AFX FX-76 3/4 Vintage Helmet
(Weekly gear review by Alex Q)
So I have decided that there has been enough talk about old shitty motorcycles and ways to skirt the law while looking for places to camp, but not enough discussion about motorcycle related gear. We all know (whether or not we admit it to ourselves or others) that at least 50% of why we ride motorcycles is for the lifestyle that accompanies it. We are all narcissists and want to turn heads when we roll up to the bar on Thursday nights. If you are telling yourself as you read this that this doesn’t apply to you and looks don’t matter because you’re a purist and you’d rather stick your dick in the tailpipe of that vintage Moto Guzzi than concern yourself with the latest and greatest in Moto swag, then you are lying to yourself, god, and the motorcycle community at large. Even Ricky cares about how cool his vintage Wrangler denim vest looks despite the fact he has never put a pair of pants in a washing machine.
We all know this to be true so why not indulge. That being said I am going to start a weekly gear post dedicated to the kind of gear and accessories we all like and would buy. Feel free to comment, ask questions or make suggestions for future posts.
My first post will be about one of my favorite helmets out on the market. The company that manufactures this skid lid is called AFX and they specialize in designing and making affordable helmets for all sorts of riding conditions. One of these helmets is the AFX FX-76.
This basic, vintage inspired ¾ helmet is simply amazing. In size Medium it weighs a mere 1lb 12oz where the comparable Bell 500 Custom and Biltwell Bonanza weigh in at 2lbs 5.7oz and 2lbs 3.4oz respectively.
Afx has achieved this by using a fiberglass reinforced plastic shell and a new EPS technology called Conehead. The Conehead EPS is made with two different densities of foam sandwiched together in a way that creates peaks and valleys between the two layers. This allows impacts to be dispersed across the EPS liner rather than through it. This also means that the EPS can be a lot thinner and still provide the same impact protection as a normal EPS liner.
So… what does all this all mean you ask? It means that this inexpensive helmet made by a bargain helmet company is the lightest, lowest profile vintage ¾ helmet on the market that is still DOT and ECE 22.05 Certified and under $100.00. It comes in a variety of solid and metalflake colors as well as a few (very ugly) graphics.
Another selling point on this thing is the head shape. It has more of an oval shape to it that is similar to the Biltwell Gringo or Fulmer V2. It also comes equipped with a super nice black diamond stitched lining.
So if your Fulmer is fucked or your Bell is busted and you’re looking for a new lid to keep you head off the asphalt this may be a viable option for you. Check them out Here and enjoy the pics below.
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Published - Dec 15, 2010
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