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Old 02-26-05, 01:04 PM
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Bell Alchera

Does anyone have this helmet or know anything about it? Good price?

https://www.performancebike.com/shop/....cfm?SKU=15883
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Old 02-26-05, 01:37 PM
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I have it and that's the cheapest I've seen it at, which is what I paid. I pay attention to the pricing cuz I'm thinking of getting another one. It's a good helmet. I, fortunately, can't comment on how well it handles in a crash.

Just make sure it fits you well.
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Old 02-26-05, 01:44 PM
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I've had the Alchera for about 6 months now. No complaints! It was the best "fitting" helmet for me when I bought it, and I tried a few higher priced ones at the time...so my decision was based on that specifically.
The airflow is excelent, adjusts nicely, and it's pretty light. My only complaint would be the lack of rigid plastic on the rear section...but the rear area left me a nice place to put some custom cut reflective material.

I'd recomend it to anyone.. plus, that's a great price for a great helmet!
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Old 02-26-05, 04:58 PM
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How does the Furio differ? From the pricing at Performance it seems like the Alchera is higher than the Furio, but on the Bell site, the Furio is lighter and has more vents.
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Old 02-26-05, 05:19 PM
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Originally Posted by LordOpie
It's a good helmet. I, fortunately, can't comment on how well it handles in a crash.
Not that it matters, if it's certified they're all the same.
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Old 02-26-05, 05:22 PM
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I use the Alchera while my dad has the Furio. They seem to be pretty comparable in every way. Unless I know which one I put on I couldn't tell the difference.
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I like mine. i paid about that much.

my only complaint is about the lack rear shell material. but for $40 you can't really complain about it.
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Old 02-26-05, 06:33 PM
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I searched for info about the Alchera on the forums and a lot of people say it's a big helmet so they look "mushroom" headed. Anyone think so?
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every helmet looks stupid *shrugs* but this one looks a less stupid than most. I bought it cuz it fit, had that cool adjustable wheel in back, and was cheap.
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Old 02-26-05, 07:36 PM
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I have one. Fits my noggin, which most don't......light, well-ventilated, comfy, cheap-ish.
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Old 02-26-05, 10:02 PM
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it is the best fitting helmet i've ever owned. been very happy. i've got the white color. colors are pretty limited as i recall.
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Old 02-26-05, 11:23 PM
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Originally Posted by OrangeJTM46
Does anyone have this helmet or know anything about it? Good price?
As far as I can tell the Alchera is the same helmet as the Influx, without the detachable visor. (Remove the visor from the Influx and it is an Alchera, AFAIK) Why it costs more is a mystery. I got the 2004 Influx from Performance last fall for $25 after 20% coupon code and 10% team points - looks like it is still listed at $35 at the moment. It's plenty fine in the fit department. It has some air-circulating space between the foam and the top front of my head where the vents are. Maybe it makes my little head look like a mushroom, but who cares. Anyhow, it seems to work fine. Has nice big vents - remember fewer big vents are better than more small vents.
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I tried on practically every helmet and purchased the Alchera. It was the only helmet that fit around my head. I've had mine about a year and I noticed my head was much cooler during those hot summer months with those 17 air vents.
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Old 02-27-05, 12:59 AM
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Every single ride I've taken in the last 14 months has been with the Alchera. Probably 325-350 in total. Not a single issue beyond the inserts coming loose. Great helmet.

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I agree with most everyone here, I had it for about a year and a half and it's the best fit for my head. Very comfortable and keeps my head cool. I don't ride without a helmet but I hardly notice this one on me. I may buy just one in an other color at that price.
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Old 02-27-05, 01:24 AM
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I would pay more and get the white helmet. During the summer, those dark colors make the helmet hotter. Pay more and get the White!
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My Influx came in silver.
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I have been riding with this helmet for about a year and last weekend I was involved in my first real crash. Some guy knocked me from behind and we both wound up flipping over. I walked away with just a headache and a broken helmet. It did its job well and later in the week I bought another Alchera, gotta stick with what works. Here's a cool picture of the aftermath...
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Originally Posted by LordOpie
every helmet looks stupid *shrugs* but this one looks a less stupid than most. I bought it cuz it fit, had that cool adjustable wheel in back, and was cheap.
I have to disagree, the Catlike Kompact2 is HOTTTT!
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fight or flight,

I have to disagree, it looks like a little kids helmet...
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Originally Posted by 1955
fight or flight,

I have to disagree, it looks like a little kids helmet...
LOL! I just looked at those...the white one looks like a stormtrooper on lsd!
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Originally Posted by 1955
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I have to disagree, it looks like a little kids helmet...

Exactly, It doesn't make me look like like a mushroom. The smaller the profile the better. Also, the retention system spanks Bell & Giro.
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Originally Posted by Lufty
LOL! I just looked at those...the white one looks like a stormtrooper on lsd!
What could be better?
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The Alchera is identical to the Ghisallo only it doesn't have the hard shell on the lower back. I own one of each and like them a lot! Best value in a helmet in my opinion.
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