I have a Scorpion full face and I'm pretty happy with it so far. Comfortable, good vision (although I had to put an electrical tape sun visor on the shield) vents are ok, just a tad noisy.
Last year I replaced my Arai Quantum/f with an HJC AC-12 Carbon. I swore I'd never get another Arai until they make replacing the faceshield significantly easier. The HJC is lighter (carbon fibre construction), DOT and Snell 2005 certified, and has an incredibly easy system for changing faceshields. It's also less expensive than an Arai and has very good fit and finish.
I believe you get what you pay for, but if two competing helmets are each DOT/Snell certified, is the more expensive one "safer" than the less expensive one? I don't think so, but it may be better built, with more features and fit better. No helmet is a bargain if it doesn't fit properly, or is uncomfortable.
OK, I took my new Shoei Multitec on a 1,960-mile shakedown ride this past weekend (Houston to Orange to Anthony to Alpine to Del Rio to Houston).
Bottom line - great helmet . . . although of course not the cheapest helmet.
Very comfortable, with no hot spots right out of the box (seems to have a slightly different interior shape than my Shoei X-11, with a little more room in front of my nose). Probably will need little, if any, fine-tuning of the hard foam. The first day it was on my head for about 17 hours and still felt good at the end. Eyeglass frame cutouts (slots) in the interior side foam are very convenient. Uses the same facehshields as the X-11. Fit and finish, and quality of construction seem excellent. Good air flow, with a noticeable difference when you open and close the vents. Also, the vents are much more intuitive as to whether they are open or closed than some of the vents on the X-11. The flip-up mechanism works very well, opens easily (and stays open), and locks securely. The release latch (in the front near the bottom) is easy to find and use with gloves on, and released easily with no need to fidget with it to open helmet. Helmet is fairly quiet, even out in West Texas where the speed limit is 80 mph . . . I even got to comparison test it on one leg when I forgot to put in ONE ear plug (EAR Classic tapered foam), so I could easily compare the noise level with and without ear plugs.
Last edited by BeemerMike; 06-25-2008 at 05:58 PM.
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'95 R1100RS, '88 K75S, '75 R90S, '97 Ducati 916, '95 Ducati 900SS CR, '09 Aprilia SR50 Factory
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Well I guess when you buy a HJC helmet and have problems your on your own and if you got it on the net. as I did bend over. My response from HJC was to go buy a replacement part from local store should cost me $9.99 they said. My lid has less than 200 miles on it and I am to go buy parts. My last HJC.
Here is their return email to me. Thank you for your enthusiasm in HJC.
In response to your inquiry, I have no base plates for this model as a replacement part at this time. Please visit a local HJC dealer and have them order a set from there distributor. It should cost you about $9.99 for the kit.
HJCA Customer Service
R and R
Gotta tell y'all.................I'm a BIG X-11 fan....great venting, very quiet, fit & finish impecable....will replace soon due to age of helmet, prolly Multi.
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"Igor" 82 RS "Inga" 04RT
1. Don't buy a used helmet;
2. Brands matter. The big companies don't dare build junk.
3. Try them on at a dealer to find one that fits and looks right;
4. Somebody else's #1 choice may not fit your head at all;
5. Cycle World ticked off a lot of advertisers when they published a study that found minimal correlation between cost and safety.
6. If it's a solid brand, looks good, fits right, and is light enough to wear all day, I don't care how much it costs.
That's just me.
"What separates man from the beasts is his capacity to believe damn near anything."
Several posts here suggest that choosing between a flip up helmet and a full face is like choosing between life and death in a crash.
If we are all going to be as safe as possible, we will all park our bikes tomorrow and not even go out of the house.
Here in N.H. I see most riders without any helmet. Hey, "live free or die"
I feel very protected with my Nolan 102, and that may be a false impression (according to some). But I adhere 100% of the time to ATGATT, and am WAY ahead of the t-shirt and flip-flop crowd.
John & Cathy
'92 K100RS (gone- '04 R1100S Boxer Cup)
'12 Suzuki DRZ400
("kid's" bikes) '02 Kaw ZX6R- Jen's '07 Duc 800ss- Johnnie's
Just an update on my HJC Symax II, after getting them to replace the face shield & mechanism, I took it out and the face shield still will not stay up...right now it's at about 70mph or so, but that's where the last one started at and got worse so I'm assuming this one will as well....so my 2 cents says it's just a bad design.
If you like to ride with the chin-bar down but the face shield up....don't buy this helmet!
P.S. WOOHOO!! MY 100th post!!!!