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post #1 of 54 (permalink) Old 04-13-2012, 11:54 PM Thread Starter
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Whats the $.02 on your helmet and Helmet Q's

Ive done search and found the one thread, but its when jondog was looking for graphic ideas for his.

Right now I running a ICON Domain 2. IMO, its a good helmet for a sport touring riders, the shell comes really low on the back of my neck, when I tuck it rubs on my back and very unstable over HWY speeds. Other then that, its held up over the past 18mos okay'ish, it has a lot of miles in the rain and even more in the dry and some even in the cold and rain, about 13,000miles. The vents are coming off, really noisy and the air flow is next to none now. Last year I was happy with it but just like that dream date...it didnt last.

Wifey has an Airframe and yes Ive rocked the pink helmet for a rip down the HWY and back. A lot better air flow, quieter, it hasnt seen no where near the same amount of use but its still holding up like new.

Now Im looking to get a new helmet this year, so far Ive had my eye on the new Bell Star Matte Carbon or ICON Airframe Carbon Lifeform.

So far Ive only had the chance to talk to someone who runs a Star. He is overly happy with it.

Im really not looking to make $500/$700 mistake. Does anyone ride with one of these? What ya think? Hows the thing holding up?

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What you riding with? Your $.02 please

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i have a few AGV's, Suomy's, KBC, and Arai. The Suomy spec 1r has been my favorite. Great fit. A lot of this is going to depend on your head shape. What may fit me the best and feel great may not be the same for you. Try a few on before you make a buy.

3 other companies you may want to look at are Shark, OGK, or Nolan. One of those will be my next.

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The bell looks nice. I've never been a fan of Icon gear at all. Too cartoony for my tastes.

For the amount of money both those cost, I would go with a top shelf helmet like Arai or Shoei. I've had both, and will never ride with anything else except possibly scorpion. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of them for the price. What really matters is how well it fits your head.




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I love my Arai...will not wear any other helmet. Most comfy for extended periods.

http://www.compacc.com/Helmets

Best prices on helmets I've ever come across...free shipping and I got a top line Arai CorsairV $449.00 here in Canada $1000 no shit that's what they're asking.



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Thanks guys, I understand that all helmet dont fit alike.
Both the ICONs fit me well that why I looked to get another one. But Im looking for more of a "top shelf" this time. Ive watched all the video reviews that Brian (STG) has put out for the premium helmets. The C/F Star is already above my range of up to $600, but i dont like the look of flat or gloss black ones. I can afford more but just not wanting to, more $$$ helmet= less $$$ for the bike.

I was also looking at the RSR2 and the X12 but once again not really feeling the color schemes.

And the part that really sucks, there is no one with in a hour drive that has top shelf helmet in stock.


One last thing, I started this for everyone with all level helmets to post there opinion of the helmets they have used. And for that info to be used as shopping guidance for all.
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Had stack of HJC's found them to be Noisey and heavy. Last three have been Shoies LOVE them. Borrowed a few Icon's Hated every one of them noise,buffeting and at 130kph felt like was gonna be sucked off my head. Tried couple of Arai's now and kinda thinking I may add one to my helmet collection.

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Icon's Hated every one of them noise,buffeting and at 130kph felt like was gonna be sucked off my head
130kph? That's what about 70mph. Mine do the same thing


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Yeah around 70ish. I've felt it on several helmets but the Icon's were the worst. I screwed up my neck/back in a car accident years ago, so now I look for the lightest helmet possible with little to no buffeting.

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i have an agv gp tech right now and it is awesome.. wind noise is minimal, its light and fits great. the padding is super comfy too. i have had an icon before and the agv is a different fit but 100 times more comfy both weight and padding. your best bet is to go to a store and try on a couple that fit your head then look up ride reviews
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I like my Shoei RF series helmets. Arai is a great upgrade too. Look at the Nexx helmets, these are ultra light carbon and look great too. One of those will be my next helmet.

http://www.nexx-usa.com/Scripts/prod...?idCategory=34



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