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    Flip-Up Helmet Comparison

    MOTORRAD tested 12 Flip-Up helmets in the 2.3.2007 (06) issue.

    I'll only list the ones that scored Good to Very Good.

    Shoei Multitec: very good, 82 points (15/18/12/8/8/8/5/5/3).
    Schuberth C2: good, 79 points (16/16/10/7/10/9/4/5/2).
    Nolan N102: good, 76 points (17/14/15/7/7/7/5/4/0).
    BMW System 5: good, 70 points (11/15/11/6/9/7/5/5/1).
    HJC FS-Max: good, 70 points (12/16/13/5/8/8/4/4/0).

    Ratings were based on:
    Shock absorption/safety - 20 points,
    Fit (on various head shapes) - 20 points,
    User friendliness (operation of chin piece, chin straps) - 15 points,
    Aerodynamics/Acoutics (noise) - 10 points,
    Ventilation and associated controls - 10 points,
    Visor (field of view, etc) - 10 points,
    Glasses (ease of use with) - 5 points,
    Fit/finish - 5 points,
    Weight - 5 points,
    For a total score of 100.

    Only 4 helmets in the test had a built-in sun visor; the Airoh Mathisse RS, the HJC FS-Max, the Nolan N102 (clips to the exterior of the visor) and the Schuberth C2.

    You might find a copy of the test in a few weeks on the MOTORRAD Issue Archive Page.

    My personal pick is still the Schuberth Concept/C2...although I haven't seen the Shoei yet.

    And I've got this backed up in case of another server crash.

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    Shoei Multi Tech

    Just got it Tuesday/ Two days on the road, but so far I am pleased.

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    I am very pleased with my ~$100 Zeus flip-up. I liked it so much that I bought a second one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richr8 View Post
    Just got it Tuesday/ Two days on the road, but so far I am pleased.
    What does the Shoei Multitec go for? Did you buy it locally or mail order discount?

    I haven't seen one yet. How does it compare to the Schuberth when it comes to solid feel, action of the chin piece, etc.

    Maybe talk about it a bit.

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    Multi tech vs.??

    I just recieved my light silver Multitech (MT). I used a C1 for four years before.

    In my opinion, the MT is as well produced as the C1. The MT seems a little lighter it's quieter, easier to install comm headset. The only thing I miss from the C1,,,
    yeap, the flip down sun visor.

    I bought it by email, $384. delievered thru a group buy.

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    If you're shopping for flip-ups, maybe take a look at the Caberg Justissimo. My husband bought one at the Atlanta bike show and has been very pleased so far. The sun shield is on the inside of the main shield; there's a lever on the side of the helmet to flip it up and down. He says it works great.

    Sarah

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    Quote Originally Posted by greer View Post
    If you're shopping for flip-ups, maybe take a look at the Caberg Justissimo. My husband bought one at the Atlanta bike show and has been very pleased so far. The sun shield is on the inside of the main shield; there's a lever on the side of the helmet to flip it up and down. He says it works great.

    Sarah
    My GF has one and loves it. I use the Sheuberth C1, and it fits me great and works very well.

    Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by greer View Post
    If you're shopping for flip-ups, maybe take a look at the Caberg Justissimo.
    Here is the link to the Caberg Justissimo GT.

    Another flip-up from Caberg is the Caberg Rhyno for children.

    They are located out of Bergamo, Italy. I never knew they were there and I've been so close.

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    BTW, the other flip-up helmets that scored (out of 100) less than Good were:

    IXS HX 335: satisfactory, 64 points,
    Lazer Grandville: satisfactory, 60 points,
    Bayard FP-60: sufficient, 58 points,
    Airoh Mathisse RS: sufficient, 53 points,
    Nexo Tourstar: unsatisfactory, 46 points,
    Held Sky II: unsatisfactory, 43 points,
    Vemar Dual VXD College: unsatisfactory, 40 points.

    6 areas of the helmet were put through impact tests in a lab. Only 4 out of 12 helmets scored 15/20 or better. Interesting that the BMW System 5 only scored 11/20 in those tests.

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    I recently purchased the Multitec. It is outstanding! I had a Nolan flip helmet and a Shoei RJ 3/4 helmet. The Shoei has been the most comfy helmet I have ever had so I felt confident with purchasing the Multitec w/o actually have tried one on. I paid $369 on-line with free overnight shipping included.

    Besides being very comfortable, as advertised, the head buffeting with the Multitec is almost non-existent (also as advertised). With my Nolan flip helmet if I did not keep the windscreen in a high position the head buffeting and noise was very bothersome.

    I can now keep the windshield all the way down and I do not feel any buffeting nor is there a lot of wind noise (as a consequence of having the flip).

    When it comes to helmets, I do not think $$$ should be a person's limiting factor. We are talking about protecting our head and our brains. How much is that worth? (Particularly for people like me whose brain power already struggles!)

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    I have the Caberg and really like it better than my Concept as it is quieter and the sunvisor is bigger too.
    As is is ECE approved I'm sure it is as safe as all the other euro flips. As with all lids it is a matter of personal fit and comfort. YMMV

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    When it's time for a new helmet I will probably go with the Multi-Tec. I tried one on at the Motorcycle show and liked it. I've only had my current Synchro-Tec for 2 seasons, and will continue to wear it for the next 2, barring any events unforeseen and unspeakable.
    Wherever you go, there you are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riderR1150GSAdv View Post
    I have the Caberg and really like it better than my Concept as it is quieter and the sunvisor is bigger too.
    As is is ECE approved I'm sure it is as safe as all the other euro flips. As with all lids it is a matter of personal fit and comfort. YMMV
    +1 Caberg

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    Re:Flippers

    As for the Caberg; I bought one a few years ago when the company was called Jarrow. Worst helmet I ever owned over 36 years.

    The clear visor leaked like a sieve. After sending it back to the distributer, they placed a felt strip on the helmet that fell off in a couple of hours. The distributer would not answer any communication method. After about 6 months the visor then started to yellow. Same response from the distributer.

    It now sits on my garage shelf as book ends, I cut it in half.

    I hope they have increased there quality control.

    YMMV.
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    Shoei MT Forst long ride

    First off, I ot mine form Chicago Performane on a group buy with the LT group. It was 389.95 delivered. I just competed a 120 mile ride in 96 degree heat. I am very happy with the helmet. The fit and finish is excellent the fit is perfect for me, the noise level is as good as ny helmet I have used. The ventilation is not as good as my RF1000, but it's okay and the mechanism is easy to operate with gloved hands. The operation of the visor mechanism and the flip up are awesome with a very solid feeling upper and lower locks. The flip up is simple to use with one gloved hand. and the visor swap out is a snap. Of course it uses the same visor as my RF 1000, so I have had some practice. Overall, I am extremely happy with this purchase. I'll be adding some comm soon so I will report back on how that goes. Good to be back in the air conditioning.

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