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General Category => Gear => Topic started by: Alabama Adventurer on April 01, 2014, 07:40:35 pm

Title: Lids
Post by: Alabama Adventurer on April 01, 2014, 07:40:35 pm
I have a full dirt helmet with the goggles and such, but it's not the best for street riding and (as I found out), it can about rip your neck off if you turn your head to look at something at speed.  Also when riding when it is cold (it was 25 on my commute this morning), no way would I want a dirt helmet - my neck hurt just from the air that was getting in on my street helmet!

My street bike helmet is okay, but I wanted something a little nicer and more versatile that I could use everyday.  I didn't really want to spend a fortune (i.e. $600+), but I wanted some nice features.

The one thing that's been a pain on my street helmet is the visor; I've got one clear and one dark mirror.  I often leave when it is still dark out, and then it gets really bright later in the high-altitude of Colorado, so I wanted a helmet with an internal sun vision.

I am also a stickler for a full-face for full protection; here's what I cam up with:

Nolan - neat, but not sure about the strength of the mouth protection; did not look that substantial to me.

Shoei GT-Air
Looked nice and well made.  Fit really tight on me and kind of expensive at about $500

I did like the Shark Vision-R BeCool a lot, it was my runner-up - Shark also makes the Bluetooth set-up to fit this helmet

This is what I did get - I like the features and the way it fit; also the price at $229.  Looks sharp too.
Scorpion ECO-500 Heritage
I also got the extra smoke external visor and dark smoke internal visior.

Honorable mentions:

If you wear these, you are just plain cool!


One more interesting helmet is the Suomy MX tourer.  It is a dirt bike helmet with a internal sun visor.  I like it, but just wasn't sold on the visor, it just appeared to be more for looks.  Also at $400, it was twice the cost of the Scorpion.  However, I would say that it is worth checking out.  The only place that seems to have it is Helmet City.


Title: Re: Lids
Post by: Rusty Shovel on April 02, 2014, 03:03:41 am
I've had the HJC SyMax III in flat black for three years now.  I'd buy it again if it were stolen.  I actually returned a Shoei Neotec helmet in favor of the HJC.  The HJC helmet fit my head better.  I like that I can flip up the chin bar while fueling or talking.  I also like how easy it is to remove the visor for cleaning/replacement.  There are many color choice options for replacement visors.  I just purchased an amber lens with a clear Pinlock insert.

One gripe: removing the internal sun visor is a one shot deal; the clip holding it in always breaks when removed.  Since I've only removed the internal visor to replace it, this was a minor annoyance.


Helmets are like sunglasses, you gotta try em on to see how they'll work for you.
Title: Re: Lids
Post by: Dane1960 on April 16, 2014, 08:10:19 pm
Helmet selection depends a lot on 1. How much riding do you in a day. 2. Where you live...... So let's talk about 1. Usually the more expensive the helmet is the lighter it will be, so riding a short distance around town a heavier helmet might work for you, on the other hand if you are riding all day 500 plus miles a helmet the weighs less will not fatigue you as much......okay now let's take about 2., so how does where you live make a difference...well here in Southeast Texas the summer days can reach near 100 degrees and if we go a little bit west days can be over a 100 degree. What does that mean for helmet selection plain and simple you need a lot of air flow through the helmet to keep cooler.
Here's an example: I bought a Shoei Quest helmet because the reviews said it was really quiet (I still have it) to be super quiet means it has less airflow...so it's crazy HOT in the summer. if you live farther North it might work for you. Less air flow also means a more fogging shield. It's a very nice helmet but it's hot in the summer. I also have a couple of Shoei RF1100's the 1100 flows tons of air you quickly notice a difference from the Quest, a much, much cooler helmet to wear in Texas Summers. I think it also flows through the air a bit better than the quest which translates to less neck fatigue.

So think about how you ride and where you live... and then helmet fit.....read the reviews on air flow for the helmet you want to purchase.
Title: Re: Lids
Post by: seabeegt on April 27, 2014, 10:25:51 pm
I got a shoei hornet ds. Cost me $550 and I faceplanted on a fireroad 2 minths later. Saved my faced from getting thrashed but now its all scratched up. Looks ain't everything so I still rock it as my mainstay. When I do the sumo thing around town I rock the HJC dirtbike helmet w/ goggles.  Its heavier with less airflow so I might try a Soumoy helmet next. A buddy just bought one and said its got mad airflow. That's what I'm gonna need when it starts getting real hot and humid here in the summer.
Title: Re: Lids
Post by: Endo on May 02, 2014, 02:36:09 pm
I have an Arai X4 & its perfect!!!! Great for dirt or street and considerably less head cavitation than my shoei rf1100 street helmet (I'm not kidding) BEST HELMET I HAVE OWNED.  ;D
Title: Re: Lids
Post by: Guymcfly on May 11, 2014, 08:05:37 am
If yr basing yr choice on protection (and we should, but let's face it, we do buy with our eyes), check out the Kali helmets. They have a new style of  inner protection which is supposed to work far better than standard stuff.
They are not expensive either.
Title: Re: Lids
Post by: GSP on May 21, 2014, 07:22:33 am
My review of Nexx Carbon

Title: Re: Lids
Post by: Rusty Shovel on May 21, 2014, 07:27:27 am
Sweet dome!
Title: Re: Lids
Post by: Rusty Shovel on May 31, 2014, 08:08:05 pm
Not exactly the most subtle.  I should wear this to work!


Unfortunately it's $780.  So it's waaay to much moola just to get a rise out of my boss.  Dang.

For those of you with more scratch, or who are simply a bigger fan of Predator than I am: http://www.nlo-moto.ru/helmet/predator-3
Title: Re: Lids
Post by: Bartlioni on September 19, 2014, 12:32:26 pm
Now that Predator helmet is the best one made.  This will probably be my from-me to-me christmas present this year.  No lasers, jes leds.  I'll post my collection of authentic german, supreme soviet, and whatever helmets later on.
Title: Re: Lids
Post by: Rockitboy on October 12, 2014, 05:00:15 pm

 Hey guys lots of cool helmets here.. I picked up this AFX helmet late last winter & really like it. It has the internal tinted shield that flips up with a slide on the left side of the helmet. That is so nice not to have to wear sun glasses when riding. Sun glasses always give me a headache when on the road especially when its windy. Got mine for $109 off Amazon. These are polycarbonate but are DOT Approved & ECE 22.05 certified (ECE 22.05 is very similar to a Snell certified). A couple KTM decals & it looks like a spendy lid. I've had a lot of complements on it over the summer. The bad is the top has faded quickly. Still looks cool & most folks just think its airbrushed.. LOL!
Title: Re: Lids
Post by: Rockitboy on October 12, 2014, 05:10:51 pm

So here is mine after a summer of abuse. I have taken a couple good hits with this & its held together well.

BTW.. I never EVER ride without it. Too many brainless drivers out there that really don't care if I live to see tomorrow.