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Helmet recommendations?
« on: August 12, 2019, 06:01:24 pm »
Just got a new 2019 beast and was wondering what helmets people would recommend as my Bell Star (II?) is getting a little long in the tooth and is bright red. While it looked ok on the 92 it clashed big time with the 20th anniversary Pearl Lister Beige but damn it is comfortable.
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Re: Helmet recommendations?
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2019, 06:28:00 pm »
What is your head shape and size?

Asking for a helmet recommendation without that info, is like asking for a recommendation on shoes.  Do you have a wide foot?  Or a narrow one?  Sorry, but it is true.

The best source to me, is webBikeWorld.  https://www.webbikeworld.com/motorcycle-helmet-reviews/  You'll get independent reviews that'll include the head shape the helmet is designed for.  That'll eliminate some of the helmets.  Just because it looks good in an advertisement, doesn't mean it'll feel good on your head.

webBikeWorld also includes objective tests on noise levels, eye port visibility, venting (both top and chin), comfort, quality, etc.  And since they compare a lot of helmets, their testing criteria is not just a "one off", but carried across all the helmets they test.  The page for helmet reviews says they've been doing this for 20 years and over 200 helmets.

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Re: Helmet recommendations?
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2019, 06:28:07 pm »
No doubt you know this......but you can spend a lot for a helmet or spend not so much. In my experience the more expensive helmets provide better fit/comfort and are much quieter. I am partial to Shoei for whatever that is worth, but there are many good brands. I look for helmets with drop-down visor. Some helmets come with built-in communication systems or are designed for a specific brand such as Sena; that might be a consideration for you. If possible take whatever helmet you are considering for a test ride. Aside from noise, some helmets will torque your neck pretty good when you rotate the noggin left or right at highway speed; no way to know about those aerodynamics until you test ride. https://www.webbikeworld.com/ has many comprehensive real-world reviews of helmets.

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Re: Helmet recommendations?
« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2019, 07:39:37 pm »
Here’s a nugget size/shape chart

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Re: Helmet recommendations?
« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2019, 03:14:22 am »
Would you consider a modular? I like my Shoei Neotec. Kind of pricey. pretty light, pretty quiet. Most time I run with it open. Only in cold weather or running the super slab do I switch to full face mode. Drop down sun visor is nice but I wish it was a bit darker. They've come out with the Neotec II which is supposed to be better (and more expensive).
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Re: Helmet recommendations?
« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2019, 04:37:41 am »
Ive switched to wearing my dual sport helmets for touring. Flip down visors are ok but an actual visor that blocks the sun when it's right in your face rules. I wear a Bell MX-9 Adventure with MIPS and an HJC X-1. With the Connie windshield the visor doesn't cause a problem even at high speeds. Just my 2c
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Re: Helmet recommendations?
« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2019, 05:22:00 am »
Personally I love my Arai. But as others have pointed out, it's mostly based off of the dimensions of your head. Shoei's don't fit me very well, despite being just about everyone's favorite brand. I also tried a Schuberth (super 'spensive German helmet in a BMW dealership) and it was AMAZING. Super plush and ridiculously quite.... but after wearing it for five minutes I have a huge headache and a big red spot on my forehead from the pressure. Stupid head shape...
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Re: Helmet recommendations?
« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2019, 10:31:11 am »
I like my Klim TK1200.  Quiet, very light, carbon fiber flip up modular, and has the Transition lens with Pin Lock.

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Re: Helmet recommendations?
« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2019, 01:49:20 pm »
I went to a Modular some time ago and wouldn't switch back.
I now have a Shoei Neotec and love it.
Recently we had to buy the wife a helmet {as the airline lost hers when we made trip}.
Ended up with a Nolan N-Com. {It has the same features of the Neotec.}
  Pretty impressed by it.
   Seems to be lighter/better fit than the Shoei, I like the latching mechanism, and far less $$..

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Re: Helmet recommendations?
« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2019, 02:07:50 pm »
I use a modular. The HJC RHPA. It is a carbon/composite. HJC fits my oval head well. It is vary comfortable and light. I can't wear a Shoei. Too round for my head. Has a dark lens too. Good air flow on the top vent.

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Re: Helmet recommendations?
« Reply #10 on: September 07, 2019, 02:10:47 pm »
This may well turn into a discussion on which tires you like!

HA!

After ordering and shipping 4 back to get one to fit, I will find the biggest helmet store there is to try a lot of them on next time. The shipping sure ate into the budget.

I have an oval head and hard to fit. Got a discontinued model at a huge discount. One fourth it's retail finally. I shopped it to death during winter months though.

Of note helmet is still produced. Color pattern scheme is what made it discontined!

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Re: Helmet recommendations?
« Reply #11 on: September 07, 2019, 06:25:48 pm »
This may well turn into a discussion on which tires you like!

HA!

After ordering and shipping 4 back to get one to fit, I will find the biggest helmet store there is to try a lot of them on next time. The shipping sure ate into the budget.

I have an oval head and hard to fit. Got a discontinued model at a huge discount. One fourth it's retail finally. I shopped it to death during winter months though.


Agree with you. I went to Cycle Gear and tried on many helmets. Ended up with a Shoei.

Of note helmet is still produced. Color pattern scheme is what made it discontined!

Good luck!

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Re: Helmet recommendations?
« Reply #12 on: September 07, 2019, 06:42:04 pm »
I wear a Shoei RF1200 Full Face helmet. 
Though modulars are convenient, the chin bars
are not nearly as stout as a full face.

Comfort is key.  You should get thee to a
store and try a few on.  Buying a new style
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Re: Helmet recommendations?
« Reply #13 on: September 08, 2019, 04:51:02 pm »
I agree with McFly that the modular don't have the same strength at the chin bar.

I also agree with him that Comfort is key.
   ie: Because I wear glasses, the modular works far better for me.

On another note, many of the new helmets offer a dark drop down visor.
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Re: Helmet recommendations?
« Reply #14 on: September 08, 2019, 06:36:35 pm »
If the Bell fit you well, you head's probably more oval. Looks like lots of options from Arai , Bell and Scorpion.

I find that most Shoei, HJC and Klim are more round (which is what I wear), so you may have a harder time getting a good fit. But with the first three, there are plenty of good choices for either full-face or modular.

Personally, I've had great luck buying online from newenough.com. They have always been very cool about returns and I think they have a deal on the LipPicker helmet fitting.
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Re: Helmet recommendations?
« Reply #15 on: September 09, 2019, 10:30:38 am »
Oval head and bought a Scorpion finally online. Their Scorpion EXO-R2000 helmets get discounted regularly due to color scheme changes as near as I can tell. I like mine and its' fit a lot. I wear a high vis jacket so helmet color is kind of a moot issue for me.......

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Re: Helmet recommendations?
« Reply #16 on: September 09, 2019, 01:50:24 pm »
I had a co-worker who used their pay service.   He buys most of his gear on-line so he wanted a good fit before dropping $$$ bucks.  I just rode around one weekend to a bunch of different M/C shops.   Ended up with the Shoei Neotech2 from Engle, just down the road from you.

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Re: Helmet recommendations?
« Reply #17 on: September 09, 2019, 06:06:58 pm »
I went to a Modular some time ago and wouldn't switch back.
I now have a Shoei Neotec and love it.
Recently we had to buy the wife a helmet {as the airline lost hers when we made trip}.
Ended up with a Nolan N-Com. {It has the same features of the Neotec.}
  Pretty impressed by it.
   Seems to be lighter/better fit than the Shoei, I like the latching mechanism, and far less $$..

Ride safe, Ted

I like my Nolan N104, but the shell is rather large. They claim the N100-5 that replaces it has a smaller shell but it is still polycarbonate. The reviews say that it is noisy, but I have nothing to compare it to. I can hear wind noise with the windshield down, but I could not hear the exhaust with the stock muffler. I also thought it was really good for the money. I was pretty impressed with it too. I would consider one of the X-Lite models based on this if I wanted to spend Neotec money. I briefly looked at the Neotec at a local shop and I was pretty shocked by the price.

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Re: Helmet recommendations?
« Reply #18 on: September 09, 2019, 06:37:49 pm »
That lid picker link is GREAT!

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Re: Helmet recommendations?
« Reply #19 on: September 13, 2019, 05:50:31 am »
This prompted me to check on the price of the X-Lite modular that I had considered before. There are most sizes on Ebay right now for under $200 that seem to be recently listed. I couldn't pass it up for that. Maybe this is the time of year that all helmets go on clearance and I just happened to be after that brand. Hopefully it is pretty close to the Nolan in most respects. The lid picker makes me think it is most likely a round shape though.

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Re: Helmet recommendations?
« Reply #20 on: October 28, 2019, 05:15:09 pm »
After ordering and shipping 4 back to get one to fit, I will find the biggest helmet store there is to try a lot of them on next time. The shipping sure ate into the budget...

We just had a similar discussion on a different forum (general motorcycle).  I guess I must live a charmed life -- I've never had a helmet that felt uncomfortable in the least (always bought mail-order or internet) and the most I've ever paid was about $120 for my recent Snell – it’s not a modular or full-face; my preference.  The only thing I've insisted on in recent years was a visor (like a baseball cap -- not a face-shield) to help keep the setting sun out of my eyes.  My only complaint with this one (Conquer) is that it is distressingly quiet – never realized how much I depended on hearing for situational awareness until I realized I can only barely hear the cars beside me… With my last one (30-yo JCWhitney) I could always hear the tires, but no more…
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Re: Helmet recommendations?
« Reply #21 on: October 30, 2019, 06:04:06 pm »
I'm a Shoei and Arai guy. I prefer the open face 3/4 helmet with a 3 snap brow visor. I like to snack and drink while riding and having that open face makes it easier. If it rains or gets too cold, I pull off the visor and pop on a bubble. I find the 3/4 is quieter. I also like the snap on visor as it helps shade when riding into the sun. I know a modular makes sense for me, but opening it at 80 miles and hour to take a sip of water would snap my head back.

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Re: Helmet recommendations?
« Reply #22 on: November 08, 2019, 04:26:21 am »
Here's the helmet I'm going to get

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Re: Helmet recommendations?
« Reply #23 on: November 08, 2019, 11:20:22 am »
I use a modular. The HJC RHPA. It is a carbon/composite. HJC fits my oval head well. It is vary comfortable and light. I can't wear a Shoei. Too round for my head. Has a dark lens too. Good air flow on the top vent.

I had my heart set on a Neotec ll but couldn't quite justify buying a new Sena so went with the HJC RHPA 90 very happy with it, great helmet....
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