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Old 05-03-2013, 06:11 PM   #76
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I was wondering if anyone has a HJC fs15 air snarl? I currently have a HJC cs10 v2 and I'm figuring there isnt a difference but you never know.
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Old 05-04-2013, 06:42 AM   #77
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Dude that is a sick helmet!

yeah and it matches 100% with the jacket
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Old 05-11-2013, 04:54 PM   #78
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I was looking for a helmet for my new bike, turns out there was a Nolan N102 sitting in a closet in the basement.... dont ask my question is, is this a good helmet it seems a bit big especially since its a modular but i'll give it a try anyone ever own one of these and if so how is it?
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Old 06-17-2013, 11:02 AM   #79
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Icon Alliance Threshold. I have the clear and dark smoke shields.

Great airflow. Good visor mechanics. Has been very quiet. I wear a large but xl for icon helmets. Staring to notice a whistle. I think its coming from the shield seal.
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Old 06-17-2013, 01:04 PM   #80
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I Ride: '09 ZX6-R
The Arai Corsair V (European model so it carries the model name RX-7 GP). The helmet is Moto GP level stuff so at speed it's stable as hell and holds its place well. I usually wear an XL, but I have an itch that after 2 years she might be a bit too loose, so think about that when you buy.
The biggest flaw is in its biggest strenghts: yes it is Moto GP levels of protection, style and comfort at high speeds, but as it is meant to maximize airflow and rider comfort while racing it is loud as hell for street use. Even short distances without headphones/plugs start to tire my ears out.
All and all quality finish and top notch protection, but be warned it is most suited for the aggressive/skilled riders out there that constantly go fast. But then again there's no such thing as too much protection

Oh yeah price... 990€ here so about a thousand euros on a helmet... be sure you need to make the investment. The only reason I run one is an amazing sale price that I snatched at a local expo.
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Old 09-30-2013, 06:03 AM   #81
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The biggest flaw is in its biggest strenghts: yes it is Moto GP levels of protection, style and comfort at high speeds, but as it is meant to maximize airflow and rider comfort while racing it is loud as hell for street use. Even short distances without headphones/plugs start to tire my ears out.

I have a chaser V which I have been very happy with. Super comfortable and I don't really notice I'm wearing it. Never moves around and is generally a great helmet. Even on a stupidly hot ride when I'm sweating my balls off, all is well under the shell.

As above though, SUPER LOUD! Loud enough that with all said, I would look for something quieter before buying this helmet again. I wear earplugs and I still don't feel comfortable that I am protecting my ears enough.
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Old 10-07-2013, 04:03 AM   #82
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Arai Vector 2

Great lid.
Good neck roll so less noise.
Easy swap of visor.
Visor locks down

Noisy at high speed (that is what ear putty is for!)
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Old 10-07-2013, 04:47 AM   #83
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I've got an SR1 as a spare, usually I ride a Shoei XR1100.

Here's my assessment.

Fit - Schuberth have some weird sizing so do try one on first, their sizes are not conventional. The fit is very different to the Shoei. The SR1 sits a lot lower on my head (my crown goes deeper in) the bottom also wraps around my chin and jaw a lot more. This means a more enclosed feel. The hole for you head is tiny! But this means a quieter helmet. For this to be quieter, you need to have the NRS vents shut. The angling up of the SR1 is more Sports bike friendly (well I find it is). It's easier to angle my head and also it doesn't get caught on my collar or rucksack. The SR1 is nice and light and the weight difference is noticeable enough when on vs the Shoei.

Ventilation The ventilation is very good through the top of the helmet. The inlets and exhausts really do suck air through, especially at the higher speeds. The NRS vents act like side ventilation if you turn your head, which is a bit weird at first. The front ventilation does some odd stuff, I don't find it as good as the Shoei at lower speeds. A higher speeds, it flows a lot and compliments the top vents well.

Visor - The optical clarity is amazing, far better than anything else I've had. The tinted visor is the most expensive visor ever at around 90, it is a blue/black tint and darker than the green smoke of Shoeis. The pinlock works really well and is supplied with the helmet. Changing visors is not as easy as Shoei, but not too much of a hassle once you get the hang of it. The little lock on the left is a bit annoying to get to work if you're one for opening your visor a lot, but it does make a nice positive seal when it's latched.

Features - NRS vents I'm not entirely sure of the point of having them? They seem to make little contribution to the ventilation but do quieten the helmet down. The spoiler thing looks great, but is a little plasticy, I've never noticed any difference in either position. Maybe I'm just not riding fast enough? Supplied with a chin curtain, it does make operating the front vent difficult.The bottom of the pads is rubberised to stop the helmet slipping off a seat or tank, which is a nice touch. As is the reflective material on the rear pads. Apparently it is quite visible at night. The lining is soft and comfortable. Easy to remove if you want to wash it. You can also buy different cheek pads to cutomise fit.

Finish - The plastic parts seem a little plasticy, but overall very good. I have the matte black version and the paint seems to be a bit soft. I'm looking to get it protected or wrapped. I can't comment on the gloss, but I think I would have preferred gloss black (the matte one was cheaper).

Performance - Luckily I've not crash tested it, but riding at low speeds it is nice and light and offers good visibility. Areo dynamically I've not experienced any lift or excess drag on the lid at any speeds. Definitely comfortable at speed.

I'd say that it's a good helmet, the fit takes some getting used to, one of the reasons I don't wear it much (that and the chipping paint). If it was full price, I'd say I'd rather buy an XR1100. But if you can get it at a good price, try it on, and if you like it go for it. It's what you would expect from a top end helmet. And it does look good.
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Old 10-08-2013, 09:20 AM   #84
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Does anyone have any experience with Suomy helmets? Particularly the Apex? Thanks for any imput!
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Old 10-08-2013, 05:15 PM   #85
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Did not see any reviews for it but I currently have the HJC IS-15 with the slide down sun shield. I like it at low speeds and the sun shield is great but the thing is loud once you pick up speed. Hoping to switch it up next season hopefully a Shoei Quest or something else
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Old 10-08-2013, 06:05 PM   #86
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Thanks for the reply! I actually have been riding with a Shoei GT-Air... I use it mainly for my Harley and touring. But Its a dam good helmet! Has the drop down visor for day riding and a clear shield so you can ride at night! Its not the lightest helmet BUT its VERY balence to it does not cause fateeg. I did a 14 hour (850 mile) day with it and I was not hurting afterwards at all. It flows very well(better than the quest, and RF1100) and is really quite! I have a Sena set up on the helmet and the speakers work great and are super clear at highway speed. There is also a slot to slip in speakers so they dont press against your ears. LOVE this helmet. Sorry for the grammer and spelling..on the phone
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Old 10-23-2013, 08:04 AM   #87
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I have a gmax gm68s and its a little noisy but has tons of ventalation and has a sweet red led strip across the back which I have now hooked up to sync with my brake light. Love this thing!
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Old 10-23-2013, 12:08 PM   #88
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My first helmet was a Speed and Strength SS700 " Go for Broke " edition... it was about 80 bucks... helmet was very narrow fitting, didnt feel right ( bought online ). Visor was annoying to change. i use it as a spare now

I bought the Yellow/black scorpion exo400 synergy helmet... was supposed to be about 159$ and i got it for close out for 80.. Def fits alot better...there visor changing system is def alot easier and very quick. def like it, especially for the price.

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Old 11-19-2013, 12:59 AM   #89
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I have a bell star carbon black beauty that I picked up from the close-out section of sportbiketrackgear.com some months back. Great helmet. Very lightweight and comfortable. Air flow is fantastic although i guess it could be a little loud. I dont have too much experience to judge on that though.
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Old 11-19-2013, 08:37 AM   #90
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I have the Suomy Vandal Tattoo, very very light, but load as hell. Shields are a pain till you get used to them. This is my second Suomy, very happy with the quality, warranty and customer service from them.
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