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    Thumbs up Helmet Choice

    I am a new member and have just purchased a R1200GS. I would like to purchase a full face helmet and would like some suggestions on what has worked well for the members on this forum. I am considering a Shark RSR2, an Arai Quantum and a Nolan 1002 modular. Since I need to wear glasses when I ride the Nolan modular design would be convienent but I'm concerned about the weight and possibility of higher noise level. The last full face helmet I owned was an Arai which I liked but that was back in the 80's.
    I know little about Shark but I understand this Helmet is excellent quality.
    Your input would be greatly appreciated.

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    Cool Helmet 'review'

    Quote Originally Posted by excursion
    I would like to purchase a full face helmet and would like some suggestions on what has worked well for the members on this forum. I am considering a Shark RSR2, an Arai Quantum and a Nolan 1002 modular.
    Aria is still the leader in helmets. I don't know personally, that's what I hear, I've never owned one. I've always been a Shoei person. I had a HJC, it broke on the way home, took it back and got a Shoei. Nolan is noisier, heavier, and the safety is questionable - the latch mechanism has been known to fail on older Nolan's during an accident (ask Vuk, he wanders around here). Again, I never owned it, I'm basing that upon all the feedback I've heard/read over the years.

    Recently I purchased a Scorpion helmet. In recent helmet reviews, it was rated #2 falling only a few points behind Aria. Their top model, the EXO700, with graphics is under $200. I have the EXO700, it is light, quiet, and provides the best cooling of any helmet I've ever worn. All their visors are fog free and less than $35 each.

    Complaints: 1) The visors are not optically perfect like Shoei's. When cracked open, I notice some distorition at the bottom of the visor as I'm looking through it. 2) The visor cannot be cracked open a hair for a little extra air flow on those humid/hot days. This could help alleviate problem #3 3) While the visors ARE fog free (and I mean TOTALLY fog free) they will build up moisture as water (not fog) on rainy days, then streaks will run down the visor causing distorition which, on a dark rainy night, can really interefere with vision. This may be exacerbated by the fact mine seems to leak a little at the top of the visor where the seal with the helmet is (my Shoei's have done this also, only worse - it would drip constantly when riding in the rain).

    Hope that helps! I have no association with helmet companies.
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    Try a bunch on first

    The only way to get a helmet you will be happy with is to look at your top choices and then try them on. Different brands fit different head shapes. I tried on at least 5 different brands and multiple models of each before choosing, I ended up with an Arai QuantumII It works for me but may not for you. So do what most men hate to do and shop, shop, shop around before you buy.

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    Helmet Choice

    I have been wearing Arai QUANTUM /F for about 6 year and tried the Nolans and did not like the fit. The Noland 102 was too tight front to back and the fit of X-1002 better but the lining rubbed my ears. I sent them both back. I ordered them on-line (Motorcycle Accessory Warehouse) and it cost me about $50.00 in shipping and restocking fees to send them back. MAW as the best prices if you know what you want. I found the 2/3 minute try-on is not enough time at the dealer showroom. See if they let you try one an hour or two ride.
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    I've used Arai for five years but this year tried a Caberg Solo it fitted just a tad tighter at first now it is fine. Quiet, well made and the flip down sun visor is wonderful! DOT and Euro approved. They also make a flip up that is highly thought of.

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    Nolan

    My daughter and I use the Nolan flip front because we both wear glasses. It has worked out well for us.

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    BUBBAZANETTI
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    Fit is most important
    Noise is next
    "Safety" is pretty much a given with any full face helemt. in a recent massive test of nearly every manufacturer the cheaper helmets were just as safe as the top of the line ones

    i have an Icon, it is sorta somewhere between HJC and Nolan in price. i like it cause it fits my head well. I don't like it because it is kind of noisy. different helmets fit different heads. I found the Arai just would not work for me in any size.

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    Helmts

    I have worn Shoei's for many, many years. I have been happy with them. I recently decided to get a modular (flip up) helmet due to my glasses. I ended up getting the Schuberth C2. It is a heavier helmet, no question about it, but it seems to be very warm and well insulated for the upcoming Winter.

    A couple of more comments. I tried an Arai helmet (non-modular) and it fit well. The big draw back, I was not able to slide my glasses in.

    As others have said, regardless of the brand name/cost, make sure the helmet fits well.

    Good luck with your search.

    Dex

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    I've been riding with a KBC helmet for a year and a half. I actually purchased it at that store that sells that black and orange gear, but only because it was my first helmet, and I wanted to try something on. It was only $150, but fits well, vents well, is not too loud (for me), and after peeling off the Buell stickers, looks great. Webbikeworld did a review on the helmet; it's sold at the HD deal as the "Redline" but is also the VR-1. They liked it, as well. I also recommended it to someone who was also happy with it. They have some newer helmets out now. I also sent my helmet in for inspection over the winter, after some abuse. It included free return shipping, and a nice helmet sack, as well.

    I think it's a very underrated brand! Good + affordable.

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    Arai RX-7 Corsair

    After trying on many different helmets, I finally decided on the Arai RX-7 Corsair. Expensive, but it just felt the most comfortable by far. It's pretty light weight, vents well, and was one of the best for allowing me to slide my glasses on. My only complaint with it is the hassle in switching shields - it's just a difficult process that always me think I'm about to break the shield although that hasn't happened (yet).
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    Shoei

    I just bought my second Shoei,it fits like a tight glove,like it is supposed to.The head ventilation holes actually work.It is not noticeably heavy,it is not real quiet.$600 Canadian, ZII model.

    I would wear a flip up if I thought it would fit as well as the Shoei.
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    Helmets

    As far as fit, all helmets and heads are a little different. Find a full-face helmet that's comfortable.

    I recommend white for visibility. White also stays a little cooler in the Texas sun.

    Look for one with a face shield that latches in the down position. The ones that don't fasten down will tend to get blown open by the wind as the helmet gets older.

    If noise is a problem, buy some ear plugs.


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    I rode today for the first time with my new Arai RX-7, and it seemed like wind noise was really loud. Noisier even than my usual Nolan N102, which has a reputation as a noisy helmet. I was disappointed. And I'm a chubby-cheeked fellow and the dang cheek pads were squashing me mug. It IS a beautiful and well-built lid though.


    Quote Originally Posted by ldysert
    After trying on many different helmets, I finally decided on the Arai RX-7 Corsair. Expensive, but it just felt the most comfortable by far. It's pretty light weight, vents well, and was one of the best for allowing me to slide my glasses on. My only complaint with it is the hassle in switching shields - it's just a difficult process that always me think I'm about to break the shield although that hasn't happened (yet).

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    Helmet

    I and my son have a Icon helmet which was $190.00. It fits well and we are very happy with the helmet. You may want to look at Icon next time.
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    I have been very happy with the HJC Symax as well as the BMW System V flipface. The BMW helmet was a UK purchase, but if you are going to UK/Europe/AU then it is a fabulous option.

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