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I'd like to see pics of the type helmets you all wear.

Brand, style, likes/dislikes, weight is a question. Is it a street helmet or motocross type?

I'm looking at getting a nice one and wanted to get a little feedback on what others are wearing and their comments.



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I wear a modular. Gmax 44s.





I am claustrophobic and used to wear a 3/4 since I would panic in a full-face before getting it all the way on. Someone turned me onto a modular and I think mentally knowing that I can flip the entire front part of the helmet up, it doesn't bother me.



The helmet is comfortable and blocks out quite a bit of noise. Not the lightest helmet in the world, but not heavy either. It came with both a clear and tinted shield. I think I paid something like $120 for it.



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GMAX 48s for me.



It was the only helmet in which I felt comfortable, beside the HJC RPS-10.



I was looking for a white one, but it was not available in that color up here in Canada.



 

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This is the one I mostly use. I like the dual sport helmet style. To me it's the best of both worlds. This is a pretty cheap version, the AFX FX37, but it works.
 

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I wear a white full face HJC that is both DOT and Snell approved. I think fullface is crucial no matter if it's a street or dirt helmet. When I buy the next one it will be in ugly flourescent green.



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I started with a cheap modular helmet from the internet for $75. Turned out it was chinese crap(should've known...). I now have two helmets that I use an all red HJC with a clear shield and my primary helmet, a KBC devil.





It's kinda cheasy but I like it. I plan on buying a newer version of the AFX dual sport helmet, AFX FX-39, similar to chip's.
 

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I bought this when I realized that my first helmet was too large, I tried the AFX and unfortunately it did not fit my head. I went with this helmet because it can do everything and I will have it a good long time, really light and comfortable, a bit noisy though.
 

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Fox V2 the only moto cross that would fit my head. Using goggles you get plenty of fresh air with good protection. For designated street riding I would go with a dual sport above 55 the wind noise gets pretty loud from having the open face. The dual sport fly helmet seems popular. They don't fit my head very well. The most important thing about a helmet is get one that fits your head well. Should be snug, not able to fit a finger under the front of the helmet by the forehead good contact with the top of the helmet meaning your head making a lot of surface contact with the top of the helmet. The sides should compress your cheeks so they feel like you could chew them don't get crazy here just enough to make some pressure with your teeth no more. There might be other fitting tips I used these tips to fit my helmet and have been very happy. Good luck
 

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I went with about the dirt cheapest helmet there was... A Hawk $40. I love modular. Weight is ok, cold in the winter!



 

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I bought when I got my street bike and went for the most airflow for the hot Texas summers. Does a pretty good job and still wear it on the T dub.
 

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I have used alot of different helmet brands. Bottom line Shoei was the best ever for me. [media]http://images.search.yahoo.com/images/view;_ylt=A2KJkK6gQnZPKnQATp.JzbkF;_ylu=X3oDMTBlMTQ4cGxyBHNlYwNzcgRzbGsDaW1n?back=http%3A%2F%2Fimages.search.yahoo.com%2Fsearch%2Fimages%3F_adv_prop%3Dimage%26va%3Dshoei%2Bmetal%2Bmulisha%26fr%3Dyfp-t-701%26tab%3Dorganic%26ri%3D19&w=300&h=276&imgurl=motorcycleridergear.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2009%2F12%2Fhelmets-shoei-offroad-2008-v-mt-metal-mulisha-300x276.jpg&rurl=http%3A%2F%2Fmotorcycleridergear.com%2F2009%2F12%2Fshoei-metal-mulisha-v-mt-helmets%2F&size=26.3+KB&name=Shoei+Metal+Mulisha+V-MT+Helmets+%C2%AB+Motorcycle+Rider+Gear+Orange+...&p=shoei+metal+mulisha&oid=b3f0f4d206c68c3db8cb2c6b1ef4818b&fr2=&fr=yfp-t-701&tt=Shoei%2BMetal%2BMulisha%2BV-MT%2BHelmets%2B%25C2%25AB%2BMotorcycle%2BRider%2BGear%2BOrange%2B...&b=0&ni=192&no=19&tab=organic&ts=&sigr=128vh4ecr&sigb=13iuke0ul&sigi=13cvm5g61&.crumb=vb5LX5nbkw7[/media]
 

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i bought this fly trekker back in the fall of 2011 and i really like it for a cheap helmet. It will be nice in the summer. Its vented more than mu full face street helmet which is a shoei rf-900.
 

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This is identical to my other helmet. Its a shoei rf-900. I bought it brand new in 2001 and i still love it for road riding. The dual sport helmets are hard to beat for tw riding. They vent better and are a bit cooler in the heat. They are a bit noisier than the full face also but the tw isnt traveling that fast. I have rode down to 35 degrees

With a thin tobogan and it was fine.
 

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AFX 39DS



LOVE this helmet. I've had icons, arais, fulmers, and now this one. It is the most comfortable one of them all. On my head anyway.
 

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i bought this fly trekker back in the fall of 2011 and i really like it for a cheap helmet. It will be nice in the summer. Its vented more than mu full face street helmet which is a shoei rf-900.


Fly Trekker also, but went with the matte black. My son was trying to talk me into the neon green/yellow but i couldnt do it.

Great fitting helmet, worth the money.



A helmet is one thing that i will NEVER scimp on when it comes to price.
 

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I've been wearing this Nolan on the street after a buddy crashed over a hill and smashed his full face so bad that they couldn't find the flip up part. He lived to ride again because he had a good full face helmet on. I like my half helmet in the hot weather, but I will try to use the full face this summer.



Maybe you can educate me on these "Dual Sport" helmets. What makes a helmet a "Dual Sport" helmet? I like the idea of the full face, but I need something that is more comfortable in the heat.
 

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It all depends on where, weather and how fast I am going to be going







First one = Generic open face Low speed short distance riding (usually on my RV90)





Middle = AFX FX-90 High speed cold or long distance riding (wet or dry) This thing is water tite





Far right = AFX FX-39DS Warm weather medium & low speed riding (I usually wear this one with a dust filter) It's real drafty. My eyes start to hurt from the wind in this helmet after about 30min of 55mph riding with this on.

I found smushing the face mask filter pictured below in the helmet cuts down the draftiness by at least 70%







  • Filter blocks up to 99.9% of dust particulates
  • Tek one-way valves regulate heat, CO2, & vapor
  • Breathable, moisture wicking mask
  • Washable, reusable
 

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I don't mind the MX helmet on trails, but when I get to the higher end of speeds with any wind/gusty conditions I find the visors to be annoying since the push my head around.
 

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Yes, wear a helmet. I have MX and street styles--never found a "dualsport" type that fit. If a helmet doesn't fit, it's a waste of money. For any helmet to work well, it must fit well. Lots of info can be googled about how to fit a helmet.



Generally, the better ventilated the helmet, the louder it is inside. Might as well get used to earplugs for summer riding. Generally, dirt riding in any temperature requires a lot of ventilation, so I have only one dirt helmet.



SNELL certification is for young, fit men crashing race cars at 200+mph. Twice. Therefore, SNELL certification means minimal helmet damage at lower speeds, such as TW speeds, and a crushing helmet is an energy absorbing helmet. A tough helmet that does not fail transfers energy to the head inside--not good. DOT certification is required in most states. I have four street helmets. One for summer and one for winter for the TW. Both have fairly soft, crushable shells and styrofoam, with thick, cushy pads that can be changed out to modify fit for maximum comfort and safety. One for summer and one for winter for the CB550, with a more stout shell, thicker styrofoam, and minimal cushy pads for comfort. The CB550 helmets would be expected to provide better impact resistance and more energy absorbtion than the TW helmets, reflecting the ~35-45mph difference in normal operating speeds of the two bikes.



All of my helmets are Bell, because they fit my head with minimal cushy padding needed to provide even pressure all over, so loads will be evenly distributed throughout the bone structure of my head in a crash. Did I mention my top priority for a helmet is good fit so that it works properly. Also, all my helmets are full face, since statistics show nearly 40% of crashes involve the face or part of the helmet covering the face. Face, or part of the helmet that covers the face, that is the question. Seems like a no-brainer to me.



All my street helmets have reasonably priced replacement face shields available. I gave up on tinted face shields after being caught out after dark. Instead, I put masking tape over the top part of the visor to limit solar gain. It works kind of like the visor on a baseball cap and keeps my eyes shaded, especially when the sun is low. I once was pulled over due to the tape, and the cop asked how I saw stop lights. I leaned my head back and looked up--the helmet moves with the head so the tape really isn't an impediment to good vision. I do carry 2 pairs of tinted glasses on each bike, amber and dark gre. They glasses come from the sporting goods department at Walmart. The dark grey glasses are polarized numbers from the fishing department that cost about $5. The amber glasses are from the shooting department and cost about $6. Both are sort of flexible and fit comfortably under helmets. The grey glasses are for sunny days to reduce glare, the amber glasses are for cloudy days to increase contrast. Both are cheap enough to replace every few months as the lenses become scratched bounciong around in the tsnk bag, or when the arms or frames break from conforming to helmet use, two problems I've had even with expensive brand-name glasses.



My dirt helmet takes goggles, Bell brand from Walmart. I bought some replacement lenses and tinted them with cheap window tint film from Walmart--dark grey aand amber.
 

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I really like the "dual sport" design of the Fly Helmet you show being a full-face helmet, yet also having a visor. I bought a Seven-Zero-Seven Vendetta 2 (see below - mine is solid silver) from Cycle Gear a couple of years ago and while I like it well enough, in the evening or early morning when the sun is low I wish I had a visor. I don't know of any way to retrofit one to this helmet is there?







Your Fly Helmet seems a nice solution. The day-glow color is also a good idea for street riding. Does the visor create drag and become bothersome at all when at higher speeds? I saw a Joe Rocket Helmet recently that was a similar design. Maybe I can sell my helmet on Craigslist and get enough to put toward something like this.
 
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