Helmet Opinions.

WJBertrand

Ventura Highway
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Always been a Shoei fan and have had a half dozen of them including my current Neotech I and prior to that the Multitech. I recently added a Bell SRT Modular which I'm finding out is a great helmet and an even greater value. Seems to fit me the same way as the Neotech and in the same labeled size. One of things that led me to choose the Bell is the availability of a transitions face shield. This way I can drop the internal shade and have some extra shading from the transitions shield. Living on the west coast (literally) means I'm always riding dead nuts into the sun at the end of a day's ride. Even with the Neotech's internal shade I'm still holding my hand up to block the sun. The Nannys at Shoei will not make a transitions, or even just a regular tinted shield, that will fit any of their helmets equipped with and internal shade.
 

magic

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MENASHA, WISCONSIN
I think I have 8 or 9 helmets taking up space in my garage. Bell Moto 3, Arai XD4, Shoei Multitech and RF1100, Schuberth C3, Nolan N100, Arai Classic, and a couple HJC open face for ATV or UTV riding. My hands down favorite is the Schuberth C3. It's quiet, comfortable, easy on and off (no "D" rings). It just plain works. I really like the XD4, super comfortable and has lots of great features, but it is very noisy.
 

MFP

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Shoeis are tailor made for a long, oval shaped head which is the type of melon I have.
I have tried all the major brands of helmets through the years and I always end up buying a Shoei.
Currently I have a Shoei X2 Hornet which I bought last year and I am very happy with it all around.
It also helps that the X2 is both DOT and Snell rated and still made in Japan.
 

Grumpyexcop

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Coeur d Alene
Having a head Like a 5 gallon bucket means very few helmets to pick from. I just got an HJC IS2 max as it comes in 5XL and was a modular. Could be a little quieter but not terrible for a first ride today. When I put the lid down it becomes quite tight on my jawline toward the front. Became painful after an hour. Just got done removing the large layer of foam in the cheek pads leaving just the thin backing layer. I think it's going to work now. Anyone know of other very large helmets? I measure smaller than all the sizes indicate but either the sizing charts or my head is way off!
 

HeliMark

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Shoeis are tailor made for a long, oval shaped head which is the type of melon I have.
I have tried all the major brands of helmets through the years and I always end up buying a Shoei.
Currently I have a Shoei X2 Hornet which I bought last year and I am very happy with it all around.
It also helps that the X2 is both DOT and Snell rated and still made in Japan.
How narrow is it? They show the helmet as "slightly, or intermediate narrow" on the reviews. My nogen is narrow enough that I usually can't look through both eye pieces of bino's at the same time.
 

deftoner

On a bad day just remember: 1st Down,all rest Up.
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I have an Arai Corsair. I like it. My SENA speakers fit in it perfectly; which eliminates the wind noise. Wind noise is going to be affected by the helmet AND the windshield. Where the wind hits the helmet, and what it hits on the helmet. I just turn up the volume. (yes, I do get hearing checks, and no, I don't have any hearing loss)
Hello! thanks for your message. I have the long windshield grom givi, some times I think that is not high enough, but when I'm riding, i search for wind with my hand, and it doesnt look that is hitting the helmet, so provably is just bad helmet in my case. I have a 2012, I guess I can go for the windshield rack from the newer models may be it gives me an extra inch

thanks again
 

Flat lander

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Lawrence Ks.
I used the low price point HJC for many years, then finally tried a Ariai. I believe it was the quantum that they don't make anymore. Used that way more years than they recommend using a helmet. Went back to the HJC the RHPA model. Dealer said he had switched over many Ariai users with this helmet. Don't get me wrong it is I nice helmet but it's not an Aria. Has a few pressure points on a long ride and has shown a lot more wear. Tried on the xd4 at cycle gear thinking that it will be my next lid.
 

spinalator

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Saskatchewan, Canada
Fit is very important, I have found. Are you a round, long oval or intermediate oval? If you like LS2, then I assume you are more oval than round. Arai are fairly quiet and fit nice and snug, but are $$$.
 

MFP

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How narrow is it? They show the helmet as "slightly, or intermediate narrow" on the reviews. My nogen is narrow enough that I usually can't look through both eye pieces of bino's at the same time.
Not sure how to answer about how narrow any given Shoei is I guess your best bet would be to go to a dealership or a Cycle Gear store and try a few Shoeis on for your own evaluation.
 

wjfawb0

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Chattanooga, TN
Having a head Like a 5 gallon bucket means very few helmets to pick from. I just got an HJC IS2 max as it comes in 5XL and was a modular. Could be a little quieter but not terrible for a first ride today. When I put the lid down it becomes quite tight on my jawline toward the front. Became painful after an hour. Just got done removing the large layer of foam in the cheek pads leaving just the thin backing layer. I think it's going to work now. Anyone know of other very large helmets? I measure smaller than all the sizes indicate but either the sizing charts or my head is way off!
I have the HJC IS2 max also. I wear earplugs on the road, so noise has never been a problem for me. It works well, and the internal shade is great. I've been riding naked bikes most of my days. My new 2019 Super Tenere is the biggest windshield I've ever had. I'll probably end up standing a good bit on hot days to get air through my helmet. It'll be nice when it's cold out, though.
 

Highwayman

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Arai or Shoei for sure. Shoeis fit block heads (like myself) better..... Arais generally are better fots for rounder melons... Currently running a X14. Works great from my full fairing Streetglide. Mid fairing Dyna and ST. Quiet, but great ventilation and fit.
 

RonH

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I like and stay with Arai. Tried the modular Shoei Neotec and used it for 300 miles. Big mistake, back to Arai for me. I had older Shoei helmets and they were ok, but that Neotec was one of the biggest gear mistakes ever for me.
I don't mind a "little" noise, as that is always going to happen on a motorcycle.
 

Sierra1

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I tell people who ask....try them all on. You'll know when you get the right fit; it has to be comfortable.
 

Grumpy

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I had the Shoei Multitec and now the Neotec. The only two bad points are:-
A, the liner leaves it's mark on my bald head and takes ages to fade, especially on hot days.
B, my XL head has to have the largest shell, so the helmet will not fit in the O.E. top case.
 

Byron

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Saltillo, MS
Having a head Like a 5 gallon bucket means very few helmets to pick from. I just got an HJC IS2 max as it comes in 5XL and was a modular. Could be a little quieter but not terrible for a first ride today. When I put the lid down it becomes quite tight on my jawline toward the front. Became painful after an hour. Just got done removing the large layer of foam in the cheek pads leaving just the thin backing layer. I think it's going to work now. Anyone know of other very large helmets? I measure smaller than all the sizes indicate but either the sizing charts or my head is way off!
Same here! I wear a 4-7/8 hat! Damn near a 25 inch head! Finding a helmet for a big ole head is tuff.
 

ballisticexchris

Chris Moritz
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California
As of now my Shoei Neotech 2 and VFX-EVO are my go to helmets. The Neotech 2 is a rock solid comfortable all day wear helmet on the road. It's heavy but I don't feel the weight. The VFX-EVO is really light and I hardly notice it on my head at all. At the Jimmy Lewis riding school it only came off my head at lunch and the end of the day.

I spend a lot of time in the helmet shop fitting helmets. I still have my original 1st gen Hornet. Very good fit with thinner 31mm cheek pads. It's about ready for the dumpster. Outstanding helmet that's well past it's life and beat to crap.

I want to like the Hornet X2 but it does not fit at all. The medium crushes my scull and pinches my ears. The large swims around on my head. For some reason I can't get it to fit correctly. Even with thinner cheekpads the medium is too tight. They do have a thinner scull liner. Still not sure about it.

The one I really want to try on is the new Klim Krios Pro. The original Krios is super light and fit my head great in the shop. I'm just not sure about the quality/safety of those though. But boy they sure are really light!!
 

ballisticexchris

Chris Moritz
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I love my Krios Pro. I’ve done 3700 miles in it over the last 8 days. It is DIT and ECE certified, and it’s all day comfortable.
Right on Maverick!! I have not seen one yet. I think my local helmet dealer has them in stock. I'm hoping the fit is as good as the original Klim Krios. That one fit my head perfect in medium. BTW, how do you like that magnetic chin strap? That looks to be a pretty slick feature!
 
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