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Helmet without DOT - Consequences in US ?

Can You Guys explain to me what would be the possible consequences if I ride in the US with a Helmet which is not DOT approved, but is approved by EC, SNELL, ... ?
I ask that question since I'm always abroad, will most likely buy my Helmet in Germany and found some interesting Models which are not DOT approved. For an example Luca's Premier Italian Flag Helmet.
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Depending on if the state you're in even requires a helmet, maybe nothing. If there is a helmet law, since DOT is clearly the lowest form of certification, just buy a 'dot' sticker and slap it on the back.

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I have never heard of anybody wearing a full face helmet DOT approved or not hassled by the cops. but if you are concerned, get a DOT sticker like John said.

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A friend had on a skull cap style helmet with no sticker. But the Leo that pulled him over flexed the helmet between his hands and said it flexed to much and was not DOT approved. $143.00 ticket Tennessee state trooper.
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Now THAT's an a**hole trooper.

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Now THAT's an a**hole trooper.

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And obviously, he has an accurate force measuring device integrated in his hands.
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Tennessee is on a vendetta against bikes...mostly sport bikes, but loud open pipe Harleys are subject to scrutiny as well.

With regards your question about helmets and DOT stickers, as long as you are wearing a helmet that looks remotely safe no one will ever say anything. Most custom paint jobs do away with any DOT stickers anyway. None of my helmets have a DOT sticker in view.

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A friend had on a skull cap style helmet with no sticker. But the Leo that pulled him over flexed the helmet between his hands and said it flexed to much and was not DOT approved. $143.00 ticket Tennessee state trooper.
You probably could have successfully fought that ticket since it's clearly not scientific.

My first soumy didn't have a dot sticker on it, and no snell, it had the British equivalent. But I don't think I've ever heard of anyone getting hit for non dot. That trooper clearly had a har*** to give a ticket to a rider that day.

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Is there something besides a sticker that qualifies the helmet?

In the UK, if I recall correctly, is that there is a label on the inside (and they have some stickers on the outside as well), which is what is checked. As part of the motorcycle school, they would check this label to ensure that it was compliant. if it was not, you could not ride because you would not have been covered under some insurance.

I've toyed with the idea of getting a helmet from the US, mostly just to have it for the off chance that I might ride there. But then again, I've never ridden a bike there, and no future plans, so kind of a lame reason to buy another helmet when I have so many other reasons instead!


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