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Old 01-29-2011, 04:38 PM
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I am looking for a new helmet. I have a madstad and flip-up windshield.
But given the flawless aerodynamics of the V-Strom there is room for improvement. A good helmet helps to enjoy the V-Strom even more.
That does not have to be the best-in-test.

In the Netherlands most V-Strom owners have flip-ups like Schuberth C3, Shoei Multitec, other only want full face helmets.
I myself have a HJC FS-Max, which is too noisy.

What is in your opinion the best to wear on the V-Strom?
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Old 01-29-2011, 04:45 PM
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I am looking for a new helmet. I have a madstad and flip-up windshield.
But given the flawless aerodynamics of the V-Strom there is room for improvement. A good helmet helps to enjoy the V-Strom even more.
That does not have to be the best-in-test.

In the Netherlands most V-Strom owners have flip-ups like Schuberth C3, Shoei Multitec, other only want full face helmets.
I myself have a HJC FS-Max, which is too noisy.

What is in your opinion the best to wear on the V-Strom?
Get the one that fits your head the best. Use earplugs if it's too noisy. I always use them.
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Old 01-29-2011, 04:50 PM
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2nd that. No such thing as the best for the Strom. I use an HJC Sy-Max 2. Not the quietest, but fits me great. I wear ear plugs most of the time. I wanted the Shoei Multitec since I've worn Shoei in the past and they fit me well also, but didn't want to spend $$$$.
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I'm currently using a Shoei 1100 because I like the fit. Have one that actually says Suzuki on the side and is the same color as my Wee. I didn't really plan that but it's kind of neat.
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Sorry, but ALL helmets are much too noisy. Some are slightly better or worse, depending aerodynamic attitude and a number of other factors (including your Madstad angle).
Just choose the helmet that is comfortable for you. Likewise with earplugs.

I'm not sure why manufacturers haven't been able to solve the problem of high-pitched turbulence at the lower rear of helmets. Possibly their researchers found that the answer was something too "unsightly" to sell in the marketplace.
(Like a broad and deep rear fringe of of short thick dreadlocks to absorb the energy of the turbulence.)
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The Strom sounds like a versatile bike (can't wait for a local dealer to get a white one in), so I've been looking for a versatile helmet...for my prescription glasses wearing head.

I'm looking at getting a Shark Evoline Series 2 helmet....eventually.
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The Strom sounds like a versatile bike (can't wait for a local dealer to get a white one in), so I've been looking for a versatile helmet...for my prescription glasses wearing head.
Some helmets don't work very well with some glasses. And it can be hard to see well with prescription glasses jiggling, so I like to wear my contacts when riding.
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Some helmets don't work very well with some glasses. And it can be hard to see well with prescription glasses jiggling, so I like to wear my contacts when riding.
Which is one thing I really love about my Arai Quantum II. Whether by design or coincidence I don't know, but there is a slight gap between the cheek pads and the head padding that perfectly aligns with the earpieces of my glasses. No jiggling at all. Zero. Nada. My HJC helmet drives me nuts when I wear it because my glasses move with the helmet and not my head. Not so with my Arai.
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I use a Nolan N42 around town - jet style with a full face shield and a tinted drop down visor. (I don't like the loss of peripheral vision with a full face in urban areas.) The Nolan has good ventilation and is a great "town" helmet but it is noisy on the highway due to the wind coming in under the faceshield. As it is designed for the Nolan N-Comm system the ear pads are hollow, so they need packing with foam to cut the noise level. Outside town I use an AGV K3; it is almost silent and also has excellent ventilation. Any of the K or T model AGVs are very quiet helmets and they are extremely well made, have all the top safety ratings and are very cost competitive.

Have a look here: Web Bike World Helmet Reviews

You should also check out the UK safety ratings. Some surprises there: UK Sharp Ratings

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i have a HJC FS-sp and it's fine for me :shrugs:
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