Peaks on helmets. please explain.

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by sportline, Mar 13, 2011.

  1. sportline

    sportline n00b

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    Hi.
    I'm going to be buying a new helmet for a trip to spain this june. I have full off road lids with peaks and goggles. And I have tatty old road helmets with scrathched visors. So I'm looking for a new road lid. My friend has bought a Arai supermoto lid with a removable peak. Its a nice bit of kit and a good price.

    I was warned that while touring the peak will give me major trouble with wind catching it and pulling my head back.

    So this has me thinking. What is actualy the point in the peak. Where will it benefit me. On my dirtbikes i sometimes dip my head if theres chipping or mud flying up and it can divert some of it hitting my goggles. Is there any point for road use?

    Thanks.
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  2. GB

    GB . Administrator

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    It functions as a sunshade, but for on road use at highway speeds will create a lot of resistance on your neck, unless you have a good size windshield.
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  3. skierd

    skierd Wannabe Far-Rider

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    Don't know about the arai, but the peak on my shoei hornet doesn't grab much wind below 80mph. It does block the sun somewhat though, and is nice to have in the rain especially when stopped.
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  4. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    I rode with an off-road peaked helmet on my Strom. The peak makes for a good sun visor and as said, helps with rain. Never felt any pull from the wind catching it.
    They are a noisy helmets though, especially the ones without a visor. I'd recommend the Shoei Hornet or Arai XD.
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  5. GlenInk

    GlenInk Adventurer

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    I have an Aeroh S4 with a peak on, no issues for me with wind, had the lid for more than 3000 miles :wink:
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  6. Ceri JC

    Ceri JC UK GSer

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    I've used the Shoei and found that over shoulder checks at about a ton were unpleasent. BMW Enduro lid with the cut outs in the peak is far more bearable and you soon get used to it. On the road, it works as a sunshade, a means of blocking glare from the ****s who don't dip their headlights and when you're going slower (slightly) reduces the amount of rain/snow on your visor if you tilt your head forwards a bit. Looks cool on offroad style bikes too. :D
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  7. SimpleSimon

    SimpleSimon Aspiring advrider

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    I know that after long or windy days...the Hornet can get annoying. I just pulled it off if it became an issue.
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  8. smilin'Ed

    smilin'Ed Ed

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    anybody using the ICON Variant? I've been looking at one of those lately, they seem to have gotten good reviews but I don't know anyone who has one.

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  9. Mudcat

    Mudcat Unregistered

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    I primarily ride in an Arai XD. It allows me to see the road surface much clearer then a traditional road helmet. It keeps the sun out of my eyes and reduces glare. Also going from bright sunshine to deep shade was a problem for me but the Arai fixed that :deal
    I have no issues with the helmet at speed, well, under a 100 MPH. I generally use the helmet with my R1200GS with the stock windscreen.
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  10. ADZ

    ADZ Been here awhile

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    I find i get less wind resistance with my MX lid with a peak compared to a full face, the chin piece and peak seem to break up the wind
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  11. Bronco638

    Bronco638 Nobody Home

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    +1 on this except I'm on an '89 Honda TransAlp with a Givi screen. No problems up to 70 mph, for me.
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  12. Yossarian™

    Yossarian™ Deputy Cultural Attaché

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    Yes. The peak on the Variant flows air very well. So well that if I am pointing my head forward, I get no perceptible lift or tug at 100 mph on a naked bike like a Hypermotard. Turning my head to either side does result in some drag.
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  13. lakota

    lakota Geeser

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    +1 on the hornet but the caveat is the windshield. rode an R1200R with a tiny windscreen the other day and the peak was a wind grabber above 60mph.
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  14. Callahan

    Callahan Long timer

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    +1 but I have used a Shoei and the a Z1R and now enjoy a Oneal Series 3 Avalon. Does all the same things as mentioned above. I almost wear it on my cruiser too except I sit back where as on the DS/MX I sit fwd.
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  15. swingset

    swingset Got the knack.

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    Never bothers me even in high wind. Sure, if you throw your head back at speed, it'll pull at ya but I tend not to randomly try to look at the sky straight above me.
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  17. Kirtsky

    Kirtsky Been here awhile

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    Hhahahaa, once, had two F-22 Raptors flying over me fairly low and not thinking, snapped my head up to watch, while wearing a dirt helmet at speed. Awesome aircraft, nearly yanked my head off though!
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