Bilt Adventure Helmet Report

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

  1. ADVjoetekk

    ADVjoetekk n00b

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    I picked this up a few days ago, just finished a ride from SF to LA yesterday.

    First impressions:

    - Nice nice snug fit. Comfy.

    - On the freeway, it was definitely quiet'r than the AFX FX-39DS.

    - In the rain, the fog was minimal (usually at a stoplight, which a simple crack-open solves)

    - It's a little tough to open/close the main windscreen... which I guess is a good thing for keeping it shut tight.

    - The inner sunscreen is handy, but it doesn't come down far enough in my opinion (needs another inch)

    - I miss the quick-release chin strap of the AFX, these old-style straps are just dumb to deal with.

    - I got a white one, don't care for the BILT logo on the visor and back... but whatever (slap an ADV sticker on it).

    Overall, it's a great value for a $99 buy. But I still got a one good eye on an Airoh... :)

    Joe.
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  2. Baroquenride

    Baroquenride Relaxing at the beach

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    I've been considering buying a dual sport helmet for awhile now and when these went on sale a month ago or more, I knew I'd probably end up getting one. So, I went to my closest CG to try on my usual medium and while it wasn't bad I always check out the next size smaller in helmets just to get the tight fit. Turns out I really needed a small in these! I normally wear a medium in Arai and the snugness of this Bilt helmet is making me wonder if I should really be in a small Arai?!?

    Anyway, since I'm military I bought mine through AAFES and got an extra 10% discount off the already low price, making mine $89. However, I had to buy a couple small items that I needed anyway, to get it up past the shipping minimum to get free shipping. I've had it on for the last hour and this thing feels comfortable and snug with no pressure points- just the way a helmet should fit. The only thing that is weird to me is the lack of padding over the ears. I suppose that's for folks who like to wear headphones while they ride?!? Or maybe so they can hear their buddies talk to them on the trail??? Regardless, I like padding over my ears and will try to rig up something in that area, along with using earplugs like I always do. One concern I do have is that I wear glasses and the glasses don't fit in the usual place in this helmet. They sit a bit high on my face and don't rest on my ears, along with riding just below my eyebrows. I think I'm ok with that, but it would be nice if my glasses would fit where they're supposed to on my face. Usually I wear contacts anyway, so this isn't a showstopper for me.

    I have yet to test it out on the road, but since I'm already prepared for the fact that it'll never be as quiet as my Arai Vectors, I'm only concerned about the fit and for me it's a great fit!
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  3. n1tr0

    n1tr0 Dual Sport rider

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    Any particular model ? Got any pictures of it installed ?

    I'm going to retire my AFX to bush use and grab one of these for my mostly-road days. My AFX needs some new pivot hardware and maybe a new gasket because I can't get any of my shields for for it to fit properly anymore and the lack of a D-ring is keeping me from being able to lock it up easily.
    Any idea how easy it is to change the interior and/or exterior shields ?
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  4. kubiak

    kubiak Long timer

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    i been using the afx 37 and liked it but it is old so i bought the explorer yesterday and love it! i usually wear a xl but had to get the xxl in the explorer. it fits perfect, very comfy.
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  5. AZ Mark

    AZ Mark Been here awhile

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    At the CG yesterday and was there to see the $99 Adventure helmet. Well I found a big pile Bilt Explorer's at the front of the store. Looking for a White but had mostly Silver so checked my normal size of large. My head is more oval than oblong, and the large was impossible to get on. Tried the xl and settled on the xxl as it was the only one that my cheek's did not feel like a chipmonk.

    Took it home and slipped it on several more times and it just was not a good fit. The xxl was way too deep for my head shape. With further inspection the top vent would only open on one side. The trim between helmet and pad on the left side was not set in place and kept popping away from the placement groove.

    I could go on but I'll stop by saying this is not the one for me.

    Hope my "2 cents" is helpful...
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  6. OKlr

    OKlr 25mph gate inpector

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    went and tried one on also. Had to go up a size from large (oneal dirt and shoei street) to the xl in the bilt. Padding was really thin, way thinner than i figured. i love the look of it, and don't see a need for a tab to lift the shield. there is a large lip on it that i didn't have a problem using. I didn't like the way the padding put pressure points on my head. I think it could break in, but i would be fighting through it just for a look. I felt like the drop down shield could be darker also. it was pretty light. My dark smoke on the shoei is way darker, probably double. I think its still a good buy for $99 but i wouldn't spend any more on it.
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  7. Falcon86

    Falcon86 I just work here.

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    Bought one last night. I got mine in silver, was marked down to $99.99 and I bargained another 10% off because of a small smudge probably from rubbing against another helmet on the shelf.

    Had an AFX FX39 prior and this helmet seems every bit as good. Fit is better, but it doesn't have that nifty ratchet strap. Does have the sun shield though, anxious to see if that's worth anything or is just a novelty.
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  8. mendoje

    mendoje Been here awhile

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    Re: Bilt Adventure Helmet... I bought one about two months ago now, it's my first DS helmet. I was at the local CG for one of their Bike Nights. It was on sale for 99.99, I wanted matte black, but they were out of stock, I hemmed and hawed... the salesman gave me a 20% off on the spot, so I took home a medium pearl white, yes!

    I wear a medium Shoei or Arai, and this one fit me well. I like them on the tight side when new, after a few months they always break in perfect for me, so far so good with the Bilt. On a naked bike, it's as quiet (or as noisy, depends on your point of view) as my Shoei Multitec, and definitely fogs way less than my Multitec. Best $80 I've spent.
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  9. roadtrip22

    roadtrip22 Been here awhile

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    Just got my set. Heres my review So I bought the Pants and the helmet and went and did a 500 mile trip that following weekend and see how it does. I also purchased the pants too.

    The Explorer Helmet
    purchased for $100 in flat black. Size small (don't laugh I like my helmets nice and snug)
    After purchasing the helmet I rode home with it on right out of the box. It did ok. Top speed reached was pry 55 mph. I had plenty of vision and a nice wide view which I liked but that comes with the dual sport helmet style. With the visor up or down I didn't notive much pulling or pushing and with it being very light weight it was comfortable.

    Explorer Pants
    Purchased for $150 Black in color size 34
    The pants fit well only wearing a pair of jeans I had to try on a few sizes and use the bike to see how far I could lift my legs. From size 32 I could not lift my leg more than a foot high. bumped to size 34 and 36 and I had full mobulity. the down fall I found is the tightning around the waist. Not much to adjust and only uses velco and not a lot of it. for a nice secure fit. It was fairly comfortable and fit well but could use some more padding around the butt area.



    Now for the 500 mile test.
    Left the house early in the am. Tempurature was 45 degrees and now I can really tell where I have air flow. Getting on the highway and cruizing at 70-80 mph I didn't notice much buffering but it does get a little noisy. When turning to the left or right I could feel a air flow come up my neck and flow up behind my ear. And if I stuck my head up a little higher from the stock GSA windshield it would kinda wanna push me back in my seat. with the visor up I notice a small pocket of air infront of my face that kinda just twirls around. For the fold down sun shade it does it's job and the push buttom spring release for it to pop back in the helmet was really nice with having gloves on. The main visor has a stiff spring to keep the visor from being pushed down with the wind and you can actually position it anywhere you want. But the downfall is if it's cold out might wanna leave it cracked a tad bc it will fog up on you. For that sun visor lid there are three bolts that bolt on this cover trim piece on my helmet after 500 miles i lost one of those bolts and the side would rattle at 50 mph and was extremly annoying. so I would recommend removing that and then glueing it back down and lock tight on the three small bolts. Later that day I did some off roading. Had plenty of visabilty and didn't have any issues with my head not being able to turn. The helmet was light so you don't notice the weight either. Up, down left right and in circles I could move very freely. For the price of the helmet and some small minor upgrades I'm going to keep it. With a 5 year warranty on the entire thing you can't beat the price. I would also like if they had fluorescent colors for safty

    For the 500 mile pant test. at 45 degrees I stayed very warm and had no breeze or cold air flow anywhere. I stayed very warm and comfortable. With a high of 65 degrees that day I didnt' notice the weather. I had easy air vents to access if needed. From getting on and off the bike I had no issues stretching my legs or getting caught up. Getting the lower pants legs over the boots were a little more difficult than I was expecting. For most of the day I was fine till about 300 miles. I started getting Monkey butt. Could use some more butt padding. (on a standard GSA seat but we all already know the stock BMW seats already suck so lets not go there) When I reached home it was back to the low 40's and I hadn't even noticed the temp drop in the pants. They held in heat well and kinda felt like I was wrapped in a warm snuggy. The pockets are nice and deap with zippers but the cargo pockets are kinda useless. To small for anything other than a small cell phone. The only main con I would point out would be sizing is a bit odd and I would recommend trying on a few pairs. They make two different styles and the sizing between the two arn't the same. Only upgrades the pants could use are bigger cargo pockets and or a clear map pocket on the legs. I would also want something other than small strips of velco for the waist adjustments maybe add some snaps for if your going to be more active so you pants don't fall down if your standing up really long. And I would deff add more butt padding. Coming in two color black and Tan. But could use some reflective parts atleast somewhere for visability. I was told I'm really hard to see with the black pants on.


    I plan on keeping both and using both and let the real test begin and lets see how they last after a few months and a few years. Its great when everything is new out of the box I'll review again in 2 years.
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  10. staudio

    staudio Time for a ride...

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    just an fyi...

    on saturday (12/22) got a flyer from Cycle Gear in the mail....had the Bilt Explorer Discovery Helmet listed at 69.99 until 3/6/13

    It looks like the Bilt Explorer Discovery Helmet (69.99 according the the flyer/mailer) is not the same as the Bilt Explorer Helmet which they have listed at $99 on their website.

    Not sure what the difference between the two is
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  11. mendoje

    mendoje Been here awhile

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    No built in sun visor on the Discovery.
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  12. Meeners

    Meeners Adventurer

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    Have they made face shields for this yet?
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  13. jdfog2

    jdfog2 Been here awhile

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    I bought one of these in early December.

    I REALLY like it so far. Wore it all day yesterday while quad riding in the snow.

    And I have worn it three times on my motorcycle (before we got the snow).

    My other two helmets are an HJC Symax and a Nolan Trilogy.
    I like this helmet as much, if not more than the Trilogy but not quite as much as the HJC.
    I DO like the visor feature and wished the HJC had it. (Which may explain why I also own the Nolan Trilogy).

    My son also just bought a much more expensive Fox MX helmet and he likes the Bilt better.

    I decided for $99 I could try it.
    I wanted full coverage that doesn't flip up, but wanted it to have a wide viewing opening AND be glasses friendly.
    This helmet fit all those criteria.

    It "feels" like pretty good quality, not quite as nicely finished as the Nolan but I didn't expect it to be.
    It is a bit noisy but not as noisy as the Nolan and really not that bad considering it has a visor hanging in the windstream.

    I think about any helmet under several hundred dollars is going to make you compromise in some "wants" and this is no exception but it is pretty nicely made and has a lot of features for it's price.

    I would buy another one.

    The only negative - one of the screws that holds the black leading edge cover on the visor fell out and it makes a vibration that resonates. I taped it down temporarily and vibration issue was fixed. Now to see if I can get them to send me a new screw...

    Jay
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  14. kubiak

    kubiak Long timer

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    i dressed up my bilt helmet today. i sprayed some grey metallic paint on the visor to match the nose piece and a few decals.
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  15. kubiak

    kubiak Long timer

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    covered up the bilt logo
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  16. kubiak

    kubiak Long timer

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    covered the bilt logo on top with paint.
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  17. Meeners

    Meeners Adventurer

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    I just bought the discovery adventure... Still waiting to get it...
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  18. roostar

    roostar Been here awhile

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    I put 50 miles under my new lid today. Not bad.
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  19. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    Nice!

    Sorry to be so rudimentary, BUT, before the paint did you do some kind of prep? Steel wool or sand. Primer?
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  20. kubiak

    kubiak Long timer

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    i just sanded the visor with wet and dry 320 sandpaper then shot some automotive single stage paint with hardner on it. good and durable.