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post #1 of 26 Old 12-24-2013, 09:38 AM Thread Starter
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Helmet choices under $325?

I am looking for a replacement for my Fulmer helmet. I am looking for a helmet that can meet the following requirements:
1).Under $325
2). removable liner
3). Internal sun visor
4). Fit a slightly oval shaped head.
5). Somewhat tolerable noise at highway speeds

I have had Fulmer, Bell, and HJC helmets and liked all three, but the Fulmer was tighter on the forehead. I plan on using my older helmet for off road riding and short trips around town and the new one for longer trips- 400+ miles days.

I have a somewhat oval head and no access to stores that sell helmets other than Walmart or the local shop that sells HJC helmets within 150 miles from me.

I have looked at the Nolan N104, scorpion EXO900, and bell evo revolver online and I think I like them. I have never had a modular helmet but I like the idea of not tearing my face off when I take off my helmet:-) The nolan n44 appeals to me as well. The scorpion and the n44 convert to three-quarter helmets which is a great selling point for hot days

Choosing the right motorcycle for me (2007 Wee) was easy (especially after 5 years of riding a Vulcan 750) but after all these years, I still haven't found the right helmet. What are your recommendations for fit, wind noise, and comfort in the $325 maximum price range?

I know one helmet that works for you won't necessarily work for me. I'm just looking for a general idea of what vstrom riders generally prefer for their rides. Thanks in advance.

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Scorpion.....EXO1000 works great for me. Got one as year end close out last year for 120 bucks. I've destroyed one in a crash and lived to diplay the damage to the helmet so I know they work in the emengency.
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I'm eying the new HJC IS-17 and will probably try one on next week. I've been very happy with my CL-16 and don't really need an upgrade yet, but I like the idea of an integral shade. For under $200, I think that IS-17 is going to be hard to beat for the price.

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I always buy Shoei's that don't have sun visors

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I've always worn Shark, but last helmet was a Caberg Trip (modular) that was perfect, just replaced it witha Caberg Ego with a CASC 1400g (sunroof vent, really works!!) and internal visor (always had them and like it) I was going for the HJC IS-17 until they did away with the micro lock system and replaced it with a double D-Ring system that I hate, so went with the Caberg Ego with a rachet micro lock, used it twice so far and what a really nice helmet. My head is more of an oval, rather than a round head that the Shoei, Arai fit.......... I paid £150 for my Caberg as they were dealing
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I have a Scorpion EXO 700, quietest helmet I've ever had. It has some weird effect that negates mid-range noise to the point that earbuds even sound off. I've been considering their modular one when I purchase next.

Presently though, I've been wearing a Bell Revolver. I like the convenience of the "flip-up face" and the internal sun visor but I find it very noisy. This is my second Bell and they were both noisy now that I think of it . . .

The Bells fit me the best though.
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The internal sun visor is a problem. Few quality full face helmets have these. They add height, complexity (if they work right). Some cheap helmets have sun visors that don't work well--I had one that would drop down when riding over a bump--thank heavens for duct tape.
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It must fit your head shape first and foremost......period.

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It must fit your head shape first and foremost......period.
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I went to loads of dealers trying on at least 12 helmets then short listing, I liked the Shoei GT Air, but the internal visor system felt flimsy same for the HJC.
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