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PostSubject: Type of helmet used   Wed Jul 15, 2015 4:42 pm

I have been wondering about the preference in helmets. I just replaced my 6 year old Nolan with another Nolan,this one is a N-91
My first Nolan had some paint problems but over all service was good.I prefer the flip-up design for the ease of fresh air.The N-91
also has a additional feature,a built in flip-up sun screen.The main feature I originally liked about the Nolan was the release mechanism for the chin strap.All my helmets have been white for visibility. What is your preference? Howard
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PostSubject: Re: Type of helmet used   Wed Jul 15, 2015 5:05 pm

I agree with your choice of helmet. I am also using a Nolan, the N102 flip-up. So much easier to put on and take off and just as comfortable as the Shoei multitec which is more than twice the price.
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PostSubject: Re: Type of helmet used   Wed Jul 15, 2015 8:22 pm

Shoei Quest full face w/public anti fog insert.

Bought my first Bell Star when I started racing sports cars in 1973. Before that, I wore a no name 3/4 painted green metal flake, same as my Honda CB77 Super Hawk. I caught my fair share of horse flies and June Bugs with that open face, so, full face felt like a gift from above. Still have a 3/4 for my pillion.

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PostSubject: Re: Type of helmet used   Thu Jul 16, 2015 4:23 am

My first was a Paddy Hopkirk open-face helmet which I wore on my Honda Express moped.
I bought an AGV X3000 full-face helmet when I took over driving our dragster. That was a state-of-the-art helmet.
When I bought my X9 I had a Roof flip-front helmet. I fell out of love with it and bought a Caberg flip-front - creeky but very comfortable.

I moved on to Nolans; first a flip-front (can't remember the number), then an N-43 and now an N-44, all excellent for me and my shape of head. The removable chin-piece has proved very useful, especially when travelling to and from the continent, saving me having to take off the whole helmet when passing through passport-controls.
I have a Nolan open-face helmet which I no longer wear.
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PostSubject: Re: Type of helmet used   Thu Jul 16, 2015 6:29 am

My wife and I wear silver Scorpion EXO-100's on the hotter days. We like the comfort and the ability to be able too talk to each other due to the open face. We like the option of the flip down sunshade.
On the cooler days I wear a black G-MAX 54S. It is a modular flip front helmet also with the flip down sunshade. It also has a built in LED light that has 5 modes of flashing, one mode is a wireless brake light that has a sending unit hard wired into the bike (on my Bandit not the SWing).
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PostSubject: Re: Type of helmet used   Thu Jul 16, 2015 12:33 pm

I can honestly say a lot of helmets I've owned have been less than perfect whatever type I've had. Brands like Nolan, Griffin, Kangol, Nava, BMW, Shoei, Kiwi, Shark, Baehr, and Schuberth have all been flawed, whether it's comfort, ventilation, noise, dodgy visor mechanisms, general quality etc. Even the two Arai SZ open face helmets I've owned have had dodgy rain seals.

I currently wear a Scorpion EXO 900 flip-up fitted with an intercom, drop down amber sun visor for ambient light, and a Supervisor peak that works far better in direct sun than any dark visor. It's an OK helmet but not one I find all day comfortable.

Last week I bought a very nice Shoei J-Cruise Corso with a very cool orange and white paint job, but wearing it at home I wasn't completely happy with the fit so I've exchanged it for a Schuberth M1 Metropolitan open face.

Schuberth seem to have redesigned the visor mechanism and the breaking visor tabs that flawed some of their other helmets, including the Schuberth J1 open face which has been my go to touring helmet for the last few years.

I hadn't really paid much attention to the M1 since it was introduced, but I like the fact there's no stitching in the lining to cause pressure points as it's heat welded instead. It also has earphones and microphones already installed in the helmet and all I have to do is plug in the specially designed Cardo SRC intercom in at the back of the helmet, pair it with my Garmin sat nav and I'm good to go.

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