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post #1 of 29 Old 08-27-2014, 10:52 PM Thread Starter
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Helmet Recommendations?

Looking for a a new helmet and would like some suggestions. The requirements: must have flip-down sun-shield, low wind noise, and can fit sena smh10 speakers comfortably. I realize that price is probably the biggest factor, and I'd like to keep it around 200 bucks.

A couple helmets I was looking at were the HJC IS-17 for $166, as well as the Nolan N90S for $190, which is modular, and I've heard that modular helmets are inevitably louder. I have an '04 wee with a tall windshield, if that makes a difference. Thanks.
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I'm into my second season with the Nolan N90 and very satisfied with the quality of the components. Very comfortable and adequate venting. And I have a Scala Rider installed. It is a bit on the noisy side, but I started wearing ear plugs this year and find it ok. YMMV.

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I have the HJC IS-Max BT modular. Decent helmet for a round head. I had to buy next larger padding (at extra expense) because of that. Added pinlock shield. Don't know about the sena stuff. Haven't fitted anything BT, but wanted the option. Noise seems tolerable, but I have never had a quiet helmet. Top vent rattles when closed - I leave it open year round. FWIW, I feel no pressing need to upgrade any time soon, but expect to go high-dollar in a year or so.

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I would always recommend a Nolan as long as you have a dealer that sells them and you try one on. There are other great brands out there, but Nolan is an innovator.

Presently, I have the HJC-IS-Max modular (only option as a replacement) and can say that it is a sub-par (IMHO) helmet (poor air flow, the top vent rattles at highway speeds and the attatchment sites for the brow pads don't work) with a price over $200.

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I had (still have but not my "current daily" helmet anymore) an HJC Symax II. I never had any issues with it and thought is was great. Until I bought an Arai.

Those don't meet your requirement however as they don't offer helmets with drop down sun shields. I also looked hard at Nolan N90 and N104 (I think) and liked them both. A Shoei Air might fit your needs too. Not sure about it's speaker pocket size.

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Thanks for the suggestions so far. A new Shoei or Arai is out of the budget unless I happened to find a killer closeout deal. The N90 seems to get pretty good reviews overall, but a lot of mixed feelings as far as wind noise and build quality... Are modulars really that great (never used one)? I'll have to ride to my local dealer to see what they have to try on.
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Thanks for the suggestions so far. A new Shoei or Arai is out of the budget unless I happened to find a killer closeout deal. The N90 seems to get pretty good reviews overall, but a lot of mixed feelings as far as wind noise and build quality... Are modulars really that great (never used one)? I'll have to ride to my local dealer to see what they have to try on.
If you wear glasses, the value of a modular is multiplied. I ride every day and don/doff the helmet multiple times. It would be much more burdensome in a FF. I used to wear a 3/4 occasionally, but rain stings even with a windscreen. Now, I don't wear anything but my modular on the street. Without glasses, it would still be pretty convenient. If you only joy ride on weekends, it might be less of an issue and FF might be quieter.

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I don't wear glasses, which is why a modular may not be the best choice for me since I want quiet.
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