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bosscat
Male Standard Member
151 Posts


Fredericksburg, VA
USA

Kawasaki

2006 Vulcan 900

Posted - 04/17/2007 :  6:55 PM
HJC Symax
Been using it since August 2006 (about 8000 miles) fits me well, haven't had any issues with the flip up mechanism or with changing shields. I do switch between tinted and clear, but for a couple months there it seemed I didn't get much use of the tinted, go in to work in the dark and come home in the dark. Glad the days are getting longer.
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shadecorp
Male Starting Member
2 Posts


lynwood, CA
USA

Harley-Davidson

XL 883 C

Posted - 12/08/2007 :  1:52 PM


Arai Profile.

Fits Great.
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Baggsy
Male Advanced Member
726 Posts
[Mentor]


Ottawa, Ontario
Canada

Suzuki

09 Wee

Peer Review: 1

Posted - 12/08/2007 :  4:05 PM
The one that fits best!

Different brands fit different people differently.
Say that three times fast.

It's best to try on a bunch and see which one(s) fit you the best.

It's not much use if the best looking $1000+ helmet falls off of your head in a crash.
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bridwell52
Male Senior Member
377 Posts


Pensacola, FL
USA

BMW

KGT

Posted - 12/08/2007 :  4:32 PM
Do you guys feel that the flip ups are as safe as full helmets? I have never seen a flip up that was Snell approved and wonder why. I wear a 3/4 and I'm changing to full face. I wear glasses and know how its a pain. I wore a Bell Star many years back and just dealt with the glasses issue. The flip ups seem heavy to me also.
David
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kiddal
Male Advanced Member
1561 Posts
[Mentor]


SE, Indiana
USA

Kawasaki

KLR650

Posted - 12/08/2007 :  10:28 PM
quote:
Originally posted by bridwell52

I have never seen a flip up that was Snell approved and wonder why. The flip ups seem heavy to me also.

quote:
from http://smf.org/faqs.html#11

At present the Foundation has not had the opportunity to test any of the flip up front type helmets for certification. We do not find any fault with these designs as long as they are used according to the manufacturers instructions and meet all of the requirements of the standard. We will also certify any size of helmet as long as it meets the same requirements as any other Snell certified helmet.
I cannot fathom any reason that no flip-ups have been submitted other than the mfg knows it will not pass. I think the reason is similar to why it's nearly impossible to break an egg by squeezing it with even pressure. One piece is stronger than two bolted together. A flip-up is always going to carry a weight penalty of the hinge mechanism. My guess is that same mechanism is the weak link.

There is a chin bar deflection test that I speculate these things have a hard time passing. All that said, they are far better than a Snell certified 3/4 which would not be subject to the chin bar deflection test for obvious reasons.

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quicksilver
Male Junior Member
50 Posts


Catalina, Arizona
USA

Honda

XR650L

Posted - 12/11/2007 :  11:41 AM
I went to all sorts of trouble to get a Bell as they used 'em back when I started riding and they always seem to fit so snugly (but no "Bell" was in the poll). It was tough to get a price break on them.

One Bell (fit's snug but has that certain "feel" that I like)
One HJC (very comfortable)

- Both full face.
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falcon1
Male Standard Member
247 Posts


Colorado Springs, CO
USA

Indian

Chief

Posted - 12/11/2007 :  1:31 PM
Shoei full face- quietest helmet out there. That, to me is as important as it's durability.
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scottrnelson
Advanced Member
6914 Posts
[Mentor]


Meridian, ID
USA

Honda

XR650L, 1090 Adv R

Posted - 12/11/2007 :  2:54 PM
quote:
Originally posted by falcon1

Shoei full face- quietest helmet out there. That, to me is as important as it's durability.


I find that interesting, because I have Shoei RF-700, RF-800, and RF-1000 helmets and I don't consider them to be particularly quiet. Earplugs are the only solution for me.
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falcon1
Male Standard Member
247 Posts


Colorado Springs, CO
USA

Indian

Chief

Posted - 12/14/2007 :  3:57 PM
quote:
Originally posted by scottrnelson

quote:
Originally posted by falcon1

Shoei full face- quietest helmet out there. That, to me is as important as it's durability.


I find that interesting, because I have Shoei RF-700, RF-800, and RF-1000 helmets and I don't consider them to be particularly quiet. Earplugs are the only solution for me.


Mine has gotten louder over the last few years. Ear plugs are also in my "all the gear" scenario; even without them, it's quieter than other helmets I've tried.
To be fair, however; check this out: http://www.webbikeworld.com/motorcy...et-noise.htm
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falcon1
Male Standard Member
247 Posts


Colorado Springs, CO
USA

Indian

Chief

Posted - 12/14/2007 :  3:58 PM
And this: http://www.mcnews.com/mcnews/articles/helmet.htm
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