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post #1 of 20 Old 11-10-2013, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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AFX helmet experiences?

Anyone have an AFX helmet and if so, can you give me some feedback? Looking at an AFX FX 140, but I can only get them online. I will probably end up not getting it for that reason since I like to try stuff on, etc.

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Anyone have an AFX helmet and if so, can you give me some feedback? Looking at an AFX FX 140, but I can only get them online. I will probably end up not getting it for that reason since I like to try stuff on, etc.
Revzilla has some pretty decent video reviews of the AFX product line. My experience is that you get what you pay for, but AFX is a VERY good value for the buck. They tend to run a size large so you probably want to buy down a size and let the padding break in before forming a lasting judgement.

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The AFX helmets are great for a short ride, but not sure I would use it for a long ride. Being 6'4 I have a givi touring shield on the bike a the wind buffering is pretty bad. There is great air flow and I really like mine for the warm days and short rides. If I am going a long way or it is cold then I put on the scorpion helmet. Good luck.


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I know the owner of a shop that has sold AFX helmets. OK cheap helmets distributed through the wholesaler Parts Unlimited (which adds a layer of cost). Vega helmets, sold from the manufacturer directly to shops, offers more for the money. I've met one of the owners of Vega.

Both are OK. Neither has great features. You really need to try helmets on to find the internal shape that fits the shape of your head just right. A top quality helmet is likely more comfortable and probably safer. A helmet that meets both DOT and ECE standards is better than just DOT, and Snell beats both of those (ignore the old articles about the limitations of Snell M2005 and look at the improvements of The Snell M2010 standards).

I'm sitting here watching football and the talk about concussions. I'd like to see Snell test football helmets and help with a safer design. The Tony Dorsett brain damage news adds to the disturbing news about football brain injuries. Brain injuries are cumulative starting with the youngsters playing football, through high school, and through college. It isn't just the NFL.

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The song "Waltzing Matilda" is a very sad song. "The title is Australian slang for travelling by foot with one's goods (waltzing, derived from the German auf der Walz) in a "Matilda" (bag) slung over one's back. The song narrates the story of an itinerant worker, or "swagman", making a drink of tea at a bush camp and capturing a sheep to eat. When the sheep's owner arrives with three police officers to arrest the worker for the theft, the worker commits suicide by drowning himself in the nearby watering hole, after which his ghost haunts the site."
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I have an AFX large shell flat red, maybe a 51(?), it is a few years old, it has proved to be quiet, has good air flow and fits my head (small miracle). The shield is a PITA to change, otherwise I like it and have a lot of miles logged with it on.

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My AFX-39DS (Adventure helmet) has been nothing short of great. Totally recommend them based on this helmet experience.
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My AFX-39DS (Adventure helmet) has been nothing short of great. Totally recommend them based on this helmet experience.
I recently picked one of those up. It flows lots of air, probably not desirable for cold weather on the highway. Have had the peak buzzing annoyingly until I adjusted my windshield. My other helmet has an internal sun visor and I find I do miss it. I've only worn it once so it may grow on me and it was only $100.
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Got it. I run a MRA shield (tall) , and haven't experience any issues with the visor , including a 4,000 mile road trip I took this summer. I do think the right (or wrong) W/S affects ones opinion of a helmet.
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I like my FX-39DS; big faceshield cut-out and very good ventilation. Too good for cold weather, though.

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The song "Waltzing Matilda" is a very sad song. "The title is Australian slang for travelling by foot with one's goods (waltzing, derived from the German auf der Walz) in a "Matilda" (bag) slung over one's back. The song narrates the story of an itinerant worker, or "swagman", making a drink of tea at a bush camp and capturing a sheep to eat. When the sheep's owner arrives with three police officers to arrest the worker for the theft, the worker commits suicide by drowning himself in the nearby watering hole, after which his ghost haunts the site."
As a very junior officer I worked for a very senior officer who had been in Australia during WWII, early in the war when the allies were being pushed out of SEAsia and there real fear of a Japanese invasion of Australia. He told a story of standing on Sydney Harbor Bridge filled with Aussies while several hospital ships bringing casualties from New Guinea passed underneath, many of the wounded laid out on deck. He said as if on signal the thousands on the bridge began to sing "Waltzing Matilda." He could never tell that story without choking up. I can see why.

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My AFX-39DS (Adventure helmet) has been nothing short of great. Totally recommend them based on this helmet experience.
I am thinking about getting this helmet and wondering about the size as compared to an Shoei or HJC, dooes it run smaller , larger or about the same
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