What Helmet are you wearing and why?

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

  1. KustomizingKid

    KustomizingKid Been here awhile

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    I have two of the shitiest helmets imaginable right now hahaha... so I am in the market and thinking about the Shoei Hornet DS, but I am having a hard time convincing myself to drop almost half what my new dual sport cost on a dual sport helmet :rofl
  2. sgmartz

    sgmartz Been here awhile

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    I'm also considering the hornet but I hear the peak sucks so now I'm thinking a regular street full face, eg shoei rf1100, any more experienced riders care to comment? Btw I ride a klr and also love the fit of the hornet thanks
  3. oalvarez

    oalvarez Resident Raggamuffin

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    An Arai Signet Q or Shoei Qwest more times than not.....so comfy and relatively quiet. The limited edition helmets typically stay at home.
  4. ParaMud

    ParaMud Been here awhile

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    Shoei RF1100
    Use the shoei for any type of riding

    Scorpion Exo1000
    Not a big fan of this helmet, but I wear it riding to school.

    The Shoei fits me the best.

    Nexx doesnt fit very well, neither does Arai or bell. Sadly only shoei does.
  5. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone Innocent culprit

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    I have a Shoei Qwest. Supposed to be a very quiet helmet, and I've found it to be quieter than any of my previous helmets. The trade-off for quietness is air flow. During the summer, it's probably hotter than your average helmet because of reduced air flow. During the coldest weather there's not really enough chin vent airflow to clear your visor if it fogs, so I have to ride with the visor cracked.

    Nevertheless, I like the helmet despite it's limitations.
  6. vanseagal

    vanseagal Adventurer

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    Caberg all the way. I have had Caberg helmets about last 4 years. Currently I'm wearing Flip up Duke Booster and Full face Ego White Colt. I have tried different helmet makers but Caberg fit is spot on. They have high ratings in Sharp tests and their style is great. Their helmets are really well made and value for money.
  7. Downs

    Downs KK6RBI

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    Shoei Neotech. Love it. Most expensive helmet I've bought to date but the only modular I've actually enjoyed wearing.
  8. KLF

    KLF Adventurer

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    Nolan N90 in matte black. I had good experiences with my Nolan N35 protecting my face when I needed it most ~15 years ago so this was one of the first models I tried out last fall when I got my current bike.

    N90 is modular, for me a mandatory option as I want easy use with my glasses. Integrated sunvisor because I can't use sunglasses. One-handed operation on the chin bar. Pinlock was a nice bonus. N-Com ready: planning to buy unit/cables this winter and be ready for the spring.

    And the most important thing, it fits my head. I've also had Shoei and Givi helmets, liked them both but Nolan fit better for me back then and still does :)
  9. racermx66

    racermx66 Suzuki

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    I've always worn Arai helmets. They are expensive but the quality is there. I have two Vector Two for the street and an VFX-Pro for the dirt.
    Here is my latest Vector 2 with custom paint by Censport graphics.
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    Here is my other Vector 2 Schwantz replica with my VFX-Pro with an xtremecreations paint job.
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  10. Charleetho

    Charleetho Mr. Zoom Zoom

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    Good looking lids!
  11. mario33

    mario33 Howling around...

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    I use Shoei Hornet. This is a fntastic helmet and I never looked back on Nolan I used previously.

    Got it painted - to show its mine :)

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  12. racermx66

    racermx66 Suzuki

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    Who did the paint work? It came out really nice.
  13. Bullwinkle58

    Bullwinkle58 Adventurer

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    Troy lee air. I tried on every helmet in the store in the sizes that fit my head. This one was a shade less comfy than the arai VX-pro 3, but half the price, and seemes to have better ventilation.
  14. ZugBug

    ZugBug Adventurer

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    Shoei Neotec for half a year now. By far the best helmet I've ever had. Comfy after a little break in. Fairly quiet. I will never have another road helmet without an internal sun visor, just too handy. The Neotec vents very well for a flip-up. The Pinlock antifog kicks ass. The fit and finish are flawless. I like the looks of it also. I guess it would be fair to say I like it.
  15. mario33

    mario33 Howling around...

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  16. Flightar

    Flightar Been here awhile

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    I currently have an Arai Vector, Pedrosa Replica, Black, Red, and Green. I'm not sure it's the best helmet out there even though the overall quality is as good as it gets. I've also had an Arai RX7 Corsair (noisy), and Arai Astral (side pods kept breaking), an AGV X-Vent (crashed), a host of Shoei's, and an HJC or two.

    The Arai's are great, except for the stuipid side pods, some being very noisy, and the exorbitant pricing. Shoei's are also great except for the overly hard liners, and the overly exorbitant pricing, the AGV X-Vent was great except for shield fogging issues, and the HJC's didn't last for me...(I haven't owned one in a few years but the newer ones I have looked at are quite nice and seem to be an improvement)

    Not sure there is a best helmet...just one you like, that fits well.
  17. TheWorstKind

    TheWorstKind In the Wind

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    Winter helmet is a Shoei Neotech. I wanted to try a modular helmet. This one rocks. Love the flip-up feature, but it comes in second to the internal sun visor. The pinlock is very nice to have in colder weather, too. This thing is just a great helmet.

    For all other times, I wear an Arai XD-3. I love the wind in my face, so I wear dark tinted dirtbike-style goggles. If I'm out at night, goggles come off, faceshield goes down. Also, should I get caught in the rain, the faceshield closes over the goggles, so no stinging rain drops! And as previously mentioned, the sun visor really does work.