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post #1 of 16 Old 07-29-2017, 12:09 PM Thread Starter
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New Helmet

Current HJC modular, purchased in 2007. Over due replacement needed

Looking for similar replacement, like the modular flip up but I've never worn a full face to compare it to

Limited local places to try on a helmet for fit, can't see buying without confirming it fits.

How do you do that buy without trying it first?

One local place has Bilt helmets in a similar price range, finding mixed reviews about that brand?
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post #2 of 16 Old 07-29-2017, 12:43 PM
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If you liked the HJC, maybe order the newest version of the same helmet.
They seem to be a good helmet at their price point.
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post #3 of 16 Old 07-29-2017, 12:58 PM
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The fit of a helmet is really critical to safety and happiness. -It might be worth finding another store to try them on, as even the same helmet can change internal dimensions and padding in the next iteration/generation.

I haven't tried Bilt, so I haven't got an opinion on them. Most helmets on the market today are light years ahead of what most of us started riding with, and some of the less expensive helmets rate very well in testing and in the real world. Most of the price differences are in the quality of the liners and visors and in the light weight. -The less it weighs, the higher the price. In terms of the internal quality, the good stuff is moving down market pretty rapidly and some of the lower priced offerings are very nice, from what I have seen.

The biggest single factor, aside from it passing muster with the safety org of your choice, is that it be comfortable and not ill-fitting. To find that out, you have to try it on... Road trip?!!!


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post #4 of 16 Old 07-29-2017, 01:04 PM
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I got the Built Explorer jacket package and am pleased with the helmet. I had to add a bit of padding to the XS size for my pin head but the noise level is remarkably quiet. The shade visor is a bit light and awkward to use but it's a pretty neat-o helmet.
Behind the MRA Vario windscreen the air doesn't catch the big shade bill. The shade bill is nice for the sunrise rides to block the sun in the twisties. I can see!
I also have Scorpion helmets that are comfy and reasonably priced.
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post #5 of 16 Old 07-29-2017, 01:53 PM
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I have a Bell modular helmet (and a carbon fullface). It is quiet and the inner sun screen is handy. I don't use the modular as often as I thought I would. Because the modulars are a bit heavier, I tend to use the CF for longer rides as opposed to around town.

As for the main thrust of your question, Size: Revzilla has a strong try it policy. They are fast to replace. They also have brand specific sizing charts to get it right the first time.

At the risk of being "preachy", I hope that anyone who goes to a brick and mortar store to try helmets and clothes - and finds what they want - they buy it there.

That aside, I noticed that Bell is now selling some of their helmets that are made to use built-in Sena communicators. Very cool. link Bell / Sena

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post #6 of 16 Old 07-29-2017, 02:11 PM
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Just purshased a Bell MX-9 Adventure helmet. Its a full face even though it sounds like that might not be what you are looking for. I pondered the flip up fronts but wonder what would happen upon impact, would they separate?
All that to say, I purchased it from a place called Cycle Gear in Ca. They do sell on line, but you don't have that chance to try it on. I believe they give you a 30 day return policy as long as it is not damaged.
The helmet was $189 and They give a 10% off for LEO/former military. So I got the helmet for $170 out the door for a Bell... I can't swear to it but I think it is track certified also. Do your home work, I hope this helps.
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I pondered the flip up fronts but wonder what would happen upon impact, would they separate?
no they would not

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post #8 of 16 Old 07-29-2017, 03:41 PM
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no they would not
You might want to check SHARP's website: I've found their ratings (vs the pass/fail of other testers) to be useful in shopping for helmets.

They rate all kinds of helmets, and they report on the percentage of failures of system helmet latches during testing. Many system helmet latches fail surprisingly often.
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post #9 of 16 Old 07-29-2017, 06:17 PM
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Bilt is Cycle Gear's house brand. Cheap stuff, fair quality. If you can afford better, get better.

Important point above about the modular (SHARP calls them system) helmets chin bar latches failing upon impact.

There are three general shapes to our heads. Long (or narrow) oval, intermediate oval, and round. Very few of the helmet makers tell us what shape they make their helmets. A correct fit is critical to your safety. You need your head cradled in the expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam liner just right to absorb shock and reduce the chance of concussion.
Motorcycle Helmet Shapes - webBikeWorld (lots of outdated models)

I have a long oval head. The Arai Signet line fits me correctly. If I wanted a lower priced helmet, I'd try LS2 for the long oval. Revzilla is one of the few mail order vendors who list their helmets by shape. Before you order, look at the helmet maker's size chart, measure you noggin, and find the size. I wear an XL in all kinds of helmets & hats, but with Arai I wear an M. Check the chart.

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post #10 of 16 Old 07-30-2017, 11:01 AM
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My current favorite helmet is an HJC CL17. Full face but not modular. I had a GMAX GM54S Modular with a flip down visor but the tradeoffs to have modular wasn't worth it to me. The modular and flip down visor really affects the ventilation. Also heavy and thinly padded.

The padding, ventilation and weight of the CL17 has been unmatched by anything else I've tried in the price range. I also had a Bilt helmet. It's in a landfill somewhere right now. Had to be the most uncomfortable helmet ever for me. The padding just wasn't there. Considering the small price difference between the Bilt and HJC, I thought the HJC was vastly superior.

Try out a website called webbikeworld. They do very in depth helmet reviews.

With all this being said, it could be that my round head just fits the HJC design. That will have a lot to do with it.

One last thing. If you buy a helmet and want a different visor, get one from the manufacturer. I ordered one that turned out to be a knockoff and it was horrible. Was tinted but was distorted and had a milky look when riding into the sun. Ordered a genuine HJC and it's perfect.

Good luck!
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