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Offline daveywww

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Helmet Recommendations
« on: April 14, 2019, 14:55:51 »
Looking at getting a new helmet, and just wondered what people think/recommend. Just sold my c3 pro, as it was just dreadful. I obviously had the wrong shaped head. I’m currently using an old Shoei xr1000, which feels great. Shoei shape suits. Shoei & Arai etc, are just so expensive. I know it’s important etc etc.....

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Re: Helmet Recommendations
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2019, 15:15:49 »
I had the Shoei XR1000 and now the XR1100, both fit my mutant, fishbowl head. I am tempted by the Neotec (flip), from what I can see, the Neotech 2 isn't £300 better than the Neotech 1, so that might be a bargain.
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Re: Helmet Recommendations
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2019, 16:23:07 »
I agree with your assessment of the C3 pro, but the C4 is shaped more oval and I have been using one every day for a year now and it feels great. I used a Givi flip front which is surprisingly comfortable and better vented than the C4 but noisier. 

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Re: Helmet Recommendations
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2019, 16:34:09 »
Thanks fellas.  👍

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Re: Helmet Recommendations
« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2019, 15:26:21 »
I've got a Shoei Neotec 1 and think it's a great helmet.  Comfy and relatively quiet in clean air.  But the issue for me lies with how it works behind a screen, it's just not as good.  I get quite a lot of buffetting.

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Re: Helmet Recommendations
« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2019, 18:47:48 »
Shoei Neotech Flip,,,        :thumb:  great all round touring lid....

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Re: Helmet Recommendations
« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2019, 22:41:22 »
I just purchased a Shoei GT air 2, I can’t really tell you what it’s like on a bike because I haven’t picked it up yet. But I can tell you after trying quite a few it offered the best comfort. Comes with an internal flip down sun visor, pin lock, plenty of adjustable vents, you can crack the visor open slightly and it’s supposed stay there. If you use comms equipment it comes pre-prepared for Senna 2 stuff (I think). But cheap it ain’t, I only have one because the supplying dealer for the bike gave me a hefty discount, and it was the only one that felt right for me. Hope this helps?
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Re: Helmet Recommendations
« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2019, 20:17:48 »
I’ve just got an xr1100. They’re discontinued, but it’s good enough for me. Actually downsized from a xxl to an xl. Who knew. Feels better, snugger, but no hot spots. I think it’ll probably be another Shoei something in a couple of years. Seem a good fit for me.

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Re: Helmet Recommendations
« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2019, 08:12:45 »
I'm in the market for a new lid at the moment too and narrowed it down to the GT-Air II or the Neotec II.  My current one is Shoei and I'm well pleased with it, just the padding around the forehead is starting to perish.

Never had a flip but it stops jobsworth at the petrol station asking me to remove it, the Neotec may be worth a gamble.  I'd also be able to roll my eyes and stare menacingly at the pump attendant who insists I get off my bike to fill it up - and he'd actually be able to see me.  :roll:

I generally like to ride with the visor up, especially when in built-up areas but I don't like bugs whose dying wish is to land in my eye.  I reckon the sun visor in the GT Air is just the ticket and will make me feel a bit "Stringfellow Hawk".

Just googled "Airwolf helmet" and now I have a 3rd option!  :lala:

https://airwolfthemes.com/airwolf-replica-helmets-by-Steven-W-Stull.html


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Re: Helmet Recommendations
« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2019, 13:28:41 »
Have a look at the Scorpion ADX-1 if you're cost conscious. Currently around the £200 depending on the paint scheme. I was able to get one for £50, second hand but unused, so I couldn't not buy it... Particularly after reading the reviews.

ADV style with a flip front, pin lock and the drop down sun visor.  Can be used with or without the peak in place. Did a 7 hour trip on the bike, and really like it.

Increased wind noise over my C3, particularly from crosswinds, but overall an improvement. My preferred warm weather set up is with the Givi Airflow set  just below eye level, and the visor open one click for comfort.

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Re: Helmet Recommendations
« Reply #10 on: May 03, 2019, 18:18:02 »
Munchen, unfortunately front-flips won't stop jobsworths asking you to remove your helmet at the pumps, nor to get off your bike...

If the Neotec II is half as good as it's predecessor then it'll be a fantastic helmet 

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Re: Helmet Recommendations
« Reply #11 on: May 03, 2019, 19:19:59 »
True about the jobsworths, unfortunately. Happens to me with a Neotec 1. I didn't know there was a Neotec 2 out. Just looked at it and its dedicated Sena comms, and seen an issue. When touring and camping I charge my Sena 20s under the bike seat via an Optimate usb charger. The Sena SRL2 seems to have the battery permanently housed in the helmet, so this would not be possible. Extension lead from under seat to helmet in tent? Not very elegant. Leave helmet on handlebars? Dew, or even rain when not in Wales. Oh, yes, and prices for helmet and intercom. Bit steep. The p/j is nice, long overdue. And, Munchen, you probably know, but.... The internal sun visor is not safety rated like the main, clear visor.

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Re: Helmet Recommendations
« Reply #12 on: May 03, 2019, 20:43:13 »
Good point on the sun visor, although there's an interesting video by FortNine 'testing' (destroying) an original Neotec, and the sun visor stops a dart from gun at close range although not as well as the visor.

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Re: Helmet Recommendations
« Reply #13 on: May 03, 2019, 21:15:11 »
I've got the Shoei GT Air 1, fits my head, pinlock and sun visor, receptacles for headset speakers. Quiet it is not.

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Re: Helmet Recommendations
« Reply #14 on: May 04, 2019, 07:36:29 »
Hello,

Now for something a little different, I have a Caberg TourMax. It is an adventure flip front. It has the usual visors and also has a peak which is very useful when riding into the sun which I have to do on my daily commute sometimes. I changed screens to a Givi and this has almost eliminated any buffeting and noise, I can listen to music quite comfortably at the legal motorway speed.

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Re: Helmet Recommendations
« Reply #15 on: May 04, 2019, 16:06:22 »
I’ll stick with the xr1100 for a couple of years, then reassess. Been scarred with the tips after the c3 pro, which tried its best to squeeze my brains out. Might go to a shop and try a Neotec. Trouble is, a couple of mins in a shop isn’t enough. It’s only after it’s been on for an hour or so, that yo realise Jove made a dreadful mistake.

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Re: Helmet Recommendations
« Reply #16 on: May 19, 2019, 21:09:34 »
My current helmet is an Xlite 702 GT. It's well vented but I want something  a bit more open. Thought about a flip but current contender is Nolan 720-2 GT.  https://www.sportsbikeshop.co.uk/motorcycle_parts/content_prod/431870

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Re: Helmet Recommendations
« Reply #17 on: May 20, 2019, 00:02:27 »
https://www.infinitymotorcycles.com let you try at home for up to 7 days, saved me from the Schuberth helmet that only hurt after wearing for an hour or more, exchanged for my Shoei GT Air.  :thumb:

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The helmet exchange policy, which in addition to your statutory rights, entitles you to exchange only a helmet bought in store with a valid receipt within 7 days of purchase.

Helmets must not have been worn on the road and must remain in original condition and returned to us with the following: The original box, manual, helmet bag and the visor sticker must still be attached.

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