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post #11 of 73 (permalink) Old 06-19-2015, 08:31 PM
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I have two full face helmets, a half helmet for when its stinking hot out, and a 3/4 helmet with a pop up face shield. For your needs I'd go with what you said, a modular with blue tooth.

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Check Cycle Gear www.cyclegear.com -- sell many brands, I go with their brand BILT (very reasonable, meet DOT and European Standards). Have modulars, pump ups, bluetooth.

They have a number of store locations around the nation -- don't buy a helmet unless you try it on and wear it around the store for some time (15 MIN at least).

I wear full face only. Considered a modular, but the place where it hinges interfered with my eye glasses. I don't consider Modular to be as safe as Full Face, but take a chance on some things. I do not consider them safe with the face flipped up. It is not recommended.

That said, I have modified some helmets where pressure points show up (whittle some foam out or add some padding.
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One of my full faced ones is really too old to wear and my new one is just a touch too tight to wear very long. I usually wear the 3/5 helmet with the face shield. Doesn't fog and has good ventilation. I know it doesn't give me as good of protection as a full face one though.

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The best suggestions I can make would be to go to a store that has a wide selection of brands and try them all on. Find out what basic head shape you have, and then you can shop for helmets that work for you.

As far as type, I'm a big believer in the full-face helmet. If you look at the impact zones on helmets, the largest percentage is in the chin-bar area. Right now, I'm using a Scorpion EXO-410 for my daily commuter helmet, and an Arai Signet-Q for track days. Both helmets fit my 'long-oval' shaped head, and (most importantly) both have removable padding so they can be washed. I commute on two wheels every day May through October, so my helmets get lots of abuse, especially during the hot months of July and August. My wife and I use Sena SMH-10 units to communicate, and I have mine linked to my phone so I can hear if I get a call (I pull over to talk).

Whatever you buy, make sure you get something that fits. Different brands have different shapes and shell sizes, and having something that won't impair your ability to pay attention is very important. Also, don't be afraid to spend a few bucks on a decent helmet. Your head is mission-critical to riding (and living), so spending more on something that is comfortable and works for you is well worth it.
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I think it must be something in the rain/water up here in the NorthWet...Dave and I have the same story. I too was in an accident with a Vega Summit ll and I have nothing but praise for its crash worthiness, just check out Dave's photos; I didn't post any since my helmet showed very little damage at all. Then I went for the Gmax 54S as well, still modular, much quieter than the Vega but although the Gmax has many vents it still does not seem very cool but I love the sun visor and the large light at the back which works with your brake lights. If you have a price point the Vega will save you but for not much more money the Gmax it quite a bit nicer helmet...I just don't know about the crash worthiness of it and hope I never have to find out! It's a good helmet for large fat heads!

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We use Nolan N44 Air. Can be configured as you like. Very comfortable, but have never had to test it's protection capability. Prior to these Nolan N41. Both with Interphone headsets. Very happy with all. Great for everyday around town and for touring, summer or winter
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I, too, wear a Shoei Neotech. This helmet fits my head well and is extremely comfortable.
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Can't give enough praise to the Shoei Neotech. Love the helmet. Fits me fantastic after breaking in the foam. It's really tight at first but once it learns your face, nothing is more comfortable. I wear glasses and it's got a great channel for them. I love that I can open the vent on top and actually feel air on my head. Never had a helmet do that before. Modular hasn't ever fallen down on me when going over a hard bump like others have. Drop down sun shield is awesome too. I use the Sens 20s with mine. Goes really well with it.
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Schuberth C3 pro for me. Historically always used an Arai full face, but the schuberth modular is so practical. Expensive, but my head is worth it!

I am always amazed by those who buy expensive bikes, then skimp on the two most key safety items - tyres and helmets. Quite frankly, I don't really care if my tyre choice lasts 2000 miles less than a cheaper, harder tyre - it'll brake better, retain grip when others lose it, cut through the water when others aquaplane - in short be there for me in an emergency situation. And when the shtf, a top-quality helmet will save your brain and lower face better than a cheaper one.

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I'll be getting a Burgman 650 soon. Along with saddlebags and some other things, the most important piece of equipment I'm looking at getting is a helmet.

On the superficial end of the spectrum: I do not want to get a helmet that says "I'm trying to be a biker". I want something good and comfortable, and also something that looks right on a scooter. I like the idea of a modular helmet where I can have an open-face while putzing around town (I live in the city) but something that offers good protection while touring.

Maybe I should add that I would like to get bluetooth headsets for my GF and I so we can chat while on long rides or I can listen to music while riding solo.
I wear a modular: a Speed & Strength SS1700. I highly recommend hi-vis yellow for a color.

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