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Florida Heat .. Thinking open face Helmet + intercom

SUGGESTIONS REQUESTED

Florida hot and humid soon will be with us and we are starting to look at 3/4 or open face helmets. We also ride enough we are looking at bike to bike communication systems.

I sort of like the Bell Mag 9 SENA (but I often need a 3XL helmet)

http://www.bellhelmets.com/powerspor...et/mag-9-sena/

Please comment with suggestions related to open face (not skid lid) helmet and bike to bike com systems.

Thank you for helping me spend my money wisely ....

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How do you do a screen shot from a video? One of the Keith Code videos shows a rider thrown from his bike, and the first thing that hits the pavement is his chin bar of the full face helmet.

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I don't think I could risk it. I was rear ended on my drz some years ago and if I didn't have a full face it would have been awful. First part of me that hit the ground was the face of my helmet. I would right now have a badly scarred face at minimum and instead all I got was chipped teeth from a mouth full of asphalt that the helmet gathered as it dragged across the ground.

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Don't even think about it

Partial open face helmets and brain buckets like Harley riders wear are for (a) riders who haven't been in a serious motorcyle crash or (2) riders who have bee in a serious motorcycle crash but are terminally stupid. Like many thousands of other riders who have been down at speed, I get why you want a full face helmet. When I hit the pavement I was wearing all my gear, and my only injury after tumbling along the highway for 65 feet was a broken wrist from instinctively putting my hand down to break my fall -- at 45 miles an hour. One thing I can tell you: you can't control where your head or face will end up with that sort of kinetic energy behind you. If you're hot, get a full-face helmet with big air flow vents and keep the visor up one notch, with a small gap at the bottom to let in the breeze.

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Back in 1980 I broadsided a Ford LTD station wagon at 60+ on my KZ650. I had a 3/4 helmet on and it didn't even get scratched. The rest of my body didn't fair quite as well! On a ride following some friends a couple years ago my friends wife got a rear flat right in front of me at 70MPH. She got it slowed down before it highsided and tossed her on the pavement face first. Today I only ride with a full face helmet. If you want air pull the shield off and throw on some eye protection. You may not always need that protection but if you do, there isn't any second chances.
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SUGGESTIONS REQUESTED

Florida hot and humid soon will be with us and we are starting to look at 3/4 or open face helmets. We also ride enough we are looking at bike to bike communication systems.

I sort of like the Bell Mag 9 SENA (but I often need a 3XL helmet)

http://www.bellhelmets.com/powerspor...et/mag-9-sena/

Please comment with suggestions related to open face (not skid lid) helmet and bike to bike com systems.

Thank you for helping me spend my money wisely ....
my only suggestion is the same as it would be for choosing any other helmet, try them on get what fits, nothing worse than a ill fitting helmet

if you want to avoid a sizing nightmare of returning helmets that don't fit, I'm not sure where you can go to try them on in person

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I have no opinion about the communications aspect because I have never used that stuff.

As regards the open-face helmet: I have a belt sander with a 40-grit belt on it. I'll give you $1000 cash if you'll let me turn it on and hold it against your bare chin for 3 seconds.

I wish my Shoei RF1000 had a steel bar inside the chin section rather than "just" the fiberglass.

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Take the V Strom's screen off, that way you'll get all the air you want. Keep the FF helmet, you'll never get a date again once your face hits the gravel
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Modular... so you can lift the chin-bar and visor out of the way if you're stopped at lights, or crawling in traffic... (I've got a practically brand new Shoei Neotec for sale ).

If you're going faster than 15mph on pavement, IMHO a full face isn't optional...

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