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Old 11-21-2011, 06:32 PM   #1
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I have been helmet shopping as of late and have been coming across a myraid of options and choices in terms of the new helemet technnolgy available to me.

What is everyone's take on:

#1 modular helmets (more often used for touring bikes but, eh, why not for sportbikes?)

#2 Bluetooth intergrated helmets (I had a bad experience with the Oneal with Blinc technology in the past but I am sure that the issues I had have been addressed and improved upon since then. Maybe.)

#3 helmets with intergrated internal drop down sun visors (seems pretty cool in theory. Besides I save money on buying extra visors, right?)


Any thoughts?
I am a person who loves options but more times than not I get bamboozled by the same attraction.
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Arai bar none
I know, I know, the better name brands are the better option in terms of overall protection. I mean what's more more important right? Bells and whistels or your noggin? But, I am going to have to save up for those. I mean, just up until I make that purchase for one. Until then, I don't mind spending a few bucks on a "jazzed up" lid. Besides, I still have my Shoei.
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I'd rock the shoei then when you have some extra cash go grab a arai you have to check and see how it fits tho. The arai and shoei IMO fit completely different
That's another thing, Arai lids don't fit me right anyway They hit me in my forehead real causing real discomfort. Anyway, thanks for the feedback.
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That's another thing, Arai lids don't fit me right anyway They hit me in my forehead real causing real discomfort. Anyway, thanks for the feedback.
Diff arai's have diff head shapes same w shoei

Some are basketball round, others are oval ish
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Actually I went looking this weekend and found a few lids I thought fit really well. I even stopped by Cyclegear and tried a few of there in-house lids. Bilt, for example, fit really snug and I thought I might give it a try. But passed when I saw a Nexx I really wanted. Who knows, I might try a Bilt just for kicks. You know, for that inexperienced chick that wants a ride...
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The three options you have pointed out have one tbing in common: extra weight and excess of moving parts. These, to me is a show stopper
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The three options you have pointed out have one tbing in common: extra weight and excess of moving parts. These, to me is a show stopper
I agree, weight is a big issue, along with rigidity and strength. But, if that was my chief concern I would go (and stay with my Shoei). That said, your input was certainly helpful. But, I was taken by the addition of bluetooth and intergrated visors and all that. I mean, at the end of the day a $60 helmet would more than likely spend more time on my shelf than on my shoulders, lol! I was just curious. But, again, thanks for all that replied.
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Definitely try on a variety of makes and sizes. I settled on the Shoei X-12: expensive, but a great fit for me. Be sure it is not too loose, your eyes are in the middle of the eye opening, and your chin does not hit. I like a removable liner that can be aired out and dried.
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I have been helmet shopping as of late and have been coming across a myraid of options and choices in terms of the new helemet technnolgy available to me.

What is everyone's take on:

#1 modular helmets (more often used for touring bikes but, eh, why not for sportbikes?)

#2 Bluetooth intergrated helmets (I had a bad experience with the Oneal with Blinc technology in the past but I am sure that the issues I had have been addressed and improved upon since then. Maybe.)

#3 helmets with intergrated internal drop down sun visors (seems pretty cool in theory. Besides I save money on buying extra visors, right?)


Any thoughts?
I am a person who loves options but more times than not I get bamboozled by the same attraction.
1. Have never used one.. been thinking about it, but can't tell ya.

2. Everyone I've talked to about intergrated bluetooth complains. (Bluetooth sucks, but the helmet is good.. Fit sucks but ok bluetooth. I can't get the bluetooth to sync to my phone but works on my friend's phone fine and we have the same phone.. Yes I've heard theses) I have an after market bluetooth and I'm very happy.

3. I love my Scorpion and use my drop down visors often, but in the long run really rather have a pair of shade on. Just not dark enough to my liking.
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1. Have never used one.. been thinking about it, but can't tell ya.

2. Everyone I've talked to about intergrated bluetooth complains. (Bluetooth sucks, but the helmet is good.. Fit sucks but ok bluetooth. I can't get the bluetooth to sync to my phone but works on my friend's phone fine and we have the same phone.. Yes I've heard theses) I have an after market bluetooth and I'm very happy.

3. I love my Scorpion and use my drop down visors often, but in the long run really rather have a pair of shade on. Just not dark enough to my liking.
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I have a Scorpion EXO1000 with the drop down inner visor.
I agree with Bussa, it's not really dark enough for my tastes BUT it is effective enough to keep me from squinting in bright sun.
I like that I don't need to carry around a spare shield or sunglasses. Helmet and I'm good to go.

Don't buy into the myth that high price brings extra protection. It's not true.
It brings high tech materials, lighter weight, more feature and better graphics but not necessarily better protection.
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Just get a pair of shades to wear under your clear visor.

Look into hjc lids as well. Ventilation and noise are also important.
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My lastest is the HJC w/ the built-in visor. My only qualm is the fact that it's hard to use; I like to keep both hands on the bars, and fiddling around trying to find the pullswitch is not best done while moving.

I agree they're not quite as dark as I'd like, but no complaints. The helmet itself is light enough, I wouldn't worry about the extra weight unless I were on some really super-long ride.
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I have always wondered what is it that peple like about having bluetooth on a helmet.
I simply dont get it.
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I have always wondered what is it that peple like about having bluetooth on a helmet.
I simply dont get it.
Some of us have jobs and/or personal lives which require being able to communicate even when on the bike.
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I have been helmet shopping as of late and have been coming across a myraid of options and choices in terms of the new helemet technnolgy available to me.

What is everyone's take on:

#1 modular helmets (more often used for touring bikes but, eh, why not for sportbikes?)

#2 Bluetooth intergrated helmets (I had a bad experience with the Oneal with Blinc technology in the past but I am sure that the issues I had have been addressed and improved upon since then. Maybe.)

#3 helmets with intergrated internal drop down sun visors (seems pretty cool in theory. Besides I save money on buying extra visors, right?)


Any thoughts?
I am a person who loves options but more times than not I get bamboozled by the same attraction.
I'm a big fan of modulars and honestly the weight is not as bad as you think. Some are uber-heavy, most are not. They are noisier though which some people find a problem. That's one of the reason they usually are used by touring riders - the barn door of a windscreen on most of them reduces wind noise.

Bluetooth? Mixed emotions and feelings. Better than nothing for a phone call, but sux for music.

Drop down visor? Great on the ones with optically correct visors - i.e. the higher end helmets. Not so great on a cheap one. Not as good as sunglasses, but great on those overcast days where the sun pops out and you need something on your eyes right now...
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