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Offline MikeB_CA

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New Helmet, New Experience
« on: October 05, 2015, 08:45:47 pm »
I bought a new "Kabuto Ibuki" modular helmet on Friday after reading about it and listening to the "2015 helmet reviews" from Revzilla. The helmet I was wearing before this new helmet was the "Shark Evoline 3".

Prior to buying the Ibuki I was having all kinds of trouble trying to find a quiet, turbulent-free spot on my bike but really couldn't, no matter what I tried and I went through 7 different windscreens that proves I was looking for that place without success. I was trying windscreens because I was convinced there was no way the helmet could have been that bad. Well, I was wrong! To make things worse, I sold 4 of the best windscreens thinking they weren't doing their job when they weren't the problem!

I rode for the first time this weekend with my new Ibuki modular and first thing I noticed was how smooth the wind felt traveling around my helmet and how quiet it was! I was shocked and so surprised. I lowered my windscreen while doing 90 mph on the freeway and the wind was smooth...like butter! I couldn't do that with the Shark because it was way too rough and loud! I can barely hear the Delkevic slip-on with the "Ibuki" whereas I was hearing it all day with my Shark helmet on, even with my molded ear buds in (which I wear all the time). The Ibuki is more comfortable, smoother, quieter, lightweight (quite a bit lighter than my Shark) as it comes in at just over 3.5 lbs, and the venting...it vents so well! I couldn't feel the air entering the vents in the Shark which made that helmet hot to ride with. This new helmet vents so well! Opening the top and rear vents allow soooo much air to travel through the helmet making it much cooler to ride with! The padding in the helmet is "Cool Max" and is very comfortable! The fit of the helmet is great! There was a "hot spot" in the forehead of the Shark but the Ibuki's fit is "right on the money"!

This new helmet is amazingly quiet, smooth, comfortable and lightweight. I'm extremely satisfied with it and it has made riding the Connie so much more enjoyable because I no longer battle the roughness and noise of the wind like I did before! It is kind of a pisser because, like I said earlier, I sold off my windscreens and am sure that one of them would have been PERFECT with this helmet >:(!

If you're looking for a new helmet and want to go modular I would take a serious look at the Kabuto Ibuki...great helmet for $450!

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Re: New Helmet, New Experience
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2015, 09:13:27 pm »
Hi,
        Thanks for the review!

Funny how these helmets look a lot alike but act different!

Here's a pic of your helmet so people know what you are describing!

Don't worry about past windscreens!

You look cooler with the MRA Vario anyway! >:D
« Last Edit: October 05, 2015, 09:20:07 pm by seagiant1 »
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Re: New Helmet, New Experience
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2015, 09:18:13 pm »
Hi,
       If my cheap HJC ever gives out. :-[

I'm looking at this BELL Bullit as it is just so retro! ;D

Don't know if it is any good, but goes for $400! :-[
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Re: New Helmet, New Experience
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2015, 10:08:37 pm »
Very nice right up Mike!!  I am sort of looking to replace my 9 year old Arai profile,,, I am def. gonna look this Kabuto up and check it out,, Question though... Do you know what snell rating it is?   
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Re: New Helmet, New Experience
« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2015, 01:17:03 am »
I had a Bullitt for a little while, but had to sell it after one ride...it was just too round for my oval head. Trying in on around the house, I thought it was gonna break in and work, but with wind pressure it pushed into my forehead much harder. Instant headache. FWIW, I wear a Bell RS-1, which fits me very well.

Anyway, I'm not sure it's really worth $400, but it's a nice helmet. Biggest selling point, apart from style, is the visibility, which is excellent. Close to a 3/4 helmet.

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Re: New Helmet, New Experience
« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2015, 01:34:16 am »
I had a Bullitt for a little while, but had to sell it after one ride...it was just too round for my oval head. Trying in on around the house, I thought it was gonna break in and work, but with wind pressure it pushed into my forehead much harder. Instant headache. FWIW, I wear a Bell RS-1, which fits me very well.

Anyway, I'm not sure it's really worth $400, but it's a nice helmet. Biggest selling point, apart from style, is the visibility, which is excellent. Close to a 3/4 helmet.

Hi,
        Thanks for the info!

Admittedly the Bullits only pulling me because of looks and I to think it is a little high for what it is!

The Bell RS-1 looks more modern!
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Re: New Helmet, New Experience
« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2015, 02:12:59 am »
I've been very pleased with the RS-1. Admittedly, haven't compared it against higher-end helmets...but it has some nice features and it fits me well. Also, if you're willing to buy non-solid colors, you can usually find them on closeout for anywhere between $150 and $250 (rather than list of $400).

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Re: New Helmet, New Experience
« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2015, 11:06:43 am »
Good looking helmet.  Many of the features look virtually identical to my Neotec (which is the most comfortable helmet I have ever owned).  The internal sunshield activation lever, the windscreen hinge and removal system, the front ventilation scoop all look just like the Shoei.  I've never heard of Kabuto; I wonder if they are related to Shoei? 

I like the sweeping curve along the side of the helmet, and the helmet looks like it has superior posterior venting to the Shoei.  And at $450 compared to $589, I'm going to have to give the Kabuto a real hard when it's time to replace my helmet. 
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Re: New Helmet, New Experience
« Reply #8 on: October 14, 2015, 11:18:21 am »
Hi,
      Here's a question.

When do you guys deem a helmet needing to be replaced? :(
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Re: New Helmet, New Experience
« Reply #9 on: October 14, 2015, 12:23:18 pm »
Hi,
      Here's a question.
When do you guys deem a helmet needing to be replaced? :(
5 to 6 years IMO.

Yeah; I usually go between 4 and 5 years; both from a safety standpoint, and improvements in technology or features.  I replaced my HJC with the Neotec after only 3 seasons mainly because I wasn't very happy with the HJC.

Unless, of course, the helmet ends up protecting your noggin during an incident.  Then, you replace whether it "looks" okay or not.

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Re: New Helmet, New Experience
« Reply #10 on: October 14, 2015, 01:54:01 pm »
Hi,
      Here's a question.
When do you guys deem a helmet needing to be replaced? :(
5 to 6 years IMO.

Yeah; I usually go between 4 and 5 years; both from a safety standpoint, and improvements in technology or features.  I replaced my HJC with the Neotec after only 3 seasons mainly because I wasn't very happy with the HJC.

Unless, of course, the helmet ends up protecting your noggin during an incident.  Then, you replace whether it "looks" okay or not.

Hi,
     Hmmm...good info ! Thanks!

Admittedly when I finally pulled the trigger and bought my C14, I just bought a "cheap" HJC from the Dealer!

Just wanted to get on the bike and go at that point! >:D >:D >:D

I'm going to get the goody out of it,  but next helmet is probably going to be the Bell Bullit.

I guess if you order a helmet and it does not fit you can return it for another size. ;D
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Re: New Helmet, New Experience
« Reply #11 on: October 14, 2015, 06:05:46 pm »
I guess if you order a helmet and it does not fit you can return it for another size. ;D

That depends. Some places won't accept a return after you've put it on your head. You know, lice and such. Cycle Gear is a good place to try out a helmet. They give you 7 days to decide if you like it. If not, return it and get another one.
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Re: New Helmet, New Experience
« Reply #12 on: October 14, 2015, 06:26:06 pm »
I have been very happy with my RS-1. I am a self proclaimed helmet whore and for the money I dont think there is a better one. I have the Transition shield and it works fantastic too! I have worn everything under the sun except an Arai, they just do not fit my head. Next in line is Shoei, I have had a Quest and Rf1100 and the Bell is just as good.
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Re: New Helmet, New Experience
« Reply #13 on: October 14, 2015, 06:46:46 pm »
I guess if you order a helmet and it does not fit you can return it for another size. ;D

That depends. Some places won't accept a return after you've put it on your head. You know, lice and such. Cycle Gear is a good place to try out a helmet. They give you 7 days to decide if you like it. If not, return it and get another one.

Hi,
        Thanks Gentlemen! :great:

Some good info here! ;D
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Re: New Helmet, New Experience
« Reply #14 on: October 20, 2015, 04:40:04 pm »
Talk about timing.....I looked at the Kabutos this past Sat and tried on the Ibuki.  Very nice helmet and it fit well.  The sales guy may be full of it, but he claimed the Kabuto rep told him they do a lot of research and design now for Shoei and actually own the wind tunnel Shoei does all their testing in.

I plan on picking one up this week....just gotta decide on the color........














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Re: New Helmet, New Experience
« Reply #15 on: March 06, 2016, 12:18:14 am »
These Kabuto Ibuki's are on close out now at Revzilla for $359.Just ordered one. :)
http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/kabuto-ibuki-helmet
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Re: New Helmet, New Experience
« Reply #16 on: March 06, 2016, 01:14:32 am »
These Kabuto Ibuki's are on close out now at Revzilla for $359.Just ordered one. :)
http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/kabuto-ibuki-helmet


Shoes has all metal clasps and latches in the modular action. Others have plastic. Is this a modular with metal hardware? I'll have a look later. My Neotec is loud loud loud....

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Re: New Helmet, New Experience
« Reply #17 on: March 06, 2016, 01:17:39 am »
These Kabuto Ibuki's are on close out now at Revzilla for $359.Just ordered one. :)
http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/kabuto-ibuki-helmet


Shoes has all metal clasps and latches in the modular action. Others have plastic. Is this a modular with metal hardware? I'll have a look later. My Neotec is loud loud loud....

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Yes that sucks the neotec is loud, I think every report I read said they were pretty quiet, im almost deaf and mine is loud.

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Re: New Helmet, New Experience
« Reply #18 on: March 06, 2016, 01:41:21 am »
These Kabuto Ibuki's are on close out now at Revzilla for $359.Just ordered one. :)
http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/kabuto-ibuki-helmet


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Re: New Helmet, New Experience
« Reply #19 on: March 06, 2016, 02:45:54 am »
Well, I'm intrigued by this Kabuto, so I search for the hi-vis Yellow in MED and found this:

https://www.2wheel.com/kabuto-ibuki-modular-helmet-grp_100563.html

Seems like all colors and sizes available.
$248.82
FREE shipping
I couldn't resist, bought.... :-[
Never heard of this outfit, but They even gave me $10.00 bucks reward cash towards my next purchase.
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Re: New Helmet, New Experience
« Reply #20 on: March 06, 2016, 03:59:06 am »
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.
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Re: New Helmet, New Experience
« Reply #21 on: March 06, 2016, 04:43:42 am »
I bought the Kabuto Ibuki from Revzilla a few weeks ago and was able to get out last weekend with it.. I love helmet, it was an ease to attach my Sena 20s and my GoPro. I really liked the lever to flip up the helmet was on the side and not in the front like most helmets so this did not interfere with the GoPro.
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Re: New Helmet, New Experience
« Reply #22 on: March 06, 2016, 04:55:54 am »
I bought the Kabuto Ibuki from Revzilla a few weeks ago and was able to get out last weekend with it.. I love helmet, it was an ease to attach my Sena 20s and my GoPro. I really liked the lever to flip up the helmet was on the side and not in the front like most helmets so this did not interfere with the GoPro.

Yep...like I said when I first got it and I'll say it again, the helmet is AWESOME! Everything is solid, it vents really well and is really comfortable!

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Re: New Helmet, New Experience
« Reply #23 on: March 06, 2016, 10:57:14 am »
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.

I have the Sena 10R, I really like its svelte profile. I haven't used its bike to bike feature, but driver to passenger and COM from my phone work well. The only thing is I'm not sure you can get music AND D-P COM both at the same time, but I really need to do my homework more- of course Me and my passenger would like to listen to music and converse.... I'd love to run into Sena at a motorcycle expo- I was looking for them at Americade last summer, but they did not attend as far as I know.
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Re: New Helmet, New Experience
« Reply #24 on: March 06, 2016, 12:46:08 pm »
Well, I'm intrigued by this Kabuto, so I search for the hi-vis Yellow in MED and found this:

https://www.2wheel.com/kabuto-ibuki-modular-helmet-grp_100563.html

Seems like all colors and sizes available.
$248.82
FREE shipping
I couldn't resist, bought.... :-[
Never heard of this outfit, but They even gave me $10.00 bucks reward cash towards my next purchase.

Nice link NYB. Ordered and even was able to use my $10 immediately. Revzilla has it for $100 more and they say it's $100 off?

Hey Mike, this better be a great helmet :)  :))
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