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post #1 of 10 Old 06-07-2007, 10:48 PM Thread Starter
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Practicality of MX helmets & goggles

What are the pros and cons of riding with moto-x helmets and goggles?

I know absolutely nothing about dirt riding, dirt gear, etc. (and I'm not planning to take up the sport - got too many hobbies and not enough time as it is). But I am curious about any positive or negative aspects of wearing said helmets and goggles while tooling around on the Wee, such as . . .

1. Wind effects with an MX helmet and it's big honkin' visor (I'm sure speed is a factor here, too).

2. Do goggles have fogging problems like some shields?

3. The utility (or foolhardiness) of wearing an MX helmet behind a shorty or other windscreen on a Strom.

Thanks for your patience, folks. As always, I'm very grateful for any feedback you can spare.

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post #2 of 10 Old 06-08-2007, 07:01 AM
 
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One of the biggest drawbacks to the MX helmet and goggles is the lack of peripheral vision. The goggles cause this as the rims take away any vision to the side that you have. I find riding with the MX helmet and goggles on the street makes me turn my head more to see everything.

Plus the other issues you mentioned.

I just wear a full face helmet with sunglasses on underneath. I can open the visor to get some cooling effect that way.

Just my 2 on the subject.
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I wear my MX helmet on the street sometimes. It doubles as my summer commuter helmet, and I'll wear it if I'll be going offroad at some point (so I'm not carrying around two helmets).

I find the turbulence isn't so bad below about 50 or 60 mph. That's fine for my commute, which is all suburban streets. If I'm going to be going faster than that, taking the peak off helps a bit. That makes it tolerable for short freeway stints, but I wouldn't want to spend all day on the freeway with it.

Goggles sometimes fog if you're sitting still, but usually stay clear when you're moving. Some brands are worse than others.

A couple of other drawbacks on the street is that an MX helmet is very loud, so earplugs are a must. Another is that there's no weather protection, so if you hit some rain, you're going to get wet.

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Nothing better than my Arai XD - and peripheral vision is great with the faceshield down.
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Nothing better than my Arai XD - and peripheral vision is great with the faceshield down.
+1 on the Arai XD.

I bought mine with idea I'd take the shield off and wear goggles with it. Never got around to it. The peripheral vision with the shield is so much better than with goggles that they are just collecting dust. Plus if you need a little air just lift the shield a little.

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Thanks for all the feedback, Everybody. I really appreciate it. I needed to satisfy my curiosity, and you guys came through yet again.

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What are some of the advantages? I'm sure there is a reason why all of the off-roaders use them. I would really like to learn more about taking my bike off-road.

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What are some of the advantages? I'm sure there is a reason why all of the off-roaders use them. I would really like to learn more about taking my bike off-road.

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Maybe I'm an oddball, but I use a MX type helmet and goggles. I removed the visor from the helmet. First, I never ride on the highway at 75, it not my thing. I pick a route on back roads and rarely exceed 60. I simply find it more comfortable, as I wear glasses. I use the goggle made to fit over glasses. When on dirt roads in 2nd gear, I lift the goggles.
I believe the reason true moto track racers use goggles is they are easier to keep clean during the race, and probably safer. They use tear off lense covers.
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What are some of the advantages? I'm sure there is a reason why all of the off-roaders use them. I would really like to learn more about taking my bike off-road.

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At one time, street and dirt helmets were the same: 3/4 open face with goggles. Eventually they evolved apart, due to differences in the different environments.

The main advantage is airflow. MX helmets flow much more air through them than even the best vented street helmets. That's because dirt riding is generally more physically demanding than street riding and done at much lower average speeds, so they need to catch a lot of air to keep the rider cool. This is the main reason I wear one. A street helmet is just too hot and stuffy off-road, and the extra airflow is nice on the hottest summer days.

They are also are better equipped to deal with flying debris. The visor isn't really a sun visor, it's a roost deflector. If a bike ahead of you kicks up a big chunk of something, tilting your head down will shield your face, and the pointed chinbar will deflect stuff to one side with a glancing blow, rather than smacking square on.

Finally, They're also designed to be worn with goggles, which keeps dust out of your eyes better than a face shield. They're also a bit lighter, but I think that's an artifact of having the larger cutout in the shell to accomodate goggles rather than a conscious design choice.

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Ah, the picture becomes clearer . . .

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