What Helmet are you wearing and why?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by TSPAraiGuy, Jan 27, 2011.

  1. TSPAraiGuy

    TSPAraiGuy CBR600 Chick

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    Hey guys,
    I've been workin for about a year now at a shop in PA that specializes in selling Arai helmets. I can tell you all about the product and how in my opinion it is the best helmet on the market. As a shop we provide an awesome custom fitting service that you cant find anywhere else. We get you in the right size helmet and shell shape to protect your noggin.

    But I'm posting because I want to know what you guys are wearing and why you feel it is the best helmet for you, or why you don't like the helmet you own..
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  2. GotMojo?

    GotMojo? Long timer

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    I mostly wear a Shoei Hornet DS, and sometimes a Shoei RF-1100. I really like both helmets. Love the Arai's too, especially the XD-3's, but they don't fit me very well, whereas the Shoei's fit me perfectly.

    I will say this... Arai and Shoei are expensive, but you definitely get what you pay for. I tried out an AFX and a Joe Rocket Dual Sport helmet, and they felt very cheap compared to the Arai and Shoei. I guess they should, since both were around $150.
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  3. GHO100

    GHO100 Crazy George

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    Sounds more like an advertizing/spam post to me.

    I own a GMax GM68S, and have the same one for the SO.
    Light, great venting, fits well, , little bit of added safety with the built in LED rear, and well within a reasonable budget.

    Here's the review that swayed me:

    http://www.webbikeworld.com/r2/motorcycle-helmet/gmax/gm68s/

    "2007 Helmet of the year"



    I'm in the camp of $$$=/= value when it comes to helmets. Kind of like buying a crappy made in china Nike sweatshirt for the logo, instead of getting something just as good from Cardhart or Deluth
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  4. TSPAraiGuy

    TSPAraiGuy CBR600 Chick

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    Sorry, I'm not really trying to advertise and definitely not spamming, just interested in learning peoples opinions about Arai and all other helmets.

    And Ive never seen a helmet with a light on the back, that's pretty sweet and a good idea seeing as its hard to see motorcyclist as it is, every little added light or reflector helps.
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  5. TSPAraiGuy

    TSPAraiGuy CBR600 Chick

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    And I definitely agree with this statement, If your looking to pay $100 for a helmet I believe that is just about what you are going to get. As with most things in life, you are going to pay more for a product if you want better quality.
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  6. CanadianGS

    CanadianGS GS'n

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    Arai XD - Love the non-claustrophobic feel (for a full-face helmet) as the chin bar is far from my chin. A little rough at hwy speeds to turn your head. Some noticable distortion when looking at my gps from certain angles(The result of a rather sharp bend in the shield) Not too loud, once you tape up the front two vents (I hear the noise problem has been fixed on the latest generation XD3, which will probably be my next helmet).

    Arai Signet - Good quality full-face helmet (my first good helmet).

    Most importantly Arai helmets fit my long oval head best! Wish I could find a flip helmet that fits my head and that doesn't leave the chin bar 1mm from my chin.
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  7. Y E T I

    Y E T I Unpossible

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    Since you asked:

    I wear an Arai XD3 that I bought from you guys a year ago to replace my XD. Why? I got the XD3 after buying a Shoei Hornet and realizing that the visor is fixed in its position. To me, the visor was too high and didn't really do any good. I've also learned that the angle of the visor can have a LOT to do with the peak "vibrations" that people talk about a lot with these helmets. Finally the XD3 fits me perfectly (more on that in a second) whereas - other than the Hornet - the other dual-sport helmets available just don't fit me.

    Why did I buy it from you guys? Robert. He spent probably an hour on the phone with me going over the fitting. He swapped out the cheek pads and sent me an extra "crown" pad to make sure it fit perfectly. And it does. :bow

    I'm currently in the market for something like a Shoei Multitech or Schuberth C3. For commuting I don't need the visor and the Multitech seems like a good helmet. We'll see...
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  8. Terence FFM

    Terence FFM prof. cat-herder

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    Because Arai is just too bloody expensive, at least in this part of the world.

    Although I don't think Shoei has quite closed the gap on fit and finish compared with Arai, they are getting closer all the time and that for a considerable difference in price.

    YMMV and depending where in the world you are, supply and demand may not reflect the situation here.
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  9. Disco Stu

    Disco Stu Long timer

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    A couple of Shoei RF-1000's. Because they fit me perfectly out of the box, because Pinlock makes a visor for them (i ride year round, rain or sun), and because they are really quiet compared to a bunch of helmets I tried before.
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  10. txwanderer

    txwanderer Been here awhile

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    From your posts and responses, you sound like a salesman who is harking his product. Your post count doesn't say much for you either. I realize I am one to talk, but was a fan of the site for several years before joining. I don't get offroad, so figured this wasn't a real proper fit. Turns out I just couldn't stay away and decided to join in the maddness. LOL

    I will bite on your question. I wear a ZOX. Check them for yourself. Factor one is it FITS. I have been in them for 9 years, and over 200K miles now and have been in the most comfort since I began riding. Oh yea, I do ride a lot. Safety is met by several standards and racing organizations, it is light and just works. I have spent less over the life of 6 helmets than 2 would have cost of your variety. We change them every 3 years regardless, so I don't care how long a manufacturer will say it lasts. I don't buy a helmet to show off how much or little I spent, I buy it to be there for me when the time comes, I am confident it will be.

    Good luck on the question.
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  11. theWolfTamer

    theWolfTamer Lupie on a Mission

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    Right now, I'm wearing an Xpeed 706 Phoenix. I got it because of comfort then price and the review from webbike world. Here's more detail behind my process: Motorcycle Gear: The Helmet -- The HJC Lesson.

    I was willing to buy a more expensive helmet had I found one that was as comfortable as this one was. I wouldn't have it right now because I'd still be saving for it, but I was willing to do that.

    I am glad there are manufacturers out there that can put out a good product at such a low price point.
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  12. oilfieldtrash

    oilfieldtrash I don't wanna be a noob

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  13. Xeraux

    Xeraux Archvillain

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    We're all familiar with The Service Pavilion.

    As long as you're doing research, you'll be okay here. If the mods think it's turning into a marketing arm of TSP, you'll get relegated to the Vendor forum.

    That being said...

    I wear Arais. I can usually catch them on a good sale, they're really comfortable, Pinlock makes shields for them, I can easily switch out cheek pads for a custom fit, and whenever I've had a problem, I call Arai Americas directly and they've always taken fantastic care of me.

    Primarily the Arai XD3. Unlike its competitors, the "peak" on the Arai isn't solely there for styling. It's actually functional. Also, I like the extra room in the chin bar. Much easier to get a Camelbak bite valve in there. It's the only "dual sport" helmet for which Pinlock makes a shield and insert.

    I also have a Quantum II. It's quiet and after switching out the cheekpads it fits like a custom helmet. While the shield changing mechanism isn't the most intuitive, I've never had a problem with it and really like that I can change the shield without taking the helmet off.
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  14. Xeraux

    Xeraux Archvillain

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    Akuma helmets.

    You must be new to the helmet business.
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  15. Rider_WV

    Rider_WV Long timer

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    I have a couple of Bell Moto 8's for dirt, a couple of Scorpion Exo 700's for the street and an Arai XD3 for DS riding.

    I wear the Scorpions the most because the sheilds do not fog and they fit my head the best.
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  16. BHW

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    For street:

    Shark RSR2 - fit is great, the 3mm thick visor is very nice, it NEVER fogs up on me and it well ventilated for summer use. And I can find them are great prices.

    I've owned and worn several Arais, from Quantums to Corsairs. They are overpriced in my opinion. They are resting on their laurels, and not keeping up with the competition in design and technology. They fog up way too easily. The only helmet I've owned that fogged up worse was the Shoei X-11. After owning several, and getting proficient at doing it, I still HATE the Arai visor changes. And the side pods pop off and get lost/broken too easily. Almost everyone else has developed a quick change visor without pods.

    For dirt: Right now I'm happiest with the Bell Moto 8.
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  17. SnowMule

    SnowMule [angry moth noises]

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    On the dirt and in the snow, ive got an HJC on my head... been riding with ACX3s, since those are no longer in production I just picked up a CLX6. Not a bad helmet, fits like the 509 helmets I was looking at.

    HJC's fit me well, comfortable, and they're reasonably priced (A dirt/snow helmet only lasts me about a year).

    Also have a Joe Rocket (rebranded HJC) dual-sport lid... Not as comfortable as an xd/hornet, but at a quarter of the cost it's hard to argue with. That really only gets used on the street when it's cold/rainy out... most of the summer I'm wearing my dirt lid with sunglasses.
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  18. DCLXVI

    DCLXVI Been here awhile

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    Astral X and a Simpson Fury. The visor changes an the Astral are typical Arai. I love the Simpson bt unfortunately that model is no longer manufactured.
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  19. bomber60015

    bomber60015 Anatomically Correct

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    Nolan N103 -- wearing it because I couldn't talk myself into spending the dough for another Schuberth, and it fits well.

    Wearing specs, I really like modular lids.
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  20. mac inger

    mac inger Been here awhile

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    I have an Arai Corsair V, Dainese Airstream, AGV S4 and a Sparx,...just lost my trusty old RF1000.

    The arai is the latest addition. I am trying really hard to like it. It fits really nice but there are two massive drawbacks for me.

    1. Its making me deaf. The hole/area around your ears, even though its comfortable creates a chamber of resonance that amplifies all sounds. The first week i got it i could not sleep because of ear pain. Major sinitus.

    2. It fogs very easily.


    Again im trying really hard to like it, but maybe i should have kept in the direction i was before,namely Shoei RF. NOT buying another Arai.
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