are around the six hundred dollar (Canadian) mark. I'm open to alternatives for their fit but none are as comfortable and pressure points are problematic sitting in the dealer with the helmet on for 15 minutes. It takes time to properly evaluate them.

Take the time to get the right shape for your wife and I think she'll find handling the weight a bit easier. There are lots of lighter 3/4 and 1/2 helmets that may be a better choice.
 

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Thanks for the info guys! My shark evoline is a really heavy helmet so to me, her Hawk feels super light. I have a pretty big melon though.

@jmstang302 I used to have an HJC modular and always liked it.

@BrotherWind that's the kind I had in mind. I'll show it to her and see what she thinks.

@jedi-mcfly that's a great idea! Honestly never even thought about that. I know a guy at work who had to stop riding because of his hands but recently started acupuncture and it has allowed him to ride again!

@h7wae14t after a quick google search I think she should try that medicine as well. Thanks for the tip!

@53canuck great point! Her helmet was something she found on Letgo new in the box but never tried it on first. She just used it because it was what she had.
 
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Josette- She's into Motorcycles, Music, and Migraines…

This Gal suffers from migraines and rides a really cool, old school airhead BMW.

Like me, she believes that migranes can be mitigated by holistic methods, like chiropractic and diet changes. It just takes awhile to figure out what is best for the individual and what might trigger the migraine. Here's hoping you both can find a prevention and keep riding together!
 

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Josette- She's into Motorcycles, Music, and Migraines…

This Gal suffers from migraines and rides a really cool, old school airhead BMW.

Like me, she believes that migranes can be mitigated by holistic methods, like chiropractic and diet changes. It just takes awhile to figure out what is best for the individual and what might trigger the migraine. Here's hoping you both can find a prevention and keep riding together!
Thanks. I've been trying to get her to keep a food journal as I know many people who was able to identify certain foods that trigger the migraines. She (like me) is pretty stubborn and believes her neck is the cause.
 

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Migraines... UGH. I used to get them but was fortunate enough to discover my trigger was caffeine so when I gave up the coffee and soft drinks the migraines stopped after a few weeks. Best of luck to your Missus on finding a solution. Migraines are the worst.
 

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Some people don't realize how tiring riding (with a helmet) can be. Ever seen someone have their head drop to the table when they get off the bike? I have. Your neck muscles get a real workout especially with buffeting.

I would think neck/head stabilization is going to be her best bet.. one of those neck pillows maybe, but probably going to have to go full neck brace to help. You might even be better off going full face and a neck roll for it to rest on then trying to go smaller/lighter helmet.
 

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My daughter has a daith piercing that has helped her tremendously with migraines.
 
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Maybe something like this would help stabilize her neck, neck braces apparently are meant to reduce injuries in the event of a crash or extremely harsh (off road) riding.

Leatt GPX 4.5 Neck Brace | 20% ($60.00) Off! - RevZilla

search more helmets than you ever wanted to here Motorcycle Helmets | Get Ready to Gear Up & Ride! - Cycle Gear

I used to have an employee that suffered from severe migraines until he went to his dentist for a routine exam and mentioned the migraines, and the dentist identified that he had some dental issue that was causing them.
 

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Balance is everything with a helmet, and I know you probably don't want to hear this but you get what you pay for in a helmet.

Case in point Dexter Ford's first place helmet in his bogus blowing the lid off story was a $79 dollar helmet, web bike world tested the helmet because they were curious due to Dexter Ford saying this is the best helmet out there.

Well after Web Bike World finished there test of the helmet they concluded that Dexter Ford may say it is the best helmet out there but it was so un comfortable that you did not want to wear it. I won't go into all the issues I have with how Dexter Ford did his test but Dexter Ford has had a running feud against Snell for many years before he did that article so Dexter Ford was very biased from the start.

On to Helmets themselves my wife and I wear Arai helmets, currently we have the top of the line Corsair X helmets in solid white. You are not paying for the name as many will try to say, you are paying for a hand made helmet that is very well designed and balanced and the materials it is made with are the very best. You do get what you pay for, so if you want a $79 dollar helmet you will get $79 dollar quality it you pay $800 dollars for a helmet you will get $800 dollars of sound design and quality components.

Here is a video on how to measure your head for a helmet:



Remember that a properly fit helmet is gong to feel tight at first and will take from a week to two weeks of riding to break-in the helmet padding and once broken in will be very comfortable from that point forward.

I like the Arai because they can be adjusted with removable pieces of foam to really get the fit just right.

I wear a size small and my wife wears a size xtra small. Shoei, Arai, AVG, Bell and a few others make some very good high end helmets.
 

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I used to get migraines, found allot of foods were triggers. Beer, wine, cheese, caffeine,and processed food like sausage and cold cuts. when I removed those from my diet the headaches improved. Imitrex took care of the rest, Imitrex can be taken as a pill or a shot you give yourself when the symptoms start. My migraines would last 2 or 3 days, 'till I got help. Hope she can find relief.
 

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I cannot give advice on the helmet but...... My wife also suffers from migraines and went the acupuncture route, it really helped, but it would only last a few weeks. She has since done a Daith Piercing (Recommended by her Dr.) in both ears and it has really helped. She has only had one minor migraine in the last two months.

Daith piercings and migraine: Research, alternative treatments, and acupuncture
 

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Maybe something like this would help stabilize her neck, neck braces apparently are meant to reduce injuries in the event of a crash or extremely harsh (off road) riding.

Leatt GPX 4.5 Neck Brace | 20% ($60.00) Off! - RevZilla

search more helmets than you ever wanted to here Motorcycle Helmets | Get Ready to Gear Up & Ride! - Cycle Gear

I used to have an employee that suffered from severe migraines until he went to his dentist for a routine exam and mentioned the migraines, and the dentist identified that he had some dental issue that was causing them.
This gave me the idea of an inflatable travel neck pillow.

I used to get migraines, found allot of foods were triggers. Beer, wine, cheese, caffeine,and processed food like sausage and cold cuts. when I removed those from my diet the headaches improved. Imitrex took care of the rest, Imitrex can be taken as a pill or a shot you give yourself when the symptoms start. My migraines would last 2 or 3 days, 'till I got help. Hope she can find relief.
No beer, wine, cheese, caffeine sounds horrible but you gotta do what you gotta do.... Imitrex makes hers worse for some reason.

I cannot give advice on the helmet but...... My wife also suffers from migraines and went the acupuncture route, it really helped, but it would only last a few weeks. She has since done a Daith Piercing (Recommended by her Dr.) in both ears and it has really helped. She has only had one minor migraine in the last two months.

Daith piercings and migraine: Research, alternative treatments, and acupuncture
I will definitely suggest the acupuncture and the Daith peircing. Thanks!
 

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Advice on pinched nerves will range from holistic cures to surgery, and none of the cures are one-size-fits-all. I can speak a little bit about this from experience. I personally dealt with severe back pain from the time I was a teenager to just a few years ago.. and my wife had an accident 5 years ago that left her with a spinal fusion and a railroad yard full of metal on her spine and constant nerve pain. For decades I tried everything under the sun to do something about my back issues and saw innumerable doctors. 2 years ago I finally had enough and tried again, this time seeing a spine specialist surgeon who just happened to have been a navy doctor that specialized in working on special forces types of injuries, like from guys jumping out of airplanes and stuff like that. He finally got me into an MRI machine and saw that I had a malformed vertebrae at the base of my spine, first one above the pelvis. He operated on me and put in titanium rods and pins, removing the offending piece of bone that wasn't really helping and grinding it up to apply around the metal to help it regrow. He also cut out all the scar tissue that had been the only thing holding my back together all those years and I can't even begin to describe the difference. I can stand, for as long as I want. I can sit, walk, run, hell I can even have sex w/out issue. :)
I'm not saying surgery is right for your wife, my first sentence disclaims that notion. What I AM saying is getting the right diagnosis is key. I'd go see the most expensive specialist you can find and get an MRI done if you wanna see if it's really a pinched nerve or something. X-rays aren't going to give you the whole story, and most doctors just aren't gifted enough to make the tough diagnosis necessary for cases like this. My doc was a cocky arrogant mofo... but he walked the walk. He told me flat out that if he could fix a special forces guy to the point he could return to full duty he could damn sure fix me.. and he did. You only have so many years to enjoy living, make the most of 'em.
 
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