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    wanderer
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    FWIW I went looking for a new helmet this year. For the last 10 years or so I've had Nolans. Been satisfied with them though they are noisy, but I do have to admit that i threw away the under chin guard which I learned very recently has a significant impact on noise reduction.. Never said I was smart.

    At the NYC motorcycle show I checked out the new Schuberth C3 with high expectations. Bottom line I was very dissapointed. The quality is no better than the Nolan, it is lighter but I tried on 3 and none fit well at all. I tried to get the attenttion of a salesperson with no luck. Maybe I missed something in the fitting but I left there think Shuberth is way to many $$$ for the quality.

    The Sheo Quest was nice but I have to say I was smitten by the Aria RX-Q. Great fit on the top of the heat and then you adjust cheek pads to get them just right. Very light. A bit more $$ than I hoped but the quality and fit were perfect.


    Came how a bought RX-Q...waiting for the two foot of snow and ice to disappear and try it on the road.

    If you can live with a full face, the Shoe Quest and Arai RX=Q are worth a look

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    N103 works for me!

    I got a Nolan 103 when they first came out. I liked it so much I picked up a new one with a new design at the NYC show. The folks from Cima International that were at the booth were great. I'm giving my old one to the Mrs. The Bluetooth setup works great with my iPhone. I haven't had a chance to set up both helmets to intercom over the Bluetooth.

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    I would highly recommend the Shoei Multitec. I have a whole shelf of different helmets and that is the one I like to ride with. I ride an RT and this helmet is relatively quiet, doesn't whistle in the wind, has a good field of view and I love the flip front for the convenience at stops and to talk to people.
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    I had a BMW System helmet that unfortunately ceased to exist after an unwanted encounter with the local asphalt.
    The next helmet is likely going to be another BMW System Helmet (System 6 is the current, I believe). Loved the fit and sound level of the last one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianM View Post
    I would highly recommend the Shoei Multitec. I have a whole shelf of different helmets and that is the one I like to ride with. I ride an RT and this helmet is relatively quiet, doesn't whistle in the wind, has a good field of view and I love the flip front for the convenience at stops and to talk to people.
    - Good luck
    Got my replacement Multitec today, went white. Used a a local shop that is also online.
    Got a great savings too. Over $100.
    W/ sales tax too, still cheaper than other onliners or list.
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    i recently learned that perhaps the single most important thing to consider in a new helmet is the shape of your own head. i never gave this much thought but always wondered why either the venting wasn't worth a hoot or maybe it was very loud, or even why tho a helmet might *seem* to fit, it still bobbled about in certain ways.

    maybe i have been merely a subject of sales hype (i don't think so)... BUT
    having bought an Arai Quantum II, which was more or less custom fit to my head, i am happy as a clam. the entire fitting process really opened my eyes.

    i have a small head size. so lots of helmets DON'T fit me well. the sales guy at the shop i went to first measured my head, then determined my head's shape- medium oval, which (i think) is pretty common. i was all like, "i wear a small"- but he started with an extra small, because i was on the cusp, so to speak- then tweaked the pads until it fit better than any helmet i have ever had on. i LOVE it, and lo and behold, the venting is amazing to boot- if there's too much air-space around your head because you don't have the shape of the helmet matched to the shape of your head, the venting will seem ineffective.

    so if your helmet TRYING/BUYING experience doesn't include some specialised attention from the sales staff, then YOU better do some homework on your own head before laying out a huge wad-o-dough for something you won't be happy with, or which won't fit... i'd check manufacturer's websites too, to see if they offer insights into fit, etc. as somebody mentioned above, maybe one of THE best ever sites for reviews on all things motorcycle related is WebBikeWorld.com. always worth a look there as well to see what their opinion is of any product.

    BTW, i went on to buy (sight unseen- off the BMWMOA flea market), a Shoei X-11 for my GF, who has a real similar head as mine. as luck would have it. it is VERY similar in fit to my Quantum II! @ a buck-fitty, (600.00 new!) it was worth the money but also a sheer stroke of luck on the fit. truth be told, the X-11 MIGHT be a hair lighter than the Quantum II.

    another note on Arai- they are a small family-owned business in Japan- each helmet is made pretty much by hand and is hand painted, etc. the fit and finish is what you'd expect for the serious cash you'd spend on one.

    no idea about Shoei as a company, but that X-11 is bangin.

    on the down side of the Arai? maybe the Quantum II would be considered loud by some? since i wear ear plugs when i ride, it's no problema for me. cost MIGHT be an issue for you? but consider what you think your head is worth, then buy a helmet accordingly. i bought what many many racers wear.

    best of luck.

  7. #22
    MATTWALSTON
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    Quote Originally Posted by merrittgene View Post
    I'll certainly add an intercom to the helmet...either my old Autocom, or move to a Scala G2)
    Wanna buy my G4's? There a piece of junk. Stay with the Autocom if you want good, reliable audio and things to just work.

    Quote Originally Posted by merrittgene View Post
    What do you have, what do you wish you had?
    Shoi RF-1100 3XL, same. It's been a good helmet and fits properly. I won't go with a modular because I don't see a need, will only buy SNELL approved, and hardly flip up the shield now.

    Quote Originally Posted by merrittgene View Post
    What do you like/what do you hate?
    Shield easy to change. No pinlock. Expensive shields.
    Big ear pockets.
    Removeable liner, but not as removeable as an Arai.
    Ventalation is great and good at defogging.
    Tolerable noise.

    Quote Originally Posted by merrittgene View Post
    If cost were not a factor, would you choose differently?
    No, but if I'd compromise and go to a flip-up, the Schuberth C3 fits great and seems well built.

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