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    2006 K1200GT, 1986 K100 merrittgene's Avatar
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    Helmet brands - advice wanted

    I'm looking for a new helmet.

    Of course, fit is everything, but I think I'm looking at either a Schuberth C3 or Arai Vector 2. (I've always had Shoei before, and I've never been fully happy with the fit and noise level. I don't think I have a Shoei head.)

    So, knowing that opinions are like elbows (everyone has two), I'm looking for helmet recommendations from other riders.

    (I wear a normal-ish Large, and ride 10K-12K miles a year. I'll certainly add an intercom to the helmet...either my old Autocom, or move to a Scala G2)

    What do you have, what do you wish you had?

    What do you like/what do you hate?

    If cost were not a factor, would you choose differently?
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    These guys do the best fitting out there:

    http://www.theservicepavilion.com/

    Find out when they will be close to you & go see them. The young lady not only started by measuring my head, she judged my shape & picked the helmet that she thought would be the best match for my shape. Then, she inserted & removed pads enough times that I got a perfect fit around the crown of my head. After perfecting the crown fit, she moved on to the cheek pads & fit those perfectly. Just to be sure we had the correct shape, we tried another one on & verified that it did not fit better.

    All this is included in the purchase price. They price the helmets 10% below retail I think, with custom fitting being part of the deal. If they have what you want in stock, you take it with you, if not, they take your payment & ship it out when they return to base. In my case, I wanted the newest color out there & had to wait a few weeks for it to come off the boat. It was barely out there when I got mine.

    I saw them at the International MC show in San Mateo. They were also at the Rally in Redmond.

    Now, I also saw Shuberth at the MC show. I found the guy who seemed to know the most & all he could do for me was go larger & larger until the dang thing sat on the top of my head... I'm a very long oval shape & that made the helmet dangeroulsy loose on the sides. I told him if he could custom fit me, I was laying cash out right there, but no dice. I really wanted the features in their helmet, but a fit was not to be had.

    Service Pavillion got my money & have a VERY happy customer. No more sore spot on my forehead after riding!

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    I didn't get the level of service that JStrube did with TSP, but they do a good job. My experience is to generally expect to have the helmet shipped.

    I am also a long oval and wear the Arai Profile. I originally thought I wore an XL, but at the motorcycle show in Dallas, the Arai rep said I wore a large, and proved it. So at the TSP booth, the TSP rep tried lots of helmets, and ended up agreeing with the Arai rep. TSP also has a trade in program, which doesn't add up to much money saved, but it is better than an over-sized paper weight.

    Even with all that attention, the wind noise remains substantial, and I am hard of hearing. So I currently wear a pair of Big Ear headphones/ear plugs, but am waiting for them to plug up with "micro fine ear wax" again and will be trying Arizona Al's headphones/ear plugs next, as I understand his design doesn't allow for ear wax preventing use of the headphones.

    Good luck, and let's hear what you end up with.

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    I have an Arai Quantum II and now an RXQ. I am not familiar with the Vector. I can say I love the RXQ. It is much quieter than the QII. The airflow is great, and, it is ducted to hit your temples, not your eyes. My QII hit me in the eyes and gave me dry eye. The airflow in the RXQ is very cooling and well done. The helmet is light, too.

    So I am happy with the Arai and would buy another.

    I would not buy the pin system for the dark shield again. It is a pain. Just having a separate dark shield that I interchange would be better.
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    Greg, I find my helmet to be pretty noisy too. Earplugs are mandatory for me. That was one reason I was hoping the Shuberth would fit...

    My comments are mainly on the fitment of the helmet. I've been to too many shops where they will just pull one off the shelf & see if it fits, not knowing about how it should fit. "how's that?" to me is not a good question. I don't know how many Arai helmets I've tried at local dealerships, not to have ever had one actually fit, along with all the others out there. I never knew about the shapes until the young lady helped me from TSP. Granted it was near the end of the day & there was not a line of customers at the booth.

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    Schuberth C3 without a doubt... best helmet I have had in the past 15 years. If you are going to go intercom, the integrated system is a must. See my comments in other threads:

    http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/showthre...ight=schuberth

    and here:

    http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/showthre...ight=schuberth

    and check out all of revzillas videos on the helmet for a pretty detailed explanation of the helmet and the SRC comm system.

    On fit: I ordered mine from Germany... I am a pretty round head. I took a measuring tape measured my cranium per their instructions, and ordered the size that corresponded. The fit has been perfect, but I know I lucked out since I have a pretty average head shape. If your headshape is something special try it on first. Webbikeworld also has good reviews and explanations about head shape to brand fit.

    Cheers!

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    Check out Web Bike World for scads of info on helmets and many other bike related items............................ http://www.webbikeworld.com/
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    I don't have a perfectly Shoei-shaped head, but their helmets fit me ok. The main reason I continue to buy them, besides reasonable pricing, is that, if and when I need a replacement faceshield, I can go into any shop any where and find it. With a fancier or specialty brand, that's not happening.

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    Don't buy anything until you try it on! I have worn Arai's for years and looked at several different makes, maybe 15 different brands. Schuberth wouldn't even fit on my noggin. Several others fit, but poorly. I would not buy a helmet without trying it on first.

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    Guess I have a Shoie type head. The multitec fits me well.
    I now have to buy a new helmet after being run off the road 3 days ago at 50mph by a hit and run van.

    Shuberth looks interesting but $300 more than my shoie and no local place area to try one on.
    Love the flip down shade inside.
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    The Helmet Shop in Daytona lets you try on helmets before you buy. I have an HJC IS-MAX bought from them last year. The retractable sun shield is a welcome feature that really works and the helmet is well vented a plus in the summer heat.
    I wear ear plugs if traveling long distance so noise is not a problem. I ride a 2004 R1200CLC, 2006 HD FSXTI, & 1980 R100RT with a URAL sidecar.
    Ride Safe
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rpbump View Post
    The Helmet Shop in Daytona lets you try on helmets before you buy. I have an HJC IS-MAX bought from them last year. The retractable sun shield is a welcome feature that really works and the helmet is well vented a plus in the summer heat.
    I wear ear plugs if traveling long distance so noise is not a problem.
    Ride Safe
    What bike do you ride and how is the HJC for wind noise? I find that some helmets may be quiet on one bike, but noisy on another because of the difference in fairings and windscreens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rpbump View Post
    The Helmet Shop in Daytona lets you try on helmets before you buy. I have an HJC IS-MAX bought from them last year. The retractable sun shield is a welcome feature that really works and the helmet is well vented a plus in the summer heat.
    I wear ear plugs if traveling long distance so noise is not a problem.
    Ride Safe
    The helmet shop doesn't carry shuberth.
    I liked the fit and quiet of the shoei and it has proven itself .....literally to me.
    It took 3 rapid impacts in a row deccelerating from 50mph and I didn't feel it.
    If the insurance comes thru I'm thinking Crystal White this time.
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    I have a new Nolan NCom-103. It fits my oval dome perfectly. Very comphy despite being a little heavy. It is noisy on my R12RT. If I could quiet it down it would be perfect for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jstrube View Post
    these guys do the best fitting out there:

    http://www.theservicepavilion.com/
    +1

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