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Re: New Helmet, New Experience
« Reply #50 on: March 12, 2016, 01:52:06 pm »
Hey Fais, have you had a break from the rain to try out your new Ibuki?
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Re: New Helmet, New Experience
« Reply #51 on: March 12, 2016, 03:01:00 pm »
Hey Fais, have you had a break from the rain to try out your new Ibuki?


Hey Jim - yes I have. Rode 4 hours yesterday - and in some rain - have 8 hours today and again tomorrow so I'll really have a feel soon.

I am blown away really. The quality is high on build and feel. The sound seems slightly more isolated than any other modular I've ever tried. The large fits me snug and I'll probably go for XL cheek pads if these don't break in. How a company can come out and compete with Shoei and the rest is beyond me. Awesome helmet and at $248 I will be a 2wheels customer again.

Bonus - it's a great looking helmet.
Con - the sunvisor could come down further. Plenty of provisional space for sunglasses so not a biggie. And, I'll probably get used to it. 

Not only am I trying the new helmet but also my summer VStream. The combo will keep me very cool in the summer. Heat makes me impatient and so I think this will be the ticket for Texas and FL riding.



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Re: New Helmet, New Experience
« Reply #52 on: March 12, 2016, 04:27:30 pm »
Thanks for your initial impressions, Fais. Several reviews I've read on RevZilla stated that there's very little effect when turning their head sideways. With my Neotech, I can almost get whiplash at 80 MPH doing that. Maybe it's because the Neotech is rather oblong in its shape.

I'm interested to know your opinion about the noise level between the Neotech and the Ibuki. Let me know after you've had more time to evaluate it. Thanks!
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Re: New Helmet, New Experience
« Reply #53 on: March 12, 2016, 06:02:24 pm »
^^ Just got mine today, very nice, very happy! Fit and finish is the best I've owned, it's as light as my Lazer Carbon Monaco that doesn't come with a drop sun visor- which it doesn't need because it came with a Transitions visor. Just so comfortable and the way the pinlock fits into the recess of the visor is a nice touch. I like ratchet chin straps, quick and easy, but that may be otherwise for others who only believe DD is the way to go. Going up to 60deg today, so hopefully I can test it out. This will probably become my primary helmet, so I'm going to pull the Sena 10R from the Gmax and install it in this Ibuki. Happily, the helmet doesn't seem any bigger than it needs to be, but the next size up, LRG, uses a larger exterior that some complain of bobble head.

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Re: New Helmet, New Experience
« Reply #54 on: March 13, 2016, 04:44:21 am »
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Re: New Helmet, New Experience
« Reply #55 on: March 13, 2016, 05:13:06 am »
Man I love mine. I flip(pun intended) a few cars a year and this was one I couldnt sell. Bought it with a blown read end, 4 ruined tires and it was headed for repo. Now it's a 2-seater, Bilstien suspension, made a cushion to level the rear for max camping comfort. Nicest, newest car I've ever owned personally. TRD Edition and all:)

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Re: New Helmet, New Experience
« Reply #56 on: March 13, 2016, 06:21:25 am »
One time I rode my C14 without the windshield to buy parts at the local Kawi dealership. I was amazed at how quiet the ride was. It also made the bike "feel" more nimble, in my mind. But again, not a good option with no bug splat protection. Plus, I've got neck issues that would prevent me from riding without wind protection for very long.

Hmmm... This makes one wonder. 
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Re: New Helmet, New Experience
« Reply #57 on: March 13, 2016, 04:45:05 pm »
Man I love mine. I flip(pun intended) a few cars a year and this was one I couldnt sell. Bought it with a blown read end, 4 ruined tires and it was headed for repo. Now it's a 2-seater, Bilstien suspension, made a cushion to level the rear for max camping comfort. Nicest, newest car I've ever owned personally. TRD Edition and all:)

I believe I have the best car and bike for me :great: I wouldn't trade either  :beerchug:




TRD edition!?!?  Very nice!  Love mine too .. can't believe how happy I've been with it.  It's paid for and holding its value very well.   Now you need to get some proper off-road tires on it!   :D

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Re: New Helmet, New Experience
« Reply #58 on: March 13, 2016, 04:47:49 pm »
I have a Vega modular helmet with sunshade and I love the features, but like Fais - it's really loud.  I wear ear plugs only some of the time.. so I just broke down and bought a new helmet last week myself.  Another modular, the Bell Revolver EVO Segment Helmet.  It was $200 - so looking at upgrading my comm too - got the Sena SMH10R and going wireless w/bluetooth.  Hopefully it works out and I'm happy with them both!   Another reason for the bluetooth is so I can do bike-to-bike with one of my good riding buddies.

My Bell helmet turns out to be a bit tight on the forehead - must be my egg-shaped head.  I'm going to give it some time and see if it "settles" like my last helmet did.  If I had seen the reviews on the Ibuki before I purchased it, I probably would have gone that route.   I do like all the features on the Bell modular though.
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Re: New Helmet, New Experience
« Reply #59 on: March 16, 2016, 04:14:49 pm »
Over 1,000 miles now and I love this helmet.

Jim, I have turned my head to the side many times to be able to report: it is very calm at a 90* angle to the direction of travel.

Pinlock recess in the shield is cool. Clasp is cool. Looks awesome. Large shield offers a large view.

Found it even cheaper @ www.motorcyclecloseouts.com for $238 - wow - I was sure my next helmet would need a 2nd mortgage. Nope.

Sidenote, My Neotec isn't a bad helmet. Just a bad fit for me. As with all farkles we will have to find the one that suits us personally. I just got very lucky as my last three helmets were $$$ down the drain. Some helmet builder in Japan has my shape head :great:

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Re: New Helmet, New Experience
« Reply #60 on: March 16, 2016, 04:16:59 pm »
Over 1,000 miles now and I love this helmet.

Jim, I have turned my head to the side many times to be able to report: it is very calm at a 90* angle to the direction of travel.

Pinlock recess in the shield is cool. Clasp is cool. Looks awesome. Large shield offers a large view.

Found it even cheaper @ www.motorcyclecloseouts.com for $238 - wow - I was sure my next helmet would need a 2nd mortgage. Nope.

Sidenote, My Neotec isn't a bad helmet. Just a bad fit for me. As with all farkles we will have to find the one that suits us personally. I just got very lucky as my last three helmets were $$$ down the drain. Some helmet builder in Japan has my shape head :great:

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So glad you like it! I've had mine for a while and still loving it! Isn't that "Wake Bar" awesome!!?? You can turn your head and there's NO DIFFERENCE in the wind across the helmet! And you're right, the helmet looks awesome!

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Re: New Helmet, New Experience
« Reply #61 on: March 16, 2016, 05:40:46 pm »
Over 1,000 miles now and I love this helmet.

Jim, I have turned my head to the side many times to be able to report: it is very calm at a 90* angle to the direction of travel.

Pinlock recess in the shield is cool. Clasp is cool. Looks awesome. Large shield offers a large view.

Found it even cheaper @ www.motorcyclecloseouts.com for $238 - wow - I was sure my next helmet would need a 2nd mortgage. Nope.

Sidenote, My Neotec isn't a bad helmet. Just a bad fit for me. As with all farkles we will have to find the one that suits us personally. I just got very lucky as my last three helmets were $$$ down the drain. Some helmet builder in Japan has my shape head :great:

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OK, Fais. You've got me thinking more about this. I measured my head the other day. It's 6 1/4" wide and 8" long. What are the measurements of your head? It's too bad helmet manufacturers don't take these measurements into account - at least what I've seen.

I'm glad to hear this helmet works well for you!
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Re: New Helmet, New Experience
« Reply #62 on: March 16, 2016, 06:01:27 pm »
I'm within 1/2" of those dimensions according to a quick measure - my sisters say I am an egghead ...
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Re: New Helmet, New Experience
« Reply #63 on: March 16, 2016, 06:02:16 pm »
I'm within 1/2" of those dimensions according to a quick measure - my sisters say I am an egghead ...

That's not because of the shape of your head though :D

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Re: New Helmet, New Experience
« Reply #64 on: March 16, 2016, 06:06:30 pm »
 :rotflmao: at myself. Hey, any laughter is good laughter. At me, with me, glad you're smilin'!

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« Reply #65 on: March 16, 2016, 06:13:04 pm »
:rotflmao: at myself. Hey, any laughter is good laughter. At me, with me, glad you're smilin'!

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Re: New Helmet, New Experience
« Reply #66 on: March 16, 2016, 07:19:39 pm »
I bought an Ibuki last week from 2wheels.com.  It is quite a bit quieter than the Gmax that I have been using and is lighter too.  The build quality looks good and the wake stabilizers really do work.  My head measured 23-5/8 and I bought a large based on their sizing guide.  The fit is good so I think you can trust their sizes.  The airflow is good and the open and closed positions are oblivious when you are wearing the helmet.  The only downside is that it is wider than the Gmax and will not fit into a C10 saddlebag.
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Re: New Helmet, New Experience
« Reply #67 on: March 16, 2016, 07:20:51 pm »
I bought an Ibuki last week from 2wheels.com.  It is quite a bit quieter than the Gmax that I have been using and is lighter too.  The build quality looks good and the wake stabilizers really do work.  My head measured 23-5/8 and I bought a large based on their sizing guide.  The fit is good so I think you can trust their sizes.  The airflow is good and the open and closed positions are oblivious when you are wearing the helmet.  The only downside is that it is wider than the Gmax and will not fit into a C10 saddlebag.

You have the new helmet...now time for a new C14 so you can put it in the side bag :great: :beerchug:!

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Re: New Helmet, New Experience
« Reply #68 on: March 17, 2016, 12:13:02 pm »
I bought an Ibuki last week from 2wheels.com.  It is quite a bit quieter than the Gmax that I have been using and is lighter too.  The build quality looks good and the wake stabilizers really do work.  My head measured 23-5/8 and I bought a large based on their sizing guide.  The fit is good so I think you can trust their sizes.  The airflow is good and the open and closed positions are oblivious when you are wearing the helmet.  The only downside is that it is wider than the Gmax and will not fit into a C10 saddlebag.

You have the new helmet...now time for a new C14 so you can put it in the side bag :great: :beerchug:!

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Re: New Helmet, New Experience
« Reply #69 on: March 17, 2016, 10:01:10 pm »
You guys convinced me.  I ordered one from 2Wheels.com as well.  I can't wait to try it out!
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Re: New Helmet, New Experience
« Reply #70 on: March 18, 2016, 12:59:15 am »

Not only am I trying the new helmet but also my summer VStream. The combo will keep me very cool in the summer. Heat makes me impatient and so I think this will be the ticket for Texas and FL riding.



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Re: New Helmet, New Experience
« Reply #71 on: March 18, 2016, 01:21:46 am »
^^^^ yessir - I've cut many and this one is pretty close to perfect.

I've used a bandsaw and belt sander one after the other. I like to tape the area I want to cut and cut along a sharpie line...

Door edge trim on the lip helps hide my haste :great:

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Re: New Helmet, New Experience
« Reply #72 on: March 18, 2016, 10:47:02 am »
You guys convinced me.  I ordered one from 2Wheels.com as well.  I can't wait to try it out!

No one can argue that it's not lightweight, plush, quality and comes with Pinlock, all for $238. It's a bargain. I got the hi-viz and can really say it the best helmet I've ever owned, with that said, I've never tried a $600+ Schuberth or Shoie. I wouldn't mind throwing a few reflective stickers on it if I can only find some that I like....
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Re: New Helmet, New Experience
« Reply #73 on: March 18, 2016, 01:00:18 pm »
The only downside is that it is wider than the Gmax and will not fit into a C10 saddlebag.

That's a deal breaker for me.  Unless I can convince Murph to make some more of those Shad side case mounts for C-10s.  The Shad has the same shape as a 14's case, so there is much more room inside.

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Re: New Helmet, New Experience
« Reply #74 on: March 18, 2016, 03:48:15 pm »
I moved my helmet locks to the back because of the saddlebag issue.
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