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post #1 of 57 Old 07-30-2012, 12:03 PM Thread Starter
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Opinions on "Dual Sport" helmets for touring?

Looking for some feedback from those of you who own the "Dual Sport" style helmets. I have been considering picking one up, but I'm not sure if they are right for long distance highway touring.

I currently have a Scorpion EXO-400. I am on my 2nd one and love the fit of them, along with the no-fog face shields they offer. Also, quick-change mechanism of changing your shield from tinted to clear in about 10 seconds is huge plus for me. I really need to be able to switch to my clear shield when I'm out on the road and it starts getting dark.

There really aren't any glaring negatives about the Scorpion, but I've never worn any other brand of helmet. I have that slight feeling that I might be missing out if I don't give another brand/model a try.

How hard is it to change the shields on the dual sport style helmets? The ones I'm looking at look like a real pain. Looks like you need a screwdriver of some sorts to remove the top visor and then remove the shield. Not sure if it's something that could easily be done on the side of the road.

Is the visor a hassle on the highway? Does it pull back on your head? I feel like there has to be some sort of added drag, even if it's well designed and only slightly felt.

Some people say they are loud, but I have seen some reviews saying someone went from an EXO-400 to an FX-39 and it was actually quieter.

What are your opinions on mainly using a dual sport helmet for highway and commuting? I wouldn't really be using it for dirt riding at this point.

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I too have wondered about the dual sport helmets but have worried about them catching the wind at highway/freeway speeds. Those riders that I have talked with about this say that they "may" need to tilt their head down just a little to avoid catching the wind, but it's no problem.

I haven't tried them for a number of reasons:

1. I don't want to have to worry about the angle in which I hold my head
2. I ride 70/30 highway/freeway speeds vs slower city streets/trail
3. I don't have lot's of money and helmets aren't cheap so I don't get to have multiple helmets for different riding scenarios.

Therefore, I just bought an HJC and it'll do everything I need.

I know, you didn't ask for this information, or my opinion, but that's my $.02 worth.

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I know, you didn't ask for this information, or my opinion, but that's my $.02 worth.
No worries. I hear ya. I'm in the same boat basically. I'm not looking into the high end Shoei or Arai's. I've been considering it because there have been a bunch of nice dual sport helmets coming out in the $100-$150 price range. Any helmet I buy would also be my all-around full time helmet.

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Looking for some feedback from those of you who own the "Dual Sport" style helmets. I have been considering picking one up, but I'm not sure if they are right for long distance highway touring.
I've been considering adding a D/S helmet to my rack to choose from, I tried on an Arai XD and the XDII ? neither version fit my headshape, I just haven't been anywhere with anything in stock

I'm not even sure where to look here in northern new England

my current daily ride helmet is a Shoei TZR XLarge, prior to that, and Arai Signet e , also XL, Before that, a Bell M2. also a few misc helmets from a beanie to a real DOT half helmet, HJC modular, couple snow helmets, actually, a good winter snow helmet is my higherst priority, thats another story

I figure, 90% of the time I am riding with my shield open, dark smoked as a visor, scooping in the wind, with prolly worse aerodynamics than the peak on the D/S helmet (the other 10%, I don't wear a helmet at all, maybe 15 or 20% shame on me)



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I just rode 6 days in hot weather in a Shoei Hornet DS, and it faired well. The noise doesn't get loud until the last main upper vent is opened, and I could adjust ventilation vs. noise by repositioning my head in the wind stream. The Hornet's limited overhead visor (2" overhang I think) meant that it worked fine during mid-day heat, but didn't protect against morning or evening sunlight. It did work fine with goggles, though.
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DS helmet

i bought the Fly DS helmet, last spring, before making a 4500+ mile trip from DFW to Key West & back, via the scenic route

i found it to be light weight & not too bad in the wind drag category

i got mine from a local dealer for about $150, but they can be had on fleabay for less

to have a look-see @ the one i have, goto:

2012 FLY TREKKER DUAL SPORT HELMET - WHITE - EXTRA LARGE - XL --73-7003X | eBay

$126 & free shipping

they fit slightly long oval and run true to HJC's sizing

my HJC dirt hat, full face & 3/4 open face are all XL's and so is my Fly DS

since i got the Fly, i don't use my full face hat at all

good luck on your quest

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To those that have them, any comments regarding the ability to change the face shield on the fly during a ride? Do-able or too difficult?

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To those that have them, any comments regarding the ability to change the face shield on the fly during a ride? Do-able or too difficult?
i don't use dark shields, during the day, just dark tinted safety glasses

the glasses, i use, are "ansi" and have cheater/bifocals for map reading

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I have both a normal full face helmet and my Airoh adv helmet.

I reckon for extended road touring adv helmets are probably not the go. With my Airoh you can't close any vents so if the weather gets worse then you wear some of it. The peak doesn't really bother me although in big cross winds my head gets jerked around a bit.

Noise is not an issue as I wear custom plugs. I never change visors either - just change to sunglasses.

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My road helmet is a Shoei. My dirt helmet is a Scorpion. I use the AFX-39 for DS and am happy with the fit, venting selection and the lack of wind grab. It's far away better than the AFX-37 which I also have.

I recently added AFX FX-39 Sun Shield by Atomic Moto the sunshield. Motorcycle Superstore has 'em in stock at a better price but AtomicMoto has the best pic examples.

I bought my 37 & 39 at AtomicMoto but they just didn't have the shield in stock when I was looking. Great folks to deal with.

For reference, I'm usually on my DR when wearing the AFX-39 with no wind protection. It has large relief vents under the visor and I haven't had any neck strain or problems with the wind. The 39 also has several adjustable vents so you can get the cooling (or not) that you want. As mentioned in the 39's description, you can remove the visor and use the supplied covers for street use. It offers a larger view than a street helmet. I've also worn goggles with the shield raised without an issue (very dusty ride). The ratcheting chin strap closure is handy and easy to do with gloves on. It has a quick release pull tab which works well. Great value IMO.

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