BE KIND TO HUMANS... THEY BITE
I switched to a cheap HJC which was quieter in that I didn't hear the amplified exhaust anymore, but the wind noise was significant. Then I tried a Nolan N103. I like the helmet for everything BUT the wind noise, which is loud enough at 55mph to leave my ears ringing if I don't wear plugs.
The Nolan fell apart at the JC Rally last summer and I sent it directly to CIMA (the importer) for repairs which they did promptly and at no cost. But I needed another helmet for the ride home to Vermont, so bought an Arai XD3. I personally, with my rig, find this helmet significantly quieter than any of the modulars I've tried up to about 65mph, at which it's about the same noise level. It's also by far the most comfortable helmet I've ever put on my head, but that probably has more to do with the shape of my melon matching the helmet.
'07 R1200GS for solo rides
'10 R1200GSA with Hannigan dual sport sidecar for rides with Barley
1) Get a helmet that fits YOU correctly.
2) More money gets you more/better features (venting is significantly different between brands & models)
3) Regardless of how quiet the helmet is, wear ear plugs.
4) If you go with a modular, be sure the latch assembly parts are metal, not plastic.
Ride Safe, Ride Lots
i purchased an EXO 700 full faced helmet last year in Hi Viz when my old Shoei was shoeing it's age. I instantly fell in love with the helmet. I was so impressed with the quality, feel, price and oh yes the color that i just purchased one of their EXO 900 modular helmets as well.
For the money and comfort i love them both. i find, now that summer months are here though, i am using the 900 helmet quite a bit. Stuck in traffic, driving through the village i live in, paying tolls, pumping gas.. it's quite convenient.
What can i say.. i am partial to the hi viz color.
1991 R100 GS, 1985 K100, 1973 Jawa Californian, 2003 KLR 650