Bilt Adventure Helmet Report

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by G19Tony, Sep 29, 2012.

  1. 407Guy

    407Guy Adventurer

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    Dang... $70...
  2. ride4321

    ride4321 Long timer

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    Just bought the Explorer and gave it a test this morning (and last night). I like it. It was 21F this morning and the helmet is not as warm as my HJC but it doesn't leak as much air around the shield either so I'm guessing the cold is coming from below the chin guard. No biggie, I don't plan to use this in the winter much. I like the face shield having full adjustability, it seals good and the only visual distortion I noticed was down low when looking at the instrument panel. I also noticed some glare from the bottom of the shield and I'll try black tape if it really bothers me. The tinted visor could be darker but its just like the one on my HJC so not a big deal. I'll use sunglasses in morning and evening when the sun is really in my eyes. Didn't seem any noisier than my other helmets but I wear earplugs. You can feel the wind catch the visor but it's not bad and shouldn't be an issue, maybe in high winds. I should have a chance to check that out over the next few days.

    I wear a large in a HJC and the XL fit me perfect in the Bilt.

    Update!!!
    Be very careful if you use loctite to secure the visor screws. Who knew it ate away plastic???:eek1 The plastic strip that's held on with 3 tiny screws was in pieces this morning and one of the rear screws is fucked too. The screws are tiny and it's nearly impossible not to get some locktite on the plastic. Hopefully I'll have a new visor coming in the mail soon.
  3. 407Guy

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    Ouch on the plastic melting....

    I'm still amazed on how the sizing is all over the board.

    My XS still seems a tad big for me. I usually wear a Medium or sometimes a Small but never XS.

    So strange.

    Anyway, glad you like it too. Can't beat it for the cost.

    :1drink
  4. ride4321

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    Just got off the phone with Cycle Gear and they can not replace the beak/visor that fell apart. I mentioned having used locktite and the resulting damage and they said that voids the warranty. The store I bought it from did offer to replace the entire helmet but only out of good will. Fuck. The store is 2 hours away. I'll see if I can fix it somehow. Not happy at all with customer service there.

    :baldy
  5. Baroquenride

    Baroquenride Relaxing at the beach

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    Wait- let me make sure I'm understanding you correctly. You're not happy with their customer service because they're offering to replace your ENTIRE helmet because you screwed up the peak using locktite?!? Wow.:huh WOW!
    Seems like 4hrs round trip is a small price to pay for your screw up. Use your mc, it'll be cheaper on gas.
  6. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    Cycle Gear has provided me with AMAZING customer service.Most of there BILT products are crap and they seem to know it so they have replaced or refunded my money every time !!.


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  7. ride4321

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    The guy at the store was nice offering to replace the helmet. I'm not pissed about that. I'd just like to be able to order the replacement part instead. Inconvenient to go back to the store since it's so far away. I'll fix it with epoxy. Seems like a vulnerable part like that should be available for purchase is all.

    DO NOT USE LOCKTITE!. Tiny screws and almost impossible not to get some on the plastic.

    Really more pissed at myself than anything. Had no clue locktite ate plastic.:dunno
  8. SnoSlyder

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    I am very happy with my Explorers. I bought one back in Sept when I got my new KLR, and then bought another one just last week so that my wife has one when she wants to brave riding with me. They are well ventilated, have the super sweet retractable sunvisor, and are fairly stylish to boot. I have one in Matte Black and one in reflective Silver (my new one) and I will say that the new silver one is cooler than the matte black one...for obvious reasons. The padding does not accomodate ear buds very well because every time I put my helmet on while trying to wear ear buds, the inner padding want to pull the buds outta my head. But hey...I should be paying more attention to the road and my surroundings than to say Iron Maiden's Number of the Beast, right? Nah :lol3

    Overall, two really nice helmets for an extremely nice price. Ride On!
  9. Baroquenride

    Baroquenride Relaxing at the beach

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    I hate the fact that there's no padding where the ears go on these helmets and I wish they had made it a straight shot from front to back in this area. Anyone got any suggestions on ways to add padding to it? I tried adding foam to it today and it didn't really work. Got scrunched up a bit and felt odd. However, my Arai helmet has padding where the ears are and it's SOOOO comfortable. I really should just ditch this helmet and be done with it.
  10. jfman

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  11. Baroquenride

    Baroquenride Relaxing at the beach

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    That's the one without the flip down shield.

    Just reread my comment above and ended up buying an LS2 helmet soon after that which is almost the identical helmet but slight variations on material and openings. They're made by the same company along with the Speed and Strength version and the Joe Rocket. Anyway, I originally bought the size small Bilt and bought the medium in the LS2 which fit much better along with swapping out cheek pads. Soon after, one of the vent tabs broke on the Bilt and I swapped it out for a medium and it fit so much better and was much more comfortable. Now with that being said, I like the material in the LS2 helmet better than the Bilt version, but I looooooove having that drop down visor in the Bilt which the LS2 doesn't have.
  12. blown7.3lps

    blown7.3lps Brian

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    used the Bilt helmet for the fist time today after picking it up from the local CG store. I like the helmet but no room for the blue tooth speakers.

    not sure if its normal, but when riding down the high way I could feel cool air around my ears? the helmet feels good and snug around my head so was surprised air made it that far into the helmet.

    have never owned a dirt bike helmet before so not sure how they should fit or flow air. This Bilt helmet deff felt like it wouldn't keep my head warm in really cold weather. Although probably a very well vented helmet for hot days.
  13. Hikertrash

    Hikertrash Long timer

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    Just checking to see if anyone has issues putting a Sena smh-10 in this?
  14. GS-A-Day

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    SMH 5 fits without problems.