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post #1 of 43 Old 05-10-2017, 10:33 AM Thread Starter
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Adventure style modular helmets

First things first - sorry if this is in the wrong section of the forums; I didn't see a section for gear and figured this may be the next best place. But anywho...

Long story short, I'm overdue for a new helmet. I've been shopping around online and decided I want a modular helmet, and I like the adventure style for greater airflow and the visor... but the list options in this category seems pretty limited.

So far I've found three options - the Schuberth E1 Adventure, the Scorpion AT-950, and some other brand that I can't remember (Tour-something?) but it's essentially a rebranded Schuberth.

I love the looks and functionality of the Schuberth, but the price tag is a bit hard to swallow. I haven't scratched this helmet off the list just yet, but don't think I can justify spending $750 on a helmet right now.
On the other hand I like the looks/functionality/price of the Scorpion. Only problem is that I like to leave the visor cracked just a bit for airflow when cruising back roads. The first detent for opening the visor on the AT-950 isn't until the visor is half way open (give or take), so that kinda sucks... but maybe the front vent on this helmet would reduce the need for cracking the mask.

Now obviously price and features don't mean anything if the helmets don't fit well, but before I start driving all over the state to find someone who actually carries the brands listed above, are there any other helmets I should look at that might fit in this category?

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You won't find many helmets classed as adventure but touring helmets will work. With that, Adventure means to me that you want something most importantly is made for upright riding, good airflow, light/composite (for long rides), very waterproof, pinlock lens and has a drop down sun visor for ever changing conditions. You may want one that has space for the earphones of perhaps a Sena.

I too was just in this market and really liked the Shuberth C3 Pro but had a hard time justifying the $600+ cost. After months of back/forth I just took delivery of the Kabuto iBuki. I have worn many helmets in my day but this one by far is a top of the line luxury helmet. It comes with everything aforementioned and because Kabuto is trying to break into the US market you can find them at a great price point. Mine was $199 on Motorcyclecloseouts and the shiny red appears to be a factory color match to the 2014 red Vee! As for safety, it is DOT and ECE. You will not find a Snell modular.
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Thanks for the reply.

I completely agree with you on the "adventure" nomenclature - a touring helmet may fit the bill just as well, but most touring helmets I've found don't seem to have as much accommodation for airflow as their 'adventure' counterparts. Take for example the Schuberth C3 pro vs the E1 adventure - the E1 looks to have MUCH better airflow than the C3 (particularly the chin vents) which I really like the idea of.

Otherwise everything you noted is pretty much spot on to what I'm looking for. Designed for upright riding, good airflow (but preferably quiet), and a drop down sun visor. Pinlock lens is a 50/50 for me, would be nice to have but I think I could live w/o it. Haven't had one yet and I've survived =)
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Thanks for the reply.

I completely agree with you on the "adventure" nomenclature - a touring helmet may fit the bill just as well, but most touring helmets I've found don't seem to have as much accommodation for airflow as their 'adventure' counterparts. Take for example the Schuberth C3 pro vs the E1 adventure - the E1 looks to have MUCH better airflow than the C3 (particularly the chin vents) which I really like the idea of.

Otherwise everything you noted is pretty much spot on to what I'm looking for. Designed for upright riding, good airflow (but preferably quiet), and a drop down sun visor. Pinlock lens is a 50/50 for me, would be nice to have but I think I could live w/o it. Haven't had one yet and I've survived =)
Airflow in the Kabuto across the head is almost too much at times. I often turn off the top vent. The chin vent is a bit lacking but that might be because I have a high windscreen. I can compensate for it by cracking the lock on the face shield so it's not a problem. Being modular you can always open up the face at low speeds and you will have all the airflow you want...
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It's not a modular and it's a budget helmet, but I have worn a G Max GM11D for at least 15k miles. I love it when it's hot, but the wind across this helmet is quite a bit louder. All those features make the surface rougher and therefore louder. Different rider/windscreen combos will likely effect results. Just my two cents.
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Funny you mention GMax helmets - I was just looking at them a couple minutes ago before checking back in here (GM54s or GM64). Will definitely keep them in mind!
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Adventure style modular helment? Basiclly a dirtbike helmet with a shield and visor that face piece lifts up what your looking for?

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Shark is an upcoming brand too that is making a ton of traction. Our local moto cops wear the Shark modular.
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Take a look at Nolan modular.

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Thanks all, will definitely check out the recommendations.
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