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Old 02-08-2011, 03:06 AM   #1
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I know this is a pretty open question, but what are your opinions of Shoei, AGV, HJC or Arai. I've owned 2 Shoei helmets so far and love them but I'm interested in trying something else. I like the designs of the AGV but hear that they don't vent very well. The new HJC are getting good reviews and Arai have always been a solid choice. Just getting personal testimonials cause I don't have the cash to buy one of each.
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Old 02-08-2011, 03:40 AM   #2
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There's lots of good threads out there with info on helmets.

Rounded up a couple for you.

The first one is a review of the new HJC RSP10 from our forum sponsor Patrick at Motorcycles Unlimited.
http://www.motohouston.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=171032



Many more reviews/questions/links to several models:
http://www.motohouston.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=169206

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http://www.motohouston.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=170091

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http://www.motohouston.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=153992

http://www.motohouston.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=148312


You can also go straight to the Gear Talk section and do a "Search this Forum" for any helmet make you like. Chances are someone's already reviewed them.
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Old 02-08-2011, 03:57 AM   #3
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get a arai and youll never look back. sure their are others that are good but if you want the best go with arai others will disagree but truth is truth. and experience talks.
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Suomy all the way! Excellent ventilation, super light, & best graphics by far IMO. I like some Arai's too but they dont fit me well. I have 3 Suomy lids and counting..

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get a arai and youll never look back. sure their are others that are good but if you want the best go with arai others will disagree but truth is truth. and experience talks.
Jake, not to flame you or anything, but I'd venture to say I've got a wee bit more experience with Arais than you since I've been wearing them for longer than you've been alive.
Granted, they are a very good helmet, but I'll say this:
There are a number of helmets that rival or top Arai when it comes to fit and quality; Shoei and Suomy being to off the top of my head.

I'll also say that the new RPS10 is damned close at half the price.

You can read my review here:

http://www.motohouston.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=171032

At the end of the day, you need to be properly fitted into a helmet that fits the shape of your head, and that's something we've got a lot of experience in.
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The HJC is the best choice IMO.
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get a arai and youll never look back. sure their are others that are good but if you want the best go with arai others will disagree but truth is truth. and experience talks.
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i think the suomys have the best graphics by far... but they don;t fit my head very well. arai has the vents in the visor and i loved those. shoei has always been my helment of choice because it fit my head the best
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Jake, not to flame you or anything, but I'd venture to say I've got a wee bit more experience with Arais than you since I've been wearing them for longer than you've been alive.
Granted, they are a very good helmet, but I'll say this:
There are a number of helmets that rival or top Arai when it comes to fit and quality; Shoei and Suomy being to off the top of my head.

I'll also say that the new RPS10 is damned close at half the price.

You can read my review here:

http://www.motohouston.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=171032

At the end of the day, you need to be properly fitted into a helmet that fits the shape of your head, and that's something we've got a lot of experience in.
You're an Arai guy as well though! I have both an X-11 and an RX-7 and loved the Shoei. . . . until I wore the Arai. After a while I noticed the Arai vents better, and not nearly as much creeps through the face sheild(actually none in the Arai) Also, even though my Shoei seems to be a big more snug around around my head and face, at illegal speeds it seems to want to lift a bit more. My next helmet will probably be another Arai, but I'm also looking at AGVs, but don't have any experience with them yet.

I always said I'd never wear something like HJC, but it looks like they've stepped it up A LOT with their new helmet, so I may actually look into one of them as well.
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get a arai and youll never look back. sure their are others that are good but if you want the best go with arai others will disagree but truth is truth. and experience talks.
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Jake, not to flame you or anything, but I'd venture to say I've got a wee bit more experience with Arais than you since I've been wearing them for longer than you've been alive.
Granted, they are a very good helmet, but I'll say this:
There are a number of helmets that rival or top Arai when it comes to fit and quality; Shoei and Suomy being to off the top of my head.

I'll also say that the new RPS10 is damned close at half the price.

You can read my review here:

http://www.motohouston.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=171032

At the end of the day, you need to be properly fitted into a helmet that fits the shape of your head, and that's something we've got a lot of experience in.

yeah, i agree, when i get my new bike ill definitely be talking to you about a new helmet as well. you know i always take your advice.
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You need to figure out what head shape you are first and then try helmets designed for that purpose. I like Shoei but in the past couldnt wear them so I went with Arai because they made the long oval shape. Now I have many brands that all fit well so the variety is getting better every year. I havent seen too many crappy full face helmets out there in the last few years. Just get one that fits well and take care of it.
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There are plenty of nice helmets out there. For me though my new RF-1100 is the best helmet I've ever owned..... Perfect fit for me, light weight, ventilates better than any helmet I've ever had. Plus it just looks cool, especially in the matte black.
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A lot depends on head shape.

As much as I've always wanted an Arai, they just don't fit my head right. I've got a Shoei now which I love, great aerodynamics and with all the vents open it feels like you don't even have a helmet on!

My old HJC fit great as well, and has taken care of me the past 7 years. That new HJC looks pretty sick in the Spies color combo!
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Jake, not to flame you or anything, but I'd venture to say I've got a wee bit more experience with Arais than you since I've been wearing them for longer than you've been alive.
Granted, they are a very good helmet, but I'll say this:
There are a number of helmets that rival or top Arai when it comes to fit and quality; Shoei and Suomy being to off the top of my head.

I'll also say that the new RPS10 is damned close at half the price.

You can read my review here:

http://www.motohouston.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=171032

At the end of the day, you need to be properly fitted into a helmet that fits the shape of your head, and that's something we've got a lot of experience in.

for sure do this. I was set on arai, but it didnt fit my mug and it was not comfortable for me. (thanks Patrick). Then i tried on numerous Shoei helmets, was not impressed. Tried on AGV nope... The i tried on the Shark.... It fit my melon perfect. I can wear it all day long, its light, breathes good, very comfortable.... So go get fitted and buy what fits you best...Graphics dont save your melon.....
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